This is rather sad news. As of January 15, 2013, Thai Airways will be cutting their twice daily service between Bangkok and Koh Samui.
This sucks because Thai is the only airline that belongs to one of the three major alliances that offers service to Koh Samui. As some of you may know I’ve been eying a trip to Koh Samui, given that I was hoping to redeem an AXON award for a villa at the amazing Conrad Koh Samui for only 145,000 Hilton HHonors points for four nights. Beyond the amazing redemption value, Koh Samui looks beautiful and has plenty of amazing hotels.
While this change doesn’t make a trip there impossible, it does mean I’d have to purchase a separate ticket from Bangkok to Koh Samui, which certainly adds to the cost of a vacation when the segment would have otherwise been included at no additional cost on an existing award ticket.
I’m also kind of curious to see what Thai Airways does for those with existing award bookings through partner airlines on the Bangkok to Koh Samui route. In this case it’s not just that they have a schedule change, but they’re cutting the destination altogether. If I had to guess I’d say they’ll just tell those with partner award bookings to pound sand, though I hope that they’ll instead rebook them on Bangkok Airways.
Anyway, I know I’m not the only one that has been eying Koh Samui, so I figured this was worth a heads up.