British Airways offers free double baggage allowance to Thai students
Due to popular demand, British Airways is extending its special baggage allowance offer for Thai students studying in the United Kingdom. Under this offer, students who purchase a special British Airways student fare to the UK are entitled to check-in an additional bag (maximum of 23 kg) free of charge. This makes each customer’s free baggage allowance 46 kg in total. Launched two years ago, the promotion is again expected to be well received.
The UK was overwhelmingly, the most popular long-haul destination for Thai travellers in 2012. Based on data compiled by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, 144,499 Thais visited the UK in 2012, representing an increase of 4.6 per cent from the previous year. The second most popular long-haul destination was Australia, attracting 117,283 visitors from Thailand.
Commenting on the trend, Sriram Narayan, British Airways country manager, said, “2012 was a milestone year for the UK in terms of visitors from Thailand. As well as the increase in volume, most visitors chose to stay an average of 9.8 days. Our research reveals that the current strength of the Thai baht against the British pound has made travel to the UK more attractive for many Thais.”
“The student traveller market is important for British Airways because students often travel with parents and other family members. For example, if a Thai student is visiting the UK for the first time, their parents and siblings often fly with them to London, or other cities, to help them settle in. Many families also stay on to enjoy some vacation time in the UK.”
The student fare, which starts from 25,500 Baht, is available for purchase from now until 31 December 2013 (for outbound travel until 31 December 2013). All Thai students with a valid UK student visa can enjoy the special deal.
Source: Press Release