19 Sunday May 2013

Tips on flight web check-in, seat selection, baggage weight allowance

It comes to my attention that most people in Cambodia are not used to using online web check-in prior to flight boarding.   I find it quite useful to check-in online and print out my boarding pass in advance especially when you are leaving Phnom Penh at 5:30pm during rush hours.

Most 0f the airline websites will allow you to check-in 24 hours prior to the departure time.  Remember to have your reservation code (airline PNR code) on hand.  If you do not know this information, check your reservation details and/or contact your travel agent.   Once you are connected onto the airline’s web check-in portal, you will have the options to (1) enter your frequent flyer mileage program if you haven’t done  it, (2) seat selection, and (3) print your e-boarding pass.  Trust me this will save you so much time when you get to the airport.  Remember that if you have multiple segments (or connections), you will only allow to do web check-in for those segments that are within 24 hours of the departure time.  This is my observation for many of the airline websites.  There could be exception for a few airlines.

Now to arrange your seat in advance, you can either do the web check-in within 24 hours of departure time, or manage your booking online 48 hours prior to your departure date.  The second option is slightly different than web check-in because you are not able to print your boarding pass, hence it is not an online check-in.  It is simply an online tool which many airline websites offer to their customers the ability to make seat selection, enter frequent flyer mileage program, make meal selection, wheel chair request, and many other requests.  Take advantage of this and you will have a stress free time when it comes to flight planning.


Finding out your baggage weight allowance can be cumbersome.  Often I just call the airline for a quick response.  But most of the time, I just visit the airline website and obtain their information.  Now if you have booked via a travel agency, they should also have this information if your connection flights are not too complicated and do not involve different carriers.  My rule of thumb of excess baggage or weight is try to find the airline who offers the cheapest for an extra luggage versus the cheapest per kilogram.

I hope these tips are useful for those who are flying out of Phnom Penh.   Have a safe and pleasant flight.


18 Monday Feb 2013

Phnom Penh offers many connections to other SE Asian cities

Nowadays there are many budget airlines connecting Phnom Penh to many cities in Asia.   Living in Phnom Penh has its perk.   Traveling to Singapore is as easy as flying from LA to Las Vegas.   Airlines that operate from Phnom Penh to Singapore include Singapore Airline, operated by SilkAir.

Phnom Penh to Singapore: Silkair, Jetstar and Tiger Airways.
Phnom Penh to Bangkok: Thai Airline and Bangkok Air.
Phnom Penh to Hong Kong: Dragon Air
Phnom Penh to Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airline and Air Asia
Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh: Korean Air and Asiana Airline
If you’re going to Singapore this Spring, Silkair offers the following promotions when traveling from 13 Feb 2013 to 10 Apr 2013 and booking between 10 Feb 2013 and 31 Mar 2013.

One-Way ticket: $154
Round Trip ticket: $248 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu) and $298 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

+ prices include taxes and surcharges only, exclude ticketing fee.
+ Tickets are subject to availability.
+ Tickets are non-refundable.  Change of flight, date or passenger name is not permitted.