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    EVA Air Evergreen Class: Any Rants or Raves??

    I am flying from L.A to Bangkok one way on EVA Air in a few days and want to know what to expect. The ticket only cost $459 for one way for their Evergreen Businees Class Seat. Has anyone flown with them. How are the seats? How about the service? I know you get what you pay for but United was $1400 for economy!

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    I've flown the LA/BKK route in Evergreen Deluxe several times. The quality of the seat depends on the aircraft. They have some old 747's with old style business class seats. These are certainly much better than economy class seats. The service and meals are the same as economy class.

    The newer 777's have very modern business class seats with entertainment on demand and a lot more comfort than the 747's. Service is still economy class.

    I think this is one of the great bargains in air travel. I don't need a fancy meal or great service. I just need a bigger seat with a bit more leg room.

    Note that the layover in Taiwan can be a bit tedious. It's a huge place with not much to do. No bars, just a couple of noodle shops where you can buy beer. There is a paid lounge you can go to.

    Once you get "silver" status with Evergreen you can enter their business class lounge which has lots of food and free drinks.

    I'm flying them to LA again next month.

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    I understand that USA to Thailand is not a problem, because you have "bag" allowance rather than "weight". However, the bitches in London are very tight on overweight (over 20kg) baggage

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    with that attitude I can believe why.....

    I've flown way way overweight on EVA and never been asked for a penny.....try being polite to the bitches,....works for me

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    needn't worry, wouldn't fly with them again. I find Quantas a more enjoyable flight

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    Quote Originally Posted by William
    needn't worry, wouldn't fly with them again. I find Quantas a more enjoyable flight
    Don't forget that this is a rich lawyer talking....

    As a fixed income retired geezer I'm happy with Evergreen Deluxe, although I do dream of "real" business class.

    (Just kidding, William.)

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    I'm gold card member with EVA.(I've been flying a lot) I think they are a great airline.
    From LAX to TPE business class in the 747-400 is upstairs. You get better food better booze(the 12 year old scotch is nice). The seats are roomy and service is delightful.
    If you are lucky you might get a ride in the newer 777-300. Those birds are really sweet. The business seat reclines completely flat, you can actually sleep pretty well.
    The evergreen deluxe class is also a good deal, larger seats but the food is standard as the economy class, which is not bad. (you just don't get the fancy scotch or the premium wines)
    Be sure to use your voucher for the EVA lounges. The LAX lounge is mediocre but the lounge in TPE is a very nice place to hang.(take a shower change clothes and freshen up for the leg to BKK)
    In old Bangkok airport was also a very nice lounge. I wonder what the new one at the new airport is like?
    For the money EVA a great value. I'm a professional pilot and notice certain aviation details and find that EVA seems very good with maintenance and crew training. It's a sharp operation right down to the booking, checkin and baggage handling.
    Last edited by Mr Earl; 10-11-2006 at 09:57 AM.

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    EVA is great I used to use them roundtrip to SF for about 35,000 baht. Now its up to 45, so I am going with Cathay Pacific.

    Budhai layed it out perfectly. But I still prefer the size of the 747, if you can get right up front its great.

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    Here's my latest ticket price:

    ACTUAL FARE PAID : THB 35700
    TAX : XY 270
    TAX : YC 195
    TAX : XT 6210
    TOTAL : THB 42375
    Whacking huge amount of tax.

    This is BKK/LAX/BKK, Evergreeen Deluxe this December.

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    Yup thats what I saw as well. And they only cut it to 37 for kids. So I shall go with Cathay. What the hell I will be the only one to suffer, the kids said the other seat was too big 2 years ago.

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    Is Cathay that much cheaper?
    And is it worth going the extra distance through Hong Kong as opposed to TPE?

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    We flew Thai Airways out of JFK/New York last trip and noticed that EVA also flew out of JFK. Has anyone taken that flight? It's an easy connect from Atlanta, otherwise we have to take Delta or one of their partners thru Korea or Japan with a lousy layover...appreciate the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    So I shall go with Cathay.
    What fare did you get?

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    About 35 for me projected for April and 27 for the kids. This will be with their new economy class, it looks interesting on the website.

    Going the HKG or Taipei way makes little to any difference Earl. With Cathay I leave BKK at 11 am and get into SFO some 16 or 17 hours later at 12:25pm just after noon.
    EVA leaves about the same time but get in at 2pm do to a longer layover in Taipei.

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    Not much difference. I do like the layovers in TPE. And with so many frequent flyer miles with EVA I'm kind of married to them.

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    Same here, Gold card holder as well, flown every class (last time got bumped up to Super Business for free). Never a complaint in 10 years of flying EVA. Even won a free ticket for my next trip to Thailand in January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak View Post
    Same here, Gold card holder as well, flown every class (last time got bumped up to Super Business for free). Never a complaint in 10 years of flying EVA. Even won a free ticket for my next trip to Thailand in January.
    What's first class like?
    When I rode business on the 747-400 I couldn't figure out where they kept 1st class!

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    Super Business is where the seats recline into almost a completely flat position. There's only about 10 or 12 on the aircraft and in a 747 they are at the top floor in the front. I go from Seattle - Bangkok and on the last trip the plane was overbooked for Deluxe from Bangok - Taipei and Taipei - Seattle so I got free upgrades all the way up on both legs. The food was just amazing (because of the bump I've now been able to ride every class EVA offers). Damn shame really since the flight from Seattle - Taipei is longer due to headwinds. No complaints, and, I even got additional miles from it

    I usually go Deluxe Class since it's about $750 round trip from here to Bangkok. Beats the almost $1000+ price for economy if I used another airline and went through Tokyo and Seoul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak
    usually go Deluxe Class since it's about $750 round trip from here to Bangkok. Beats the almost $1000+ price for economy if I used another airline and went through Tokyo and Seoul.

    Damn thats the first time I have heard of a ticket being cheaper out of the US. If its 750 for Economy deluxe, how much is sitting in the back, 600 or something only. Damn thats cheap Surasak.

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    Economy is about $600-$650. These prices I quote are if a person books a ticket directly through their web site. I have seen times in the past where the prices vary from day to day (for example, if I want to leave on Jan 5 if I look today it may be $1000, tomorrow it might be $900). And what's nice is there's an Evergreen Hotel in Bangkok which is good for 25,000 FF miles per night.

    But I have yet to pay more than $900 for a RT ticket from here to Bangkok and back.

    Good deals, can't be beat.

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    Eva is a great deal(cheapest prices I've been able to find). Once you accumulate freaking flyer miles you use them for seat upgrades. Plus you get the perks of the EVA lounges. The good seats fill up fast and their airplanes usually run full. So booking several weeks ahead is the norm.


    One downside I've just encountered with them is I recently had to cancel a november booking. They told me my ticket was only valid till december 2006! So I couldn't rebook for april like I wanted. I have to go through a convoluted refund process and they tell me I have to wait 60 days for my refund!!.WTF is that bullshit?
    When I cancelled my connecting flight with Alaska airlines my ticket is valid till dec 2007! So it will be a simple process to reuse the ticket.

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    The only problem I have ever had is missing segments of a trip. Example BKK/TPE/SFO/TPE/BKK, two times one of the non trans pac segments have not been recorded, and nothing I could do could get those miles back. Pissed me off. But I still like them. The wife and kids got the milage but they never would credit me with those segments.

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    Keep your stubs as proof. You have 6 months IIRC to submit them for proof of mileage.

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    I did in person in BKK, but nothing was ever adjusted. I still have the E mail from a miss Chompoo here telling me she will fix it all up.

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    We have taken EVA to the states and back. Excellent service. However, we ran into the same problem as did aging one. I finally gave up and said forget it.

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