THAI: Smooth as silk or a sow’s ear?

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WE ARE only 18 days into 2016 and already I find that I’m doing exactly what I intended not to do, by which I mean, flying. I don’t have a choice. I have to be in Bangkok for a meeting on Wednesday, and the train just isn’t going to cut it for me on this occasion.

As always I checked to see if Thai Airways (THAI) had managed to re-attach their voluntary carbon offset tool to their flight booking and payment engine so that you can pay for your flight and your offset in one transaction.

Alas, that is still not possible. You have to make a second transaction. This wouldn’t be too bad if the sum involved was substantial. When I flew to Australia in 20008 the price of carbon was high, and the offset payment was nearly US$100 for the return flight.

I didn’t mind making a separate payment for that, but according to the THAI calculator, the total amount payable for the offset on a Chiang Mai-Bangkok return flight is a paltry US$0.74. Yes, 74 cents! This just doesn’t make sense.

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