Valid for travel in October & November 2012. These tickets have a maximum stay away of 3 months. One stopover is permitted free of charge in Brunei in each direction.
You'd think that with all the money the Sultan of Brunei has, the airport would be less of a dump.
Reasonable business class prices to London as well.
Also realise that RBA do serve alcohol aboard their flights, and forget about hand carry because there is no duty free shop at the BSB airport.
Do not serve alcohol?
definitely do not. i lived in brunei for 18 months and flew often with this airline, expect aircraft/service to be only slightly better than a budget carrier (i guess the included meal is a bonus).
BUT Checking the Royal Brunei site for the same dates as found at bestflight
ie Oct 18-Nov27
Best Flight inc service fee $2733.19 (2PAX)
Royal Brunei website $2631.88 (2PAX)
Excluding service fee, RB is still cheaper, but not as cheap as headline from, rate. (Cheapest seems to be $1317 each)
Also restrictions on RB site indicate you cannot make a stopover, and I cant find reference to the conditions that allow this on the best flights site. Maybe someone else can.
For $70 more on the RB site you can make changes to the flight (for a fee of ???) which you cant do with the lower fare.
Its a longer trip with 2 stop overs Brunei and Dubai, than some other airlines. But that might be a price trade off.
Stopping in Brunei is a nice option if you can get it. They do have a great theme park - government run, which 10 years ago (when I last was there) it was free and not crowded
jerudong park (the theme park you mention) is now dilapidated with hardly any rides remaining, all large rides/coasters were sold off long ago. all that remains is bumper cars, bumper boats, and go-karts. Also no longer free and very disappointing to walk around, its like a ghost town ! oh wait there is a musical fountain that plays to celine dion too !
I was previously an expat for many years and have seen the sad decline of the place through Brunei'nisation. The Empire Hotel is sadly not up to class, imagine floating in the swimming pool and drinking mocktails all day but more sadly, they have even stopped BYO/serving alcohol at the Chinese and and Italian restaurants - Empire only good for 18 holes of night golf. That said, you'd really go there to see the highlands and forests.
I too was an expat. Temburong national park is cool and so is a water taxi ride around the water village if you are only staying for a couple of days. Other than that there is jack all to day. No shopping and barely any taxis. As mentioned above Jerudong park is crap, don't bother. As for drinking, there are bars…if you know the right people, but you are free to take your own booze into the country.
I flew this route a couple of weeks ago and this is a good price. It is three legs of about 7 hours each.
Pros: Leg room in economy is decent, as is the food (1 meal per flight).
Cons: No alcohol. The stopover in Brunei is annoying as there is two food places, some tourist shops and a duty free shop, which just had perfumes I think. Oh and the toilets are an experience and the non squat toilets are with the showers.
The Dubai stopover involves getting off the plane and making a loop of the airport to go through security and then the staff will tell you to be back in 20 minutes when in reality you sit there for an hour.
These clowns stopped their direct Brunei-Perth flight (5hrs) not realising at lot of locals send there kids to school/uni as well as expats. This has forced overnight stays in KL or Singapore using non-RBA airlines. Same goes for Brunei-Brisbane-Auckland. The RBA service is fine but their aircraft are aging and have the beige colour to the interiors.
I love how a Tiger Airways ad came up on the side when I went to view this topic
For those looking to travel locally, the ad reads:
Melb to Syd from $49.95
Melb to Gold Coast from $59.95
Melb to Brisbane $69.95
Melbourne to Perth $109.95
I have some memory of this airline being one of the few to offer a decent discount for children for fares to Europe. Can't remember now whether it was the level of discount or that they allowed it up until a later age. This was a four or five years ago though that I last checked fares on this route for friends - so no idea if they still have this edge.
Others may know (a) the details of child discounts; (b) if still part of their fare structures; and (c) if applicable to the rules on this currently advertised fare.
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