Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2932 posts, RR: 17 Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2793 times:
I am looking to burn some of my UA miles on LH (since I will not be using them any time soon to rack up more miles for a trip to the US). Now I am faced with deciding on where to go with them. Of course I want to get the most out of my money and thus cannot decide on where to go.
So my main options (on my wish list) are ALA and ASB.
Now I need to know how high the load factors are to see if I have any realistic chances of getting a space on one of the flights.
Since I am not planning on staying there too long, will it be possible to get through immigration and back to the counter in ASB in one hour (I seriously doubt it)?
Thanks a lot!
P.S. Does anybody know what the procedures in BAK are like on the stop-over?!
Airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 846 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2787 times:
As for Baku, you can get a visa on arrival. I flew there once on Turkish airlines, the time between stepping out of the aircraft, getting the visa (40 USD) and clearing immigrations and customs was a maximum of 10 minutes. So I would say in Baku you can easily do that. However, from there the LH flight continues to ASB, so you can spend some hours in Baku before flying back home, which I would recommend you to do. Baku is a beautiful city.
Almaty I visited this January, also very easy, but you have to get a visa beforehand.
Why not stay a few days in those nice places ? In Ashgabat, you can take a flight on Turkmenistan´s B717 to any of the country´s other places for virtually nothing (I think fares start at 5 USD).
Ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2932 posts, RR: 17 Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2763 times:
That sounds great!
Are the customs open all the night in BAK? Because on the way back from ASB there is a two hour layover. I guess I could invest some money on that, just for getting a stamp in my passport.
Turkmenistan sounds great to me, I just don't know if it's easy to find hotel places to stay and their visa rulings seem to be pretty strict (having to provide where you will be going etc.).
P.S. Planning any good trips for your website at the moment? I am still trying to get my a€€ on an IL-62!
Neder99 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 184 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
While Turkmenistan is an absolutely fantastic place to visit, it is very very difficult to actually get a visa there (Some people have said it's the most closed country on earth after Korea DPR!). Perhaps most importantly, you will need to provide an invitation from someone within Turkmenistan (organization etc) and then go through the very lenghty visa process.
Forget about going in and then talking the same plane back. It will probably be long gone before you even reach customs!
Almaty is a nice place though, especially now as the weather's a bit nicer than in winter!
While I have seen counters for Visas on arrival, don't count on it, as some airlines won't let you board the plane without a visa. It shouldn't be hard to get one though, just pop into your nearest Kazakh embassy!
Any other questions, feel free to ask (or email), as I've visited all of the above-mentioned places and would recommend them to anyone who has the opportunity to go there.
Airevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 846 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2674 times:
As for Kazakhstan, I sent the application letter to the embassy off on thursday, late afternoon, and received the visa back from Bonn on saturday morning via mail. The cost was just 25 EUR, no invitation needed. So why not do it in advance.
Baku is open all night, I arrived there at 2AM on Turkish Airlines. The Azerbaijan stamp is actually quite nice, so worth the 40 dollars.
As for our homepage, there are some things coming up but to post it here myself would be illegal advertisement I guess....