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Review: FastTrack VIP Customs airport service


SmellyFarang

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This trip I tried the FastTrack VIP service at the airport, and it was worth the 1,400B.

 

They have a rep meet you at the gate along with a porter to take your bags, and they escort you to the VIP Customs area to clear your passport. There was no line and zero wait.

 

Once the porter picks up your check bags you go through the final bag screening. This VIP service often gets you waived through without checking your bags, but apparently my bags were suspiciously heavy so they still xrayed them.

 

I was sweating a bit because I decide to bring *a lot* of "toys" with me this trip (as lovely parting gifts for the girls) - including large packs of AA & AAA batteries that apparently look a lot like bullets in the xray. But I played it cool while the Customs officer had me open the bag & briefly poked around inside. I was expecting anything from a fine to them confiscating everything or worse - but he just waived me through. Would that have happened without the VIP escort? I don't know, but it probably didn't hurt.

 

Below is their website, and I plan to use them for future trips as well:

http://www.fasttrack.in.th/products.php

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Cool! I've been looking for an alternative to Mr. Dream (who was just okay for the money) but avoiding the lines at immigration is worth the slight difference.

 

1400B was for transfer from the airport to Pattaya? Did you tip anyone as well?

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Cool! I've been looking for an alternative to Mr. Dream (who was just okay for the money) but avoiding the lines at immigration is worth the slight difference.

 

1400B was for transfer from the airport to Pattaya? Did you tip anyone as well?

 

 

No, look at the website.

That's only for "Meet and Assist and escort through formalities on arrival only"

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No, look at the website.

That's only for "Meet and Assist and escort through formalities on arrival only"

 

Sounds like a waste of 1400bt to me. That would get you an extra ST in your first bar

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Not checking a bag and arriving at 6:30am, I am not expecting much delay in getting through. If faced with horrendous lines, I might consider it but 1400baht seems like a lot of money for a "front of the line" pass

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Seems like a steep price to pay just to be expedited through customs. I don't know about others' experiences, but I have never suffered too bad getting through the customs line. The whole process only seems to take about 10 minutes. I always only have one carry-on bag also. Not worth the price for me.

 

Cheers

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Sounds like a waste of 1400bt to me. That would get you an extra ST in your first bar

 

and a few beers as well or a couple of nights in a hotel

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For my last few trips, I have not had to wait more than maybe 15mins to clear passport control, but on more than one occasion in the past, I would have gladly handed over 1400b just to get through there quickly.

 

I don't see the customs clearance as being an issue though, maybe I'm just lucky, but I've never had any delay whatsoever after collecting my bags. I have always just walked straight through to the exit every time, no line, no hassle. Seems to me like they very rarely check any bags. Is this the usual, or am I just lucky?

 

Most of the time, passport and customs take very little time and trouble, so most of the time, I'd say 1400b is a total rip-off. Unless you did land at one of those times where the place is backup-up.

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For those of us with little to no time to waste, I think I would eagerly pay the 1400 baht for the service. My flights always seem to come in with other flights, and i typically spend at least an hour messing with passport control, and customs. Customs is not usually a big delay, but it only takes one little glitch to cause a real hold up in LOS. You all know what I mean... one guy with the wrong kind of drunk attitude, and it all falls apart, and everyone behind him gets stuck while they make an example out of him.

 

The added time I can always use. I typically only get 3 or 4 days at a time to sneak away and relax. An extra hour or more to me would be a bonus. I am always dead tired and NOT in a good mood, even on entry, after all the travel time in a long haul airplane flight.

 

Thanks for the info!!!!!!

 

:Grin_Jump1:

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For those of us with little to no time to waste, I think I would eagerly pay the 1400 baht for the service. My flights always seem to come in with other flights, and i typically spend at least an hour messing with passport control, and customs. Customs is not usually a big delay, but it only takes one little glitch to cause a real hold up in LOS. You all know what I mean... one guy with the wrong kind of drunk attitude, and it all falls apart, and everyone behind him gets stuck while they make an example out of him.

 

The added time I can always use. I typically only get 3 or 4 days at a time to sneak away and relax. An extra hour or more to me would be a bonus. I am always dead tired and NOT in a good mood, even on entry, after all the travel time in a long haul airplane flight.

 

Thanks for the info!!!!!!

 

:Grin_Jump1:

 

You might try Thailand Elite card then

 

http://www.thailandelite.com

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