Elephant & Education Initiative

IMPORTANT:

Students aged 14 years or younger at the time of the GLA program will be required to travel as an unaccompanied minor.

Read about these specific airline policies here.

Flight Requirements:

  • Fly into and out of Chiang Mai, Thailand (Chiang Mai International Airport, airport code: CNX)

  • Arrive before 14:00 (2pm) on the day your program begins

    • Please note that you will commonly depart 1 day prior to arrive on your program start date.

  • Depart before 17:00 (5pm) on the day your program ends

*Please note that if you are flying through Bangkok (BKK) to arrive in Chiang Mai (CNX), be sure to allow at least 3 hours to transfer flights, as students will go through customs at their first port of entry. On your departure flight if you are flying from Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK) and then on to your international flight, be sure to allow at least 2 to 3 hours to transfer between flights.

HELPFUL HINT: GLA recommends not booking a flight via Hong Kong or with Cathay Pacific Airways due to the recent city-wide strikes that have in the past, caused flights to be cancelled.

Suggested Route:

The suggested route - usually the most direct, with the least number of stops, always leaves from a US gateway airport. Often times, multiple students from the same program will be on this flight, simply because it is a popular route to take. We cannot guarantee that other students will be on this flight, but very often, there are. You do not have to take the suggested route, it is just one option. You may take any flight you wish that falls within the flight parameters above.

Suggested Route

Option 1

    • Eva Airways - New York City (JFK) to Taipei (TPE) to Chiang Mai (CNX)

    • Eva Airways - Chiang Mai (CNX) to Taipei (TPE) to New York City (JFK)

Option 2

    • Eva Airways - Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) to Chiang Mai (CNX)

    • Eva Airways - Chiang Mai (CNX) to Taipei (TPE) to Los Angeles (LAX)

Suggested Route for Unaccompanied Minors

Recommended Travel Agency Partner

If you are looking for some guidance in booking flights, GLA has partnered with StudentUniverse in order to simplify the process. Regardless of how you plan on booking your flights, we recommend you speak with our travel agency partner first to ensure that you are getting the best deal and that you are booking the correct itinerary per GLA requirements and airline policy.

StudentUniverse

    • CALL: 888-963-7087

    • EMAIL: GLA@STUDENTUNIVERSE.COM

    • ONLINE: Click Here ** If you are interested in a Delta, KLM or Air France flight, please call or email StudentUniverse.

    • HOURS: Monday to Friday 9:00 (9:00am) to 18:00 (6pm) EST **Closed on weekends.

    • SERVICE FEES: Online Bookings USD$7, Bookings made over the phone or via email USD$30