Elephant Sanctuary Project

IMPORTANT: If you are 14 years old or younger at the time of your GLA program, then you will be required to travel as an unaccompanied minor. Read about these specific airline policies here.

Flight Requirements:

*Please note that if you are flying through Bangkok (BKK) to arrive in Chiang Rai (CEI), 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 Rai (CEI) to Bangkok (BKK) and then on to your international flight, be sure to allow at least 2 to 3 hours to transfer between flights.

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

    • All Nippon Airways - New York (JFK) to Haneda (HND) to Bangkok (BKK)
    • Bangkok Airways - Bangkok (BKK) to Chiang Rai (CEI)
    • Bangkok Airways - Chiang Rai (CEI) to Bangkok (BKK)
    • All Nippon Airways -Bangkok (BKK) to Haneda (HND) to New York (JFK)

Option 2

    • Eva Air - Los Angeles (LAX) to Taipei (TPE) to Bangkok (BKK)
    • Bangkok Airways - Bangkok (BKK) to Chiang Rai (CEI)
    • Bangkok Airways - Chiang Rai (CEI) to Bangkok (BKK)
    • Eva Air -Bangkok (BKK) to Taipei (TPE) to Los Angeles (LAX)

Suggested Route for Unaccompanied Minors

Recommended Travel Agency Partners

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

STA Travel - Work with a live agent. Submit an online form with your contact information to get started using STA Travel. After this form is completed, a live agent will reach out to you within 48 hours with flight options.

    • INFO FORM: Click HERE to access STA and GLA's webform.
    • CALL: 877-211-4351
    • HOURS: Monday-Saturday 6am - 7pm (Arizona time zone); Sunday 7am - 4pm (Arizona time zone)

Smart Fares - Work with a live agent and/or see quotes online for different routes and airlines.

    • ONLINE PORTAL: Click HERE to access SmartFares and GLA's web portal
    • ONLINE BOOKINGS: Available 24/7


    • CALL: 833-734-5277
    • HOURS: Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm PST; Saturday 10am - 3pm PST

Please do NOT book your flight until your Travel Coordinator has given you the go ahead! This will come either in the email titled, "Welcome Aboard! Save this Email!" or in a subsequent email.