I just went through airport security, and since I know a lot of people have this question, I thought I'd share my experience (since they did ask and I got through without having to actually buy a ticket).
All I did was email a travel agent and ask if he could find me a flight out of BKK to somewhere nearby around mid-october (less than 30 days after i arrived). The agent sent me an itinerary, and asked if I'd like to confirm. I said no and just printed out the itinerary, and it worked like a charm.
When they asked to see it, they checked something on the computer for a minute and handed it back. I'm figuring they were just checking the Flight Number to make sure it was a flight that did indead exist, but no way to know for sure. But it was no problem, and best part, I didn't have to spend money on a ticket I wasn't going to use!
Hope this helps someone
#1 JustinC474 has been a member since 27/8/2012. Posts: 9
Thanks for that. There are several variables relating to the "proof of onward travel" game. Depending on which country/airport/airline/employee you're dealing with they may require a confirmed/paid air ticket within 30 days, or any flight ticket at all, or a convincing-looking printout of an itinerary may suffice, you might get away with simply explaining your travel plans, or they might not ask about it at all. If in doubt a Thai visa (in advance) will trump all of the above.
That is good info, i'm flying soon to BKK and as it is my first trip and I am a bit of a worrier, I decided to buy a cheap ticket to Malaysia for £33. Flights are so cheap with Air Asia anyway that it would probably be wise to try one of the work arounds (such as itineraries, or just explaining your plans) and if they fail just buy a cheap ticket from Air Asia. I will probably do this next time.
#3 GhostOfTomJoad has been a member since 23/8/2012. Posts: 13