How To Get Cheap Flights To Asia
1. Check TravelZoo and AirfareWatchdog for Current Deals to Asia
Both these sites keep up-to-date listings of the best airfare deals. Fares are listed by both departure and arrival cities.
It’s a good idea to signup for their email alerts as well. Get updates sent to you when new sales are found.
2. The Best Websites for Cheap Tickets
There is no one-stop website for finding cheap airfares. If you want the best price you really do have to check all the main flight-search sites.
These are my favorites:
Each site can have access to different fares and block seat sales. There are no shortcuts – if you want the best fare you need to check all of them.
3. Fly With A Budget Airline To Asia
Low Cost Carriers are airlines like Air Asia, Nok Air, and Air India Express. Historically they’ve flown short routes within a country or between neighboring countries. But over the last few years they’ve been adding more international and long haul routes.
Budget airlines that fly to Asia from Europe:
Not sure who flies where? Use these very handy websites to figure what budget airlines fly to which cities:
4. Fly With A Budget Airline Within Asia
Budget airlines fly all over Asia and offer some fantastic fares. They’re a great way to cut costs and save time getting around the region.
5. Buy An Open-Jaw Ticket
This won’t save you money on your ticket. But it does save you money on your entire trip costs. If you can fly Los Angeles to Bangkok, use budget airlines to move around Asia for very affordable fares, and then return Singapore to Los Angeles, you’ll save yourself a one-way train ticket (or flight) from Singapore back to Bangkok. Plus you’ll save yourself a day – and perhaps an added night – of retracing your steps for no specific gain. Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Singapore are all great airline hubs and thus make good options for being the start or end points of any open-jaw trip.
6. Save Money On Hotels Instead of Flights
You’ll often save far more money focusing your vacation research on hotels rather than flights. And the longer the trip the greater the proportion of your budget hotels will be.
If you save $150 on your flight to Bali it’s a one-time savings. But saving $50 a night on your hotel can add up to some big numbers if you’re traveling for more than 2 weeks.
The best website for finding hotel deals in Asia (or anywhere) is undeniably hotelscombined.com. It searches dozens of other websites for the best deals. It’s what I use.
Here are some helpful pages for affordable hotels in East and Southeast Asia:
So, spend some time searching for cheap tickets but don’t over do it.