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Asia is served by numerous airlines hence airfares to the region are competitive, sales appear quite frequently to this region. Discount airlines have emerged throughout the continent and fares within Asia are some of the lowest anywhere. 

 

Competition in the Asian market has spurred some of the most unusual and economical fares of any region. Circle Pacific and Asia Air Pass programs which include travel to North America and Europe have substantially decrease the price for air travel to and thru Asian countries.

 

Below are several strategies which can save a significant amount of money for travel too, and thru the Asian continent.

  • Internet Search Engines Travelocity and other major travel sites have negotiated special fares to Asia.

  • Low fare Airlines: use our low fare airline locator to see which discount airlines service your destination.

  • Airport Web Sites: Many times the airport you are traveling to will provide valuable money saving advise.

  • Consolidators Several consolidators offer some bargains to Asian destinations.

  • Seasonal Fares Save by knowing when the fares go up, leaving a day earlier could save a great deal.

  • Back to Back Ticketing  discover how to buy two tickets for less than one and see even more of Asia.

  • Onward Travel  Visit a city beyond your intended destination and save money

  • Children and Senior Fares Which airlines offer discounts and how much.

  • Student Fares: Several companies offer programs for students, teachers and some youths.

  • Auction Sites Several auctions sites have begun selling tickets offering tremendous savings

  • Air Courier Tickets are briefly discussed both the pros and the cons of this travel.

  • Packaged Deals:  sometimes offer better prices than the airline ticket alone.

  • Air Passes This region offers many air pass programs with great values being extended.

  • Circle Pacific Fares For those interested in visiting the South Pacific as well as Asia at the same time.

  • Around the World Fares The dream of many may cost far less than you imagined.

  • Last Minuet Bookings strategies for finding the lowest fare when you must depart quickly.

  • Travel Agents still offer a valuable service and if you are not satisfied talk to one, many time they can help.

Internet Travel Specials

 

More than a dozen major booking engines are listed to the left of this paragraph. Each travel site will open in a new window for a quick comparison of who offers the best fareTravelocity, seems to enjoy a special relationship with Cathay Pacific Airways and on many occasions offers special web fares. Hotwire Hot-Fares! sometimes offer the most significant savings of all. For more information on these companies see the Fare Search Engine page.

This is an area where Back to Back and Onward ticketing options works very well. Many major airlines offer promotional fares at their websites; and sometimes they do not share these fares with the  fare search engines listed above. The airlines sell  tickets directly to the public; called by a variety of names, the unpublished fares are many times the lowest airfares available. Three web sites with consistently low fares are Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, and Korean Air.

Unsure which airline services your destination please use our timetable search page which also provides direct links to all the airlines. You may also display a list of each countries airlines by highlighting the country name in the drop down menu of this sites airline search page. You will be able to view each airlines web site, route network and the promotional fares currently offered from all the airlines.

Asia Low-Fare Airlines

Air Travel within Asia is as of late becoming a bargain, many new low cost airlines have recently emerged and the more established airlines offer a host of money saving programs. Air Asia, Bangkok Air, and Air Deccan are just a few of the newly emerging discount carriers.   

Many of these airlines offer fares only offer sales directly to the public from their internet sites and they are not displayed in standard internet search engines. To see which cities are served please use our Lowfare Airline Locator

Airport Web Sites

 

World Airport Locator: Airports offer advise to travelers that can save a great deal of  money.  Many airports have begun offering discount airline sections and most will provide information as to which airline service a particular city.  Sometimes a lesser known airport in a city may be serviced by smaller discount airlines unknown to most search engines.  The link at the top of this section will investigate all the airports of a particular city or country.

 

Consolidators

 

Travel agencies sometimes known as "bucket shops" or "consolidators" frequently buy tickets in volume from airlines they have a relationship with. These tickets are sold at a significant discount and can save the consumer a great deal of money over normal fares. A few companies have begun selling tickets over the internet and many times the fares they offer are even lower than some Fare Sales.

Economy Travel is our favorite company for discount airline tickets to Asia but three other companies to consider are Cheap Tickets,  Discountfares, and  One Travels White Label offerings.

 

Seasonal Fares

 

International travel to Asia is less expensive certain times of the year than others, with the least expensive tickets available from 1 September to 30 November each year. Summer travel prices rise substantially but in this region summer is defined differently by each airline. One airline even lists the high summer season as ending on the first day of August.  The savvy consumer who makes himself aware of the premium seasons can save substantially on travel in this region.  

 
Back to Back Ticketing

On many occasions it is less expensive to buy two separate tickets: one to a city in Asia offering bargain fares and another ticket to your destination of choice.

To demonstrate how this may work: The lowest published fare recently available from Los Angeles to Bali was $1,050 but a sale fare of $499 existed to Singapore at the same time. A round trip ticket from Singapore to Bali could be purchased for $199.  The two fares Los Angeles to Singapore and Singapore to Bali cost much less than just the one fare LA to Bali. 

Be careful to allow plenty of time for connections and if possible use the same airline for both portions of journey.  In most cases if you miss a connecting flight you will be held responsible for the missed connection and this could result in a substantial penalty.  If the same airline caused the delay and is the reason you to missed the connection, they may assume responsibility. To save some anxiety it may be best to plan on spending a night in the city you will be transferring to or thru. 

In Asia add on fares are available to many destinations with the purchase of an international ticket on a airline. These fares are discussed in greater detail at the Asia AirPass and Discount Airline links.

Onward Travel

Incredible as it may seem, sometimes flying a longer distance may actually costs less.  We recently found the lowest price to Taipei from Los Angeles to be $799, but a flight to Bangkok with a free stopover in Taipei was $510. Be careful with this type of fare! You must proceed to the final destination or you will not be able to use the rest of the ticket. Using the example above you would not be able to skip the Bangkok leg and would have to return from Thailand. Depending on the time of year, many different itineraries may be constructed in this manner.  

Travelocity offers a list of fares on its site using the Airline Fare list in the flights section.  These are very complicated fares to book and you may spend a great deal of time with the airline representative.  Travel agents will do the work for you but they receive little or no commission on these fares and will charge you a substantial fee  Certainly it is worth investigating; many times two cities you wish to visit can be incorporated in the same trip and save money.

 
Children and Senior Fares

 

Many European and African airlines offer discounts ranging from 20% to 33% for children fares originating in Europe. Family fares and the age restrictions for acquiring these fares fluctuate in the region and you are best served by checking with each  airline directly. 

Seniors generally receive a ten percent discount on the base fare but this fare may offer no savings or actually cost more than some sale fares..  Use our toll free telephone link for airline numbers. A great source of travel for Senior is Smarter Living's FREE monthly Senior Traveler Newsletter; Sign up and receive timely travel discounts.

Student Fares

 

Many independent consolidators cater to youth, students and even some allow fares to be purchased by teachers. STA Travel is a pioneer and the leading provider of these fares. The fares while somewhat competitive in off seasons can offer substantial savings for travel in Summer and other peak travel times.  Travelocity has a section dedicated to these fares and ISE Cards also has some great offerings in the Student flight section of the web page.

 

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Auction Sites

 

SkyAuction.com is a great site and frequently offer airline and packaged deals for travel to many Asian destinations. 

Priceline has long engineered extensive consumer savings, but you must first be aware of what  price to offer.  If you have tried all the methods above and are still not satisfied with the lowest price you received, you may submit a bid to Priceline.

You could try a bid as low as twenty-five percent below the lowest price you are aware of, but seldom are these bids accepted.  We have seen bids ten percent below the lowest price accepted, and it is worth a try. A great site for trying to determine what your bid should be is Bidding for travel, where information about recently accepted bids is available

E bay has expanded its travel section recently and sometimes offers outstanding values although we have not seen many offers for travel to Africa.

The above sites are auction sites and your bid is binding, you will be required to pay the charges once the bid is accepted.  Make certain you know how much the airline tickets are worth before you bid at the above sites.  Remember your bid is not an inquiry like the other sites mentioned above.  Your bid  is a binding contract to purchase the tickets!

 

Air Courier Tickets

 

These flights are extremely restricted but if you can actually meet all the requirements,  they are some of the least expensive tickets available.  You will be expected to give up most of your luggage space in return for this low cost ticket.  Usually you will have to join an organization that will provide you with availability information. Please make yourself aware of all the restrictions before purchasing a ticket this way. A search of the words air courier will display many organizations that offer this fare.  Many people have reported problems with this type of travel and a thorough investigation of the company should be conducted.

 

Packaged Deals

 

Many times packaged deals, a combination of hotel, car rental and airfare are less expensive than the airfare alone. Surprisingly some packaged deals are  less expensive than just the airfare. InfoHub  supplies a variety of bargain packages and more appear in the  Travel Deals section of this web site.

Many of us shy away from packaged vacations because we feel the tours are heavily restricted. Most of the tours do not limit the length of the stay to just the number of nights proposed by the package.  In most cases you may be able to stay longer for no additional costs. Many times the restrictions on air travel for packaged tours are less than discount airfares.

 

Air Passes

 

Air passes are prevalent in this region and offer spectacular money saving opportunities. At least two air passes includes travel from the U.S. and are superior values. We have dedicate an entire page to these fares alone: please use Asia Air Pass link for more details

 

Circle Pacific Fares

 

Circle Pacific Fares: should be considered if you wish to combine visiting the South Pacific with Eastern Asian destinations.  One Circle Pacific fare even allows travel to a few South American destinations.  The general rule is you must circle the Pacific in one general direction. These fares are discussed in great detail at the link listed above.

 

Around the World Fares

 

Around the World fares are rarely the least expensive alternative, but are usually the most flexible of fares.  Traveling in Business or First class, these tickets many times offer great values. The fares unlike the Circle Pacific in the previous section, generally require travel across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Many different "Around the World" fares exist and are discussed at length at the link listed above. These fares offer a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to visit an extensive array of destinations.

 

Travel Agents

 

Talk to a travel agent, many of them are well informed and may have special knowledge of some consolidator fares not listed here. Unfortunately the airlines have cut commissions on airfares to such modest levels that most travel agents no longer wish to book agendas for air travel only. Most travel agents may not even be able to find a fare as low as the one you have been quoted. 

If you tell the agent, you have already performed an exhaustive Internet search; they may not be very interested in helping. Almost certainly additional fees will be added to any ticket price.

 

Last Minute Bookings

The fares from Hotwire offer outstanding value and should be considered if you must commence travel within a few days.  Usually this site will not allow bookings within three days for international travel. Smarter Living  posts the internet travel deals offered by the major U.S. and a few international airlines each week and some outstanding values can be found to many Asian destinations.  Most of these fares require travel be started within a two week time period.

If you have encountered an emergency and need to travel quickly please use Emergency Travel link.

 

 

 
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