Flying

Flying: Asia Domestic and International

Trying to figure out where is the best place to buy a plane ticket can be overwhelming.  When you’re prepared to drop hundreds, or thousands of dollars on a ticket, you want to make sure you’re finding the best deal.  Here are some sites I’ve found from my own research that offer great ticket deals.

Best Airline Aggregates

Kayak.com consistently offers very, very cheap deals for international flying.  They also have handy features that allow you to find the best deals, especially if you have a flexible flying schedule.  You can sign up for Kayak’s alerts program and they’ll send you daily or weekly emails to inform you if they’ve found a better price for your trip.
CheapOair.com is another great site to find super-budget airline tickets.  Make sure to compare Kayak’s prices with CheapOair, because CheapOair often gives other airline ticket aggregates a run for their money.

Asia Domestic Air Carriers

There are a number of domestic air carriers within Asia where you can find absolutely stellar deals.  Some domestic airline companies fly between region (say from South Asia to Southeast Asia), while other stick to a specific area (like just mainland Southeast Asia).  Make sure you compare prices before you buy, because sometimes the following companies offer dirt-cheap tickets.  The domestic air carriers within Asia are not always luxurious, but they’ll get you from point A to point B and they won’t break the bank.  Another thing: always check the fine print when purchasing a ticket through one of the domestic air carriers.  Although they offer cheap tickets, they also have some restrictions like bag weight limits (they’ll let you bring a heftier bag, but it will come with a hefty price), costly snacks (bring your own), and limitations to change your flight.  Despite the draw backs, these airline companies make it easy and cheap to fly within Asia.

Air Asia is continually voted best low-cost air carrier.  Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Air Asia flies to destinations all over Southeast, East and South Asia including India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Vietnam.  Air Asia offers some great deals and pretty consistently has some aggressively low tickets.  Be sure to check it out when you want to fly within different regions of Asia.
Jet Star is an Australia based low-cost air carrier that flies mainly in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Jet Star’s main competitor is probably Air Asia, so they offer some pretty low prices and amazing deals.

Singapore Airlines shouldn’t be classified as a “budget” airline at all, but if you have some extra money to spend and you enjoy flying in the lap of luxury, check out their website.  You’ll arrive at your destination in Asia feeling refreshed and ready to go.

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