"How to find cheap Asia flights
and when you should book your ticket"
Last updated on Jan 12, 2013
So, you've finally decided that you're going to take that trip.
All you need now is a flight ticket :-)
Researching the best tickets is a long process, and most of the time it's about the right timing.
This article covers tips on how to find cheap flights to Asia and Asia travel deals.
And also when and where to buy tickets, and much more.
First, let's start with the big (and difficult) question.
Getting there is not a problem! The best way to travel to Asia is by airplane. It's your biggest expense, so it's not cheap. But it's faster.
How much you have to pay for your ticket depends highly on
Traveling during the high/peak season is more expensive than the low season.Because that's when everyone's traveling. Most backpackers don't want to travel when it's pouring rain during their entire trip! They want the sun to shine on their face. And there's usually more sun, and less rain during the high/peak season.
Traveling to hub cities is normally cheaper. Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Delhi and Mumbai are such hub cities.
For instance: you want to travel from Sydney to Phnom Penh in Cambodia. To save money, you should book a ticket from Sydney to Bangkok and then travel overland to Cambodia, and not book tickets from Sydney to Phnom Penh.
Usually the tickets are cheaper when you buy them like, 6 months before the date you're planning on leaving. So, if you buy your ticket like 3 weeks before planned departure, you can't really expect to pay rock-bottom price (in the high season)!
The high season in Malaysia and Indonesia is from June to August (applies to east coast of Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo).
The high season in South Korea and Japan is in the summer (June, July and August). For Hong Kong, the peak season is in the spring and fall, but this has changed the last couple of years with tourists visiting Hong Kong all year round.
For flights to Asia during the high season, you should book a ticket at least 6 months ahead, if not one year.
There's only a certain number of cheap tickets, and when these are sold out, you're usually stuck with the expensive ones.
Airlines start to sell cheap tickets early to 'lure' potential customers. They have to do this because of the tough competition.
My mom runs a travel agency (called Villarey Travel) and has told me:
"Amanda, if you want to get cheap fares to Asia, book them one year before if possible. If not one year, then book 6 months before."
She has successfully run her business for over 10 years now, so I can't say anything against this. She knows the deal.
On the other hand, because of the unstable oil prices, the flight taxes keep rising and dropping.
For example: I bought tickets to Kuala Lumpur for $1000 three months before departure in 2009 ($1000 is the cheapest ticket I've ever bought for Asia from Norway, in such a short time)
But you never know.
Be on the lookout for cheap tickets several months before planned departure, and hit it when prices are low. Have in mind that there are always special deals right before or after the holidays (right before or after Christmas, New Year, Easter etc).
So, all in all, it's better to be early when buying a ticket.
Remember that there are NO black-and-white answers to when you should a book/buy a ticket, to get cheap flights.
It's all about timing to get cheap international flights.
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