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Most affordable way to travel?

Posted by kachopra on 21/3/2012 at 07:43

Hi All,


A lot of the websites I have trawled through seem to have a lot of outdated information on the cheapest way to fly between countries in SE Asia. Various air passes are mentioned but many have either stopped or seem hard to find information about. I was hoping people here would be able to point me in the correct direction or know an answer.

So if I wanted to travel this summer in SE Asia and stop at lets say Bangkok, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpar, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong what would be the most affordable way to do it?

Many thanks

Please point me in a different direction on this site if I have posted in the wrong forum.

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Posted by tyler on 21/3/2012 at 08:49

SEA has multiple budget airlines... Check AirAsia for flights in and around KL and Bangkok. Vietnam Airlines has some cheaper flights from HCM and Hanoi. Can't help you with flying out of Tokyo, Shanghai or HK. But AirAsia does fly to Tokyo and HK from KL.

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Posted by kachopra on 21/3/2012 at 09:02

So you would say it is more affordable to do budget airlines individual flights than get an Air Pass?

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Posted by tyler on 21/3/2012 at 09:07

I have never used an air pass. So haven't a clue about the cost regarding them. Maybe just check the price for certain flights that you plan to take...and compare. Hopefully someone else here who has used an air pass previously will respond and can be more help!

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Posted by BrettC on 21/3/2012 at 15:17

You might try consulting a travel agent in your home country as well. They are more likely to have information about things like air passes with various programs since that's what they spend 40 hours a week doing. They can often arrange them for you at a similar price to what you'd pay doing it yourself, sometimes (rarely to occasionally) even less.

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Posted by Twerto on 21/3/2012 at 17:48

I might of failed miserable but i didn't find any airline offering air passes any more. I did find some places offer what is called Open Jaw flights.. in where you fly into somewhere and fly out of somewhere else. It was cheaper in some ways but for what I have ended up planning I was cheaper to fly in and out of Bangkok and then book my internal flights/trains separate.

I also noticed the price of flights change almost daily depending on which airline is doing what offer. when i first looked it was Quantas that were the cheapest at £650 flying into Hanoi and out of KL, which would of worked in ok but within a day or two that went up to £800. As it is i have ended up getting return flights to Bangkok for £485 on the basis of where ever i end up by the time it is time to go home it will only be an £80 flight at most to fly back to Bangkok. still saving £200+

In short it is worth doing your research as Open jaw flights can be cheaper but totally depends on when you book and how flexiable you are. If you are tied to when you go then chances are buying a return flight to a main hub like Bangkok will be the cheapest option for you.

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Posted by stefanw on 21/3/2012 at 22:18

I use Hipmunk when searching for flights on traditional scheduled airlines where it is generally cheaper to book return flights. You can also choose Multi-city. For low cost carriers I use Adioso to search.

They generally show a good range and good prices. I never book through the links they provide though because I always search around more.

Another way is to find out which airlines fly into and out of the airports you want and then go to the airlines website and search.

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Posted by captainbkk on 23/3/2012 at 09:11

depends where you start from-you did not say that.
Airpasses are always tied to the airline you use to fly into SEA-you did not name that. They are nearly always done by tr-agents. Many young people do not even know what that is-or are to prejudiced about them anyway.
In general AirAsia is the best choice for low-budget flights-IF yuou know how to play that game and are not scared away by all the loads of often unfounded stories about it- mostly from people who did not treae the rules before and got caught out. Adapt your travel to where they fly to-that makes more sense for reall saving money as folowwing blindly some trail.

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Posted by kachopra on 23/3/2012 at 09:15

I would ideally like to start in Bangkok and fly back out of HK at the end. I could do a multi city flight for that or I could just fly back out of Bangkok.

I may approach a travel agent but there are so many and I have no idea which ones are good so need to research that.

What are the Air Asia stories you are talking about?

I was thinking the Air Asia way is good, most flights are only like £20. What other charges will there be?

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Posted by tyler on 23/3/2012 at 09:32

With AirAsia you will also pay extra for seat selection, airport tax, food and checked in luggage over 15kg.
I have been using AirAsia for almost all of my flights here and have never had an issue. That being said I have never tried to change a flight and I am always at check in at least 1 hour before domestic flights and 2 hours for international. I have never had a flight that was late.
I think captainbkk was referring to a few earlier posts here where a couple of people were complaining about the customer service or lack thereof.
Just follow the rules!

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Posted by kachopra on 23/3/2012 at 09:36

Will do. I just ran through a purchase on Air Asia as a test and the fees only pushed it up about £8 in total - not bad at all.

Does anyone know of any good travel agents in the UK that specialise in Far East travel?

Thanks for all the help, much appreciated.

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