Will be traveling in Southeast Asia December - March. We would like to buy our round-trip ticket and then stay flexible with our travel to the Philippines, Malaysia, China, Myanmar and Thailand. After some research it seemed to us we would do as well buying our intra-Asia short haul tickets on the spot as we make up our mind--as opposed to getting an Asia Air pass or Circle Pass ticket. When we priced this option on line, it seemed cheaper to book as you go, and gives us more flexibility. Our concern is will prices and seats be cheap and available if we are only booking a week or so ahead of time. Does anyone have any experience with this. We'll be looking for about 10 intra-Asian flights.
steve and suzanne
#1 stevewangh has been a member since 11/9/2011. Posts: 1
My advice would be to book as you as it'll give you maximum flexibility. If you tie yourself in to a schedule of booked flights you may regret it as you discover places you want to linger longer, skip through or head off in a different direction to that you originally planned.
In most cases it's fair to say that booking a flight several months in advance will give you a wider range of cheaper options than by booking a day or day ahead; however it takes away the flexibility and in my experience often doesn’t work out much cheaper especially if you end up forfeiting or changing a ticket.
If you have fixed ideas about where you want to be for Christmas/New Year though, you may want to plan that part more carefully as flights will be busy and definitely more expensive around then.
In my experience, booking as you go is the way to go!