Update on flights to Asia

International flights to Asia

Currently, most Asian countries are in the early stages of reopening their borders, and a handful of countries like Thailand, Maldives, Singapore, and Sri Lanka are already open (or partially open) to international tourists. As demand increases, airlines are gradually resuming flights to these destinations, but countries that are still closed have fewer flights on international and domestic routes.

Before you fly to Asia

As each country has its own travel restrictions and regulations, you should always check for updates posted on the official websites. Also, look for flexible booking options – some airlines now offer adjustments to cancellation policies and waive change fees. It is also recommended that you confirm your flight status on the airline’s website before going to the airport.

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15 most effective flight hacks for Asia

  1. Avoid Asia's public holidays. Prices skyrocket during holidays and popular festivals – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. Cheap flights to Asia are non-existent during popular “red days” such as Chinese New Year (February), Eid al-Fitr (May), Waisak Day (May), Christmas and Boxing Day (24-26 December). If you really have to travel to Asia during these peak periods it's wise to book the flights well in advance.
  2. See extra destinations for free. Though most people prefer direct routes, few others embrace layovers and take them as the perfect opportunity to visit an extra destination. Some airlines offer free layovers which mean you have an extra city to visit without purchasing any extra ticket. Big plus: in-direct routes are usually much cheaper too!
  3. Check different departure airports. Consider neighboring cities when choosing the departure airport – especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in West Europe, check prices for flights departing from Paris, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome, and Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight to Asia will depart from one of these hubs. Yes, you may have to fly a few hundred kilometers to this hub, but low-cost airlines like EasyJet, RyanAir, or WizzAir will happily take you there for €50 - €100.
  4. Make use of loyalty programs. Choose an airline that suits you the best then stick to it. By becoming 'a regular' you will be able to make use of its loyalty program and earn "miles" (or points) – not only for flying but also for everyday expenses. Points earned this way often add up over time and this could give you a chance of significant price reductions on your next flights, special perks, or even free travel. If you often fly with Emirates, opt for Skywards, with Qantas – for Qantas Frequent Flyer, with Singapore Airlines – for KrisFlyer, etc.
  5. Watch for a good sale. Most airlines publish their web promotions frequently. To get a great bargain be sure to watch the airline sales over the course of several weeks.
  6. Join Air Traveler Club. A proven way to get great prices on flights to Asia is to become a member of the Air Traveler Club. It is free to join, and deals that the members get every week are priced at least 40% below the average airfare for a given route. Some of these 'hacker fares' can save you up to 80% (!) on your next flight.
  7. Find the best economy seats. Contrary to the popular view, not all economy seats on a plane are created equal. Some seats have slight advantages over others. It all depends on the aircraft, so we recommend visiting the SeatGuru website, where after entering your flight number you will be presented with a detailed seat map. Hover over individual seats to compare quality, and check out other travelers’ reviews.
  8. Select your seats in advance. If you wish to have a premium “hot” seat or ensure your party is seated together, you need to select your seats in advance. Try to check-in as early as possible for a larger selection of available seats. The hot seat rates are reasonable and the larger legroom will make a difference, especially on longer flights.
  9. Book a seat in a quiet zone. Some airlines (for example AirAsia X) start to offer child-free "quiet zones" for a peaceful flight experience. Children below 10 years old are not allowed in this section. Those seats are usually located in front of the plane (bonus: less noise from the engines) with soft ambient lighting and early meal service.
  10. Avoid the last flight connection of the day. Even in the post-pandemic world sudden flight cancellations may still take place. When flying domestically, try not to book the last flight out of your connecting airport. In case of a cancellation, the airline will obviously put you on its next flight, but it will require an overnight stay and arrival a day later.
  11. Download a VPN app. Many Asian countries seem to have problems with online content. China censors a large chunk of Western Internet with its “Great Firewall of China”, Indonesia dislikes content that violates "morality" (LGBT content, Reddit, Imgur, and Vimeo are blocked), and Internet freedom is declining in Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. If you want to keep access to your favorite websites while traveling in Asia, you should download a VPN app BEFORE you arrive. Check these tips on the best VPNs for travel.
  12. Don’t book tours or activities in advance. For most Asian destinations, anything you see online will be more expensive than what you pay at your local travel agent. Wait till you arrive and will be able to negotiate in person a much lower price.
  13. Carry your prescriptions. This one is important and will ensure that you get through Customs and Immigration smoothly. Some countries are very strict about medicines you carry along. In fact, many of the common OTC medicines that are available in one country may require a prescription in another. Make sure you take prescriptions along to avoid any hassle while traveling.
  14. Lost baggage prevention. Avoid lost luggage nightmares by removing old tags on your suitcases. Tags are printed with a barcode which is used for identification and tracking – so the old tags can really confuse baggage handlers and the conveyor belt scanners. They are one of the reasons so many bags miss their flight or get misrouted.
  15. DM instead of the call center. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service. If the problem arises, social media is usually a faster way to contact a real human that can answer your questions. Don't count too much on airline call centers, they are usually super busy.


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Flights to Asia – FAQ

Which airlines offer direct flights to Asia?

You can fly direct to Asia by AirAsia X, American Airlines, ANA, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines, Qantas, and Virgin Australia,

When is it cheaper to fly to Asia?

The cheapest flights to Asia tend to be during the low season — which depends on the country. You can expect prices to be 10-30% lower during this time (as opposed to high season).

How to get cheaper flights to Asia?

A proven way to get great prices on flights to Asia is to join Air Traveler Club. Deals we send are priced at least 40% below the average airfare for a given route, and many of them allow you to save up to 80% (!).


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