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Flights to Jakarta in Indonesia. Book plane tickets to Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta.

Indonesia is open to international tourism

Indonesia (including the resort island of Bali) welcomes all foreign tourists, recently abolishing nearly all travel restrictions to enter the country. There is a no-quarantine and no tests pre- and post-arrival for fully vaccinated international travelers. Visa-on-arrival (VoA) has been resumed on 28th April 2022 for passport holders from 60 countries. Citizens of nine ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) are eligible for visa exemption.

When entering Indonesia, you must show a copy of a return ticket or ticket continuing the journey to another country.

Foreign passengers are allowed to transit through Indonesian airports as long as they remain airside, have proof of their vaccination status and onward flight tickets.

Arriving in Indonesia

  • If you are flying to Indonesia from abroad, you will most likely land at one of its biggest international airportsits main international airportJakarta CGK, Bali DPS, Surabaya SUB, Yogyakarta YIA, Makassar UPG, Batam BTH, and Medan KNO.

    These are also the best (and the cheapest) airports to fly into Indonesia. As they are used by many airlines serving the same routes, the competition for passengers is fierce – with decreased airfare as a result.
  • Once in Indonesia, take advantage of frequent intercity flights operated by domestic airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana Air, and Wings Air. Those in-country carriers typically offer lower fares, operate from smaller airports located closer to city centers (you save on ground transportation), and provide flexible schedules – with a wide range of departure times.
  • Planning to explore the region? Popular destinations near Indonesia can be easily reached with regional low-cost carriers (LCCs) by the likes of AirAsia, Batik Air, Cebu Pacific, Flynas, Jetstar, Lion Air, Saudia, Scoot, and VietJet Air. If you have a layover in Indonesia and plan to fly only a short distance to one of its neighboring countries, these budget airlines are an excellent way to save money. However, the “no-frills” carrier may not provide free checked baggage allowance, complimentary food, in-flight entertainment systems, and fast customer support. You may not even get to choose your seats, unless you pay extra.

Airports of Indonesia

Best airports to fly into Indonesia: Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK), Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Juanda International Airport (SUB), Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG), Kualanamu International Airport (KNO), Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA)
Indonesia has Indonesia has over 600 airports, ranging from large international airports to modest unpaved airstrips on remote islands (it's the world's largest archipelago). When flying to Indonesia, you will most likely arrive at one of these busy international airports – Soekarno–Hatta CGK in Jakarta (Java), I Gusti Ngurah Rai DPS in Bali, Yogyakarta Airport YIA near Yogyakarta (Java), Kualanamu KNO in Medan (Sumatra), Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepingganand BPN in Balikpapan (Borneo), Pattimura AMQ in Ambon (Maluku) and Sentani DJJ near Jayapura (Papua).
Things to know before flying to Indonesia
Airlines flying to IndonesiaAeroflot, Air France, Air China, Air New Zealand, AirAsia, ANA, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air , Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, IndiGo, Japan Airlines, Jetstar, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, Saudia, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Australia, Vistara
Indonesian airlinesAirAsia, Lion Air, Batik Air, Citilink, Garuda Indonesia, NAM Air, Sriwijaya Air, Super Air Jet, Susi Air, TransNusa, Trigana AirWings Air
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €600 – €1000 (from Europe)
✈ $700 to $1200 (from USA)
Flight hacks 40% — 80% off regular fare
Main airportsSoekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) – Jakarta, Java
Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport (HLP) – Jakarta, Java
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) – Denpasar, Bali
Juanda International Airport (SUB) – Surabaya, East Java
Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG) – Makassar, Sulawesi
Kualanamu International Airport (KNO) – Medan, North Sumatra
Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) – Yogyakarta, Java
Supadio International Airport (PNK) – Pontianak, West Kalimantan (Borneo)
Zainuddin Abdul Madjid International Airport (LOP) – Mataram, Lombok
Minangkabau International Airport (PDG) – Padang, West Sumatra

Airline discountsDiscounted airline tickets to Indonesia (student/family/seniors/military)

Low-cost flights from Indonesia

Stay ahead of the game. Fly to popular destinations at a fraction of the regular fare.

Destination Bali? Consider flying to Jakarta or Singapore first

Depending on your departure airport, you may find flight prices to Jakarta and Singapore much lower than airfare directly to Bali’s Denpasar. Jakarta to Bali is just a 2 hours flight, and if you switch to a local budget airline (AirAsia, Citilink, Batik Air), it shouldn’t cost you more than $50 – $80. You can find similar flight deals from Singapore to Bali with local carriers such as Scoot, Jetstar, and AirAsia (~ $100 – $150).

The cheapest time to fly to Indonesia

Being a tropical country, Indonesia has just two seasons – the dry season and the wet (rainy) season.

Weather patterns vary across the country, but as a rule, the best time to fly cheaply to Indonesia is during the rainy season (off-peak tourist season) – November to March (except the dates around Christmas and New Year). Despite frequent downpours, the rainy season in Indonesia has temperatures hovering around 30 degrees. The rains usually come in the late afternoon or evening, and it is often a heavy but short blast. If you plan your sightseeing in the morning and early afternoon, you can still make the most of your vacation – while saving money on flights.

However, if you wish to visit Papua or the Maluku Islands where the monsoon season deviates from the Indonesian “norm”, choose to travel between April and October to get the best deals on flights.

The dry season (high tourist season) in Indonesia is between July and August when the weather is sunny and dry but still cool and inviting. These months coincide with the European summer holidays and the Australian winter, so the archipelago is packed with foreign tourists crowds. If you plan to visit Indonesia during these months, it’s best to book your flight ticket well in advance.

Fly to Indonesian Papua, it’s worth it!

Papua, the world’s second-largest island, is split in half between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The Indonesian province of West Papua is a nature lover’s paradise, famous among adventurous travelers, divers, and trekking enthusiasts.

Flying is the easiest and fastest way to travel to Papua. Popular domestic routes start in Jakarta and Bali with transit in Makassar or Ambon, and you can fly to the airports of Sorong SOQ (suitable for Raja Ampat), Jayapura DJJ (Baliem Valley and the Korowai), and Timika TIM (Asmat, Carstensz Pyramid).

An average flight time is around 4-6 hours, and the ticket prices range from IDR 3–4mln (~$200–$340) if booked well in advance. The routes are served by local budget carriers AirAsia, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air, and the national carrier Garuda Indonesia.

Know your time zone

Being a massive archipelago, Indonesia has three different time zones: WIB (Indonesia Western Standard Time) – UTC+7h, WITA (Indonesia Central Standard Time) – UTC+8h, and WIT (Indonesia Eastern Standard Time) – UTC+9h.

For example, Bali is within WITA and its time is one hour ahead of Jakarta, which is within WIB.

When checking flights and airport transfer times, ensure you know the local time zones. The departure time on your plane ticket is always listed based on the time zone of the departure airport. We suggest resetting your watch during the flight – it will help your brain adjust to the new time zone and to deal with jet lag.

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Flights to Indonesia from United States and Canada

  • There are no direct flights from the US or Canada to Indonesia. However, most major hubs in Asia have non-stop flights to Indonesia, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.
  • Indonesia is well-served via one-stop flights from North America. Flights to Indonesia with one layover depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada.
  • The best airlines to fly to Indonesia from the US and Canada are: Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines. They are top full-service carriers, offering exceptional customer service, in-flight comfort, a generous checked baggage allowance, and reliable customer support channels – all included in the ticket price.

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Don’t use currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Indonesian airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for Indonesian rupiah at home.

Long waiting times when calling the helpline?

Social media is usually a faster way to reach the airline when a problem arises. Use Twitter or Facebook Messenger to contact the airline customer service and get a response and solution within minutes (see detailed guides for Garuda Indonesia, AirAsia, Singapore Airlines, and others).

When it comes to Twitter, there’s one more trick to get in touch with the airline faster: mention the airline in a tweet about your issue (add “@airline_handle”, for example: “@IndonesiaGaruda”). The customer care team will often notice it immediately, ask you for a direct message, and respond privately.

Flying on Indonesian public holidays is expensive

Big holidays and events such as Chinese New Year (February), Ramadan and Idul Fitri (May), and Idul Adha (July) will undoubtedly affect your trip to Indonesia – adjust your travel dates to avoid expensive tickets. Accommodation prices during these holidays go up, and transportation may be limited.

Prices also skyrocket during such national holidays as Hari Merdeka (31 August), Wesak Day (10 May), and Hari Raya Puasa (May). Last but not least, try to avoid school holidays in May, June and December.

Avoid the last flight connection of the day

When flying domestically, try not to book the last flight out of your connecting airport. If you miss it or the flight is canceled, the airline will put you on its next flight, but this will require an overnight stay and arrival a day later. Please note that Indonesian airlines are not in the habit of offering a free hotel in such cases.

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Flights to Indonesia from UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and other countries in Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Indonesia — you’ll need to get a connecting flight from elsewhere in the Middle East or in Asia. Currently only Garuda Indonesia and Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) are offering direct flights from Europe to Indonesia. Garuda operates few flights a week from Amsterdam (Schiphol airport AMS) to Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta airport CGK), while KLM connects Amsterdam AMS with Bali (Denpasar airport DPS). These direct flights cover the route in about 14-16 hours at the cost of around $600-$800 if booked early. If you are looking for the shortest journeys, consider airlines that operate flights from Europe to Indonesia with only one stop Singapore Airlines (from Frankfurt via Singapore), Malaysia Airlines (from Amsterdam or Frankfurt via Kuala Lumpur), Thai Airways (from Brussels or Frankfurt via Bangkok) or Cathay Pacific (from Amsterdam via Hong Kong).
  • Airlines that frequently fly from the UK, Germany, France, and other European countries to Indonesia include Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Thai Airways, and Turkish Airlines.
  • Consider departure airports in neighboring countries to increase your chance of spotting the best deal. Especially look for large airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines. For example, if you live in Western Europe, check air tickets to Indonesia from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, and Rome. Leverage frequent promotions from European budget carriers like RyanAir, EasyJet, and Eurowings to reach a major hub; from there, take a cheaper long-haul flight to your final destination, potentially saving hundreds of euros.
  • These major European airports are excellent departure points for trips to Indonesia: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt FRA and Munich MUC in Germany, Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France, Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands, Madrid MAD and Barcelona BCN in Spain, Rome FCO and Milano MXP in Italy, Brussels BRU in Belgium, Copenhagen OSL in Denmark, Oslo OSL in Norway, Stockholm ARN in Sweden, Zurich ZRH in Switzerland, Lisbon LIS in Portugal, Vienna VIE in Austria, Warsaw WAW in Poland, Prague PRG in the Czech Republic, and Dublin DUB in Ireland.

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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, Rome, or Vienna. In 9 out of 10 cases, the cheapest flight to Indonesia will depart from one of these hubs, and it may be €500 less or more than your first choice. 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.

Use a similar tactic if you depart from the US or another region. It’s one of the best ways to save hundreds on trips.

Book flights from many departure airports
By entering more than one departure city in the flight search engine (at the top of this page), you can quickly find the airport with the cheapest flights to your destination

Last-minute flights to Indonesia. The real cost of convenience.

Last-minute flights are often touted as a great way to save money, but the reality is far from it. Booking last-minute flights to Indonesia almost always never works out.

Based on years of research, the airlines know what people are willing to pay for specific flights and dates. To make the most money, they will sell their cheapest fares first and then increase the prices right before the flight to take advantage of these travelers who are willing to pay the premium price for late booking.

Occasionally, airlines can offer last-minute deals to fill the remaining seats, but these are for unusual times and unpopular places. Popular destinations and dates tend to sell out quickly.

Planning ahead is key to securing a good deal on your flight. Last-minute flight deals are hard to come by, so as soon as you have a tentative travel timeline, book your flight. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to save money. If you are looking for a good deal, the best time to book your flight to Indonesia is 2-8 months before the takeoff.

Airlines of Indonesia

Most domestic routes in Indonesia are operated by local airlines. When traveling to popular tourist destinations such as Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Maluku, Papua or Yogyakarta, you’ll be flying with one of the Indonesian airlines.

The government-owned Garuda Indonesia is the national flag carrier, operating full-service flights to several destinations, including overseas (it is also the only Indonesian airline that flies to Europe). Garuda’s low-cost subsidiary Citilink operates shuttle services between Indonesian cities. Lion Air focuses on budget travelers, and with its subsidiaries Batik Air and Wings Air, it’s the country’s largest airline group. Founded in 2021, Super Air Jet is a newcomer focusing on air travel between islands in Indonesia and targeting the millennial generation. Sriwijaya Air is a private low-cost airline that serves more than 40 domestic destinations. Truly affordable ticket prices can be found at Indonesia AirAsia, a subsidiary of Malaysia’s AirAsia – repeatedly named Asia’s best low-cost airline.

Flights to Indonesia from Australia and New Zealand

  • Australia and New Zealand offer robust flight networks to key APAC locations, Indonesia included. While domestic carriers like Qantas, Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia, and Air New Zealand provide solid options, several major international airlines also serve these routes. These include ANA, Cathay Pacific, EmiratesGaruda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways — expanding your choices for travel between Australasia and Asia.

    There are no direct flights from Australia or New Zealand to Indonesia. You’ll need a layover in one of the major hubs in Asia.
  • Airlines have different pricing strategies for different routes. A flight to Indonesia could be significantly cheaper from Sydney than from Melbourne, depending on airline partnerships, demand, and even time of year. Compare fares from different international airports in Australia: Sydney SYD, Brisbane BNE, Melbourne MEL, Perth PER, Adelaide ADL, Cairns CNS, Gold Coast OOL, Canberra CBR, Darwin DRW, Hobart HBA, Alice Springs ASP, and in New Zealand: Auckland AKL, Wellington WLG, Christchurch CHC, Queenstown ZQN, Dunedin DUD, and Hamilton HLZ.
  • If you’re looking to save, consider flying from Australia or New Zealand to a primary Asian hub, then catch a connecting flight to Indonesia with a regional budget airline such as AirAsia, Batik Air, Cebu Pacific, Flynas, Jetstar, Lion Air, Saudia, Scoot, and VietJet Air.

    For the initial leg of your trip, full-service airlines such as Qantas or Virgin Atlantic offer premium comfort and exceptional service, albeit at a premium price. However, many Asian airlines, including budget carriers, operate out of Australia and frequently feature sales and promotions. For instance, AirAsia runs deals to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore; Cebu Pacific to Manila; Scoot to Singapore; VietJet Air to Ho Chi Minh City; Jetstar to Seoul, Singapore, and Tokyo; Bamboo Airways to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing; Batik Air to Jakarta and Singapore.

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Booking group flights to Indonesia

Flights are cheaper when purchased in bulk rather than as individual tickets. Booking group flights to Indonesia can be a cost-effective option for a school trip, family reunion, or corporate group traveling to a conference.

To qualify for the special group rate, the group must usually have at least 10 passengers. Discounts depend on the airline, group size, and travel dates, and typically range from 5% to 20% off the regular airfare.

Airlines and flight search websites typically limit automatic group bookings to 10 passengers. This limit reflects the complexity of managing larger groups, which require personalized service and more time to coordinate. To get the price quote for your group, you’ll need to contact the airline or a travel agent directly.

Most airlines have a group booking form or phone number (see examples at Emirates and Qantas). Fill out the form, and the airline will come back to you with the proposed group rate. If your group is large and a scheduled flight cannot accommodate everyone, the airline may offer you a charter flight.

Additionally, there are various perks that your group may be eligible for:

  • free seats (complimentary tickets for every 10 or 20 passengers that book together)
  • free checked baggage allowance
  • dedicated group check-in counter at the airport
  • cabin crew who speak your group’s language
  • flexible booking terms (that allow changes without fees)

Booking group flights to Indonesia is similar to booking individual flights. The main difference is that you’ll need to provide personal information for all passengers, and the airline may request additional details, such as meal preferences or accommodations for disabled travelers. A deposit – typically 10-50% of the total cost – may be required to secure the booking. However, some airlines offer deferred payment options where you can secure a reservation with a booking fee and pay the balance later.

If you’re open to different airlines or want more personalized service, a travel agent may be a better choice. Travel agents may have access to discounted group rates to Indonesia and can help with logistics and scheduling.

“Hot seats” on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service – seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight to Indonesia, those “hot seats” are worth considering – expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Booking hot seats (preffered seats with extra legroom) on plane
Choosing a hot seat during the flight booking process is usually worth it. For a reasonable price, you will get more room to stretch your legs, as well as a wider seat pitch.
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Flights to Indonesia from Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, and other major hubs in Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many shorter routes: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380. When booking your flight to Indonesia look for these bigger planes as they will almost always give you the best experience in every cabin, including better seat pitches, higher ceilings, and larger overhead bin space.
  • Asia is also home to most of the world’s best airlines. There are only ten airlines that received the prestigious 5-star mark of quality from Skytrax, and all of them are from Asia: ANA, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Choosing one of these airlines for your trip to Indonesia will guarantee a pleasant journey – delicious meals served during the flight, great in-flight entertainment, and above-average airline customer service.
  • Asia is extremely well served by low-cost regional airlines. If you are visiting Indonesia and want to see several other countries on a tight budget, they often have great sales with rock-bottom prices, while still offering a relatively comfortable flight experience. Among the best Asian budget airlines you can book without hesitation are AirAsiaCebu Pacific, Citilink, FlyDubai, Indigo, Jetstar Airways, Scoot, SpiceJet. The cons? Being no-frills airlines they may not provide free baggage allowance, inflight meals, or onboard entertainment. The departure times may also be quite inconvenient as they try to save money by flying at off-peak hours.
  • Most major Asian airports have convenient and frequent flights to Indonesia — including Changi (Singapore), Dubai (UAE), Hong Kong (China), Incheon (Seoul, South Korea), Indira Gandhi (New Delhi, India), KLIA (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Narita (Tokyo, Japan), Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia), Soekarno–Hatta (Jakarta, Indonesia), Ninoy Aquino (Manila, Philippines), Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok, Thailand), Taoyuan (Taipei, Taiwan), and others.

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Lost luggage prevention: Essential tips

Every year, airlines handle millions of bags and a small percentage never make it to their final destinations. Avoid lost luggage nightmares on your trip to Indonesia by removing old tags from previous flights on your suitcases – they can confuse baggage handlers and conveyor belt scanners. It’s also a good idea to label your luggage with your name, address, and phone number (both inside and outside the case) and attach a GPS-tracker device like Apple AirTag or Samsung SmartTag.

For peace of mind, consider purchasing travel insurance to cover the full value of your luggage, as airline liability usually doesn’t reflect the actual value of the baggage content.

“Book Flights Now, Pay Later” — is it worth it?

Booking a flight and paying for it later has recently become a popular trend in the travel industry, with many airlines offering delayed payment plans. They will allow you to make flight reservation to Indonesia now and then pay the bill in installments. But should you take advantage?

Book Now Pay Later (BNPL) plans are essentially short-term personal loans. By partnering with financial companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, PayPal Credit, Fly Now Pay Later, and Uplift, airlines can offer their loan services on the checkout page. When you book the flight with the BNPL option, the company pays the airline, and you repay the loan in installments over a set period (usually up to 24 months), with a set interest rate.

BNPL providers have varying terms and fees. Some may offer interest-free loans but have fees for late payments and require forced autoplay on your bank account, while others may have high annual percentage rates (up to 30-40% APR). There may also be transaction fees, down payment requirements, and many companies even run a credit check on the traveler.

Fly now pay later - delayed payments for flight reservations
Fly Now Pay Later works with numerous popular travel brands to provide delayed payment options

Among the airlines that offer a “fly now, pay later” option are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic.

Is BNPL financing worth it? If paid off on time, interest-free delayed payment on your flight ticket to Indonesia can be a great way to free up your cash flow. However, there may be safer alternatives available – such as taking advantage of an introductory 0% interest offer on a credit card or using flight price “freezing” services like Hopper.

Proof of onward travel – a simple hack

Travelers who go on long trips often don’t have a set itinerary and fly on one-way tickets. The problem? For many APAC countries, proof of onward travel is a legal requirement. If you arrive at the airport without an onward ticket (from Indonesia to another country), you’ll either be forced to buy one online or forbidden from boarding the plane altogether.

The cheapest solution? Renting an onward ticket! Use the websites such as OneWayFly or OnwardTicket to get a flight reservation for a limited amount of time (usually 2 to 14 days). They work by actually booking you on a real flight out of Indonesia and giving you a confirmable flight reservation with a PNR (Passenger Name Record) under your name. After the time limit, your spot on the flight is automatically canceled. Such “temporary tickets” tend to cost anywhere from $10 to $20.

Confirmed flight ticket reservation
Proof of onward travel: confirmed flight ticket reservation (source: OnwardTicket)