I love travelling. And I love saving money! I live in Melbourne Australia and make sure I never pay more than $500 AUD on a return flight to Asia.
How do I do it? Check out all the tips and tricks here 🙂
Step 1. Be Flexible.
To get cheap flights, the first thing you need to do is be flexible in your travel dates.
If you’re looking at flights, and you need to leave on the morning of April 5th, and have to arrive back on the night of April 15th….that really limits you in finding the best deal. Because there may be a flight that’s $80 cheaper that arrives home on April 17th. It does happen.
So first tip is to be as flexible as possible with your dates.
Step 2. Sign up for Airline newsletters!
Because I live in Australia, I’m signed up to all the Budget Airlines that fly to Asia.
Step 4. Use private mode on your browser and/or a VPN.
You may have noticed when you’ve been searching for a particular flight again and again, that the price tends to creep up. Why is that?
First thing is to use the private/incognito mode on your browser. Safari and Chrome have this. Clearing your cookies is a good idea too.
Second, do a google search for “free VPN” and download one and use it when looking for cheap flights.
Step 5. Be Flexible (again) and fly to an Asian Hub, then get another cheap flight from there.
So what I usually do, is get a flight to a main Asian City hub and then find a cheap flight to my final destination.
There are 3 main budget hubs from Australia that are easy to jump to your next destination. They are Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bali.
Air Asia flies into Kuala Lumpur.
Scoot flies into Singapore.
Jetstar flies into Singapore and Bali.
I have found cheap return flights with Air Asia to KL from Melbourne then stayed overnight in the airport and got a morning flight to Chiang Mai. I made sure to book a return flight from KL to Chiang Mai and back again.
I’ve also found cheap return flights with Scoot to Singapore from Melbourne. Then I’ve spent a day exploring Singapore, and hopped on a Air Asia flight from Singapore to Kuching.
SkyScanner is your go-to search engine. You can find out how to get from one airport to another so easily by searching where you want to fly out of and when. You can even search the whole month to find the cheapest flight if you’re flexible!
Australians can also get very cheap return flights to Bali (it’s like our second home, right? Haha), then you can travel by land/boat to other Indonesian islands like Java/Lombok.
Or you can find cheap flights to Sulawesi, Komodo, Phillipines.
If you’re flying from Australia, it will be very easy for you to find a cheap flight to a South-East Asian Destination. An exciting budget holiday as the food is cheap and you can easily get a private room for under $25 AUD a night.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask 🙂 I’d love to help!