Planning to tour Asia country by country? Prefer cheap trips? Some travelers may jump to purchase multi-city flight tickets to save money. However, flying with Air Asia could cut the cost in half or more!
How Air Asia works
Be aware that organizing a trip according to Air Asia’s limited flights takes a lot of work. In order to arrange multi-city trips, you must purchase one-way flights between each destination.
There are few prearranged layovers offered. In most cases, you will have to buy two one-way tickets to reach a destination through a common denominator. When flying with Air Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the central location for all flights. If all else fails—fly through Kuala Lumpur.
Comparing Air Asia and Kayak.com
I made up two travel itineraries for one adult (traveling economy) and processed each on both websites, using the same departure dates. Every single departure is on a Wednesday, which tends to be a day for cheaper flights. Next to the itinerary items are the individual Air Asia ticket prices in parentheses. The prices may have fluctuated since.
Itinerary #1: Let’s say you live in San Francisco, CA, USA. Since Air Asia doesn’t offer flights to and from America, let’s assume you have already purchased your one-way ticket from San Francisco to your first destination, Hong Kong.
June 4, 2014 | Hong Kong – Bangkok, Thailand (102.98 USD)
June 11, 2014 | Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (82.21 USD)
June 18,2014 | Kuala Lumpur – Singapore (15.83 USD)
June 25,2014 | Singapore - Seoul, South Korea (layover through Kuala Lumpur) (210.88 USD)
Itinerary #2: Let’s say you live in Liverpool, just outside of Sydney, Australia. You want to spend a week in Vietnam followed by a week in China. Naturally, you want to fly in and out of Sydney’s airport. Lucky for you, Air Asia covers that! Unfortunately, there is no direct flight from Shanghai to Sydney, so you have to arrange a stopover in Kuala Lumpur.
June 4, 2014 | Sydney – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (385.57 USD)
June 11, 2014 | Ho Chi Minh City – Shanghai, China (269.17 USD)
June 18, 2014 | Shanghai – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (171.60 USD)
June 18, 2014 | Kuala Lumpur – Sydney (177.37 USD)
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