Want to know how to fly from Europe to South East Asia on the cheap? Here I explain how I was able to find affordable flight routes on my recent trip to South East Asia.
First of all you want to check out my general blog post on how to find cheap flights to gather the basic foundations on how to locate them.
Then you can follow these tips on how to find affordable flights to South East Asia from Europe, best of luck!:
Fly one way
It’s cheaper to buy return tickets but they will limit you to how long you will stay in a set location and you will normally have to depart from the point you arrive. By remaining flexible and booking one way you can return to Europe from where ever you like whenever you like, giving you more freedom and options on your next trip.
Cheapest Way to fly to South East Asia from Europe is by using stop overs at multiple destinations along the route. Use this trick to enjoy stop overs and explore some new, fun cities along the way too.
Usually 1+ day routes are off putting for families, but perfect for backpackers looking for a bargain.
You can also email the airline ahead of time and see if you can extend your stay by getting on a later flight or a free hotel for the night if its a long layover. This will allow you to get a free shower and quick sleep before or after your onwards flight. You can then use the rest of the time to explore the city you’ve landed in for the day.
Some airlines will provide this whilst others don’t, it comes down to asking in advance, being polite and seeing if they can honor your request. If you’re unable to grab a room many airports have public showers and sleeping style chairs to rest your head.
However, this is normally only honored for flights over 8 hours+, if they won’t provide a room, they will for sure provide you with meal vouchers its worth asking, you have nothing to lose.
Check with the Airport staff first that your plans are suitable for your onward flight, some airports might be located too far away to make this plan possible.
Stopovers are also great for jetlag as your body can adapt over time zones rather than all at once.
Fly to a major South East Asia Hub
You have two types of airports, Hubs and standard. Hubs are normally home to major carriers and take multiple flights each day. Standard airports are not served so frequently and are more expensive to reach due to less availability.
Fly to either: Bali, Kuala Lumper, Singapore or Bangkok
These are the big frequently served airports around South East Asia that are frequently flown too by major airlines, this is where you can find the cheapest flight routes.
Depart from a major European Hub
The same goes for Europe: London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris.
IF you can play around with a flight search engine, one way, with stopovers, between two of the above routes, this is how you can locate a cheap flight to South East Asia from Europe.
Use ITA to find your flight
My flight search engine of choice is currently ITA which is powered by Google. I’ve been using it since the start of the year when someone recommended it to me and I’m highly impressed by what it can do, it’s the perfect tool to find cheap flights, worth checking out.
You will want to remain flexible in order to find the cheapest airfare, by not being picky about the destination or the date you will find a much cheaper flight.
Why Kuala Lumper is a good arrival destination in South East Asia?
I recommend first looking at routes to Kuala Lumper for 3 reasons, first of all it tends to be the cheapest, 2nd its home to AirAsia and routes around South East Asia from KL will normally be a lot cheaper as that is their hub (KLIA2), perfect for booking your last onwards journey and 3rd reason is British passport holders get 90 day visa entry on arrival for no extra charge, perfect!
Now you’ve reached these awesome destinations on the cheap, you might want to check out this guide to finding the cheapest places to live by by friend Tim over at cheapest destinations blog.
I wish you all the best with finding cheap flights from Europe to South East Asia, have an incredible backpacking adventure, all the best! Do you have any tips you can add? Feel free to post below in the comment section, thank you: