I'm not convinced that the online booking sites I've visited truly have the lowest rates. They don't even support budget airlines. So I guess my question is - how do I get the cheapest (and I mean the cheapest) flights around SEA? I am planning a backpacking trip for me and my fiance. If you can point me to the budget airlines that would be great. All I know is Air Asia, but I'm sure there are plenty of others that I'm missing. I don't mind hopping from one airline to another if that saves us money. - Gringo - Guest
1. Are you coming from the US? Make LAX your starting point. Los Angeles has a larger volume of flights to Asia than other US cities, which makes prices more competitive. You can get good deals from reputable airlines like Southwest Airlines, Delta, Allegiant Air, and Jet Blue.
2. Break up your flights. Not only will you get cheaper rates, you will also get to touch ground many great places on your way to your main destination.
3. Once in Asia, you can start hopping from one country to another using these budget airlines:
Philippine Airlines Express
4. Make big cities your gateway. Flying into major cities like Bangkok is cheaper than flying direct into smaller airports, like Chiang Mai, for example. If you want to save serious money, fly in to big cities and simply travel by land or by ferry to your destination.