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How To Find Cheap Flights to the Bay of Love

23 Nov

A few years ago, when I first started jetting around all the time, a frequent flyer friend of mine taught me a few little tricks to save on airfares. This can sometimes take longer than flying directly to where you want to go, but for me, it has been a great way to see more places on my transits and I’ve saved thousands of dollars in the process. 

You want to find the cheapest way to get to the other continent and then use local carriers to get around within that continent. 

Using Melbourne to Koh Samui for the retreat as the example, here’s how I do it: I use a flight search engine like Adioso.com, Kayak.com or Skyscanner.com to check first how much it costs to fly directly. 
Right now, Malaysia Airlines have flights from Melbourne for around $690 to Koh Samui. Usually, flying directly to Samui will cost at least $1000 from Melbourne, so this is a fairly reasonably priced flight for those of you wanting to fly straight there! 

But if you’re prepared to break the flight up into little legs, you can fly to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia X from Melbourne for around $380, then grab a flight to Koh Samui for around $60 – $120 with Firefly from Subang Airport.  

Alternatively, Jetstar has some ridiculously cheap flights from Melbourne to Bangkok right now – $360!

Then you can grab a Bangkok Airways flight for around $100 – $150 to Samui. Thai Airways also often has promotions from Bangkok to Samui from as low as $50.

If you want to save even more, you can fly with Air Asia or Thailand’s Nok Air from Bangkok to Surat Thani for around $30. You then catch a ferry over to Koh Pha Ngan from the mainland. 

Personally, I use the stopovers as opportunities to see friends or explore the stopover – You may need to stay a night in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok to make it work. I can give you loads of recommendations for places to stay and things to see in both cities.

Those of you coming from Europe or the US, use the hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok as your entry point. It will save you loads of money!!! 

Happy to answer any questions!