In the past handful of years, lower economy fares to Europe and Asia have made travel more accessible to all. For flights to Asia, this is especially true with increased competition from mainland Chinese carriers. One of the better Chinese airlines, China Southern, has a solid fare for a winter getaway to Thailand.
A roundtrip flight to Asia below the $400 mark from the east coast of the US is still not super common. Travel to the heat and humidity in Thailand while everyone back home is in a digging out from the latest winter storm.
- Where: New York (JFK) To Bangkok (BKK), Phuket (HKT) via Guangzhou (CAN)
- When: November 2019 through Spring 2020 (widely available dates)
- How Much: From $380 round-trip
- Why: Fantastic economy fares from NY to Thailand, on a decent Chinese carrier
- How To Book: Search on Google Flights or use on online travel agency (OTA) aggregator like SkyScanner for the lowest prices
November 11 through November 19
Note: For fares at this sub-$400 price point, most of these flights have a long layover in Guangzhou in at least one direction. You can maximize it and try to finagle a stopover out of it (for a longer stay).
Best Ways to Maximize Your Purchase
Besides the miles you would earn with the airline for actually flying, you can also earn points for spending on credit cards. These are some of the cards that offer bonuses for purchasing airfare.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card – 2x Ultimate Rewards points on travel (directly with airline or OTA)
The Platinum Card® from American Express – 5x Membership Rewards points on flights booked directly with the airline
The Chase Sapphire Reserve – 3x Ultimate Rewards points on travel (directly with airline or OTA)
The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.