A film & travel writer & editor, currently travelling New Zealand ~
Published January 11th 2013
Fly for free - well, almost
Looking to get away to the craggy cliffs of Thailand or spend some hard earned cash in Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur? Don't spend your money on the flights - get there the cheapest way possible with these great Asian airlines.
AirAsia AirAsia has the best name and has the most routes available - from Australia and beyond, all throughout Asia. They are cheap, easy & pretty good to deal with if you have to change your flight plans. Air Asia flies out of its hub in Kuala Lumpur, and you can usually get flights pretty damn cheap. Fly to Burma for $40 AUD - yes please. Langkawi Island for $20 - sold.
Firefly Recently flying from Langkawi Island off the coast of Malaysia, we used Firefly. They were considerably cheaper than Air Asia, and were a delight to fly with. Firefly transit out of Subang - which is considerably closer to Kuala Lumpur than LLCT or KLIA - check out their website for the next deal that could be taking you far and away,
For worldwide budget airlines, check out these websites www.thebigproject.co.uk/budget/ an www.budgetairlineguide.com/ The only thing to remember is, if you are going to a country where the aviation laws are lax or in some cases non-existent, then maybe take the train - some countries safety standards are below par and the train or ferry systems which have been in place longer, are your better bet.
Another option to look at if you are in Europe is to take a courier flight - you deliver a document by hand on behalf of a company. I did this on a flight to New York from London for $99 return - you can find ads for it int he back of the Aus/NZ free press, like TNT in London.