Delta partner and SkyTeam member China Eastern has roundtrip fares to Asia from both New York and Chicago for under $400 roundtrip.
Take, for instance, New York – Delhi for $395 roundtrip.
This is literally a fare of $67.50 each way plus taxes and fees, which is incredible for travel to the other side of the world. Delta owns a stake in China Eastern, yet complains they cannot serve India because Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar sell flights too cheap there.
Here are key rules for fare TPRUSS:
- Six month maximum stay
- Sell by August 31, although I doubt the fare will last that long
- Valid for departures October 11 through December 9 and January through April 2018
- $80 change fee. $160 for refunds prior to departure.
Via Fly4Free there are fares as low as $364 roundtrip.
Available cities include New York or Chicago to:
- Chiang Mai
- Hong Kong
- Cebu, Philippines
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Kuala Lumpur
- Phnom Penh
- Siem Reap
- Ho Chi Minh City
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Here’s Chicago – Ho Chi Minh City for $397 roundtrip — a $60 base fare plus taxes and fees in each direction.
For a decade it was unheard of to see roundtrip fares to Southeast Asia for under $600. I don’t even bother sharing fares to Europe unless they’re under $500… preferably under $400. There was a time these would be presumed to be mistake fares. Airlines would have claimed they were mistake fares. Now they’re just a good fare sale, the kind of thing that pops up now and again if you’re watching.
I know many readers want business class sales, but I’ve been thrilled to see how many people get excited about these deep discount coach tickets as well. For those without the means to pay for business class even when it’s discounted, these represent almost an unprecedented opportunity to see the world inexpensively — indeed for not much more than the taxes and fees some frequent flyer programs would charge for an award ticket!