By Meredith Carey. Photos: Getty.
Have you ever wanted to go to Bangkok? Maybe tack on a couple extra days to visit Siem Reap and Phnom Penh? How about Manila, Kuala Lumpur, or Shanghai? With this latest flight deal, ANA, a top five international airline in our Readers' Choice Awards, is offering a multi-city ticket to these Asian cities that usually costs about $1,000 for as low as $477. Booking the fare is a little complicated—it'll take some trial and error on the traveler's end—but the reward is a reasonably priced trip to Asia this fall on a great airline.
To get this fare, you have to book a flight that leaves from one of these U.S. cities: New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, or Seattle. You land in one of these Asian cities—Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, or Shanghai—and then, a few days (or weeks) later, fly out of a second city in Asia from that same list. If you're having a hard time deciding, check out our Travelogue podcast on how to plan a trip to Asia. Trips have to happen between August and November but it's important to note that rainy season in this region lasts from October through mid-winter, so booking on the early side means you'll avoid the heavier downpours. You will have to book an additional flight between your arrival and departure cities, but regional airlines offer flights around $100 one-way.
How to book: Head to Google Flights (start using this multi-city sample search). Scott Keyes of Scott's Cheap Flights has a few suggestions for trying out different dates, since Google Flight's usual green low-fare indicators don't appear here. Flights in and out on Tuesdays and Wednesdays appear to have the best deals, and Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are the most accessible cities. His other trick is to test out different city orders when you're searching. For example, if you want to visit Shanghai and then Phnom Penh but the low fare isn't appearing, search a route that visits Phnom Penh first and then heads home from Shanghai. The low fares will likely last a few days, so you have time to play around with departure dates and cities.
This story originally appeared on Conde Nast Traveler.
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