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The Cheapest Flights To Asia: Bali, Thailand, India And More For $250 This Fall

China Eastern Airlines is currently offering some of the cheapest flights to Asia we’ve seen all year: $250 one-way fares from the West coast to plenty of destinations across Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Bali, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, New Delhi and numerous Chinese cities. That’s an exceptional price for those routes, especially to smaller cities like Chiang Mai and Phnom Penh, where one-way fares regularly sit at $500 or more. These promotion prices are mainly available for September departures, and given how attractive they are, I don’t expect them to last for more than a day or two.

As an added bonus, some of the flights have lengthy stopovers in Shanghai, which gives you a chance to get out and explore one of Asia’s most vibrant cities. Americans and Canadians stopping over in China for less than 72 hours don’t need a visa before they arrive, so it’s a great way to see Shanghai en route to your final destination.

With winter around the corner, who wouldn’t like a trip to Bali? Photo: Shutterstock

If you need some inspiration, here are a few sample one-way flights to work from:

Keep in mind that these prices are all for one-way flights. If you need a return flight as well, most of those are available for just double the one-way price, or about $500 total.

While it’s easiest to find these promotion fares departing San Francisco, there are also some good routes available from other West coast cities. Here are a few to get you started:

Of course, even with such a cheap flight to Asia, small snags like lost luggage can completely ruin your trip. That’s why I always suggest booking your flights with a premium credit card to ensure your travels are backed by a top-notch insurance policy. For Americans, I recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, while I like the American Express Platinum Card for Canadians. The last thing you want is to have your luggage lost somewhere in China, so it’s better to be prepared and leverage the coverage that comes with these cards than take the risk of letting your entire trip fall into dismay.

Here are a few more resources for your trip: If you don’t already have elite status with China Eastern Airlines or another airline within SkyTeam, see if you can get a status match in advance of your trip (status matching with Alitalia is generally the easiest way to get SkyTeam elite status). If you’re considering flying in a premium cabin instead, compare business class and first class first to check if it’s worth upgrading, and if so, how to do it most effectively. Finally, if you choose to go to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong or Bali, take a look at this recent roundup of the five most amazing pools in Southeast Asia—they’re sure to get you excited for the trip. Happy travels!

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