From year to year, Thailand is increasing its position in the ranking of the most popular tourist destinations. One of the first points of independent travel organization is the search for air tickets, on which, by the way, you can save a lot.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, over 1.7 million Russian tourists visited Thailand in 2018. This figure is 26% higher than last year's figure, thereby confirming the inexhaustible popularity of the Asian destination. Currently, flights are available, both direct and with transfers, from more than 30 Russian cities. However, flights from Moscow are still out of competition.
We have prepared recommendations for you on how to save on the purchase of air tickets without compromising your vacation. Wind on your mustache!
Plan your trip at the start or end of the low season
Thailand is a country that is relevant for tourists almost throughout the entire calendar year. The best period for rest is from November to April. The most affordable prices, respectively, fall on the low season - from May to October. Experienced travelers will not let lie that the golden mean, namely the price-quality ratio, is a trip that falls at the beginning or end of the low season.
In the case of Thailand, this is late October - early November or late April - early May. How do you get the idea to get to Thailand for the May holidays?
Compare the cost of direct flights and with transfers
Where exactly to go is the question that most tourists ask, especially those who are planning to visit the kingdom for the first time.
Currently, direct flights are available from Moscow to:
With one or two transfers - to the same Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket, as well as to Chiang Mai, Krabi, Sukhothai, Trat, Samui, Surat Thani, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Lampang, Champfon, Trang, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Khonken, Ma Hong Son, Naratiuot and Ubon Ratchathani.
As a rule, we are talking about a transfer directly in the capital of the kingdom, Bangkok. At the same time, there are many routes with the possibility of connecting in Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, China, Serbia, Finland, Singapore, Azerbaijan, France or in one of the cities of Russia (Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, etc.).
An absolute plus of direct flights is the travel time (9-10 hours). Direct flights are preferred for families with children and all those who put comfort and speed first. But flights with a stopover, or even two, can also come to your liking. For example, this is a great option for young people, which will not only help save money, but also turn the flight into a separate mini-adventure.
Keep in mind that docking can take three hours or about a day - during this time, you can catch a glimpse of another country, if the visa regime allows it.
Don't believe that connecting flights can be profitable? Judge for yourself:
Use aggregator sites
Take advantage of the following services to find the best flight prices:
- OZON. Travel;
- Yandex. Air tickets;
- Google. Flights;
- Momondo et al.
Services Travel Rafar, Onlinetours, Travelata and Level. Travel also offer assistance in finding package tours and last minute tickets for low-cost airlines. Please note that flights from Moscow to Pattaya and Phuket are traditionally more expensive than to Bangkok. It is often more profitable to take tickets to the capital, and from there fly to other provinces, for example, by low-cost airlines AirAsia or Malindo.
The sites above are just what you need to compare offers from different airlines. Want to save even more? Go to the official website of the airline, the flight of which seemed the most attractive to you, and buy tickets directly, bypassing the markup of intermediaries.
A few more life hacks from those who ate the dog on flights:
- Look for tickets in advance - the conditional rule “the earlier you booked, the cheaper”, and really works in most cases.
- Do not forget about cashback services, which allow you to return part of the funds spent on tickets.
- Subscribing to news and notifications about changes in the cost of air tickets to the selected direction is a mandatory item in the program of experienced tourists.
- Do not lose sight of promotions and special offers from airlines, for example, redeeming bonus miles.
- Actively monitor aggregator sites for discounts, especially during the holidays (Black Friday, etc.).
Follow the recommendations and you can grab tickets for a really cheap price!