We also featured South East Asia airlines, the effect that COVID-19 has had on them and their plans for the future in our post South East Asia Airlines and COVID.
We have taken another look at flight prices and, on the whole, we have seen a reduction in prices for all locations where flights are currently available.
Obviously at the present time there is still great uncertainty over travel, even as far forward as March 2021.
If you are looking at booking flights, we recommend that you look carefully at the airline policy on flight cancellations. You may get extra protection by booking a package so that if one part of your trip is affected, other parts are also covered in cancellation policies.
All flight prices were based on outbound flights on 3rd March 2021, returning on 17th March 2021.
Prices have plummeted from the UK to Bangkok.
Direct flights had increased to more than £600 in August, now you can get a British Airways flight for just over £370.
If you are happy to have a stop along the way and save yourself some more money, you can get a good (short layover and low overall travel time) indirect flight for around £330.
Direct flights from London to Singapore were hitting the £600 mark in July, now you can fly direct for just £347. With an indirect flight just £14 less, direct flights are the way to go.
Flights from Manchester are a different story. We have checked a number of dates and it seems to be the same. If you want to fly direct from Manchester to Singapore you will need to have deep pockets. Prices have rocketed by almost 255% to £1,234. There are some doubts that this route will even continue in the short to medium term, following Singapore Airways recent announcement of reduced routes.
Indirect flights from Manchester, generally via London, are still good value but it may be cheaper to park at Heathrow rather than pay the extra for the Manchester route.
We have concentrated on the most common destination in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
Direct flights have fallen from £762 in July to just £532, almost the same price as an indirect flight between London and HCM.
Indirect flights from Manchester have only dropped around £40 in the same period but are now below £500.
We have concentrated on the most common destination in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Direct flights from London are the way to go here, just £372 will get you there much cheaper and quicker than indirect flights which are more than £70 more expensive.
Again, like with Malaysia, we have concentrated on the main entry point into Cambodia, Siem Reap.
We generally like to concentrate on flights on one airline, or at least within the same airline family and the same route.
Looking at these flights the cheapest price currently available is £581 on Cathay Pacific, £50 more expensive than flights in July through Singapore Airlines.
Looking at multiple airlines can bring the price down to £468 but does mean flying British Airways and Jetstar via Singapore on the outbound leg and then Cathay Dragon and British Airways via Hong Kong on the return leg.
Flights to the capital of Jakarta are under £500 at the moment.
Qatar have flights from £486 from Gatwick via Doha and Singapore have flights from £490 from Heathrow, of course via Singapore. If you are happy with multiple airlines then the best price right now is £423 – British Airways and Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong outbound and Jetstar and British Airways via Singapore inbound.
If you are looking to flights to Bali, your airport of choice is Denpasar. Qatar have the best prices at £522 from Gatwick via Doha.
For flights to Manila we have adjusted our dates slightly to make direct flights available.
Philippines Airlines have direct flights from Heathrow to Manila for £575. Flying indirect from Gatwick via Doha on Qatar are available from £480.
Cebu is a popular destination, but it will cost you more to get there. Cathay Pacific has the cheapest flights via Hong Kong for £636.
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