Cheap Flights: Houston to Singapore $631 r/t – Korean Air

[07/16/2014 @ 1:40 AM] Open this itinerary here: Expedia, Orbitz.
[07/28/2014 @ 12:12 PM] United is matching, they allow two stopovers on fare.
[08/18/2014 @ 12:40 PM] Korean Air no longer offering this. United has next best fare at $910.
[09/28/2014 @ 4:15 PM] Cathay Pacific has a route pairing with Korean Air that is about $270 less than normal. (Was $893)
[10/02/2014 @ 4:36 PM] Removed. Doesn’t look bookable anymore.

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UPDATE: If you don’t mind grueling layovers with 20 to 40 hours of total travel time each direction and multiple stops, it is possible to book this for $631 on Orbitz at the moment. You must select “Narrow my search to my preferred airlines.” and choose “Korean Air” and “Cathay Pacific” for your two airlines.

  • A working example is available here: Orbitz. (Be sure to pick the departure with the shortest travel time, not the one near the top.)

Also, you could in theory pay $100 for each layover you convert into a stopover to turn this into a decent multi-city itinerary (Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong) for about +$200 more.

  • An example of that itinerary is here: Orbitz.

Additional working example dates are located in the Flight Details section below.

Korean Air is offering inexpensive airfare from Houston (IAH) to Singapore (SIN) via Incheon (ICN). Round-trip fare is $631. Mileage accrual is 70% if you use your Korean Air SkyPass account. There is no mileage accrual on this fare if you use your Delta SkyMiles account.

The fare has the following stopover component:

  • UNLIMITED STOPOVERS PERMITTED ON THE PRICING UNIT AT USD 100.00 EACH.

“Unlimited” stopovers are generally limited by routing rules, but this is a good way to visit both Singapore and Seoul with a multi-destination itinerary.

If you are not familiar with how stopovers work, it’s time to catch up. Start here: [How to use stopover rules when buying airfare].

To those of you that may have an objection to not earning miles, consider this: Korean Air’s Economy travel product offers more legroom, better service, and a better international hub than United or Delta. Doing a multi-destination itinerary with both Singapore (SIN) and Seoul (ICN) is about $500 cheaper than the next cheapest fare and it can do it with less stops. To get a comparable seat on United with the same 34 inch pitch as the Korean Air Economy seat you would have to spend an additional $430 for “Economy Plus” seating in addition to the $50 difference in fare cost. Basically, with the Korean Air fare you give up some mileage accrual, but in exchange you get a better travel product. If you’re not obsessed with mile accrual this may appeal to you.

Flight Details:

  • Availability:
  • Documentation: Just your passport. More details: US State Department: Singapore.
  • Departure and Destination Airports: IAH – SIN
  • Example Dates: Oct 15 – Oct 22 / Oct 19 – Oct 26 / Oct 19 – Nov 1 / Nov 16 – Nov 28
  • Carrier: Korean Air – KE
  • Fare Basis Code: QLX45BSP
  • Fare Class: Q
  • Mile Accrual: 70% Korean Air / (0% Delta)
  • Stopover component: unlimited, $100 each.
  • CPM: 4.51 (19874 miles) (13912 miles accruing at 70% give a 6.44 CPM) [This calculation is old. I’ll fix it later]
  • Full Route: IAH – ICN – HKG – SIN – HKG – ICN – IAH
  • Open this itinerary on: ExpediaOrbitz

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