In this post we’re going to talk about visiting both Japan and Hong Kong on the same itinerary and how to do it using stopovers and an open-jaw.
Category: Itinerary Ideas
Turkish Airlines offers a fare basis code that allows you to hit most of Europe for about $760. The best part? Free stopovers and open-jaws! In this post we dissect a round-trip to London and put it back together into a multi-city monstrosity that visits Barcelona, Istanbul and London for only $18 dollars more.
10/24 UPDATE: The base cost of this fare has been reduced by $100 USD. So instead of Europe for about $760, it’s now $660!
12/02 UPDATE: Prices have increased by +$100 for most of 2015.
Here’s an idea: Fly to Istanbul then to Venice then take the train to Rome before flying home for $774 + $49 for it all. This post highlights how adding an open-jaw to your itinerary really opens up what you can do in Europe. Don’t just mope around in one city!
[10/08/2014 @ 8:16 PM] Updated itinerary links to use different dates due to the old dates in this post expiring.
[10/23/2014 @ 6:33 PM] Price has dropped from $779 to $674.
[12/02/2014 @ 10:03 AM] Fare has increased to $774 for most months in 2015.
Turkish Airways has you covered on long layovers in Istanbul with free Hotel accommodations or a free tour of Istanbul. Don’t just sit around at the Airport!
The Platinum Hotel in Las Vegas has 950 Sq. foot suites on sale for $106 per night in October. Suite includes full kitchen, living room, and a balcony. This sale pairs really well with the $112 flights from Austin (AUS) to Las Vegas (LAS) leaving October 5th and returning on the 10th via Allegiant.
The Coco Palm Resort is offering rooms from September to mid-December with either a king size bed, or two double beds starting at ~$83 per night. Which is pretty nice for what you get: Free WiFi, Reduit Beach, and proximity to a lot of local shops, bars, and restaurants. The rooms being offered at the discount rate are the resort’s “Kreole Standard Room” without the free breakfast. This deal pairs nicely with the discount airfare from Houston (IAH) to St. Lucia (UVF).
Update: Expedia and Hotels.com now offer the September dates, with complementary breakfast included, so use them instead of Booking.com. If you apply a coupon code you can take an additional 10% off the Hotels.com rate. CODE: JUL1410NA : 10% off Hotels. Book by 7/27/14, Travel By 9/28/14.
[07/30/2014 @ 8:36 PM] It appears that the price has increased to $91 for some sites offering breakfast. Booking.com still has it at $83 but doesn’t appear to offer free breakfast.
Hmm. Austin to Hong Kong or Tokyo, which to choose? Why not Hong Kong and Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto for $947 + $148 rail for the 2015 cherry blossom season?
[06/30/2014 @ 3:11 PM] Price has increased to $980.
[07/16/2014 @ 7:30 PM] The fare used to create this itinerary is no longer available at a discount.
Consider this: It currently costs about $1185 to fly round-trip from Houston (IAH) to Amsterdam (AMS). If you’re going to do that, you may as well put that fare to work. Instead you could fly from Houston to Amsterdam then to Mumbai (Bombay) India, then to Paris and then back home for less than the cost of the regular round-trip itinerary.
[07/01/2014 @ 9:40 AM] Orbitz link now points to different dates, as original dates used in this post are more expensive.
[08/31/2014 @ 12:23 AM] Removed from deal list. Will re-add when I’m able to find a similar fare with similar components.
If you’re going to drop about $1000 on airfare to Asia you should probably just do this instead.
Fly from Houston to Tokyo, then take the Shinkansen (Japan’s high-speed bullet train) to Kyoto and Osaka then catch a flight to Jakarta, hang out there for a while before catching a flight to check out Singapore, eat a chili-crab, then finally, after all of that, get on a plane back home to Houston for $1258 flights + $148 rail.
This itinerary makes good use of the fare’s free open-jaw and paid-stopover.
[07/10/2014 @ 1:04 PM] This fare looks dead.