[1. Flights] – 85 Days in South Korea for less than USD $1400

April 18, 2016 § 1 Comment

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HOW MUCH?

My total cost of return tickets came out to be RM 816.78, which is around USD $211.05. Direct return flight from Malyasia; Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) to South Korea; Incheon International Airport (ICN) usually cost not less than RM 1300.00. Therefore, flying via Manila saved me half of the flight ticket price.

Flight expenses for 5 flights are as follows:

  1. BKI – MNL = MYR 145.00
  2. MNL – ICN = PHP 2,890.00 (MYR 213.62)
  3. ICN – MNL = KRW 102,000.00 (MYR 310.04)
  4. MNL – BKI = PHP 461.00 (MYR 33.83)
  5. CJU – PUS = KRW 34,560.00 (~MYR 110.59)

TOTAL FLIGHT EXPENSES = ~MYR 816.78 (~USD $211.05)

*KRW 1,000.00 equals roughly to MYR 3.20
**USD $1.00 equals roughly to MYR 3.87

MANILA (MNL) – SEOUL (ICN)

I flew to South Korea (Incheon International Airport) from Philippines (Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport) via Airasia Zest (also known as Zest Airways). The return ticket only cost me RM 523.66, which is around USD $135.31. I booked the flight tickets 4 months ahead & bought it separately on different days.

  • MNL – ICN flight ticket for 11/03/14 (bought on 09/11/13) = PHP 2890.00 (RM 213.62)
  • ICN – MNL flight ticket for 03/06/14 (bought on 25/11/13) = ₩ 10,2000.00 (RM 310.04)

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KK (BKI) – MANILA (MNL)

Considering i’m not staying in Manila, I need to pay another RM 178.83 (~USD $46.21) for my return flight from Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) to Philippines, Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL). My flight going back to KK from Manila only cost me RM 33.83 (~USD $8.74)! It’s cheaper than a bus ticket! 

  • BKI – MNL flight ticket for 07/03/14 (bought on 09/11/13) = RM 145.00
  • MNL – BKI flight ticket for 06/06/14 (bought on 25/11/13) = PHP 461.00 (RM33.83)

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JEJU (CJU) – BUSAN (PUS)

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I flew from Jeju Island (Jeju International Airport Jeju) to Busan (Gimhae Internationa Airport) via Jeju Air for only KRW 34,560.00 (~MYR 110.59). I bought the flight ticket few days before departure as I figured that flying to Busan is cheaper than taking the ferry. And after the Sewol incident (I was on the similar ferry, going to Jeju as well but from Mokpo, on the same day!), it’s best to just take the flight.

TRAVEL TIPS

For cheap flight tickets, I usually check on http://www.skyscanner.com.my/ beforehand and book on the airlines website itself if I found a very good flight deals. Select the ‘Cheapest Month‘ on depart and return section if you’re not sure when to travel.

Make sure to use ‘Incognito window‘ (private browsing mode) when searching for flight tickets as (most of us knew about this already) prices increased rapidly on flight that you search for often. Clear your cookies and cache before searching will help too. And oh, do subscribe to cheap airlines newsletter (such as Airasia or Cebu pasific) to be among of those the first to know about their ticket promotions!

*Bare in mind that this trip was exactly 2 years ago (March 2014 – June 2014) so prices might have changed over the period of time. Some of the things that I tried might as well discontinued, unavailable or closed.

(But if you found something better than what’s written here, do let me know! Would love to know about it!)*

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