WOW: New York or Chicago to India or All Over Asia Less Than $400 Roundtrip

Delta partner and SkyTeam member China Eastern has roundtrip fares to Asia from both New York and Chicago for under $400 roundtrip.

Take, for instance, New York – Delhi for $395 roundtrip.

This is literally a fare of $67.50 each way plus taxes and fees, which is incredible for travel to the other side of the world. Delta owns a stake in China Eastern, yet complains they cannot serve India because Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar sell flights too cheap there.

Here are key rules for fare TPRUSS:

  • Six month maximum stay
  • Sell by August 31, although I doubt the fare will last that long
  • Valid for departures October 11 through December 9 and January through April 2018
  • $80 change fee. $160 for refunds prior to departure.

Via Fly4Free there are fares as low as $364 roundtrip.

Available cities include New York or Chicago to:

  • Chiang Mai
  • Taipei
  • Bangkok
  • Phuket
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Bali
  • Cebu, Philippines
  • Macau
  • Manila
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Ho Chi Minh City

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Here’s Chicago – Ho Chi Minh City for $397 roundtrip — a $60 base fare plus taxes and fees in each direction.

For a decade it was unheard of to see roundtrip fares to Southeast Asia for under $600. I don’t even bother sharing fares to Europe unless they’re under $500… preferably under $400. There was a time these would be presumed to be mistake fares. Airlines would have claimed they were mistake fares. Now they’re just a good fare sale, the kind of thing that pops up now and again if you’re watching.

I know many readers want business class sales, but I’ve been thrilled to see how many people get excited about these deep discount coach tickets as well. For those without the means to pay for business class even when it’s discounted, these represent almost an unprecedented opportunity to see the world inexpensively — indeed for not much more than the taxes and fees some frequent flyer programs would charge for an award ticket!

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  1. This would work pretty well for those that go on that Ho Chi Minh Qatar fare as a positioning flight…..

  2. Please continue sharing these deals! I’ve never flown business class (and likely never will), but fares like these are great for economy travelers. I would rather take 2 trips in economy than 1 trip in business class!

  3. I flew china eastern to asia in economy once. Absolutely the worst flight in my life. You get what you pay for. If this is the only way you can afford it fine but if someone is just cheap well to me its not worth the suffering on such a long flight. For a few hours sure but 14-15 hours? No way.

  4. Is this fare upgradeable with miles? I fly to india 2-3 times a year and the flight on coach when I’m going for work is just too much. If i could upgrade I would love to take advantage. Thanks!

  5. All sounds good except that China Eastern’s scheduled timing are suggestions not actuals

  6. I flew China Eastern in business class New York-Shanghai-Bangkok. JFK-PVG was flat out the worst business-class flight I’ve ever had. PVG-BKK was not as bad because there wasn’t much service on that late night flight.

    I’ve also flown MU to Asia in coach and think its $400 fare to Asia is a good deal. Its economy service is very comparable to what is provided on other carriers. .

  7. I was only able to find this price on ITA, but none of the OTB sites are showing those prices? Anyone having that problem?

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