1. Choose Your Season & Destination

2. Book Your Flights & Accommodations

  • Book at least 8-12 weeks in advance

The best time to book your flights is during lull periods such as school examination periods where airlines will start their sales. According to Economist Makoto Watanabe, the best timing to purchase a ticket is 8 weeks before your flight. However, if the demand for more popular Asian destinations during peak travel periods of long weekends and school holidays, 12 weeks in advance is the best rule of thumb. 

  • Join mailing lists & follow social media

The best way to book your flights is to also anticipate when are the golden periods of booking. For example, Scoot has their Morning Glory Tuesdays, Tigerair has Flash Thursdays, Jetstar has Friday Frenzy promotions. Singapore Airlines has a Global Sale until 31 March. Signing up for the airlines mailing lists will notify you of the best deals and periods to buy. Take note of the following dates below:

AirlineSaleDateCashback
ScootMorning Glory TuesdaysEvery Tuesday1.0% via ShopBack App
TigerAirFlash ThursdaysEvery Thursday0.5% via Expedia
JetstarFriday FrenzyEvery Friday0.5% via Expedia
Singapore AirlinesGlobal Early Bird SaleNow till 31 March 20180.5% via SIA Visa
Thai Airways via ZujiLimited Time OfferNow till 31 March 20180.75% via Zuji


  • For cost savings, try indirect flights

Booking indirect flights to Japan might save you more money. For example, indirect flights on Expedia shows that you can save at least $74 to Tokyo and $56 to Osaka. If you don't mind the wait, you can select stopovers at Hong Kong airport where you can do some duty-free shopping while waiting for your next flight. 

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3. Get Your Travel Essentials

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ICOCA Osaka
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$25.90
$26.90
+ Up to 3.5% Cashback
Ordinary Car 21 days JR Pass
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S$725.40
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Green Car 21 days JR Pass
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Ordinary Car 14 days JR Pass
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+ Up to 3.5% Cashback
Green Car 14 days JR Pass
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S$769.40
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Ordinary Car 7 days JR Pass
Ordinary Car 7 days JR Pass
S$341.00
+ Up to 3.5% Cashback
Green Car 7 days JR Pass
Green Car 7 days JR Pass
S$475.20
+ Up to 3.5% Cashback

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