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Going searches for the best fares and sends members deals bookable 1-12 months in advance. Going members save approximately 38% compared to normal flight prices to Thailand.
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Going found the most deals with travel dates in October.
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Going found the least deals with travel dates in December.
Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Thailand
Book in the Goldilocks Window
Over the years, we’ve come up with some favorite tricks to find cheap flights. Booking within the Goldilocks Window is one of those. This is the period that’s not too far away from your departure date but not too last minute. That’s when we’ve seen the best fares. It falls about 1-3 months before domestic trips and 2-8 months ahead of international trips.
For anyone booking a flight during high season or on a trip that requires specific dates, booking in the opposite season of your departure can help you get the best fares. So, if you want to visit Thailand in December, start looking for flights in June. If at all possible, book before 21, 14, and 7 days ahead of your trip. We’ve seen prices spike pretty consistently on those dates.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
Some flights, especially during busy periods, never seem to get any cheaper, no matter how closely you monitor them. This is where the Greek Island Trick comes in handy. It’s where you try to get as close to your final destination as possible for the cheapest price, then find a budget flight to reach your final destination.
If flights to Phuket are out of your budget for December, try flights to Bangkok and take a domestic flight or other mode of transit between the two. You could even try to fly to Seoul, Singapore, or another city in Asia. It might seem odd, but if you can find a flight deal to Singapore for $500 roundtrip and a $200 flight from there to Thailand, you could save a few hundred dollars versus a flight to Chiang Mai from the US.
Search alternative departure airports
We see deals from all over the country, and some of them are from airports you might not expect. If you live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, you’ve probably searched for flights out of Detroit and Chicago in addition to your home airport. But you might want to consider looking even farther away. There are no direct flights from the US to Thailand, so flights really vary from airport to airport.
Check around the country, and if you see a deal that seems too good to be true, like $400 round trip from LA, you might want to snag it. Then, you can look for a cheap flight from Grand Rapids or Chicago to LA. It takes more planning and effort but could be the difference in whether you can afford a Thailand vacation.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Flying in the off-season is one of the most obvious ways to save money. When destinations are busy, hotels and airlines can charge more. But in the off-season, which in Thailand is from July–September, you can get great hotel and flight prices. This is the rainy season in much of Thailand, but it usually only rains for a couple of hours each afternoon, and you can still do many of the same activities you would in high season. If you don’t mind humid weather, this is an easy way to take a cheaper trip.
Shoulder season, just before and after high season, is also a good time to visit. That’s April–June and October. The weather should still be pretty good, and you’ll find better deals and fewer crowds than during the high season. If your heart is set on visiting Thailand during the winter, try to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. Those days are generally the least expensive days to fly. Avoid Fridays and Saturdays, the most expensive days, if possible.
Set alerts for specific trips
Does searching for airfare leave you stressed and discouraged? We get it. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make technology do the work. Set a fare alert for your Thailand dates or a few fare alerts if your departure dates and airport are flexible, then go about your life until you get an email telling you prices have dropped. Or, sign up for Going, and we’ll monitor all flights from your home airport and let you know when we find the best deals. It’s best to do this before the Goldilocks Window we talked about to make sure you’re getting the deals that show up during that time.
Thailand is far from the US, with a long flight and a layover. But most travelers in the US will be able to reach Bangkok with only one connection. From small airports, or if you’re heading elsewhere in Thailand, you’ll likely make two stops.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Thailand
When is high season in Thailand?
November to March, when the weather is warm and dry, is the high season in Thailand. While temperatures are pretty consistent year-round, the rainy season is from May to October, meaning humid temperatures that can make it feel hotter, and of course, lots of rain.
When is the best time to visit Thailand?
In general, the high season from November to March is also the best time to visit Thailand. The weather is warm, but it’s not so hot to make walking around Bangkok or visiting temples unenjoyable. Shoulder season, the period just before and after high season, is a good time to find cheap flights while still latching on to some nice weather. That’s from April to June and October. The low season is from July to September, and if you don’t mind wet, humid weather, you can find some amazing deals.
How many airports are there in Thailand?
There are nearly 40 airports in Thailand. Most tourists, though, will fly into only a few. Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok is by far the busiest. Phuket International Airport (HKT), in the south of the country, is also very popular with tourists. Visitors planning to hike in the mountains or tour the elephant sanctuaries will fly into Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), and many beachgoers will fly into Krabi International Airport (KBV). If you’re visiting Koh Samui, you can fly into Samui Airport (USM) but will likely stop in Bangkok first.
Which city in Thailand is the easiest to get to?
There are no direct flights from the US to Thailand. From most other countries, Bangkok is the easiest city to reach. It has the most direct flights from Asia and Europe and some countries in Africa. But plenty of cities in those regions also have direct flights to Phuket. From cities in Asia, you can also reach Chiang Mai directly. So, the easiest city to get to really depends on where you’re making a connection.
Which city in Thailand is the shortest flight from the US?
Because there are no flights to Thailand from the US, the three busiest cities—Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket—can each take around the same amount of time to reach, depending on your route. One of the quickest flights we found, a flight from Los Angeles to Bangkok with a stop in Taiwan, takes 19.5 hours in total.
Which city in Thailand has the most direct flights from the US?
There are no direct flights to Thailand from the US. All US travelers will have to make at least one connection.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Thailand?
If you’re traveling from the US, your pet must be at least 4 months old, have an import permit, and have a health certificate issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian. You should also check with your airline for rules on traveling with pets. And because you’ll have to make a connection in a country other than the US, you should also check with your connecting airport, as different countries have different rules for layovers.
How long is the flight to Thailand?
The flight to Thailand depends on your flight route. There are no direct flights from the US to Thailand, so for the shortest flight you’ll want to look for itineraries without long layovers. A flight from New York can be as short as 19 hours or as long as 34, depending on your connection. That range is similar no matter where in the US you’re flying from. If you’re flying from a US city with a large international airport, odds are you’ll only have to make one stop. But from some small and medium-sized cities, you might have to make two.
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