There’s no shortage of options for getting plane tickets, but we’ve consistently found that Momondo is the best one. If you’re not familiar with the site, it’s basically a flight aggregator that searches among many other flight booking sites to find the best option.
The only downside is that you need to use a little discretion with some of the third-party websites.
Usually, the best price is going to be a reseller that buys tickets in bulk and then resells them. We’ve never had any issues, but we are always careful about the sites we use and make sure to read the fine print. Often, tickets are non-refundable and you can’t make any changes.
If you’re sure about dates and don’t make any errors entering your information, we’ve found this to be the best option.
Direct with airlines
If you don’t want to go the route of third-party sellar’s, try booking with your favorite airline directly and check which city in your country is a hub for Japan. In the US, for example, LA is one of the main hubs for Japan.
If you put together a flight to LA, or whatever city in your country is a hub, you can often get a better price with a better airline and shorten your flight time.
Fly within Japan or around Asia
If you’re planning to visit Asian countries other than Japan or to travel within Japan, be sure to check with some of the local airlines.
Within Japan, the Japan Rail Pass is another popular option, but may not be the best choice. Be sure to read our article about the Japan Rail Pass to figure out if it’s right for you.
Like Europe and the US, there are many small local carriers that are better for getting around the region. Peach and Air Asia are both good options.
Peach is great within Japan and some nearby countries. It’s a good way to go between Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa and it’s usually a good option for Taiwan, too.
Air Asia is especially good for getting around Southeast Asia and they frequently have passes available to go to multiple countries during a specific period of time.
Put it all together
One last option is to build a multi-country flight yourself.
This is what we often do and it’s where Momondo really shines. But, again, use the same discretion as before. You’re probably going to be buying from a third-party seller with a no refund policy. So, read the fine print.
Also, you’re going to have play around with many different options and try different dates. Prices and options can vary pretty dramatically depending on where you’re going and when you book.
We suggest trying multiple cities to find the hubs for the route you want to take and the countries you want to visit. With multi-country flights, this can require a lot more trial and error, but if you’re willing to put forth the time and effort you can get a really good flight combo.