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Skyscanner’s guide to the best travel deals for any budget

Don’t let a small budget stop you from taking to the skies. When you start hunting for flight deals, you’ll be surprised by the variety of options you have on your fingertips. Even flight deals under $150 can get you to so many exciting destinations – and we’re not just talking about the usual suspects like Kuala Lumpur. Increase that budget to $200 or $300 and a whole new world of opportunities opens up.

To help you out, Skyscanner will be sharing a round-up of travel deals on any budget from $150 to $500. These destinations are based on our ‘Everywhere’ search tool to help travellers find the flights to almost any destination! This is a great source of inspiration and a way to discover places you have not considered before.

Pick your travel budget

Deals under $150

Deals under $200

Deals under $300

Deals under $400

Deals under $500

Find flights based on your budget? Check out the Skyscanner Map.

Flight deals under $150

Ho Chi Minh City

Believe it or not, flight deals under $150 are not hard to come by. While weekend getaways are the default for the budget-conscious traveller, finding a great flight deal will give you the option to spend a longer time at the destination while keeping to your budget.

Of course, there’s the ever-popular Bangkok where you can chow down on drool-worthy street food, get lost in massive markets and pamper yourself to Thai massages. With that budget, you could also explore bustling cities like Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City where there are plenty of gems to uncover between the traffic-laden roads. If you’re more of a beach bum, the sandy shores of Bali and Phuket are also within reach.

What if you’d like to go somewhere off the beaten path? Look into Kuching, a paradise for foodies who’d like to sample authentic Sarawak laksa or kolo mee in between visiting attractions like Sarawak Cultural Village, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and Bako National Park. Alternatively, check out Miri, the jump-off point to the spectacular cave systems and limestone pinnacles at Gunung Mulu National Park. Kota Kinabalu, also in Borneo, is a great destination not only for hikers who are keen to scale Mount Kinabalu but for anyone who’d love to go island-hopping at the nearby Marine Park.

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Flight deals under $200


What if you top up $50 to your budget? In your search for flight deals under $200, a treasure trove of destinations lie at your feet. One flight away would be the Philippines, whether it is the capital Manila, the province of Cebu, the charming Iloilo City, or the world-famous and recently rehabilitated Boracay. You could make your way to Yogyakarta and discover the magnificent Borobudur Temple Compounds, or perhaps peel the layers off little-known Pekanbaru in the heart of Riau. This budget would also get you to Yangon, the launchpad into a once-reclusive country that is slowly embracing a steady stream of curious travellers. Another delight for the cultural enthusiasts would be the ancient Indian city of Tiruchirapalli, also known as Trichy.

If you’re up for a city break, Hong Kong would offer plenty of urban neighbourhoods to explore, from Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui to the trendy SoHo.

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Flight deals under $300


Wondering how far the flight deals under $300 can get you? You can drop off at many locations around Southeast Asia, be it Siem Reap to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat, Luang Prabang to soak in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls, or Chiang Mai to dive into the burgeoning café scene.

Alternatively, head over to the birthplace of bubble tea. Taipei is dotted with labyrinthine night markets and lush green spaces amid a sprinkling of majestic skyscrapers. If you’ve already been there, look south to Kaohsiung, an artsy city with lovely sceneries and lip-smacking foods. Even further would be the powerhouses of Asia: China and India. Indeed, this is your chance to take that flight to Beijing and walk on the Great Wall of China, or get comfortable with the sensory overload in Chennai, Bengaluru or Kochi.  

You could even switch continents! We’re not joking. Under $300, you can fly to Darwin for a taste of the Northern Territory and the Australian Outback.

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Flight deals under $400

The Maldives

The destination list gets even more exciting with flight deals under $400. Here at Skyscanner, we know that Korea and Japan are favourite destinations among Singaporeans. While flights to Seoul or Tokyo are typically priced above this range, you could certainly explore Busan and Okinawa under $400. Ever dreamt of a romantic holiday in the Maldives? Start your trip in Male and check into a gorgeous bungalow perched above crystal-clear waters.

If you wish to explore more of Australia, Perth is just five hours away while Sydney and Melbourne at the other end of the massive country would take about eight hours of flying time.

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Flight deals under $500


Now, if you’ve been squirrelling money into your travel funds, you fully deserve these flight deals under $500. Go ahead and unearth the reasons why Seoul and Tokyo are all the rage. If you are averse to crowds, start your discovery of underrated Pakistan from Lahore or opt for North Sulawesi’s Manado, the gateway to the world-class dive sites in Bunaken Marine Park.

This budget is also the key to convenience. It unlocks flights to smaller airports, enabling you to quickly reach your destination instead of having a stopover or flying to a major airport and continuing the journey by land. As examples, you can get a direct flight into the historic city of Xi’an or the island paradise of Koh Samui under $500.

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Last-minute flight deals

You don’t necessarily have to blow your budget when booking flights at the last hour. With Skyscanner’s ‘Everywhere’ search, you can narrow your hunt to the relevant month and zoom into last-minute holiday destinations that fit your budget.

How to know if your flight deal is a good deal?

To determine whether a cheap flight is a good deal, you should consider the number of stopovers, the total journey duration, the time of departure and arrival, and the additional cost of food and baggage should you need the add-ons. Once you have factored in the potential inconveniences and the extra costs, you can determine if the flight deal is really a steal.

To help you weigh your options, use the Skyscanner app (available on iOS and Android) to search for your flights. The app will highlight the features of each flight, alerting you to important details such as the time-zone difference and whether it’s a red-eye flight. This way, you will know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

For an ever-updated list of great deals, try the ‘Everwhere’ search on Skyscanner to find the cheapest flight to any destination, departing from Singapore. On that note, enjoy the hunt and more importantly, enjoy your upcoming trip!

This article was first published on March 2019 and is correct at the time of writing.