Asia Pacific travel updates - which countries are open for tourism in August 2021? Flight hacking: hand-picked deals. How to travel hassle-free. New airline policies and visa regulations. Latest travel videos. More!

Welcome to the Air Traveler Club — Tiket2's weekly newsletter about the current state of tourism and international travel. You can check our up-to-date list of countries reopened for tourism.

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( 1 )  Afgan crisis: Airlines begin to avoid Afghan airspace after Taliban militants seized the country.

( 2 )  Singapore takes its first steps to reopen the borders. A pilot program is planned for September to allow entry for vaccinated travelers from Australia, Germany, Canada, and South Korea.

( 3 )  Malasia is gearing up to reopening tourism, starting with Langkawi island. The first to return will be vaccinated domestic tourists in September, with international visitors following in early 2022.

( 4 )  New Zealand plans to allow quarantine-free entry to vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries from early 2022

( 5 )  Travel trends: The death of international vacation travel? The biggest obstacle keeping people from traveling is not Covid, but cost - this survey shows.

( 6 )  Digital nomads: Meet the YouTuber who made traveling the world his full-time career.

( 7 )  Travel hack: Sitting at the back of the plane can get you upgraded to first class.

( 8 )  Travel tips: Things you should never do when staying in a hotel. Follow these tips and you may even get a few freebies along the way.

( 9 )  Indonesia’s Super Air Jet has begun flying its first paying passengers. The new airline is flying once a day on two routes: Jakarta - Medan and Jakarta - Batam.

( 10 )  Free music: Close your eyes and imagine you have just boarded a Qantas flight... New album of Qantas boarding music is available for free on Spotify and Apple Music. 

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40% – 80% off airfares
US to/from Asia Pacific

Flight hacking at its best! Sudden price drops, error fares, limited promotions. Hand-picked deals to save you money on your next trip.

Past deals →

New York  LGA →  Hong Kong HKG

Roundtrip Economy

Oct  2021, Air Canada
Regular price: ~$832


Los Angeles LAX →  Tokyo NRT

Roundtrip Economy

Feb 2022, Air Canada
Regular price: ~$840


Los Angeles LAX →  Auckland AKL

Roundtrip Economy

Jan 2022, Air Tahiti Nui
Regular price: ~$1,600


📺  Travel television

( video )  Boom Supersonic, an aerospace startup, hopes to revive commercial faster-than-the-speed-of-sound air travel.

( video )  Anything but normal: How one guy is taking advantage of the entire travel industry.

( video )  Travel insurance demand soars as more travelers are choosing to purchase insurance for trips. But is it worth the cost?

( video )  Reality check: Covid-related travel restrictions are likely to remain for years.

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Travel update: 🇲🇾 Malaysia

Malaysia is not yet reopened for general tourism. Visitors (except Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, work pass and MM2H permit holders, expatriates with special approval from Malaysian immigration) are not allowed to enter the country. 

Malaysia is gearing up to reopening its borders to tourism in the fourth quarter of 2021. The pilot scheme will start with the Langkawi archipelago. The first to return will be vaccinated domestic tourists in September 2021, with international visitors following in early 2022. 

If the Langkawi reopening proves successful, Malaysia will expand the reopening plans to Kuching in Sarawak (west Borneo) and other holiday islands off peninsular Malaysia, such as Redang, Perhentian, Pangkor, and Tioman.

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40% – 80% off airfares
Europe to/from Asia Pacific

Please note: most deals are time-sensitive and don't last long. If you can't find the price shown here, play around with different date combinations (several days before or after the original deal) - similar low prices may still be available.

Past deals →

Berlin BER →  Bangkok BKK

Roundtrip Economy

Sept 2021, Finnair
Regular price: ~$571


Paris CDG →  Singapore SIN

Roundtrip Economy

Nov 2021, KLM
Regular price: ~$887


Zürich ZRH →  Jakarta CGK

Roundtrip Economy

Nov 2021, KLM
Regular price: ~$874


🔥 Airline promotions

Cathay PacificGet vaccinated and sign up to win 20 million Asia Miles and A321neo flight experience. Valid for Hong Kong residents only. Details

Thai Lion air→All-in domestic fares from TBH 800 plus 10kg free baggage. Details

Virgin AustraliaHalf-price domestic sale is now on. Details

Garuda Indonesia →Up to 76% discount for Business Class and up to IDR760,000 off Economy Class. Details

Qatar Airways25% off Business Class from Jakarta if you book two tickets - use "TOGETHER" promo code. Details

More promotions ⟶

40% – 80% off airfares
within Asia Pacific

Flight prices constantly fluctuate and there is no single source of the cheapest airfare. We always give you a booking link to the website that offers the lowest price - Tiket2 (that's us!), Google Flights, Kayak, Momondo, Skyscanner, etc.

Past deals →

Christchurch CHC →  Auckland AKL

Roundtrip Economy

Sept 2021, Jetstar
Regular price: ~$103


Jakarta CGK →  Singapore SIN

Roundtrip Economy

Jan 2022, Jetstar
Regular price: ~$121


Sydney SYD →  Hobart HBA

Roundtrip Economy

Nov 2021, Jetstar
Regular price: ~$155


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