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2014
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September
Vancouver to Singapore, Thailand, or The Philippines | from $636 roundtrip including taxes

A beach in the Philippines

There are some pretty crazy prices showing from Vancouver to a few Southeast Asia hub cities on Japan Airlines at the moment.

The cheapest verified prices I've seen so far are...

(roundtrip, including taxes)

Vancouver to Singapore (SIN) - $636 CAD
(this is a new record for the cheapest flight I've ever seen from Vancouver to Singapore, beating the old record, set in 2013, by $140)

Vancouver to Manila, Philippines (MNL) - $652 CAD

Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) - $674 CAD
(also a new record, besting the $723 flights that showed up in late 2013)

How to find and book these flights...

1. Start by searching with Google Flights Explore. Set the destination as 'Southeast Asia' or to one of the three cities listed above (Singapore, Manila, or Bangkok)

Also be sure to set the Trip Length to 10-14 days.

Note that Google Flights Explore displays prices in $USD.

Also note that Google Flights Explore is only showing departure dates up to March 19th, 2015. Yes, it's annoying. I've found departure dates with the cheaper prices a little bit beyond this, into April 2015.

You can also try the ITA Matrix which uses the same data as Google Flights Explore. It's more powerful (and will search past March 2015), but also a little more complex to use.

2. Look for cheap date combinations. Write them down.

3. Take those date combinations and the destination involved and enter them into Kayak.

From Kayak, hit the Select button to take you to a place where they can be booked. So far I've had the best luck with clicking through from Kayak to the American Airlines website.

You might be thinking, wait a minute, American Airlines? I thought these flights were through Japan Airlines? In fact, the flights are indeed operated by Japan Airlines, but bookable as a code-share flight through American Airlines. Welcome to the wacky world of airfares.

You can also try just searching directly on American Airline's website AA.com, but it's usually easier to use Kayak to play around with date combinations and flight times.

If the price is different, it means the flight has sold out at that price. You may want to try different date combinations until it's been determined that the deal is dead.

If you have trouble seeing the cheaper prices on Kayak, try the American version of Kayak. The prices will be listed in $USD, but when you click through from Kayak to American Airlines, the price will convert to $CAD.

This is not an advertised sale, so it's impossible to say how long it will be around. Typically, I find that really great unadvertised price drops go back up within 24 hours.

For live discussion of this deal, or to get some amazing travel advice from over 16,500 travel junkies in Vancouver, join the YVR Deals Facebook Group.

Special thanks to Keri in the YVR Deals Facebook Group for being the first one to spot and share this amazing price drop.

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19 Responses to "Vancouver to Singapore, Thailand, or The Philippines | from $636 roundtrip including taxes"


    Has Eddie Park been here?
       Eddie Park on September 24th, 2014

    Hi Chris! Thanks for posting as always:) It seems we can click onto the ANA website directly from Google Flights Explore and book from there and the price comes up as $632.

    Has CB been here?
       CB on September 24th, 2014

    I tried YVR - Manila, April 6 - May 27. Found it on Kayak via Cheapoair for $656 with ANA, but when I searched directly on AA.com, it said there were no flights - even when I searched other dates/months. On Kayak, the same dates with Japan Airlines was $2200. Not sure why, finding the same deal as in your post but airlines are different. FYI - in case others have issues.

    Has JonB been here?
       JonB on September 24th, 2014

    The AA site is saying that these fares don't actually exist. They seem to be there on Google/flights but when you actually go and book on the AA site they don't work.

    Has AC been here?
       AC on September 24th, 2014

    Doesn't seem to work... YVR - SIN takes me to AA website where price is shown as on Google flights, however next page (after entering passenger info) shows error message...

    Has daniel been here?
       daniel on September 24th, 2014

    Booked for yvr to sin. but it says pending...and didnt get any email yet. I paied with my visa. trip from april 22-30

    Thanks crhis

    Has Bing been here?
       Bing on September 24th, 2014

    The lowest can find now change to Delta $704 and 2 stop. Vancouver to Seattle then Narita and Singapore

    Has Carly been here?
       Carly on September 24th, 2014

    I actually found some cheaper flights for January to March. Manila is from $571, Singapore from $575 and Bangkok from $609.

    Has SLT been here?
       SLT on September 24th, 2014

    Carly, note that the prices you found are in US dollars. If you click on them through to the ANA website, it shows up in Canadian dollars (if you select that as your country).

    Booked on ANA (not JAL as Chris mentioned) but can collect Aeroplan on ANA. 1/19-1/27 via Haneda, $632 CAN/person. Thanks!!

    Has henry been here?
       henry on September 24th, 2014

    $704 is the lowest I found. Still cheap, but times two passengers is $150 more expensive.. just wondering what caused it.

    Has henry been here?
       henry on September 24th, 2014

    I know why, $704 was CAD, which is $634 US. Good deal really. Thanks Chris

    Has Charlie been here?
       Charlie on September 24th, 2014

    I'll try searching for the answer but if I"m flying to Japan, would it be possible to use this ticket and then on the return flight to hop back on at Japan? The online check ins are sometimes different?

    Has Charlie been here?
       Charlie on September 24th, 2014

    I'll try searching for the answer but if I"m flying to Japan, would it be possible to use this ticket and then on the return flight to hop back on at Japan? The online check ins are sometimes different?

    Has Charlie been here?
       Charlie on September 24th, 2014

    double post.. sorry.. I refreshed the page and it double posted. Anyways i found the answer as "hidden city ticketing" and they say the return flight will probably be cancelled.. so no luck hopping off in Japan and hopping back on in Japan..

    Has john W been here?
       john W on September 24th, 2014

    Chris said: "Also be sure to set the Trip Length to 10-14 days."

    ????? Why such as short time. Unless on business, most people would go for 3-4 weeks.
    john W

    Has Shawn Johnson been here?
       Shawn Johnson on September 24th, 2014

    Hi Chris,
    We wer able to book our flights exactly as you posted - to Denpasar for $832.00 US, as there is also a $30.00 discount right now. Very happy - thank you so much for getting this inforamtion out there to us!

    Has JonB been here?
       JonB on September 24th, 2014

    Managed to book on ANA from YVR to Bangkok March 3-23 for a family of 5! Booked through TripHub.

    Cost $3300 for 5 people. The crazy part was the fact that the actual airfare was $260 return per person the rest was tax! It is basically cheaper to fly to Bangkok then to Victoria and Calgary ;-) #makesnosense.

    Thanks Chris - crazy find.

    Has Hibiki been here?
       Hibiki on September 25th, 2014

    I didn't start searching till Wed. evening, the fare to Bangkok has gone up to C$734. I didn't find any good prices on aa.com and jal.com. Talk about early birds! This new fare is with ANA with one stop in Haneda, Tokyo. I wanted to have a few days of stopover in Japan, the best I could find was around C$840 ish, so I called places like Flight Centre and ANA call center, no luck finding same price with a stopover. I ended up booking on flightnetwork.com with a promo code, for a simple round trip 1/26-2/22.

    While I missed the best price, I'm still happy for the new price: ANA is pretty good, only 1 stop, I still get to see Tokyo for more than 12 hours, 787 (my first time!) for Tokyo-Bangkok leg, good itinerary (leaving Vancouver in the afternoon, 5 hours connection at Haneda westbound, arriving Bangkok early morning, leaving Bangkok late night, arriving Haneda eastbound early morning then I have until 9pm to see Tokyo).

    Now I kick myself why I didn't do a search for Singapore fare when I found out the fare to Bangkok has gone up. Southern Thailand isn't far, if I still wanted to go there from Singapore. I just ran a search now, on both Delta.com and flightnetwork.com, Vancouver-Singapore still available for C$670 (e.g. 1/12-2/9), though available dates are scarce, and itinerary isn't great with 2 stops, leaving Vancouver early morning, arriving Singapore midnight, leaving Sginapore early morning again.

    I thought I got a bargain from Air Canada when I went to Bangkok several years ago for $840, but this deal is way better. Thanks a lot Chris!

    Has Ali been here?
       Ali on October 7th, 2014

    I have not been able to replicate the Vancouver to Manila flight deal. I've been very flexible with my dates spanning from October to January and everything is about $850+. Any tips?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on October 22nd, 2014

    "Also be sure to set the Trip Length to 10-14 days."
    John: "Why such as short time? Unless on business, most people would go for 3-4 weeks."

    This is just a limitation of Google Flights Explore. Fares for longer periods of time can certainly be found.

    Shawn: "We were able to book our flights exactly as you posted - to Denpasar for $832.00 US, as there is also a $30.00 discount right now. Very happy - thank you so much for getting this information out there to us!"

    No problem Shawn! Have a great time in Bali !

    Jon: "Cost $3300 for 5 people. The crazy part was the fact that the actual airfare was $260 return per person the rest was tax! It is basically cheaper to fly to Bangkok then to Victoria and Calgary ;-) #makesnosense. Thanks Chris - crazy find."

    Nice! Have fun in Thailand !

    Hibiki: "I thought I got a bargain from Air Canada when I went to Bangkok several years ago for $840, but this deal is way better. Thanks a lot Chris!"

    Thanks for sharing a lot of great info about your experience with booking this deal!

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