Airfare to Kunming, China
With moderate, temperate weather, Kunming is often referred to as the Spring City. It should come as no surprise then that its top sights include Kunming Botanical Gardens, the Western Mountain Forest Reserve and Yuantong Mountain.
Airfare to Kunming will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into Hong Kong. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines, which are entering China at a rapid pace. And although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Northern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are the national airlines. However, Vietnam Airlines and other airlines also stop in Kunming.
The most expensive air tickets to Kunming are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into Hong Kong and traveling overland to Kunming via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Kunming, check out BootsnAll’s Kunming Travel Guide.