Q: Hi Playground! We’re heading to Korea next month to meet with the judge about our adoption application (Yay!) and I haven’t booked our travel yet. Your Cyber Monday travel post made me wonder if you might have any great tips or information for us getting affordable airfare there. Thanks! ~ Kate.
A: Hi Kate, Best. TT question. Ever! So excited for your adoption news! I can’t think of a better reason to travel!
Although I haven’t heard of any flight deals yet for Cyber Monday, airlines notoriously keep their sales close to their chests and don’t alert the public in advance (heaven forbid they miss out on a full-price sale), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any come next week. Currently, Korean Air has a teeny (and I mean very, very small) discount if you use your mobile device to book your ticket of 3% off. They’re also a member of SkyPass, so if you have miles with Delta or other member carriers, you can use them towards your fare.
However, since I’m sure you’re anxious to book your tickets, I did some searching on my own using Google. Their travel search engine aggregates flights based on schedules and airports, so you can search even before you have specific dates. I plugged in “JFK” and “Seoul” since that’s the most popular route from the east coast to South Korea and came up with fares that ranged from $500 to $1,200 per person. When you’re looking at long-haul flights, always keep in mind how many stops there are and how long the layover is, then figure out what it’s worth to you to not spend a day in the airport. For example, the lowest-price, non-stop route (14+ hours) is currently on Asiana Airlines and the ticket is around $900; the cheapest flight is on China Eastern, around $550, but that includes 2 layover that would make your transit time 44 hours, nearly 2 days!
One additional tip as you proceed: If you book a ticket in the US, you can cancel within 24 hours for a full refund according to the Department of Transportation, so you can hold something while you still check around for a day.
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