Want to save money on your next flight in Asia?

This guide is going to show you know how to find cheap flights & promos on AirAsia.

Including essential things to know, step-by-step guides on how to book, and helpful tips about flying with the airline.

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AirAsia is the go-to airline for many people who frequently travel around Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia, East Asia, and South Asia. This budget airline is famous for offering very cheap airfares.

Knowing that they operate one of the largest flight networks in the region, AirAsia should definitely be one of the first places you should check for seat sales.

Book cheap AirAsia flights during promotions

The cheapest AirAsia flights can be booked during a “red hot sale”, which may also be called as “BIG sale”, “free seats promo” or “zero fares.”

In the Philippines, the best promotions are called “piso fare” promos.

These ultra-cheap flight sales only happen a few times a year. So, book fast because seats get sold out quickly.

Don’t worry, you can still find affordable AirAsia flights on its more frequent promotions that are scheduled regularly, at least once every week.

Where to find the latest promo fares?

AirAsia website — Most promotions are posted on airasia.com. This is where you should start your search.

AirAsia newsletter — Sign-up to the airline newsletter if you want to get updated with the latest announcements by email. You can do this by creating an account on airasia.com.

AirAsia social media accounts —  Promo updates are also posted frequently on the airlines’ official social media accounts. Make sure to check and follow AirAsia on Facebook & Twitter.

AirAsia Big frequent flyer program — Enjoy exclusive seat sales by signing up to AirAsia Big, the airline’s frequent flyer program.

Detourista promo alerts — Save time by checking Philippine Airlines promo fares posted here on the blog. Promo alerts are shared here to provide one easy place to get updates from Philippine Airlines as well as other major airlines and travel sites.

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How to view the latest promotions on AirAsia

Step 1 — Go to AirAsia Facebook page to see the latest promo updates.

Step 2 — Click on the link posted and use the flight search on airasia.com or AirAsia mobile app.

There is no promo available today. What to do next?

While waiting for the next seat sale, here are tips you can follow right now.

1. Subscribe to promo alerts — Sign-up to Philippine Airlines’s newsletter & follow the airlines’ social media accounts (see the list above for the links).

Save time by checking promo alerts on Detourista. Make sure to subscribe to the email alerts to get notified of future promotions from Cebu Pacific and other major airlines in the Philippines.

2. Search airfare comparison sites — These sites offer an easy way to check & compare fares from multiple airlines in one search. Click below to start:

3. Check cheap flights on similar airlines — Don’t forget to check cheap flights & seat sales offered by other airlines. For Philippines flights, you might want to check Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Scoot, & Jetstar.

Before you book

Read promo details & conditions carefully — Promo fares are only available under conditions posted on the announcement. Be mindful of these important details:

Selling period

Travel period

You should book your flights before the end of the selling period. Promo fares are also only available for dates on or within the travel period. If your travel plans do not match the travel period posted or if the promo had already expired, you may watch out for the next promo announcement by visiting the airline’s website again on a later date.

Check availability and book online — When you’ve found a promo fare that you would like to book, the best way to check if they are available is to do a flight search online, directly on AirAsia’s website or mobile app. The process of booking promo flights should be the same as booking regular flights. Promo codes are usually not necessary. Make sure you read special conditions on the announcement to confirm this.

Book directly with the airline — The biggest reason that you should go online to book and check fares is that most promo fares by AirAsia are only available on their official website or booking app. Third-party travel agencies, even if they are affiliated with AirAsia, might not have access to the cheapest fares offered by the airline. These agencies would likely tell you that they cannot find the discounted fares in their system, and offer regular fares instead.

Promos are offered on a limited basis — Before calling them “FAKE,” you should know that limited promo seats are allocated for any given flight route. If all promo seats are sold out on your chosen flight, you will only be able to view and book the next lowest regular fare. Get ahead of other bookers by booking your flights as soon as possible. The airline also limits promo seats on certain dates and rarely offer them on “black-out dates,” which may include peak periods such as holidays, festival dates, and other busy dates for air travelers.

In case you cannot find the promo prices advertised on the announcement, follow these tips to confirm if they are indeed available for booking:

Make sure the promo has not yet expired.

Confirm that your chosen travel dates match the travel period posted on the announcement.

Check prices on other dates, perhaps days to months before or after your intended travel.

Check prices on other flight routes and destinations mentioned on the promo announcement.

All-in fares vs base fares

AirAsia usually advertises “all-in” fares on their sale announcement. The all-in fare is the lowest fare that may be booked and already includes the base fare, airport fees, and government taxes. It does not include optional add-ons like check-in baggage, meals, travel insurance, seat selection and may not include fees and taxes charged on departure from certain airports.

Also, prices listed are usually for one-way flights and may be available on the return flight (“vice-versa”). The all-in fare on the return flight may be different, depending on airport & government taxes and fees.

Promos may be booked without a credit card — In addition to credit cards, AirAsia also accepts payments through ATM cards and offline over-the-counter payment centers.

Where to find promo codes & coupons?

Promo or coupon codes are not needed for most seat sales by AirAsia. In case they are, these codes are posted along with the announcement details.

How to Book AirAsia Flights & Promo

AirAsia has various methods for passengers who want to book flights. The most popular way is to book online through on their website (www.airasia.com; mobile site) or AirAsia Mobile App (download on Google Play and iOS).

You can also purchase flights by calling their booking hotline or by visiting their sales offices and airport sales Counters, authorized travel agents or kiosks.

How to book flights on airline website

Step 1 — Go to airasia.com. Book your flights directly on AirAsia’s official website to view real-time airfares and get instant confirmation.

Step 2 — Log-in with your AirAsia BIG account to view exclusive member discounts. If you don’t have one yet, this is a good time to create an account.

Step 3 — Use the flight search form and enter your travel details. Here are details that you should provide:

Origin (departure) and arrival destination. Select your destinations by clicking on the name of the place you want to fly from & to. You may type the destination name or airport code for a faster search.

Departure and return date. Click the next/previous arrows beside the month and year or the drop-down menu for a faster search.

Flight type. Select whether you want to book a return (round-trip), one-way, or multi-city flight.

The number of guests traveling. Select the number of adults and children that will join the flight.

Click the “Search” button to proceed to the flight results page.

Step 4 — Select your flights by clicking on the airfare/price that you want to book. These airfares are displayed according to the flight departure/arrival times (rows) and fare class (columns). If you want to book a return (two-way) flight, you should first select your outgoing flight, then, scroll down and select your return flight.

If you are flexible with your travel schedule, choose the cheapest flights displayed on your chosen dates. You may also click the dates displayed above the flight results to view airfares on previous or later dates. Prices shown under each date are the lowest fare that you can book on that day.

In case you have found promo fares announced by AirAsia and they are not listed on this page, seats allocated for the promo might already be sold out. They are quite limited per flight, especially on peak travel dates and popular promos. You may check other dates for availability. Also, make sure that the selling period has not yet expired and that your flight dates match the travel period mentioned in the announcement.

Step 5 — Click the “Continue” button (found on the bottom right side of the page) to proceed to the next page.

Step 6 — Select flight add-ons that you want to avail for each flight. You should purchase this now or before your flights if needed. The prices will be more expensive if bought at the airport or on the actual flight. All add-ons are optional, but you may have to remove them manually because they may automatically be included in the total fare, even if you did not intend to purchase. Here’s a list of add-ons offered by AirAsia:

Baggage allowance / checked-in baggage. This is automatically included in the ticket. Click the “No, thanks” text for each flight if you do not want to purchase this. If you want to check-in your baggage, you should buy this now to avoid more expensive overweight baggage fees at the airport.

Inflight meal

Pick a seat

Step 7 — Enter guest details. Provide details of all persons that will be going on the flight.

Step 8 — Click the “Continue” button to proceed to the payment page.

Step 9 — Enter your contact details & carefully read the flight details and fare conditions. You can read the fare rules on this page, and the terms and conditions on this page. Here are some important conditions and policies that you may want to review and double-check:

  • Flight destinations, routes, and seat class
  • Flight dates, departure, and arrival times
  • Airport terminals on departure, arrival, and connecting flights
  • Fare breakdown
  • Cancelation / rerouting, Rebooking, no how, name change. Is the ticket refundable, re-bookable, or transferrable? If yes, how much would it cost?
  • Baggage allowance, meals, and other add-ons
  • Check-in guidelines
  • Check-in and hand carry baggage allowance

Step 10 — Select payment method. You can either pay online to enjoy instant flight confirmation or send your payment over-the-counter through AirAsia’s payment centers (if you prefer to pay in cash, for example). Here’s a list of payment options that may be offered by AirAsia:

  • Credit card / Debit Card with a Visa or Mastercard logo. You may also use your AirAsia ezpay and BIG prepaid cards.
  • Net Banking with partner banks.
  • BigPay.
  • Payment partners/centers (availability varies on location). Payment centers in the Philippines include all SM Branches, all Robinsons Mall branches, Bayad Center by Meralco, EC Pay Center.

Step 11 — Complete your payment and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 12 — Print your electronic ticket, which will be sent to your email address upon confirmation of your payment. Depending on the airport policy, you may instead show a copy of the electronic ticket that you saved on your mobile phone.

How to book on the mobile app

You may book your flights using your mobile phone using the “AirAsia” mobile app (link). This option is available on Android phones and devices (download on Google Play), and iOS/Apple phones and devices (download on Apple Store).

Flying with AirAsia

AirAsia is one of the world’s most popular budget airlines that offer cheap flights to over 125 destinations in 25 countries.

AirAsia flies extensively in Asia, particularly to/from major cities and popular tourist gateways in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, & Oceania.

Its flights are operated by a group of airlines that includes AirAsia Malaysia (AirAsia Berhad) and a number of subsidiary airlines based in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and Japan.

AirAsia destinations

Southeast Asia Destinations
Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan
Indonesia Banda Aceh, Bandung, Denpasar, Jakarta, Lombok, Makassar, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Pontianak, Semarang, Siborong-Borong, Solo, Surabaya, Yogyakarta
Laos Luang Prabang, Vientiane
Malaysia Alor Setar, Bintulu, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Kuching, Labuan, Langkawi, Miri, Nonok, Penang, Sandakan, Sibu, Tawau
Malaysia Mandalay, Yangon
Philippines Cagayan De Oro, Caticlan, Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran,
Thailand Bangkok, Buriram, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chumphon, Hat Yai, Hua Hin, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Loei, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Narathiwat, Pattaya, Phuket, Phitsanulok, Ranong, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Surat Thani, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani
Vietnam Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc
East Asia Destinations
China Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Meixian, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Shanghai, Shantou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an
Hong Kong
Japan Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo
South Korea Busan, Jeju, Seoul
Taiwan Kaohsiung, Taipei
South Asia Destinations
Bangladesh Dhaka
India Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar, Surat, Tiruchirapalli, Visakhapatnam
Maldives Malé
Sri Langka Colombo
Oceania & Pacific Islands Destinations
Australia Melbourne (Geelong), Perth, Sydney
United States Honolulu
Middle East Destinations
Saudi Arabia Medina

AirAsia Philippines

AirAsia Philippines serves flights to 11 destinations in the Philippines including  Manila, Cebu, Clark, and Boracay, and Kalibo. It may not serve as many destinations in the country as Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, but it does offer international flights to/from Kalibo, Cebu, and Clark, which could be convenient alternatives if you’re flying in or out of the country.

AirAsia Philippines domestic routes:

Hub / Focus City Destinations
Manila Boracay (Caticlan), Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Tagbilaran
Cebu Cagayan de Oro, Clark, Davao, Manila, Boracay (Caticlan), Puerto Princesa
Clark Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Boracay (Caticlan), Puerto Princesa, Tacloban
Cagayan de Oro Iloilo

AirAsia Philippines international routes:

Country Destinations
China Guangzhou, Shenzhen
Hong Kong
Indonesia Bali
Malaysia Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur
South Korea Seoul
Taiwan Taipei
Thailand Bangkok (Don Mueang)
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh

Before you fly

Earn free flights with AirAsia BIG

AirAsia BIG (airasiabig.com) is the airline’s frequent flyer loyalty/rewards program. Every time you make a transaction with AirAsia and its partner agencies, you can earn BIG points, which can be used to redeem free flights or nights at Tune Hotels.

Travel around Southeast Asia with the Asean Pass

The AirAsia Asean Pass (link) is a great way to travel extensively around Southeast Asia. This travel pass is purchased on a (fixed) flat fee. Each credit can be redeemed for flights across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam. For example, an international flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur costs 3 credits to purchase, while a domestic flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa costs only 1 credit.

Since the cost of the pass is fixed, you do not have to worry about airfare fluctuations especially if you’re planning to fly near the start of your trip. The credits only cover the base fare. You have to pay additional for any applicable airport and government taxes.

Get in Touch

AirAsia call centers & hotlines

Location Telephone number
Australia (+61 2) 8188 2133 9am – 6pm (GMT +10); Monday to Friday
China (+86 512) 8555 7711 8am – 9pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
Hong Kong (+852) 3013 5060 8am – 9pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
Indonesia (+62 21) 2927 0999; (+62 804) 1333 333 6am – 10pm (GMT+7); Monday to Sunday
India 1860 500 8000 Open 24 hours; Monday to Sunday
Japan (+81 50) 6864 8181 8am – 5pm (GMT+9); Monday to Friday
Macau (+853) 6262 6352 8am – 9pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
Malaysia 600 85 8888 9am – 6pm (GMT+8); Monday to Friday
New Zealand (+64 9) 887 6920 9am – 6pm (GMT+13); Monday to Friday
Philippines (+632) 722 2742 7am – 11pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
South Korea 050 4092 00525 8am – 5pm (GMT +9); Monday to Friday
Taiwan (+886 2) 8793 3532 8am – 9pm (GMT+8); Monday to Sunday
Thailand (+66 2) 515 9999 8am – 9pm (GMT+7); Monday to Sunday

AirAsia booking offices

Location Telephone number
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