Similar to the Cheapest Airlines Analysis, we share the cheapest airlines & hubs based on the continent you are in and your destination.
This is a perfect illustration of the time vs money paradox:
- Finding such good deals will take time
- Time of transit
- But will save you hundreds of dollars.
There is no magic solution. Nonetheless, I can share with you some hubs, cheap airlines & good deals by continent and long-haul flights. I have flown with all of these airlines at least once to prove my point.
Cheapest Airlines & Hub in Europe
Paris, London, Rome & Madrid with RyanAir, Easyjet, Vueling & Volotea within Europe.
- Towards the Americas: Norwegian and Wow Air, from Paris, London & Rome
- Towards Asia: Scoot and Norwegian, from London, Berlin & Athens
- Towards the Middle East: Pegasus Airlines, from Paris, London or Berlin
- Towards Oceania: Scoot, from Athens, London or Berlin, with connections to Singapore
- Towards Africa: Ethiopian Airlines to Addis Ababa, but then connection flights are crazy expensive.
Cheapest Airlines & Hub in North America
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New York and Los Angeles with Spirit Airlines, Porter Airlines, Suncountries Airlines, JetBlue and Frontier Airlines within North America.
- Towards Europe: Norwegian, Icelandair & Wow Air, from NY, Boston and Pittsburg
- Towards South America & Central America: Spirit Airlines and VivaAir, from Miami or Fort Lauderlade.
- Towards Asia & Oceania: none, expect round trips with United Airlines, to Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney or Melbourne, from L.A or San Francisco, but still expensive.
- Towards Africa: none
Cheapest Airlines & Hub in Central & South America
Lima, Santiago, Buenos Aires & Panama City with Sky Airlines, VivaAir and LCPeru, don’t expect good deals though. Airline transport sucks in South America.
- Towards Europe: Norwegian from Buenos Aires to London
- Towards North America: Spirit and VivaAir, from Lima or Bogota to Miami or Fort Lauderdale
- Towards Asia, Oceania & Africa: none.
Cheapest Airlines & Hub in Asia
The heaven of low-cost flights and big hubs! Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo with Scoot, Tiger, Air Asia, Jetstar, Hong Kong Express, Vanilla Air within Asia.
- Towards Europe: Scoot from Singapore to Athens or Berlin, Norwegian from Singapore to London
- Towards the Americas: with a connection in Europe (check European section).
Cheapest Airlines & Hub in Oceania
Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland with Jetstar within Oceania.
- Towards Oceania: Scoot, Jetstar and Air Asia, from Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, towards Sydney, Melbourne, Perth & Gold Coast
- Towards the Middle East: Air Asia, from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran
- Towards Africa: Ethiopian Airlines, from Tokyo or Hong Kong to Addis Ababa
- Towards Europe: with a connection in Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong)
- Towards the Americas: none, expect round trips with United Airlines, to L.A or San Francisco from Melbourne or Sydney, but still overpriced.
- Towards Asia: Scoot, Jetstar and Air Asia, from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin & Gold Cost, towards Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur
- Towards Africa & the Middle East: none
Cheapest Airlines & Hub in Africa
Very under-developed, except Mango Airlines within South Africa.
- Towards Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania & the Middle East: some good deals with Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa, with Egyptair from Cairo & South African Airway from Johannesburg, but not that good, expect to pay a lot of money compared to similar distances in another continent.
- Towards Asia: Air Mauritius was pretty decent flying between Cape Town & Singapore. The price was relatively decent for African flights – similar to prices from Singapore to Amsterdam with Garuda Airlines Economy and booking 1.5 months in advance.
Trevellers tips: you can save a few more dollars with a favorable forex by booking in the Airlines local currency (only if your bank doesn’t charge you insane fees).
For example, I saved about 10usd paying my Egyptair flights in Egyptian Pound and not in USD. Book in incognito mode to avoid being trapped by cookies.
This post is written by Adrien Perazzi with additional contribution by Lisa Tan.
Travelling expensively has changed me, even shaped me in a way. Today, I am very keen to share this experience with people, from all backgrounds: people willing to start travelling, or doing it even more often, wiser or in a more sustainable way. I have received more help, friendships and kindness that I would have expected. For me, this series is a way for me to give back, to help people in return, to inspire beginners.