Air Asia Wants You to Fly for Free

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What would you be willing to do for a free flight? Would you fly to Malaysia?

That’s essentially the question Air Asia is asking its customers this summer, as the Malaysia-based budget airline is currently offering more than 3 million free seats on flights departing between January 4 and August 21 of next year.

If this deal sounds too good to be true, it may be because it is. There’s—somewhat expectedly—a catch, as the promotion only applies to flights leaving from a Malaysian airport. So unless you already happen to be planning a trip to one of the country’s stunning beaches or sensational natural wonders, booking a flight to Malaysia is necessary in taking advantage of this insane deal.

That being said, flights to Malaysia aren’t actually as expensive as you may think—take a look at these cheap flights from New York to Kuala Lumpur, for example—and any particularly optimistic traveller could see the journey there as just another leg of an adventurous, and otherwise incredibly low-cost vacation.

Unfortunately, taxes and additional fees aren’t included in the deal, which means the ticket itself won’t actually cost zero dollars. However, there are a ton of flights that come just about as close absolutely nothing as possible, with journeys to Singapore, Hong Kong, Perth and Jakarta available for less than $45 total at checkout.

If you prefer to travel in style, there you can also use the promotion to book a seat on one of Air Asia’s premium flat beds to locations such as Beijing and New Delhi for as little as $204.

For anyone truly interested in taking advantage of these cheap flights, there isn’t much time to waste. The promotion ends June 19 of this year though, so it may be time to make some impulse travel decisions.

Dillon Thompson is a travel intern with Paste and a student at the University of Georgia.

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