At SGD561, China Airlines was the cheapest airline I could find to Osaka (minus coughMHcough or coughVNcough). There is a Taipei transit involved, but the timing was good. I had almost booked us tickets, but the China Airlines website gave me more expensive prices whenever I’m at home and wanting to confirm the flight with my parents o_O;
So NATAS travel fair came around first. We decided to take a look in case we could get even cheaper air tickets. (2017.08.13)
We asked around a few travel agencies, but they either do not sell flight tickets only, or the flights are above SGD600, with prices up till SGD900+. The UOB booth even had service charge. What the heck? We felt sian and ready to give up when Mum suggested we go check out H.I.S. because that was where R worked at before, albeit she worked for the inbound department.
This Japanese guy at the H.I.S. booth handed us leaflets. Oh! They were for package tours to Shikoku! There was one tour which was specifically just for Dogo Onsen in Ehime, with one night in Ehime and the rest in Tokyo. That could work. We could extend our trip. I then realised that the Japanese guy was wearing an Ehime happi. Apparently, he was from Ehime.
“We want to got to Kochi,” we said.
“Ehime!” he insisted with a smile. “Neighbour!”
Anyway we ended up queuing for one of their travel agents to help us, but there weren’t many staff around, and we fooled around, taking a wefie with the H.I.S. signboard to send it to R.
One of the counters became available at last. And we asked for Osaka flight prices. Unfortunately, they were nowhere below SGD600, and we sighed, almost about to head back when I told the travel agent that we actually wanted to get to Kochi, and what might be the best and most budget way to get there.
“Hold on,” he said.
“You can fly SilkAir to Hiroshima,” he said after a while. “Direct flight!”
My eyes lit up. “What’s the price?” I asked. “The most important thing.”
“Get ready for this,” he said. And he flashed his calculator at us.
Apparently, SilkAir was just starting their Singapore to Hiroshima flights in November 2017. We were lucky!
Now we just need to figure out how to get from Hiroshima to Kochi.
2017.08.15: The flight tickets are only SGD518 on SilkAir’s website OTL But we would never have known about this flight if not for the H.I.S. staff.