Visit 3 Cities in One Trip – All Nippon Airways – Starting $358: Los Angeles / Chicago / New York / Newark / San Francisco / Washington D.C. – Bangkok & Kuala Lumpur & Tokyo. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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Using a simple open-jaw, you can potentially visit Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok for as low as $358. An open-jaw in ticketing terms is flying into one city and return from a different one. In this case, flying into Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok and then flying back from the other.

You can also add a stopover in Tokyo for about $110 more. So it is possible to visit 3 cities for under $500.

You will need a separate ticket to get between Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, but due to the numerous low cost carriers, you can frequently find a one-way for under $50 (including checked luggage) with carriers like AirAsia. It is only 750 miles between the two cities or about the same distance as New York to Chicago.

Here’s starting price from the five cities to visit Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Adding Tokyo will be $110 more to the listed price below:

  • Los Angeles [LAX] – $358
  • Chicago [ORD] – $460
  • New York / Newark [JFK/EWR] – $430
  • San Francisco [SFO] – $480
  • Washington D.C. [IAD] – $510

Also, you do not need to start and end in the same city. So you can start in Los Angeles and return to New York. Happy Cinco de Mayo, stay safe.

Here are some practical travel tips to Bangkok, Thailand, and practical travel tips for Kuala Lumpur.

Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand – Photo: Greg Knapp via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Los Angeles
  • October 18th: Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur
  • October 25th: Bangkok – Los Angeles
  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from September – November for Monday through Thursday departures and returns. Must purchase at least 1 day in advance of departure.
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Go to Priceline and select “Flights” then “Multi-destination” and enter flights like this:
    • Flipping Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok sometimes will lower the price. E.g., LAX – Bangkok // Kuala Lumpur – Los Angeles. So play with the dates


  • Adjust dates to find optimal pricing:


  • Find a Tokyo stopover for about $100 more by adding the segment like this:
    • US Departure City – Kuala Lumpur
    • Bangkok – Tokyo
    • Tokyo – US Departure City


This will require trial in error. So if your first set of dates don’t price, try another set.

Fare Class:

  • K


  • LAX – NRT (Tokyo – Narita) – KUL (Kuala Lumpur) // BKK (Bangkok) – HND (Tokyo – Haneda) – LAX



All Nippon Airways is a member of the Star Alliance and United partner. Mileage earning with United is as follows:

  • Miles Flown: 17,149 miles or 3.1 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 17,149 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 4,287 miles

How to Book:

Los Angeles – Kuala Lumpur // Bangkok – Los Angeles for $358:



Los Angeles – Kuala Lumpur // Bangkok – Tokyo // Tokyo – Los Angeles for $470 or about $110 more.


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Background Information:


  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Thai Bhat (THB). $1USD = 34.65 THB


  • Visa Requirements: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). $1USD = 4.40 MYR


  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY). $1USD = 108 JPY

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1 Comment

  • brett 6 years ago Reply

    $537 USD returning to YVR including a 16 hour layover in Tokyo during daylight.

    Seems like a decent value to me, gonna tinker some more and see if I can bring it down.

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