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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

How to get to | Bali

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the contact me link at top right, or leave a comment.

source wikipedia

While you can get to Bali by boat, most visitors arrive by air. Most Asian airlines fly to Denpasar, but there are very few non-Asian airlines (Jetstar and Pacific Blue from Australia, transaero from Moscow, Qatar from Doha). The choices of airlines include:
  • Star Alliance - Shanghai, Singapore, Thai
  • Oneworld - Cathay Pacific, Japan (note Qantas do not fly to Bali and their subsidiaries Jetstar and Jetstar Asia are not part of Oneworld)
  • Sky Team - Korean
Few if any airlines have first class to Bali, and business class is relatively expensive and difficult to obtain on awards. Some paid fare rules and frequent flyer program award rules make it hard/impossible to get to Bali due to backtracking and maximum permitted mileage rules - depending on where you are coming from there can be a large detour via one of the Asian hubs to get to Denpasar.
TIP book well ahead for business class award travel.
TIP lots of low cost airlines fly to Bali from all the main cities in southeastern Asia and also some Australian cities.
NOTE the EU has a warning on travel on Indonesian airlines due to safety concerns and currently bans these airlines from flying to EU.

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