Burma has opened up again and whether this is a currency conversion problem or just a good deal like the old ex-Colombo, Sri Lanka fares, there are some great prices available this afternoon. Think business or even first class from Burma to the United States for $400-700.
Flights originating in Burma are not bookable on all travel sites, so I would stick to bt-store.com or vayama.com to book your trip. Most dates and U.S. cities are available, so just play around with the search engine. If you choose multi-destination, you can even force in connections…like in Singapore for example.
I booked a trip that includes a ride on the SQ A380 from Singapore to London in Business Class as well as a Delta flight from London to New York, but it hasn’t ticketed yet–that is the big question. If you book on Vayama, it seems the prices are a bit higher, but Flyertalkers have reported automated ticketing within 20 minutes. I was unable to find a fare on Vayama comparable to bt-store, so I booked through bt-store.
Take a look at some of the sample itineraries available now:
If you are interested, you really to need to book right now. And I mean right now. I would hazard a guess that airlines will not want to honor this fare once the dust settles. But keep in mind: this is NOT a mistake fare. Rather, this fare is a result of a currency devaluation in Burma and the airlines–including Air Canada, Singapore, ANA, Delta, and Air India–have been slow and lazy to react.
This situation is not analogous to an airline fat-fingering a fare at the wrong price: an airline simply cannot claim incorrect pricing here. The best they can do is claim a force majeure event, but considering the devaluation happened in April (from 6.4 kyat to the dollar to 818 to the dollar), the airlines have no excuse for taking so long to respond.
As of 1500 ET, this fare is still alive and kicking!