Flying business class from Asia to London or New York is expensive, but a new index highlights large differences in the cost of buying a ticket in different Asian cities.
Tokyo, one of the world's expensive places to live, is the cheapest city in Asia to purchase a round-trip business class ticket, according to the latest Julius Baer Lifestyle Index, at an average cost of $3,932 – well below the regional average of $5,719.
The Index, which tracks a basket of luxury goods in U.S. dollar terms in 11 Asian cities, took the average cost of a round trip, full fare business class flight to London and New York on five separate airlines.
Bangkok, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur followed closely, with business class travel to the two major cities averaging $4,077, $4,224 and $4,750, respectively.
Seoul was the most expensive at $7,712 ahead of Hong Kong at $7,180 and Shanghai at $6,915.