Cheap air fares as AirAsia launches week-long sale
AirAsia just launched cheap air fares for domestic and international flights. Will other carriers respond?
AirAsia just threw its hat into the airfare price war ring by announcing bumper deals for travel booked early. The sale runs for a week on bookings between November 10 and November 16, 2014 for travel dates between June 10, 2015 and January 17, 2016. As per the promotion, base air fare from Bengaluru to Chennai and Kochi starts at Rs100, to Goa at Rs500 and to Jaipur and Chandigarh at Rs1,000.
While this may seem cheap, the actual air fare can be quite a bit higher, so don’t get too excited based on promotional marketing. However, for travel between the dates specified, airline tickets are significantly cheaper than regular fares – even cheaper than other modes of travel (see table below). For example, the cheapest ticket available under AirAsia’s scheme is from Kochi to Bengaluru and costs just Rs382.
|Flight route||Fare (Rs)|
|Bengaluru to Chandigarh||1,540|
|Bengaluru to Chennai||596|
|Bengaluru to Goa||1,016|
|Bengaluru to Jaipur||1,540|
|Bengaluru to Kochi||596|
|Chandigarh to Bengaluru||1,282|
|Chennai to Bengaluru||439|
|Goa to Bengaluru||808|
|Jaipur to Bengaluru||1,482|
|Kochi to Bengaluru||380|
You can book a ticket from Chennai to Bengaluru starting at Rs439 and one from Bengaluru to either Chennai or Kochi will come to Rs596. In contrast, a ticket from Chennai to Bengaluru booked on the IRCTC website for travel on November 25, 2014 via the Shatabdi Express will take about four and a half hours and cost Rs1,420.
This means that if you live in Chennai and want to travel to Bengaluru and back, you would spend just about Rs1,035 on travel (on AirAsia’s scheme), which is great! There are, however, other fees associated with booking, such as a processing fee or a payment fee, which can range from Rs80 to Rs300 and which will increase your ticket price accordingly.
Not just domestic flight
AirAsia’s deals aren’t just confined to domestic flights though; it extends to international flights originating in India. For example, all-inclusive fare for a flight from Hyderabad to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia starts at Rs2,561. And connecting flights are part of the deal too – the all-inclusive fare for a flight from Kochi to Kuala Lumpur to Singapore starts at Rs3,969.
Are other carriers jumping in too?
No; net yet at least. IndiGo, GoAir, SpiceJet and Jet Airways haven’t yet announced any similar offers, but judging by past experience, we are likely to see other carriers join in the passenger tug-of-war and announce discounts and sales themselves. However, GoAir is offering 50% off on children’s tickets for flights before March 31, 2015.
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