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Air Asia deals - when to plan for the next set of promo deals!

  • busylizzy

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    Wanting to book a trip but want to wait for Air Asia to hold another one of their big sales? If only you knew when the next one was due?

    The Air Asia NZ Facebook page has a link to an article that provided an 'AA Yearly Promotion Analysis' that could be useful to know.

    1) AirAsia launches the Zero Fares Promotion twice per year - roughly every 6 months or so (currently expected to be in mid-May and mid-November)
    2) Travel period is usually 6 to 8 months away
    3) Airport taxes, baggage, meals not included - obviously
    4) Bookings made on the Zero Fares Promotion comes with restrictions - no change of name, date, destination - no refund
    ..
    6) The most popular routes are often snapped up in accordance with weekend, public holidays, and school holidays (of the departing and destination location)
    7) In addition every quarterly, there are "Low Fare Promotions" such as "RM1 Fares" - these occur in the midst of those large promotion months. So expect to see these around mid-August and mid-February.
    ..

    Also, for what it's worth, Air Asia have increased several components of their fares at some point over the last few months:

    - A new fuel charge (300baht on BKK - Bali flight; 200baht on BKK-Singapore flights)
    - 15kg bag is now 370 baht (up from 300)
    - preferred seal fee is now 65 baht (up form 50)
    - convenience fee is now 90baht (up from 70) - this is for using credit card

    Also - something to remember, if you take advantage of one of the free/cheap deals then find that you have a change of plans or otherwise plan to throw away the ticket - you can claim the departure tax component back from Air Asia. You can't do it until AFTER the scheduled flight, and it will take awhile after you lodge the claim, but it's worth while getting some of your money back.

    FYI....

    #1 Posted: 22/5/2011 - 16:54

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  • busylizzy

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    BTW - a new BIG SALE starts tomorrow for travel in Feb-June next year (2012).

    #2 Posted: 22/5/2011 - 16:55

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    Dear all,
    I can give you some additional information to this topic on my blog:
    http://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/index.php/en/component/content/article/3-rss/73-low-cost-airlines-asia-top-5.html
    Nobody likes to spend too much money on flying...
    Cheers
    Charles

    #3 Posted: 23/5/2012 - 07:18

  • mseakins

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    It's probably also worth checking out Scoot who are a subsidiary of Singapore Air launching in Sydney soon! They are going to try and compete with Air Asia.

    #4 Posted: 23/5/2012 - 23:59

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