Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Make your air ticket even cheaper

Airlines sometimes tie up with banks to offer deals on tickets. For instance, Air Asia is presently giving 20 per cent discount on the base fare for tickets booked using HDFC Bank credit and debit cards. It’s a limited offer period though — until February 21, for travel between July and September 2016. Airlines are also encouraging customers to book on their mobile sites and apps. Jet Airways, for one, is offering a discount of ₹150 per guest for one-way flights and ₹300 for return flights booked on its mobile platforms.

Use fare unbundling to your advantage and save a few hundreds by travelling light. A SpiceJet ticket will cost ₹200 less if you travel without check-in baggage. And if you have excess check-in baggage, it’s a good idea to pre-book it online; this often works out cheaper than booking it at the airport. Similarly, booking meals online may work out cheaper than buying them on the flight.
Also, when paying for your online booking, save money by using online banking instead of the plastic cards. IndiGo, for instance, charges ₹75 on each ticket as non-refundable convenience fee for net banking payment, lower than the ₹150 for using debit or credit cards. Booking at the airport can be costlier — SpiceJet charges a non-refundable ‘convenience fee’ of ₹200 for airport ticketing, ₹150 for credit and debit card payments and ₹100 as internet banking charges.
09/02/16 Anand Kalyanaraman/Business Line
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