It’s raining airline promotions as companies try keep the travel urge high in a depressed environment.
In Hongkong, Finnair is offering “2 for the price of 1” for bookings before November 15, valid only on return flights with both passengers needing to reserve at the same time on the same journey. This applies to flights between Asia and Europe via Helsinki in fully flexible fare classes D and Y, excluding only flights to/from Finland. Taxes and other fees are not included. Travel is from November to July 15, 2009.
Cathay Pacific tempts the public with World Pass, providing a choice of two to four destinations in the CX and Dragonair network at just HK$7,800 (US$1,017).
From Down Under, Qantas is celebrating its 88th birthday on November 16 with special return fares from HK$3,388 (US$437) between Hongkong and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth, Adelaide. Booking is before November 17 and Qantas Frequent Flyer points even apply.
Low-cost carriers are not to be left behind.
Cebu Pacific brought back its trademark zero fare for its Manila-Osaka service and flights from Clark to Bangkok, Hongkong, Macau and Singapore. Passengers only pay the fuel and insurance surcharge that ranges from US$45 to US$110 one way. Ticket purchase is until November 7 for travel from December 1 to January 31, 2009. To mark increased frequencies and new services from Singapore to East and West Malaysia, AirAsia also is giving away free seats on its Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Pekanbaru, Phuket and Bangkok sectors, with the traveller only to bear the extra charges. Ticket purchase is until November 2 for use from December 1 to July 31, 2009.
Jetstar Asia, which marks its fourth anniversary, is likewise giving away seats from the Lion City to several Asian destinations among them Manila, Macau and Siem Reap, surcharges not included until November 3. Travel is valid between January 5 and June 30, 2009.
Margie T Logarta