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Airlines roll out bargains without let up

3 May 2009 by intern22

With fears of catching the H1N1 flu adding to an already depressed
travel market, airlines are determined to continue offering bargain
fares. Here is what’s up for grabs at the moment:

Air New Zealand
is now promoting round-trip fares of HK$3,200 (US$413) between Hongkong
and London, together with upgrades to its Pacific Premium Economy Class
for HK$1,800 (US$232) more per way.

These are valid for sale
until May 15, and the prices exclude per person taxes, fees and
surcharges, which come up to about HK$1,330 (US$172) and can change
without notice.

These apply to flights to London from now until
July 30, and between September 2 and September 30. Return flights to
Hongkong are until June 18, and between August 12 and November 30. All
trips must be completed by November 30.

• Dubai-based airline Emirates has
announced promotions on its flights from Hongkong to 23 destinations in
Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe and South America.

Passengers
can now book Economy Class return flights on Emirates’ website to
London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Frankfurt, Hamburg,
Dusseldorf, Munich, Istanbul, Moscow, Milan, Rome, Venice, Paris, Nice,
Vienna, Zurich and Athens for HK$4,580 (US$591), all via Dubai.
Passengers travelling to London will experience the Airbus A380.

Flights
to Larnarca and Malta are now priced at HK$6,310 (US$814) and flights
to Sao Paulo cost HK$14,950 (US$1,929). Trips can be booked until June
15 for travel by June 30.

United Airlines has
also joined the bandwagon with a “Chicago Month Promotion” offering
HK$5,890 (US$760) fares from Hongkong to Chicago for travel between
June 1 and 30.

The package also includes a free stopover at
another North American destinations including Seattle, San Francisco,
Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, Calgary and Vancouver. Double
Elite Qualifying Miles is also given away to customers who book and
travel by June 15.

• Budget airlines aren’t to be left behind. AirAsia has launched a “No Bull! No Fuel Surcharge” campaign for guests flying to all destinations on AirAsia and AirAsia X from their hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Kota Kinabalu, Bandung, Johor Bahru and Bali.

The
promotion treats passengers to fares as low as RM25 (US$7) to locations
such as Chiangmai and Phuket, RM45 (US$12.60) to destinations such as
Hanoi and Bali and RM75 (US$21) to destinations such as Hongkong and
Guangzhou. Passengers only have to pay for fares, airport taxes and
administrative fees.

Jetstar is
now offering a S$15 (US$10) discount on one-way Jetsaver fares around
Asia. The carry-on baggage limit for passengers will also be increased
to 10kg from 7kg. The low-cost carrier will also not charge extra for
administrative and insurance fees.

For more details, visit www.airnewzealand.com.hk, www.emirates.com.hk www.unitedairlines.com.hk, www.airasia.com and www.jetstar.com

Joshua Tan

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