Yes, you CAN make budget airfares even more affordable!
1. STAY INFORMED
Subscribe to newsletters and loyalty memberships. The newsletters that pop up in your e-mail inbox hold the earliest notices of sales and promotions.
Best in class: Jetstar’s Club Jetstar membership programme gives you access to exclusive discounts, promotions and their very popular “Take a Friend for Free” sale, essentially a one-forone on certain flights. Joining the club also gives you a $40 flight voucher, redeemable on your next flight.
2. BE WARY OF CREDIT-CARD PROCESSING FEES
Don’t get hooked by a low price on an airline’s website, only to discover at checkout that hefty credit-card processing fees have been added, making your total fare higher than expected.
Best in class: Tiger Airways’ stated prices include taxes and fees. The additional credit-card processing fee is a reasonable $9 a flight, whereas its competitors’ fees may go up to $22. You can also choose to pay at an AXS machine, which reduces the surcharge to an even better $5.
3. BOOK IN ADVANCE
Doing this tends to result in lower fares and better deals. At some sales, prices can even start from as low as $63 in total, inclusive of all airport taxes, levies and credit card processing fees.
Best in class: Air Asia holds a “Free Seats” sale four times a year wherein the airfare is waived and you pay only for taxes and service fees, as long as your flight is booked six months to a year in advance and within Air Asia’s network of 85 destinations.
Gordon Ng, Her World, September 2015