Airlines in India have rolled out attractive deals for travel this holiday season in their respective Diwali airfare sales. The customers are presented with a flurry of options to choose from as full service airlines Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara as well as low-cost carriers like Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir go head-to-head in the discount battle.
Air India has rolled out a special 10 per cent discount for bookings made on Air India’s web and mobile app for domestic travel in economy and business class between October 13 and December 15 this year. The offer, though, will not be valid for travel on October 21-23.
As general practice, airlines step up fares during the holiday season–typically a fortnight to Diwali going to around mid January. This is the highest grossing period for airlines as travel shoots up during holidays. However, as the airline market opens up and gets more competitive, we are witnessing a different trend.
GoAir is offering tickets as low as Rs 1,073 on select routes–Chennai Hyderabad, Jammu-Leh, Delhi-Chandigarh, Chandigarh-Delhi, Hyderabad-Chennai, Lucknow-Delhi, Kolkata-Pata, Kolkata-Bhubaneswar and Lucknow-Kolkata. The low-cost carrier is offering the discounted fares till October 31, 2017. However, the travel fare can only be availed for travel on discounted ‘low fare wednesday’.
IndiGo’s ‘early flight initiative’ gives travellers the option to use IndiGo Early for a fare of Rs 1,000. The airline is providing this offer to passengers wanting to prepone their flight (within four hours).
A search of travel planning portals like makemytrip and cleartrip revealed tickets of Indigo on high traffic routes like Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi Bengaluru etc selling between Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 till new year’s eve barring the weekend following Diwali.
Vistara’s all inclusive fares are being offered at Rs 1,149 at the lowest in economy class and Rs 2,099 in premium economy.
SpiceJet is offering supplementary discounts in form of package bookings. As part of its Cracking Diwali offer, SpiceJet is offering 50 per cent off on bookings at partner hotels and a cashback of as much as 60 per cent for paying hotel bills with HDFC credit cards. The order is up for grabs till October 19.
Premium fliers have also got discounts. Jet Airways is offering business class travel from Mumbai to Delhi all inclusive at only Rs 14, 805.
Offers are also available on travel portals for customers. Cleartrip is offering cashback offers up to Rs 25,000 on international flights, Rs 15,000 on local hotel bookings and up to Rs 1,500 on domestic travel.
Additionally, Yatra.com’s discount travel offer is valid till October 15. If you book tickets by midnights, SpiceJet will offer all inclusive fare at Rs 999 on select routes. The offer is applicable on non-stop flights. The applicable travel period is October 16, 2017-April 11, 2018.
A similar deal is on offer by IndiGo but the travel period is October 26, 2017 to April 15, 2018. Air Asia’s one way all inclusive cheapest tickets are available for Rs 1,299 for domestic travel. The travel period applicable is October 10, 2017 to March 31, 2018.