Flying can be a pleasure. It is even more so when you get flight tickets at inexpensive rates. This is precisely what airlines in India are offering travellers now. Most airlines are providing low-base fares and all-inclusive prices for short routes within India. This is mostly applicable on flights booked for the months of June to September 2017. Wait! Know more about the offers before taking out that Credit Card or Debit Card. Ready? Read on.
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Let’s start with Indigo. This low-cost airline is offering fares of Rs. 899 for select domestic flights. The sale started on May 8th, 2017 and ends on May 10th, 2017. After the successful sales campaign in April, the airlines has come out with a summer sale this month. The discounted fares offered this month are for short routes such as Agartala-Kolkata. The all-inclusive fare for this route comes to Rs. 1,599. You can also get discounted fares for 14 routes from Chennai. These include flights to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Kochi, Goa and Hyderabad. The all-inclusive fare for these do not exceed Rs. 2,299 for any route.
Note that these fares will be available on a first come first serve basis. So, if you wait till the last minute, you might have to shell out more. The fares will be applicable on flights for the months of June to August 2017. The cheapest all-inclusive fare of Rs. 899 is available for the Bagdogra-Guwahati route. The terms state that the discounted fares will be available only for online bookings. The other terms that you need to know include no discounts for group bookings and no refund will be provided if you cancel these bookings. Up to speed? Let’s check out what others are offering.
Indigo’s competitor, SpiceJet, is offering a set of deals too. You get discounted fares for select domestic flights. For instance, flight tickets on the Delhi-Jaipur route will cost you Rs. 1,189 while Mumbai-Ahmedabad flight tickets will cost you Rs. 1,642. Certain non-stop domestic flight fares will set you back by just Rs. 849 (all-inclusive). These offers will be valid till May 11th, 2017. The travel period should be between 20th June and 18th September, 2017. This is a limited inventory offer just like Indigo. However, do note that there are certain blackout dates and you cannot book flights on those dates.
GoAir too is wooing its customers with tag line ‘beat the heat with our cool offers’. A Delhi-Jammu flight ticket will cost you Rs. 1,652 and a Mumbai-Bengaluru flight will set you back by just Rs. 2,111. You will travel from Ahmedabad to Mumbai for just Rs. 1,511. The GoAir website doesn’t state when this sale will close. So hurry up!
You may be wondering why are airlines offering such discounted fares, aren’t you? Apparently, the number of people flying have gone down when compared to the previous year. Early this year, airlines had increased flight fares significantly due to the rise in fuel prices. This hike in fares lead to a fall in airline traffic to 18% from 20% last year. So, airlines are looking to attract more customers by offering discounted fares for select routes. But, is there any way you can save more money on flight tickets? Of course! By using an Airline Credit Card. Now, what are these?
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Airline Credit Cards are meant for frequent travellers and offer freebies, rewards, discounts on flight fares and more. Take the Jet Airways Indusind Bank Voyage Visa Card, for instance. It comes at a zero annual fee for BankBazaar customers. You get 4 Jet Privelege (JP) miles for every Rs. 100 that you spend on Jet Airways tickets purchased online. For tickets purchased from other airline operators, you get 2 JP miles for every Rs. 100 spent.
Flying weekends? Get 1.5x rewards. From the second year, you get 2,500 points along with a free Jet Airways flight ticket as annual benefits. Not convinced? Here’s another one. The Yatra SBI Card gives you Yatra vouchers worth Rs. 8,250 as a joining bonus along with your card. You get exclusive access to Mastercard airport lounges in India. What’s more? Unlike other travel cards, you get 6x reward points on grocery and departmental store spends too. You also travel using your own vehicle? Get a 1% fuel surcharge waiver for fuel refill transactions. This will be valid for transactions that cost between Rs. 500 and Rs. 3,000.
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So, time for a new Credit Card, maybe? Don’t forget to compare across banks before you pick one. Also, look into the terms and conditions carefully before you sign up. You would want the best card that gives you maximum savings, right?