Fly high when prices are low!

Want to roam around, but confused? Lack financial resources to pay your flight bills? Want to enjoy some discounts or freebies? Here comes an interesting offer for you. So stop worrying about payments and pack your bags.  Take a tour to the destination of your place with the airlines’ economic offers. These days, while eyeing bigger market share than rivals, many players in the domestic market have come up with a series of discounted offers. They are luring customers in the January-March and July-September quarters – that are traditionally considered as periods of low travel demand. This trend has become very common. The airlines in the Indian market are continuing to announce discounted fares frequently to lure customers. Recently, IndiGo launched a scheme of offering one-way fares starting as low as Rs 1,345 in India. The airline, with its ‘lower than low’ scheme, offered travel from Delhi to destinations like Goa, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata and Jaipur. IndiGo, India’s largest airline in terms of domestic market share, said that all-inclusive one-way fares are “valid for bookings made 90 days before travel date”. It offered a Delhi-Jaipur journey at Rs 1,345 – which was the lowest under this offer. Similarly, Delhi-Mumbai was priced at Rs 2,895; Delhi-Kolkata at Rs 3,861; Delhi-Pune at Rs 3,596; Delhi-Chennai at Rs 4,203, and Delhi-Goa at Rs 4,694. AirAsia too joined the bandwagon to announce all-inclusive domestic fares starting Rs 1,290. The scheme was valid for travel between June 15 and September 30, 2015 while bookings were allowed from March 30 to April 12, 2015. The next player to join the group was GoAir which also announced one-way tickets for as low as Rs 1,299. Looking at the similar trend, Tatas’ Vistara airline too offered discounted air fares for bookings made 90 days in advance. So those interested to take a tour to the choice of their destination should not plan their trip in a hurry. They should search and research on different airlines flying to their destination and then book their...

Flying with the right low-cost airline

Air travel has really boomed in recent times thanks to the advent of low-cost airlines. One would be hard pressed to find a country in the world that is not connected by a low-cost airline. On many routes, the low-cost carriers are the ones making a profit while the full-service airlines are running into losses.  The domestic routes Domestic routes are a huge favourite for low-cost airlines. The travel times are not long. The passengers are prepared to sacrifice comforts like airline food, on-board entertainment and business class services for cheaper tickets. The journeys get over quickly and both the airline and the passengers are only interested in getting from Point A to Point B as quickly and as cheaply as possible. The regional routes Regional routes are also a huge favourite with low-cost carriers. Many international flights within Europe are in fact served by low-cost carriers. Travel within South East Asia is also mostly done on the back of budget airlines. Once again short distances and limited travel times play a role in the success of these carriers. On time, every time The best low-cost carriers are those that are always on time. There is no point in travelling by flights that are delayed. Time is money and the whole point of taking the fastest mode of transport is to save both time and money. If you are travelling during your Ph.D. and feel short of time to submit your work on time, you can take help from thesis writing support services. Good safety record The airline should also have a good safety record. While airlines can save money on items like food and on-board entertainment, they definitely should not compromise on the safety of their fleet. There have been budget airlines with dubious safety records and they have been forced to shut shop because passengers refused to patronise them. Use their websites Most of the information about low-cost airlines can be found on their websites. This saves the airline a lot of money and they tend to patronise the Web a fair amount. Details like how much luggage the passengers can bring on-board the plane and when do they have to check-in are all given on the websites. Many airlines also have web check-in and this is comfortable for the passengers. Travel light The best way to make use of travelling by budget airlines is to travel light. Low-cost airlines charge money for each and everything. They even charge extra if the passengers want comfortable seats. Taking even a little bit of extra luggage on-board the plane results in the passengers being charged for excess baggage. So choose these airlines when you do not have to take too many suitcases and large bags. Eat before you fly Eating on-board budget airlines is prohibitively expensive, so plan your flights well. Take mid- morning, late afternoon and evening flights. This way you can eat your breakfast and lunch at home and then travel and reach in time at your destination for your next meal. You can even bring a sandwich with you from home for the flight. Even though air travel is not the cheapest way to travel, it has become more affordable. It is still the fastest way to get from one city to the other. With some careful planning, passengers can save both time and money on a good budget...

Planning a Vacation in India

It is common for families all over India to start planning for a sightseeing trip once the summer vacations or the Diwali holidays have been announced. Everybody in the family is excited, and they busily start making plans for where they want to go, what they want to do and what activities they can indulge in. However, cold water is poured over all those plans when they find that not a single ticket is available by rail, road or air. New trains are being added every year, airlines are introducing new flights all the time and there are a vast number of taxi services and bus companies for taking passengers from point A to point B. But that is still not enough to cater to India’s burgeoning population that uses the holiday season to attend weddings, celebrate festivals, visit religious places, travel to their ancestral home and go for sightseeing expeditions with friends and family. That is why it is a good idea to make these plans well in advance, because getting tickets at the last moment is next to impossible, especially during vacation time. The best time to go to a tourist spot is in the off season. It is unlikely that families will come to such places when the children are in the middle of the academic year. So for those who are under no such obligation, planning a trip to these places would mean having the whole tourist town all to themselves and also availing of lower rates in hotels. Hotels display their room rates on their websites, so it is easy to compare different resorts as well as being able to judge which place has the best amenities. It is possible to book airline tickets well in advance over the Internet. The Indian aviation industry has many budget airlines operating in it. Full service airlines like Air India also offer some of the seats on their flights at a very low cost. The earlier the seat is booked, the lower is the cost. Quite often the passengers will be required to bid for the seats. In case, the flying time is short and the passengers do not want a meal on board, taking a low cost service can save them a lot of money. Most tourist destinations have excellent taxi services that can take tourists to all the major hot spots, while special trains are run to key pilgrimage destinations like Tirupati and Shirdi. With a little early planning, it is possible to enjoy a fun vacation at a decent cost anywhere in India....