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Massive airfare discounts give a hand to Vietnamese backpackers

posted Jun 25, 2011, 11:25 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jun 25, 2011, 11:40 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Travel firms say that it is now the right time for travelers to book domestic and outbound tours, when a lot of domestic and foreign airlines are running sales promotion programs, offering low airfares or applying flexible airfare policies.

Airlines' sales promotion campaigns target separated travelers
LOT Polish Airlines which began providing flights on the routes from Vietnam to Europe not a long time ago, is leading the market in offering airfare discounts.

The passenger who book air tickets soon, can get the tickets to fly with LOT Polish Airlines from Hanoi to Europe at a surprisingly low rate of 344 dollars (return ticket), not including tax. The passengers, who want to upgrade the service levels from normal to business class, would have to pay small surcharges. One would have to pay 300 dollars for a one-way ticket and 600 dollars for return ticket. He would have to pay 350 dollars and 750 dollars, respectively, to take the flight from Hanoi to any points in Europe or the Near Middle East

LOT now remains the only airline which provides direct commercial flights from Vietnam to Eastern Europe. As LOT is a member of the global aviation alliance Star, when using LOT’s services, from Warsaw, passengers can change aircrafts to fly to other big cities such as Brussels in Belgium, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Berlin in Germany, Geneva in Switzerland, Moscow in Russia and Paris in France with the airlines which are also the members of Star alliance, such as Air France, Lufthansa (Germany), Qatar Airways (Qatar), Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong).

From now until June 30, passengers still have the opportunities to buy return tickets from Hanoi and HCM City to Europe at 595 dollars, not including tax, to fly with Air France. The airfares will be applied to the flights which depart on the days from September 1 to December 15, 2011.

As for Asian air routes, Korean Air is offering the preferential airfare of 550 dollars for the flights from Hanoi to Seoul (validity for one month). Meanwhile, the airfare for return tickets with validity for three months is 565 dollars. The tickets are being sold from now to July 19, to be applied to the flights to depart on June 10-30 and July 14-19.

Budget airline Air Asia is selling tickets which have the starting price of 49 dollars for the flights from HCM City to Kuala Lumpur. Passengers can continue booking tickets for the airline’s flights to 70 points worldwide.

Golden opportunities fro backpackers

South Korean market proves to be most bustling this summer. A lot of South Korean travel firms have been joining forces with Vietnamese partners to design new tours. Travelers to South Korea now can coordinate traveling with using healthcare and aesthetic services.s

Especially the sale promotion program run by Korean Air falls into the summer holiday. Therefore, it is now the right time for many Vietnamese parents to bring their children to South Korea in their trips.

The sale campaign where air tickets will be sold for the flights to depart on July 14-19 targets the families which have children going to high school, because the students have relax time during that days.

Analysts say that the sales promotion programs of airlines all target separated clients; therefore, this is the golden time for “Vietnamese backpackers” to go abroad.

For example, if wanting to travel to Europe, one can purchase cheap return air tickets from Hanoi or HCM City to Paris, and then travel on express trains among cities in order to save the fees for accommodations. If he wants to stay longer in certain cities, he can rent the rooms at Vietnamese diplomatic agencies or branches of the Vietnam News Agency.

In related news, domestic airlines are also offering cheap air tickets on some domestic routes. On the occasion of opening a new air route HCM City-Quy Nhon, Air Mekong is offering 12 normal-class price levels to satisfy the demand of different classes of passengers. The lowest airfare is 650,000 dong per one-way ticket.

Meanwhile, etstar Pacific is selling tickets with the lowest price at 490,000 dong for the flights from Hanoi or HCM City to Da Nang.

Source: NLD