July 12, 2017 11:18
Budget airlines are competing to lure customers with bargain early-bird tickets for this fall through next spring.
Air Seoul began a week-long promotion on Tuesday for flights departing from Sept. 12 to Dec. 31. Fares start at W139,200 for a return flight to Osaka from Seoul, W177,000 to Siem Reap and W175,000 to Guam (US$1=W1,152). Tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis on the airline's website and mobile page.
Jin Air launched their biggest sale of the year on Tuesday for flights departing from Oct. 29 to March 24, 2018. The promotion will continue for 10 days. The lowest price for a return ticket to Honolulu is W452,000, while a round trip to Saipan will cost W198,400 and Bangkok W206,200.
Air Busan is offering discounted tickets until Friday for flights to Jeju departing from Aug. 27 to Sept. 30 and to international destinations from Oct. 29 to March 24, 2018. A single one-way ticket to Qingdao, Hong Kong, and Macau start from W73,000, and to Cebu and Da Nang from W93,000.
Jeju Air started its promotional sale already last Wednesday for flights departing from Dec. 1 to March 24, 2018, and it will end on Thursday.
"Budget carriers are doing this large scale sale to tie in customers early and increase brand recognition," an industry insider said.
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