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Air Asia X Prices Sky Rocket?  
User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 334 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8042 times:

I just did some forward planning for a trip to the UK in October 2012, and it saddened me to see that the Air Asia X premium seat prices for PER-LGW-PER has now risen by 50% from about AUD$3900 to close to AUD$6000. This puts them at spitting distance with Malaysia and Thai's full service advance business fare.

Are they in some financial difficulties, or are they under some allusion that their product has suddenly become more like a full service offering?

Also what other airlines offer a reasonable business class fare from Singapore to the UK (return)?

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User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8458 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7892 times:

Could be that they're not offering an advance discount. I just priced a trip in Feb and for two people it's about 9K.

As for airlines flying SIN-LON, I'm pretty sure you're limited to SQ, BA and QF on that route unless you go one of the middle eastern airlines via their hubs.


User currently offlineSamuP From Colombia, joined Jul 2010, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7830 times:

Quoting fiscal (Thread starter):

I find KLMs advance purchase business class is very affordable on some routes, while incredibly expensive on others, but I advice if you have no rush you wait until May/June 2012 when most airlines start their fall sales. I have booked some great fares from Canada to Europe in both Y and J. I find Air Asia X's pricing uncompetitive in these routes, except for one way routings.


User currently offlineAFGMEL From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 7376 times:

Quoting fiscal (Thread starter):
50% from about AUD$3900 to close to AUD$6000.

Wow, you're right. I just checked from MEL. We are flying in March and are paying around the $4K mark. Looks like another cheap premium product is now with the lower end of the J market. Crazy.

There are specials on now that are sub $6K with other airlines. GA and VN are sub $4K, but not from PER.

UL are cheap from SIN, but you'll have to get there.

Edit: KL and MA have a special companion fare on around $4600. I would rather fly with them! Might be one of those occasions where you need to speak to a travel agent.

[Edited 2011-11-27 00:15:04]


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User currently offlinebestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7212 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 7160 times:

The bottom has fallen out of the BKK to Europe premium cabins, so you will find excellent fares from Bangkok to Europe.

Air berlin and KLM have good one stop fares to london, with EVA having good non stop fares.



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User currently offline6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3333 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 21 hours ago) and read 5651 times:

Quoting fiscal (Thread starter):
Also what other airlines offer a reasonable business class fare from Singapore to the UK (return)?

to save time and effort looking around, suggest you look at the following for flights around or under $4K.


UL
TG
9W
QR
TK
LX
MH
AY
KL


User currently offlinechrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1071 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 20 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

Quoting fiscal (Thread starter):

I just did some forward planning for a trip to the UK in October 2012, and it saddened me to see that the Air Asia X premium seat prices for PER-LGW-PER has now risen by 50% from about AUD$3900 to close to AUD$6000. This puts them at spitting distance with Malaysia and Thai's full service advance business fare.

I have noticed this lately as well, they are creeping up their fares to the point they are just not worth it. Average price in Premium with them on the MEL-KUL sector is $850, JQ who actually serve 2 proper meals, with drinks and separate dessert/cheese platter service and e-player are $600 for MEL-SIN. For a day flight I would certainly be picking JQ in this instance. The seat is just not worth that premium over JQ, it seems the only thing you pay for on AirAsia is the seat.

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 4):
The bottom has fallen out of the BKK to Europe premium cabins, so you will find excellent fares from Bangkok to Europe.

Agreed I would look from BKK as a departure point, prices are very cheap from there. There is one full service carrier who offer exceptionally cheap fares from there to their European destinations, intact cheaper than AirAsiaX. I am planning my next European trip to depart from BKK next year.

I would also keep an eye out for Royal Brunei and Garuda who do some heavy discounting on occasion, GA has an exception airfare to AMS at the moment in J class

[Edited 2011-11-27 04:27:56]


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User currently offlineJQflightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 1001 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 4398 times:

i always go MH.... PER-KUL-AMS rtn and then a KLM flight into UK as i dont go into LHR, but i usually get it for around $4500


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User currently offlineinfinit From Singapore, joined Jul 2008, 584 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

For A$6k I think you can even get SQ in J!

User currently offlinebtblue From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 579 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 3940 times:
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I booked a flight, albeit from London to KUL - I was shocked at the price. Decided it was better value to fly Malaysian rather than try and penny pinch with Air Asia.


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User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 5 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

Quoting JQflightie (Reply 7):
i always go MH.... PER-KUL-AMS rtn and then a KLM flight into UK as i dont go into LHR, but i usually get it for around $4500

Is that when specials are on? It seems to be quite a bit more at present.?

GA to London is very much a multi stop but shows up as $4238

PER-DPS-CGK-DBX-LHR and back - apparently they are getting some 777's that will remove the DBX fuel stop in 2013.


User currently offlineSethor From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Quoting fiscal (Thread starter):
Also what other airlines offer a reasonable business class fare from Singapore to the UK (return)?

SIN-AUH-LHR return in J with EY is about AUD$3400 & Ex BKK its about AUD$3200.


User currently offlineSethor From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3562 times:

Also have you considered buying a Y ticket with Air Asia X or Malaysian Airlines & try to get a cheap upgrade through Option Town?

User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3546 times:

Quoting Sethor (Reply 12):
Also have you considered buying a Y ticket with Air Asia X or Malaysian Airlines & try to get a cheap upgrade through Option Town?

But what if I lost the gamble? It does not bare thinking about with D7, but I did not know that MH used Option Town as well.


User currently offlineSethor From Australia, joined Oct 2011, 31 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3441 times:

Quoting fiscal (Reply 13):
But what if I lost the gamble? It does not bare thinking about with D7, but I did not know that MH used Option Town as well.

Yeah I would not take the gamble with D7, but I would take the chance with MH as they have a very comfortable Y product.

I've been doing pretty the same research as you for my trip next year, I saw some QR J fares ex MNL to LHR for AUD$2500~ which may interest you but MNL is a two leg trip ex PER.

[Edited 2011-12-02 00:07:06]

User currently offlinetheobcman From UK - England, joined Nov 2010, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3337 times:

Quoting fiscal (Reply 10):

GA to LHR ? When you say GA to LHR via DBX - should that be DXB ? And which carrier flies the the leg in & out of LHR ?


User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3264 times:

Quoting theobcman (Reply 15):
And which carrier flies the the leg in & out of LHR ?

Sorry my error - it is presently AMS not LHR. There is a desire to return to LHR, but this will only happen with new aircraft.


Incidentally, this is the reply from Air Asia -

Quote:
"In regards to your enquiry, kindly be advised that our management revises the fares according to many factors such as low of demand and supply, the costs involved in providing the service and so on.

Kindly note also that the fares are not always at the same level, as they do fluctuate and increase closer to the departure dates of the flights. So if passengers book early they still get to enjoy lower fares. Booking later might mean having to settle for a higher (more expensive) fare level."

As my original planning was late October 2012, where the plane is all but empty, imagine the price closer to the date...


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