zarniwoop
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What Is The Point Of LCC Out Of SIN?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:11 am

I am booking a short trip SIN-BKK the weekend of 4th/5th March. I have checked prices on the following carriers:

1. SQ, 6 choices of flight there and back SGD 387
2. JetStarAsia, 3 choices of flight each way, best price (but not the best timings) SGD 162, the timings I need would cost SGD 243
3. TigerAirways, 1 choice of flight each way, SGD 403.21
4. AirAsia, 4 choices of timings each way, cheapeast SGD 171 but rubbish timing, the timing I need would cost SGD 213 SGD

My point is the LCC are not that much cheaper than SQ when SQ offers better service, much more choice, full meal, alcahol, etc, especially Tiger Air.

Are SQ doing a really good job of pricing their ticket or are the LCC not doing enough to get their fares low enough.

Personally I will choose the SQ ticket for the reason that the price is not that much more considering how much more you get for the money (in terms of choice, service & cost).

As a comparison I've flown in europe between BCN and LHR and the easyjet fares were much lower than the BA fares for the same route.

Any thoughts anyone else?
 
Pe@rson
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RE: What Is The Point Of LCC Out Of SIN?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:14 am

Quoting Zarniwoop (Thread starter):
My point is the LCC are not that much cheaper than SQ when SQ offers better service, much more choice, full meal, alcahol, etc, especially Tiger Air.

I have, in the past, done a lot of searching regarding the fares on the no-frills airlines. I concluded that they are, if you look at the right times, considerably cheaper than SQ and other 'main' carriers. I don't know if it's changed, though.

I was most impressed with SIN-HKG one-way including tax for about £30, and SIN-DRW one-way including tax for about £46. Fantastic value.
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Door5Right
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RE: What Is The Point Of LCC Out Of SIN?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:27 am

If booking well in advance and can take advantage of the instant "short" sales then the LCC can be cheaper. However Singapore is fighting back with amazing deals on most routes. The annoying aspect is most of these deals are a minimum of two to travel, or in some cases four to travel. E.g. SIN-PER is only $350 per person if two travel and use SQ225. (up to March 31).

SIA have SIN-BKK at a mere $150 per person if two travel together on SQ974 and SQ996.

Singles, alas pay the higher fares. Maddening!
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Xkorpyoh
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RE: What Is The Point Of LCC Out Of SIN?

Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:22 am

I needed to go from central Vietnam to Phuket next week and the obvious route was via Saigon and BKK, but the route via SIN was too cheap to refuse:
US $1 Danang-SIN Tiger
US $18 SIN - Phuket Tiger
total with taxes was US$75 vs. $375 (aprox) via the traditional route...
...so, LCC do serve SIN well. I decided to spend the evening in SIN, so they get my tourist dollars there now.

Remember that Tiger is partly owned by SQ anyways.