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AirAsia X: London - Kuala Lumpur (from £99 or MYR566)

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11. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have just been quoted £363 return to KL with Air Asia in May, is this good?????

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 26, 2008, at 12:21 PM by baluba ]

12. Posted by xhafan (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Depends. I think £198 for a return ticket is good :) But so far I cannot get such a quote...

13. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Quoting xhafan

I just tried to book a return flight from London to Kuala Lumpur, but couldn't find the £99 deal (which includes taxes and fees). The lowest I could find (from March 09 to Oct 09) was £121 one way excluding taxes and fees, so with taxes and fees it was about £368 one way for 2 people, return for 2 people about £736.
Am I missing something?

The £99 seats are limited per flight, and limited to selected flights only. I was able to find plenty of them on Tuesday, the day they launched the service.

Quoting Sam I Am

It's really weird though that on one page they say inclusive of taxes and surcharges and on the next they say exclusive. Makes me wonder if that first one isn't a mistake. Taxes and surcharges on a route like this would quickly end up being 200 pounds, so 99 pounds including them does seem rather unlikely...

The fare £99 is including taxes and charges. If I remember correctly, the seat was £45, while the taxes and charges was £54, or something like that, making it a total of £99.

Quoting xhafan

I couldn't find the deal browsing all dates from Mar 09 to Oct 09. Let's wait couple of days, may be they will add some deals gradually

No, they won't. They don't hold up the cheapest seats to release them gradually. But they do reserve some for a twice-yearly sales offering very low prices for their flights, sometimes £0 fare, but you still pay for the airport taxes and charges. And as usual, they're limited and only for a specified travel period which will be at least 6 months away. Sign up for their newsletter and you'll be notified of the sales in advance so that you can get ready to book the cheap seats as they're usually snapped up really fast, like what you can see in the current case of the £99 fare.

14. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I think this is one of those typical cases of there being like 2 cheap seats per flight and only on limited flights. I couldn't for the life of me find them yesterday when looking. Of course not having one of those fare calendars makes navigating that site pretty much a nightmare. Anyway, the tactic seems to work though; heck, we linked to it :)

I do always find it interesting that 'taxes and surcharges' can jump so much. If it was 55pounds two days ago for taxes and surcharges, then how is it possible that now those same are 150 pounds? Taxes and surcharges in the airline industry seems like the muddiest waters ever seen. Even travel agents who have been in the business for decades don't understand how they work. I reckon they probably are around 5-10 pounds per airport and the airline just makes up what they want to charge on top of that to make money. You can see huge jumps and drops in taxes from one day to the next on exactly the same route no matter what airline you are looking at. It's weird.

15. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

They are not cheap at all, its all just a publicity stunt. I also couldn't find any cheap flights like most other people are saying. The cheapest I could find was £121 each way excluding taxes. Not as cheap as they are making it out to be. THE cheapest way to get to SE Asia from the UK is to fly to HK and then get a budget flight on to wherever in SEA you are going. For example in Sept I got a flight to HK for £304 INCLUDING all taxes and then flew Cebu Pacific to Philippines for about £80.

16. Posted by loubylou (Respected Member 664 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The £99 flights were sold almost as soon as the flights came on sale. We were booking return flights from KL to Stansted and between us clicking on the cheapest MYR499 (ie £99) fare and finally getting through to the payment page, the flights had sold. BUT the £99 fares do not include any taxes, no matter what the publicity said there was still taxes added on.

The total price for 2 people return including 15kgs of baggage (but no food) was £625. The basic fares we got were MYR 809 outbound and MYR499 inbound. This is a pretty good deal going from Asia to London as all the other flights we have seen have been £1300 plus. For some reason doing the return from KL/BKK/HK/Sin is much more expensive than doing a return starting in London, so these flights are going to benefit Asia based people more. Just to let you know that the £99 fare including taxes and baggage allowance (but no food) for two people comes to £531 return.

Everyone booking with Air Asia should be careful though because of the sly way the travel insurance is added on/taken off the flights. You have to press cancel next to the travel insurance on the right hand side of the screen where the fare breakdown is displayed. A pop up then appears and if you DON'T want the travel insurance you have to press CANCEL...very muddling indeed. It was for this reason we missed out on the cheaper seats because we were trying to figure out the muddling language and instructions to take off the travel insurance!

Anyhoo...we are booked to return to the UK in May for 11 days and aren't really sure what to expect because by then we will have been away for 2 years and 8 months One thing's for sure it's gonna be cold!

Hope this info helps other people!

17. Posted by Tena (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

@ all the people saying they cant find any cheap flights.

thats because they have all been brought! when i first went on the site after i saw it on the frontpage of wanderlust there were £99 flights, but i doubt they had many per flight. its hardly surprising they have all been brought im sure there site has been linked all around the web. great PR stunt.

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19. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Note: The prices quoted in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR, or locally RM) at 499 does not include taxes and charges because unlike the UK, it's not a regulatory rule in Malaysia that the advertised fare must include whatever taxes and charges.

Quoting The Star Online

Friday November 28, 2008

All RM499 air tickets snapped up

LONDON: More than 30,000 tickets priced at £99 or RM499 one-way have been sold out for AirAsia X’s latest London Stansted-Kuala Lumpur route.

As at 10pm yesterday (Malaysian time), the airline’s website showed that economy seats from RM579 were still available but “were selling fast”.

It is learnt that about 12,000 seats were snapped up during the first 12 hours when online bookings opened at 8pm on Tuesday.

With nearly 100 seats bought every five minutes during the first day of sales, the cheapest ones quickly ran out.

“The response has been fantastic. The first 12,000 seats sold were split equally between those travelling from Malaysia to London and vice versa,” said one source.

Based on 30% of the 286 seats in each flight being offered at the promotional rate of £99, there would have been 95 available at the lowest fare.

The 286 seats include 30 premium (XL) leather, fully reclinable seats with extra legroom priced at £549 (RM1,999).

Black Cab driver David Chan said he had problems booking the cheapest seats to fly back to his hometown of Segamat for the Qing Ming Festival in April.

“I just couldn’t get through to the booking procedure due to the heavy traffic. But at RM579 (£179), it’s still a bargain,” he added.

Bookings will close on Sunday for the five-times-a-week direct flights which will be for the travel period between March 11 and Oct 24.

The route sales were jointly launched by AirAsia Group CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes and AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman-Rani in London on Tuesday.

20. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I found £413 return march-June, still a good price and direct. Im tempted to book up. I have never done a long haul with Air asia before, do their seats have decent leg room? Anyone know what aircrafts they are using?