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Asia Air - too good to be true??

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1. Posted by charliebub (Budding Member, 16 posts) 27 Jan '05 02:00

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Hi, I'm going to SE Asia in June/July and have looked at booking a couple of internal flights on the Asia Air website. The trouble is that they look too good to be true!! I have seen one flight (Bangkok to KL) for less than 20AUD and some even cheaper. I would love to hear from anyone who has used Asia Air in the past or has any info.
cheers,
Charlie

2. Posted by lizp (Full Member, 73 posts) 27 Jan '05 02:28

Hello Charlie

I live in Malaysia and I have used Air Asia a lot. They are fine.

They sometimes have some ridiculously cheap fares, eg. US$2, they even offer free fares at times. Sounds too good to be true, but they are genuine. Its a ticketless system so they save on costs. At first you could only book and pay online, but now they have several places in M'sia where you can pay.

Note however that the fares don't include airport taxes. Also if you want food and drinks you have to pay.

As I say, I've used AirAsia a lot, both domestically and internationally. Bear in mind that the flights often leave a bit late, especially those later in the day. But this is not a major drawback when you think how low the fares are.

Go for it.
Liz

3. Posted by boomink (Full Member, 17 posts) 27 Jan '05 02:30

Yeah...they are that cheap. But, you to make bookings via the net now. It's pretty easy > make your bookings, pay using ur credit card and later when u are at the airport just check in.

BTW, its Air Asia. Have fun!

4. Posted by Philymop (Full Member, 110 posts) 27 Jan '05 05:14

Hi,

Yes, I've flown with Air Asia, just got of a flight yesterday, in fact. As mentioned before, each time I have had a flight, it's left slightly late and you have to travel at crazy hours to get the best fare - which usually means a night in the airport for me! But they are a really good, user friendly airline. No tickets, you just show your passport at the check in counter and they give you a receipt that gets you onto the plane. The general rule is that the earlier you book, the cheaper you get the flight. Although there are not meant to be any taxes included in the price, I've never been asked to pay at the airport, maybe I'm just lucky?

The planes themselves have comfy leather seats and friendly staff, refreshments are available, but you have to pay for them. Word of advice, you don't get a seat allocated, so try to get there first if your fussy as everyone just sits where they like, as on a bus.

Don't worry about it, cheap and cheerful, no cons, definately!

5. Posted by Chada (Full Member, 118 posts) 27 Jan '05 09:06

Yes they are that cheap and true, they are quite unpunctual. There're other two Thai low-cost airlines, i.e. http://www.onetwo-go.com/ which is the local version of
http://www.orient-thai.com/web/time.html and www.nokair.com, which is the most punctual among these three, according to my experience.

Onetwo-go provides free small bag of snack and soft drink, while other will just have have it as a "convenient stores" on the planes.

In Thailand, the evil 500 Baht airport tax is applicable only for international flights. For domestic, the minimal airport tax (30 Baht) is already included in the ticket price.