AirAsia is a budget airline based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Today the group also has AirAsia X their long haul arm, Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, Philippines’ AirAsia, and AirAsia Japan. There really isn’t a difference between these various AirAsia off springs. They can all be booked on AirAsia’s website and only the airline code is different for each of the airlines.
Now, AirAsia has a sale for travel from January 4th to May 22nd, 2013. You need to book the flights from 16th of June to 22nd.
You can access the destination list that is available from their various cities here. I just checked what is available from Bangkok and the list is available here.
I decided to check how’s the booking process, and if the advertised fare is available. I run few searches for Bangkok to Colombo route and it took few tries before I found the advertised fare. Remember that you probably need to pay a credit card at the end of the booking process. It should be around 3 USD.
Remember that AirAsia is a budget airline, although a good one. They try to sell you all kind of extras during the booking process from insurance to food. You also need to pay for checked in luggage.
I have taken AirAsia couple of times and wouldn’t mind taking them on flights that are not more than couple of hours long. The pitch is tight and there isn’t any kind of entertainment besides the crew trying to sell your food & beverages. Luckily on my AIrAsia flights the loads have been rather low and I have had the entire row to myself. I have no idea of my schedule for the first half of 2013 and thus won’t be able to entertain idea participating to this sale.
Here are tips for booking these sale fares from AirAsia:
Sign up for an AirAsia Account: Click here to sign up
This helps a lot when you encounter payment error. You can always return to ‘Manage my booking‘ to complete the payment without having to go through the hassle of rebooking! Much easier right?
Make sure you use IE9 (Download) or Mozilla Firefox (Download)
NO discrimination to other browsers but these two browsers are reported to be the most stable throughout the booking process.
Plan your trip in advance
- Prepare a few travel plans. If Plan A doesn’t work, at least you’ll have back-up plans and you’ll save the hassle of planning from scratch again.
- Have all guests’ details at hand. i.e: Name, Address, D.O.B, passport numbers, etc…
- If your passport is expiring soon / not registered yet, NO worries. Just fill in your current details and update your latest passport details via ‘Manage my booking‘ at no extra cost and at a later time convenient to you.
- You will only have up to 10mins at the Search and Select Flights pages each, linger any longer and you will be redirected back to the ‘Waiting Room’.
- DO NOT attempt to open Multi-TABs (under the same browser) to search for fares as it may ‘confuse’ you during the booking process. You may end up with the WRONG travel date.
You will be directed to the ‘Waiting Room’ when your search needs a little more time. So don’t refresh your browser when you’re in there or face a whole new ‘Waiting Room’.
‘Time Out’ Page