Fares to southeast Asia slashed to under $200
DISCOUNT airline AirAsiaX has slashed airfares to southeast Asia to as little as $169 in its latest megasale.
Sample fares from the sale include Perth to Kuala Lumpur for $99 each way (or $169) return and Sydney to Kuala Lumpur for $149 each way (or $277 return).
The airline's new route to Mauritius via Kuala Lumpur is also discounted to a low of $180 each way (or $370 return) from Perth, Finder.com.au reported.
The sale includes Gold Coast to Johor Bahru or Kota Bharu, Penang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or Ho Chi Minh City for as little as $174 one way.
However, to get the AirAsia fare, a 24-hour layover in Kuala Lumpur is required.
The sale features fares that are less than half the price of what last week's Qantas sale was offering.
It's also about $20 less for a return than Jetstar's spring sale which only offered connecting service to the Malaysian capital.
While a limited number of discounted seats are available per departure, sale fares are spread across a nine-month window from 6 February and 28 October 2017.
The discounted AirAsia tickets are for the lead-in "Low Fare", which only includes a seat on the plane and 7kg of carry-on baggage.
Checked baggage, in-flight meals, entertainment and seat selection can be added for an additional fee.
Kiwis are also being offered extremely good deals.
Kuala Lumpur fares start as low as $4 and Auckland-Gold Coast fares start at $79.
The fares are one-way, seat only and additional charges, such as selecting a seat, start at $30.
Some of the more than 100 destinations on special from Auckland include:
From Auckland, fly one-way to Singapore from $215; Phuket from $217; Bangkok from $231; Hanoi from $252; Hong Kong from $260; and Kochi (India) from $267.
AirAsia X introduced a daily service between Auckland and Kuala Lumpur in March with a brief stopover on the Gold Coast, Australia.
It uses an Airbus A330 on the route.
Air fares are at historic lows as airlines pour more capacitiy into New Zealand and are able to offer bargains because fuel prices are relatively low.
At the weekend Flight Centre NZ released record low fares to the British capital - a return from Auckland costs from $1349 per person.
AirAsia X chief executive Benyamin Ismail said the sale fares would go quickly.
AirAsia X will drop the use of pre-selected 'opt-out' services and change how it discloses processing fees when selling airline tickets online after being issued with a formal warning by the Commerce Commission.
The censure was issued over AirAsia X's flights from Auckland to the Gold Coast , when the airline's advertised price for the flights didn't include a pre-selected checked baggage allowance and charged an unavoidable "processing fee."
The airline said that fares include airport taxes and surcharges but a processing fee is applicable for online bookings made by credit, debit or charge card.
AirAsia X is the long-haul, low-cost affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently serves 22 destinations across Asia. It operates a core fleet of 31 A330-300s with a seat configuration of 12 premium flatbeds and 365 economy seats.
- NZ Herald and Finder.com.au