I feel foolish, and a little bit annoyed, but mostly angry! I am the guy who books his Diwali tickets months out to be there with the family in Delhi during the festive season. It is like that one fixture which is completely fixed on my calender. This year, due to some work commitments, I was not being able to pick the final date to fly out to Delhi. By the time I could, look what had happened already….
Jet Airways was gone for sure. The day I was booking my tickets, the 31 October fares were quoting only on the INR 17K levels. Maybe Jet got some rap on the knuckles and they opened up a lower fare class for a few more seats. But even then, the fare is 2.2 times the usual price of a Jet Airways ticket on DEL-BOM!
Next up was Kingfisher, which was also with its pricey nose ‘up in the air’! 20K INR for a return fare. Hell yeah, I do need that morning flight back to get into my workplace in time! And I was out shopping for a good fare at this time.
And for those who believe airlines is just a mode of travel from point A to point B, you should not be surprised at all that a Low Cost Carrier is also pricing its tickets in the full service league! Here is Spicejet for you!
Who is buying this 15K INR ticket on Spicejet? I am sure they will find someone as desperate as me to get back on 31 October!
I know aviation has been going through its low times and the festive season is a good time to hike fares and make some money because the aviation companies know that people will travel at these crazy prices also if they have the grit to travel to be with their families in the festive season and get back to professional commitments at the start of the week after! But, I am wondering about the fairness of these hikes. Are all the yield management systems being overriden manually to say price the highest and milk the cow. These are walk-in fares at a month out. I am waiting to see how this becomes closer to the date of travel.
I wish we had a little more evolved ticketing system for the direct-booking audience where the airlines would be transparent, and show how many seats were present in each ticketing bucket.
This is where I throw away the loyalties to particular airlines and put my bargain hunter hat on! I called up my Travel Agent(s) both of whom were unable to find me a good ticket. I was secretly hoping they’d find me that one ticket I was not able to access online, but they report back that even the regular price points on various fare buckets were hiked up. I wonder where did all the guidelines prescribed by the DGCA went about cartelisation?
And hard work and persistence pays off: why you should not lose hope and still book fast!
While my general experience with aggregation websites such as Cleartrip, MakeMyTrip, Travelocity and others is that they either have the same fares as the airlines or a higher fare, because sometimes airlines want to give the best deal to their direct customers.
However, considering I was exploring all options now, and I would fly anything except my negative list of 2 airlines domestically. So I started to look at the websites, and this time, they came up aces!
I did not have the time to take a screenshot but I immediately went ahead and booked when Cleartrip showed up a ticket on my favourite Low Cost Carrier Indigo Airlines with a price that was lesser than the price available on the airlines own website, and that too by a whopping 33% percent approximately!
Here is what I got after 1.5 hours of digging around, for something that takes me 5 minutes usually!
So, I managed to pick up this ticket at 50% premium to what I would usually pay for a BOM-DEL-BOM segment in economy with no lounges and meals but I think I can live with that, considering I picked it up at a 30% discount to what others are perhaps going to pay due to the greed of the airlines! 😉
Here is the other one I picked up for another travel a week later at INR 7K for a round trip. This is the normal pricing I am used to all the time!
So, do you think Greed is good?