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#1 Jan 20th, 2010, 22:11
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I just booked flights one way from KL to trivandrum for 30 including tax etc. They fly there and also to trichy, cochin and kolkata.

I'm not sure if this is any use to anyone but I thought it was mega cheap.
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Thanks for the info, very useful, as far as I was aware, they only flew to Trichy and Kolkata.
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Originally Posted by gillank View Post I'm not sure if this is any use to anyone but I thought it was mega cheap.
It IS mega cheap BUT for a reason:

I just booked with them today (Australia to kolkata via KL) and thought I should ask with friends who have used them before:

The seats are very small and DON'T recline at all (this was a BIG problem for one friend going to INdia for medical reasons.. the seats were KILLER.)

The fare is for your ticket only. Everything else has to b purchased as add-ons. This includes
CHECKED LUGGAGE (one carry one is free but all checked to be pre-paid)
Meals
Blankets / sleeping masks etc
insurances

STill - I don't think you can beat it.. my flights (one way) totalled $350 Aussie all up (with meals i purchased and insurances) Sure beats any other airline from here

But I MAY need to make use of those massage centers at KLIA ;-)
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No Way

Having used Air Asia a lot in the last 6 months through Australia, Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India I cannot recommend them too highly - service is fabulously kind and courteous, equipment is first rate. In 17 flights we did not strike one late arrival / departure

And as for seat size???? I am one big guy (a chunky 183cm - a few extra pounds I think they call it) and the seats were fine for me ..... spouse and I did quite a few long haul flights and we arrived fresh as a daisy each time.

So whoever you are give the full service airlines the flick - after all what you want to do is get there, that's when the fun starts eh?
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I want to get there, but I don't want to be a cripple on arrival.

Yesterday I checked out Air Asia for flights - I need to go to Sydney from Delhi. But somewhere in Queensland is the nearest it will take me, and I am not sure which airport it is - is it Coolangatta?

Has anyone more recently flown with Air Asia, and are the seats comfortable i.e. are there any planes with reclining seats?

Does the airfare include all airport taxes etc? And can one buy a meal if needed on the plane? How much extra is it to check in luggage?

The fares certainly look attractive to me.
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Air Asia is definitely the cheapest - if you look at their prices through Kayak.com, they give price including taxes. May be more to check luggage however.

KL - BLR has been going between 65-80 dollars (US). Dirt cheap!

Another (maybe helpful) tip - I'm flying from Vietnam, and a one way ticket, Saigon-Bangalore is around $350. But buying two separate tickets, SGN-KL, then KL-BLR, only like $120 total. (60 to KL and 65 to BLR). Big savings!
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A good tip, thanks Candycanegirl. Going to Oz would be 2 tickets, one to KL and next one onto Oz.
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I recently flew with Air Asia on a number of routes (Taipei > Bangkok, Bangkok > Phuket, Krabi > Bangkok, Bangkok > Taipei).

All of the flights had reclining seats. There was a baggage allowance but I super sized up to 30kg for a moderate price. Meals cost extra. It's a budget carrier so there was no in flight entertainment. Planes were new and service was just fine. I don't recall the seats being any less roomy than any other economy seat and I'm broad shouldered 210lbs, 5'11".

I did check out the KL > India flights since we'll be based in Taipei for a few years. The prices are very cheap, if you want to go all out the lay flat seating is a steal.

Go directly to Air Asia's web site to get the baggage allowances and seating options. I'm guessing the pricing will be cheapest there as well.
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Yes - OOL is Coolangatta.
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Originally Posted by Aishah View Post I want to get there, but I don't want to be a cripple on arrival.

Yesterday I checked out Air Asia for flights - I need to go to Sydney from Delhi. But somewhere in Queensland is the nearest it will take me, and I am not sure which airport it is - is it Coolangatta?
Yes, Coolangatta airport is near Gold Coast. The other thing you could do is fly Air Asia to Melbourne & then Tiger to Sydney.

Personally, I find most low cost carriers a pain, but for a one way Melb- Syd fare of under A$30, there is not much to complain.
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Personally, I find most low cost carriers a pain
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The reviews are mixed, as you would expect.

But I think these airlines just wait for you to lower your guard and they sting you with a hefty penalty. Recently, Tiger has started charging passaengers $10 if they do not check in online.

Also, the fares do not include any checked in baggage allowance. To buy 15kg in allowance costs $15 (soon to become $25) which is expensive. Haven't flown Air Asia, but the seats on Tiger & Jetstar flights here in Aus are really tiny.

This is fine for flights of up to 2 hours, but for long hauls, I would prefer to pay extra and travel in comfort.
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Thanks folks for all this information. And yes there are reclining seats according to a friend of mine whom I emailed this afternoon and she has been on them. There are non-reclining ones against walls -partitions in cabin, whatever. I had a non reclining seat with Qantas, from Singapore to Sydney and it was hideous.

They sound okay - will have to check out getting from either Coolangatta or Melb. to Sydney, will look further into this.

Shaktipalooza - what was the longest haul you did in your travels (by hours)? The lack of entertainment doesn't worry me - will take some good reading matter!


Editting to add after reading the reviews site posted by nycank - mmm, not quite so sure now. Still what is one man's meat is another's poison, so will further look into this.
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Originally Posted by Aishah View Post Thanks folks for all this information. And yes there are reclining seats according to a friend of mine whom I emailed this afternoon and she has been on them. There are non-reclining ones against walls -partitions in cabin, whatever. I had a non reclining seat with Qantas, from Singapore to Sydney and it was hideous.

They sound okay - will have to check out getting from either Coolangatta or Melb. to Sydney, will look further into this.

Shaktipalooza - what was the longest haul you did in your travels (by hours)? The lack of entertainment doesn't worry me - will take some good reading matter!


Editting to add after reading the reviews site posted by nycank - mmm, not quite so sure now. Still what is one man's meat is another's poison, so will further look into this.
Longest flight was 3 1/2 hours between Taipei and Bangkok.

The luggage and meal pricing is plainly listed on their web site so comparison shopping isn't hard to do. I like the super size option anyway since I'm most often traveling with my kids.
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Thanks for your post, Shaktipalooza. One leg of my flight will be longer - not sure exactly because I have never flown via KL - it's the KL to Coolangatta one. I think I will do that rather than to Melbourne which will be even longer. I suspect it will be around 7 hours, will think about it further. I have only looked the ticketing prices on website, and they looked very attractive to me. I will further investigate.
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