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Red-hot deals

Red-hot deals
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First Published: Sun, Apr 15 2007. 11 58 PM IST

Updated: Sun, Apr 15 2007. 11 58 PM IST
MasterCard holders can avail 30% cash back on Indian, Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways on Travelguru.com. The offer is limited to people with a Gold, Platinum or Titanium MasterCard. Those who hold a standard MasterCard can expect about 15% cash back. You can also pay in cash on online portals when you book tickets for these deals. Yatra.com, for example, will pick up payment from you in any of the six metros. Many portals are also looking at introducing debit cards as a way of payment.
Chennai-based regional airline Paramount Airways is offering 10% discount for American Express cardholders and a free ticket for every four tickets booked. “It would be ideal if passengers start making their bookings right away for their travel between 10-15 April,” says M. Thiagarajan, managing director, Paramount Airways. The airline, like many others, has also tied up with resorts to offer discounted stay if you fly them during the summer season.
State-owned Indian is offering Rs200 off on tickets booked through the airline’s website.
Air Sahara (soon to be part of Jet Airways) is giving free companion tickets for booking a full-fare ticket through a Standard Chartered Gold credit card.
Low-fare carrier SpiceJet is reversing the entire ticket price (including surcharges) for every 99th passenger booking tickets through its website. “There are also some new promotions for families travelling during the summer vacation season starting this week,” says a spokesperson for the Delhi-based airline, which is increasing frequencies to Srinagar, Varanasi and Goa, apart from adding Raipur in Chhattisgarh to its network..
Indian and Jet Airways also offer last-minute fares that are opened about six hours in advance. These can come for Rs100-150 less during non-peak hours. Only full-service carriers offer ‘spot fares’, as they are known in the industry. If the flights are full, the prices can even go up, but mostly on key sectors.
If you fly low-cost carrier Air Deccan to Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, from New Delhi (first flight launched last week), you can get to stay at The Oberoi Cecil and Wildflower Hall for a 50% discount.
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First Published: Sun, Apr 15 2007. 11 58 PM IST