UPDATE: This deal is dead.
Admittedly this doesn’t fit in the “travel in comfort” zone that this blog seems to focus on, but earlier today I received an email from Jetstar giving “free” return flights from Singapore to Hong Kong.
It’s worth noting that this deal ends tonight (18 July 2014) at 11:59pm HKT, so if you’re finding a cheap way to get to Singapore (don’t worry, Jetstar is no-frills but pretty reliable), you should book now (though make sure it fits the dates listed below though).
I went on jetstar.com, and realized that the fare for the return flight is not HK$0 excluding taxes, but HK$50. However, I still think that’s an excellent deal, no?
I’ve seen better sales (like the Air Koryo HK$70 mistake fare from Pyongyang to Vladivostok one way), but this is one of the better sales in Hong Kong. For reference, Jetstar has a page dedicated to this sale.
How to take advantage of this deal
This deal only works for flights from January 7th to February 12th 2014 and from April 14th to May 19th. If you’re going from Singapore to Hong Kong on January 7th (or April 14th) or later (until the deal ends) but take the outbound before January 7th (or April 14th), the deal still works. So, if you’re trying to take advantage of the fare and you’re a parent with two schooling children, the deal ends right before Chinese New Year (February 19th) and starts right after Easter (April 5th), so presumably they offer this as a “low season” price and you probably won’t be able to take advantage of the deal (unless your school makes ultra-long vacations, of course).
But literally the only difficult thing about this deal is to match your weeks off (or days off) with the cheap dates. The rest is a piece of cake.
The first step is to go to Jetstar’s Return For Free page then navigate to the top of the page, where there should be a series of drop down screens. Everything is self explanatory – except for “Sale Type”. (For “Travel Date”, only January, February, April and May work, since these are the only months where the deal itself works.) You don’t have to scroll the Max price down to HK$1130, as it could limit search results.
You want their listings to fulfil this deal, so in “Sale Type” click “Jetstar Sales!”.
The listings of the fare types should be on the bottom of the page. Click “Find Flights”, and a pop-up will re-list what you just selected, except this time you have to choose your dates as well. Choose your dates, and click “Continue”.
You should get to a page where you choose your flight dates based on price (unless you say “I have to travel with this date”, where you’ll be redirected to the next page). I’ll go with January 8th, which has a flight with a “Hot Fare” that costs HK$389. (Coincidentally, it’s a tourist-friendly flight, the 3K 692 departing Hong Kong at 11am and arriving Singapore at about 3pm.)
The first thing you have to choose is any HK$50 date, if your schedule can form to fit that table.
When you choose your flights, make sure you choose the flight that has an HK$50 tag next to it, as those are the flights that take advantage of this sale. The flight should have a “Sale” tag and banner next to the price. Coincidentally (again) the flight I picked is the 3K 695, departing Singapore at 3pm and arriving Hong Kong at 7pm – such luck.
After you choose your flights, all you have to do is fill in your details (or sign in to your Jetstar account), and you have your Hong Kong to Singapore roundtrip for an average of HK$220 per flight, HK$160 less than what you would have without the sale.
It’s worth noting that you still have to pay those painful taxes though, which should be equal to or close to HK$310. Argh! At least it kinda softens the pain when you realise you still have to pay the tax with a full fare.
So book fast, as the deal dies tonight!