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BOOK FAST: HK$50 return fares on Jetstar from Singapore to Hong Kong (excluding taxes)

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.

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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).

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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.

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Jetstar Hong Kong: Should it be running?

Jetstar Hong Kong has been proposing services, and the government is still thinking about their service due to maximal objection from Cathay Pacific Airways.

So, the big question is: Should Jetstar Hong Kong be running?

If it runs, it’ll take advantage of 129 routes out of Hong Kong, and take away about 90% of passengers originally travelling on Cathay, Dragonair, Hong Kong Express/Airlines etc. and transiting at another destination, and another 10% who would like to travel Jetstar Hong Kong because of their (ridiculously) low fares.

If it doesn’t run, passengers will have to continue transiting through other destinations but CX, KA, HX, UO etc. would still keep their high passenger revenue.

Wikipedia said:

Jetstar Hong Kong will initially serve short-haul routes to cities in China, Japan, South Korea and South East Asia

Jetstar Hong Kong has submitted application to operate scheduled air service for up to 129 routes out of Hong Kong, according to document published by the Licensing Authority of Hong Kong on 23AUG13. Below is the list of routes Jetstar has applied for. The airline has not yet receive Air Operator Certificate (AOC), which it hopes to receive by the end of 2013.

  • Cambodia (2 Destinations): Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
  • China (48 Destinations / 49 Airports): Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Tianjin, Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Yinchuan, Taiyuan, Xi’An, Lanzhou, Xining, Ürümqi, Shijiazhuang, Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Nanjing, Wuxi, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pu Dong, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Hefei, Tunxi, Wuhan, Changsha, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Dayong, Nanchang, Guiyang, Lijiang, Fuzhou, Jinjiang, Xiamen, Guilin, Nanning, Shantou, Zhanjiang, Haikou, Sanya
  • Indonesia (8 Destinations): Medan, Bandung, Jakarta, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Lombok
  • Japan (26 Destinations / 27 Airports): Asahikawa, Kushiro, Tokachi-Obihiro, Sapporo, Hakodate, Akita, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda, Nagoya, Toyama, Komatsu, Osaka-Kansai, Okayama, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Okinawa, Ishigaki
  • Korea (6 Destinations / 7 Airports): Seoul Incheon, Seoul Gimpo, Cheongju, Daegu, Busan, Muan, Jeju
  • Laos (2 Destinations): Vientiane, Luang Prabang
  • Malaysia (5 Destinations): Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur
  • Myanmar (2 Destinations): Yangon, Mandalay
  • Philippines (8 Destinations): Laoag, Clark, Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao
  • Singapore (1 Destination): Singapore
  • Taiwan (3 Destinations): Taipei-Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung
  • Thailand (7 Destinations): Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Hat Yai
  • Vietnam (5 Destinations): Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Others (3 Destinations): Guam, Saipan, Koror

That’s a lot of destinations. So, these destinations and lower revenue for the big airlines, or no these destinations and keeping these airlines financially stable (and ah, yes, if Jetstar Hong Kong goes ahead the queues during security will DEFINITELY be longer.)

Words of inspiration (i.e. CX at a court case):

Jetstar Hong Kong is a franchise of a foreign airline, which is also controlled by that foreign airline

Should Jetstar Hong Kong be approved?

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Business Class on Jetstar’s 787

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Jetstar’s B787-8 is going to arrive Melbourne on Thursday this coming week under the special flight number JQ 7878. Earlier this year AusBT (the Australian website that HKAN was based on) sent out a dream for business class passengers, even though it was labelled as “the fictional Jetstar economy class – Project Sirius”:

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Well, yeah, I wish. However, the real Jetstar business class’ pictures have been released. They don’t look as comfortable, but we can live with it:

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Jetstar’s website: “Comfortable Seating”

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The actual seat

It looks a tad more comfortable than the old jet-black Jetstar business class, but they are still generous recliners. After all, Jetstar is a low cost carrier.

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You can see a striking resemblance between Jetstar’s business class and Qantas’ premium economy class, even though Qantas’ premium economy class has slimline seats and not as good padding.

It’s not what one should choose for a long flight, but it is a great improvement over Jetstar’s previous business class.

For a refresher of what a recliner is, see our thorough guide to business class seats and layouts