During the off-peak tourism season, which is ongoing in the country, travelers can enjoy competitive fares from budget airlines.
This December, a one-way budget airline flight to Japan can cost as low as only 199 yuan (US$32.50), to Malaysia 498 yuan and to Singapore 650 yuan. Budget airlines are now offering the year’s largest discounts to Shenzhen travelers on 21 routes linking Chinese cities with Southeastern Asian countries.
The latest statistics from Shenzhen airport showed there are six airline companies, namely China United Airlines, Spring Airlines, West Airlines, AirAsia, Tigerair and Thai AirAsia, operating these 21 routes.
Budget flight fares are generally decided by the market. Early birds can generally get bigger discounts, which are promoted four times a year — in February, May, August and November — from between six months to one year in advance.
The tickets are generally sold online, or promoted through microblogs and WeChat accounts, instead of through agents, to save costs.
Tickets buyers are advised to compare different airline companies before making decisions. Some tourism websites such as Qunar.com, Tianxun.cn and some phone application softwares, such as trip.taobao.com, weibo.com/weilvermarket, are reliable websites for ticket buyers to get updated ticket information and reserve tickets.
A budget airline is a low-cost carrier that offers generally low fares in exchange for eliminating many traditional passenger services.
Passengers still need to pay airport construction fees and fuel surcharges if they take budget flights. They will not be able to refund or alter their tickets. Some of the flights are red-eyes — flights departing late at night and arriving early the next morning — and food service is not included.