AirAsia BIG SALE (also known as Free Seats) has always been an event that triggers both excitement and meltdown. Since everyone would be logging in at the same time, how can you get a leg up on that RM10 domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur or that RM99 fare to Bali?
Well, have no fears and wipe them tears. We are here to help you make that booking easier!
A Few Things Before We Begin
1. If you’ve found the right seats and choose not to pick any ancillary services like checked baggage, inflight meals and insurance – all you’re actually paying are airport taxes and processing fees.
2. There are certain period known as blackout dates (an industry standard) where there won’t be any low fares. These dates usually involve holidays or major celebrations, so it’s useful to keep them in mind when making plans.
Now, here are a few things you should do to score these low-fare seats:
1. Sign up as a BIG Member
BIG Members are given 24-hour priority access, which means you get a whole day to search for seats before the promo is open to the public. Registration is free. Sign up here.
If you’re not a BIG Member yet, it’s best to sign up now so you can save time once the promo starts.
Setting up the account is simple. This is where you can save personal details like emergency contact information, passport details, list of family and friends and credit/debit card information so the booking process gets a lot quicker. By taking time doing this, you also get to avoid last-minute mistakes of manual bookings like typos.
Make sure to double, or even triple check the details before you save. While the account details can be edited at at any time, you may be denied boarding if a seat is booked with wrong information (for example, typo on name or IC number). You can seek assistance from customer support if this occur.
2. Search During Odd Hours / Use AirAsia Mobile App
Plan ahead. Once the clock starts, you should already have one or several destinations in mind as well as the dates.
Chances are, hundreds of thousands of users will be visiting the website once the clock starts. If you do get access, you can see the fares from the search calendar.
Alternatively, you can browse through the travel period from the search calendar and if you do find the lowest fare available, book it! There’s hardly any time to discuss the date, so travelling as a group can get tricky. So be sure your friends or family have no problem committing to any possible dates. If they complain too much, ditch ‘em!!!
Patience is key, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay up all night. Try searching early in the morning like 5am or during office hours (just a quick search, don’t spend an hour on it unless your boss is doing the same thing).
Try searching on the mobile app as well. Just log in to your BIG Member’s account and you should have all the saved information ready to go.
3. Use Bigpay for Zero Processing Fees
Processing fees can go up to RM24 per person so imagine if you’re travelling with a family of four, you’d have to spend RM96 on this. The good news is, you can save all this money by booking your flights using BigPay.
The debit/credit card can be used wherever Mastercard is accepted. Install the BigPay mobile app and apply for the e-wallet from there.
There are plenty of benefits you can get from BigPay. For details, click here.
4. Use Transit Flights Instead of Direct Flights
If you’re dead set on wanting to travel to a specific destination but can’t find the lowest fares, you can try connecting flights. For example, if low-fares for direct flights from KL to Chiang Mai are unavailable, you can try searching for flights from KL to Bangkok, and then Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
5. Use AirAsia Card To Earn Points And Redeem More Flights!
And… here’s a bonus tip for all of you budget-conscious travellers! We’ve mentioned above on how you can book flights using Bigpay to waive the processing fee.
On top of that, you can use AirAsia credit card to top up your Bigpay card! AirAsia card rewards you with BIG Points for every RM1 that you spent!
Look up the web and you’ll see that’s the best deal any rewards credit card can give you!