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Jetstar’s Friday Fare Frenzy

With only one true budget air carrier operating in Vietnam — Jetstar Pacific — there’s not often much to report on. But in June Jetstar initiated its Friday Fare Frenzy promotion, offering customers discounted fares on select flights booked between 2 and 5pm every Friday. 

So three weeks into the promotion, what’s the verdict?

A search on Friday, July 10 turned up cheap flights early morning and late night on the HCMC – Danang and Hanoi – Danang routes — 180,000 VND ($10 USD) for one-way Jetsaver Light fares and 230,000 VND ($13) for Jetsaver fares. Danang’s not the most exciting destination, but it does make for a cheap means of skipping over to Hoi An and, for motorbike travelers, puts you just a few miles from the stunning Hai Van Pass. The problem? The flights depart more than 3 months down the line — a booking made on July 10 was good for travel between October 26 and November 12.

The following weekend, however, Jetstar offered a more user-friendly schedule: one-way Jetsaver Light fares for 350,000 VND ($20) between HCMC and Hanoi (October 5 to November 12), and the same price for a HCMC-Vinh route (September 22 to November 12). It’s a bit of a lottery, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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Jetstar: Hue Routes Axed, Highlands and Dalat Delayed

Jetstar Pacific recently confirmed my suspicions: the delay on the Hanoi – Hue route missed its simultaneous launch with the Nha Trang and Danang routes due to rising global fuel costs. Now, the Ho Chi Minh City – Hue service has been axed, as well. Add to the list of bad news that the HCMC – Buon Ma Thout (Central Highlands) and HCMC – Dalat routes will miss their scheduled first flights originally slated for August.

In related news, Airbus announced that increased production on its A380 line will be delayed, which will likely complicate Jetstar’s plans to get wheels up on thirty A380s in Vietnam by the projected 2014 deadline.

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Three New Vietnam Routes on Jetstar Pacific

Jetstar Pacific is scheduled to expand its domestic route map today to include three new direct routes connecting Hanoi to Danang, Hue and Nha Trang. However, as of this morning, jetstar.com‘s booking engine yields no results for the Hanoi-Hue route. Meanwhile, wheels are up on the Danang and Nha Trang flights. A JetSaver Light (carry-on only) ticket starts at $35, while a full-priced boarding pass costs about $47. JetSaver Light tickets to Cam Ranh Airport, 28 miles (45 km) from Nha Trang, average $52 for weekday travel and $72 on the weekends. Regular fares hover at $82.

Jetstar Pacific is poised to corner the market on cheap flights in Vietnam. The partnership between Quantas Group’s Jetstar and Pacific Airlines, which launched Jetstar Pacific on May 23, has introduced the nation’s first budget airline.

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