Tripping out: Airlines offer deals aplentyForeign airlines are introducing various kinds of "quick sale" deals this spring. The March to May travel season is generally slow, so this is an optimal time for people to travel abroad.
1. Philippine Airlines
Round trip tickets to Manila sell for 400,000 won ($320) from March 22 to 30 and from April 14 to 18. There is a 60,000 to 80,000 won discount for online purchases. The return date must be within one month of departure date. Round trip tickets to Sydney with a stopover in Manila or Melbourne are also possible. For travel at the end of March, the valid period is 60 days at 620,000 won. For travel in April, the valid period is 90 days at 690,000 won.
2. Cathay Pacific
Round trip tickets to Hong Kong and Taiwan online are 380,000 won, which is 12 to 32 percent lower than usual. One must leave before May 31 and return within 15 days. Price for the Hong Kong Airtel package, which includes round trip fare and accommodations for 2 nights in March costs 432,000 won.
3. Thai Airways
Through October, travelers to Asia and Australia on business class will get a free ticket in the same class. Two people with economy tickets can upgrade to business class. Exceptions apply to Bangkok routes to Japan, India, Nepal, Los Angeles and Malaysia, and the Seoul to Taipei route.
4. Pulkovo Aviation
Beginning May 1, the weekly route from Incheon to St. Petersburg will run on Thursdays; beginning June 28, the route will become biweekly. Prices on round trip tickets will be 500,000 won.
5. Air Canada
Round trip tickets to Vancouver and Toronto with one night’s accommodation and sightseeing coupons are 1.5 million won for Vancouver and 1.39 million won for Toronto from April to June. Purchases must be made 10 days in advance through the Internet.
The "Spring online special" offers round trip tickets from Incheon to Europe for 730,000 won. Travelers must depart in March and return within a month. For final destinations other than Frankfurt, travelers can stop by the German city for free.
by Sung Si-yoon