Early birds can catch discounts on fall flights

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Early birds can catch discounts on fall flights

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It’s just the peak of the summer season, but the nation’s air carriers already are unveiling autumn sales targeting late-summer vacationers and those planning to travel during Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving).

Early birds savvy enough to reserve flights for September through November can get various discounts ,depending on air carriers and flight routes.

Korean Air, the nation’s largest airline, is providing 7 to 10 percent discounts on its lowest rates if customers book flights this month departing September 1 through November 30. The discount will be effective on 23 of its international flights headed to a range of destinations from Los Angeles and Toronto to Taipei, Osaka, Qingdao and Vladivostok. The rate and period of discount differs by each route.

Korean Air also provides cash-back benefits where customers can receive refunds of up to 100,000 won ($89) or 5 percent of the ticket price if they spend more than 200,000 won on a Woori Card.

Among low-cost carriers, Jeju Air is offering up to 83 percent off six air routes bound for popular vacation spots such as Guam, Saipan, Cebu and Kota Kinabalu. The early-bird promotion runs until Monday on flights departing September 1 through November 30. The starting price for a one-way ticket to Okinawa, Japan, from Incheon International Airport is 88,000 won while a flight bound for Da Nang, Vietnam, costs 143,000 won.

T’way Air is also holding a sale until Saturday for September flights, excluding the actual day of Chuseok. The discount applies to routes headed to Macau, Bangkok, Da Nang and Vientiane.

Customers should be careful of additional charges. Low-cost carriers have lowered the free baggage allowance standard to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) from 20 kilograms, and for each additional kilogram, there is a charge of up to 10,000 won. Also, airlines may impose fines of up to 120,000 won for no-shows.


BY CHO DEUK-JIN [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]

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