Ah, those mythical $1 airfares. I thought it was my lucky day when I received a Jetstar email about their $1 Christchurch and Wellington fares; the sale started at 4pm, so you can bet that when the time rolled around, I was there refreshing like a madwoman.
First, the sale was limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays. So we could have a week long trip…or an overnight. I figured a one-night stay would be enough to get a quick taste of the city, without wasting too much precious leave.
The times were also pretty limited – two flights a day, one mid-afternoon, one at night.
Then it came time to wade through the extra shite they try to pawn you: allied hotels, rental cars and whatnot.
Then I filled out all the details: my legal name, his legal name, my contact details, blahdeblah. And then my booking timed out. I had to start from scratch, but thanks to the magic of autosave, I didn’t have to type everything out in full again.
Only THEN did we get down to the serious business of seat selection. And this is where it got good. Each standard seat came at a cost of $3! Extra legroom and other special seats incurred even larger fees. My $4 flights ($1, return for two) was ballooning to $16. And I knew I’d have to pay another $5 or so for a booking fee at the end, plus who knows WHAT else before then.
At this point, I was not too happy with their sneaky calculations, and clicked out of the site. Perhaps other airlines’ $1 fares work in a similar way, but with all the bad Jetstar publicity, and the very limited travel dates, I’d rather hedge my bets elsewhere.
Who’s ever snagged a $1 fare? Is this normal and how much should I actually expect to pay once all is said and done?