Fly for free on AirAsia

Fly for free on AirAsia

Well, almost free, as passengers still have to pay for taxes, fuel surcharges and luggage
Don't forget to read the fine print ... Air Asia's version of free comes with strings attached.

AirAsia (www.airasia.com) understands the old adage that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Its 10th birthday “Free Seats” promotion -- running from September 21-25 -- to destinations such as Langkawi (Malaysia), Singapore, Banda Aceh (Indonesia) and Hat Yai (Thailand), valid for travel between May 3 and Oct 27, 2012, while generous, isn't fully gratis.

Extras such as fuel surcharges, seat choice, luggage and taxes still have to be borne by the passenger.

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The carrier is known for its eye-catching promotions. Earlier this year it released a "10 Cent Big Sale" when more than a million seats were sold.

“Our free seats campaign has become a much anticipated event for travelers, and this is one of the many ways we reward them for the support given to us all these years," said Kathleen Tan, AirAsia's regional head of commercial in a report to the Malaysian Star.

This time round, no specific number of free seats have been confirmed, so travelers expecting to pick up an "almost free" deal should expect to be online for a bit.

For all other travelers, a separate link has been provided on www.airasia.com for those who wish to travel before January 1, 2012 in anticipation of the higher-than-expected online traffic due to the free promotion.

The promotion is also available at mobile.airasia.com, and through AirAsia apps for Blackberry, iPhone and Android phones.

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