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AirAsia, care to explain yourself?

So I was looking at flight tickets the past few days on AirAsia and I stumbled unto something that completely took me off guard.

If I was drinking something, I’d probably have spurted it all out in my disbelief.

Or choked on it in my horror.

You might want to swallow that drink first before reading on.

 

Are you ready?

 

It was THIS:

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A DOMESTIC flight ticket from BINTULU to KUALA LUMPUR cost THIS MUCH???!!!

It’s only a 2 HOURS flight!

The usual price for the Bintulu to Kuala Lumpur route is a few hundred ringgit.

Is there something special about this particular flight that it cost that freaking much??!!

And it’s WITHIN THE COUNTRY, MALAYSIA – or did someone forget their History and Geography lesson when fixing the ticket price?!

Well, here’s a Geography and Mathematics lesson for you.

Disclaimer: I have nothing against Australia. (I would love to go to Australia in the near future.) I’m just using it as an example to state my point.

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Bintulu is in indicated by the green arrow.

Kuala Lumpur is indicated by the red arrow.

Both are in Malaysia.

Now, Gold Coast is indicated by the yellow star. And Gold Coast is in Australia.

So, tell me kids, by looking at the map, which distance is further if one was to fly?

From Bintulu, Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Or, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast, Australia?

No brainer right?

Of course, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Gold Coast, Australia is further!

While Bintulu to Kuala Lumpur is a 2 hours’ flight, according to AirAsia’s flight schedule below, Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast takes 8hours:

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So WHY on earth is Bintulu to Kuala Lumpur flight as expensive (and even more so!) than if one were to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Gold Coast??!!

To make myself clear, this is not an argument of “we can always use another airline if it’s too expensive” but it’s a matter of being charged REASONABLY by airlines for the routes that they provide. Especially in the case of us in Borneo (the island where Bintulu is on, just fyi), my fellow Sarawakians and Sabahans, who have limited options to fly anywhere if we do not first fly to Kuala Lumpur.

And so, by what logic is such a price like this justifiable?

AirAsia, care to explain yourself?

Note: Ticket price correct as at time of writing.

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OMG! WOW can't even describe how I feel!

November last year, I don’t quite remember how (most likely from following AirAsia on Twitter), I stumbled upon this Asian travel social networking site called Koolred

Well, Koolred is affliated with AirAsia so once in a while, they have contests where you stand the chance to win free holidays and such. At that time, they JUST opened up a contest called the “WOW Amazing Asia Photo Contest”.

The Contest ran from 10:00 (GMT+8) 2 November 2010 and ended 23:59 (GMT+8) on 30 November 2010 and results were announced on 14 December 2010. To qualify for the Contest, Participants had to do the following:

  1. Be a registered member of Koolred (http://www.koolred.com).
  2. Upload a photo of themselves or a loved one of any Asian destination. The photo must be of a location taken in any Asian country which among others includes Malaysia, Singapore, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam.
  3. The caption must be in English and include the name of exact location the photo was taken in (location and country).

And the prizes were:
1st Prize:

  • TWO (2) return AirAsia flight tickets from Kuala Lumpur-LCC Terminal to Bali AND
  • ONE (1) 2-Nights Stay for 2 persons at Ramayana Resort & Spa, Bali Indonesia

2nd Prize:

  • TWO (2) return AirAsia flight tickets from Kuala Lumpur-LCC Terminal to Bangkok AND
  • ONE (1) 2-Nights stay for 2 persons at Bangkok Palace Hotel, Thailand.

3rd Prize:

  • ONE (1) 2-Night stay for 2 persons at Tune Hotels, 1Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Considering how much I loved travelling, I decided to try out my luck so I submitted mine 3 days after the Contest began:

Captioned: SAVE THE KIDS! : Save them from jumping into the Singapore River! (I tried.) Location: Singapore River, Singapore (Submitted on 05 Nov 10 22:51 pm)
Winning photos were selected based on criteria below:

  1. Online votes submitted before or on closing date and time at 23:59 (GMT+8) on 30 November 2010 (the “Contest Deadline”)
  2. Feedback by a panel of judges appointed by the Organizer

There were 1593 qualified entries as at the “Contest Deadline” so I didn’t even dream of winning anything…but you know what?
I got mail!…(well, email at first, the package came a few days later…)

AND I WON FIRST PRIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

Congratulatory letter & AirAsia Flight Voucher

The Ramayana Resort & Spa Voucher
SEE!!!! Didn’t I tell you it’s KOOL to be RED?! 😀 😀 😀 😀

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Is it Kool to be red?

Well, if you’re into travelling like me and looking for friends who love to travel too, I dare say it is! 😀

Koolred is an Asian travel social networking site where you can share travel reviews, find travel advisors and buddies as well as share photos.

You can learn more about it here, but lemme just highlight some of the features I personally like:

See what’s going on with friends.

  • Get updates of your friends activities and keep track of their travel plans.

Do your travel research on Koolred.

  • Get tips and read reviews from fellow travellers.

All you want to know about any destination.

  • Ask and get answered at the forum and learn something new through travel blogs.

Embrace the global community.

  • Learn the various languages and customs direct from travel advisors, Koolred’s multicultural members.

Be introduced to fellow travellers.

  • Find travel buddies to common destinations.

Experience a destination with a new friend.

  • Meet a travel host, a local at your destination, who can show you around and host you during your stay.

And know what the best bit is?
Well, Koolred is affliated with AirAsia so once in a while, they have contests where you stand the chance to win free holidays and such! In fact, I am currently trying out my luck, so please comment and vote for me at http://www.koolred.com/photos/index.php?photo=1106939079 if you like the picture! I’ll share my prize with you if I win (because you voted)…Similarly, if you decide to join the contest, don’t forget me if you win! I win, You win, We both win! 😀

That’s a sweet enough deal won’t you say? 😉

So, see you around Redster!