Fare sale alert: An unannounced airfare sale on Vistara?

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

We applied this duck test (airfare sale test) on the airfares today morning and our algorithms have picked up a sale on Vistara. We checked their official website to confirm, but there was no information on the same! We rechecked our numbers manually and it still looks like a sale. And guess what? This even betters their declared airfare sale that happened during end of last year! So here is our Fare sale alert and analysis on this Vistara sale.

Is it really on sale?

Out of the 109 domestic routes of Vistara that we track, we could find fares dropping on 104 routes when compared to yesterday’s prices. Sectors like Delhi – Guwahati, Mumbai – Guwahati, Goa – Mumbai, etc., have seen more than a 30% drop in prices today. So yes, it is indeed a fare sale.

 Did we predict this sale?

As you are aware, we have a fare sale barometer (check all airline numbers here) for each airline. Based on that, yesterday’s Unfarescore for Vistara was 39.1 (anything above 50 is a chance of fare sale). So technically, it did not breach our cut-off for a sale prediction. We wonder if this was a tactical sale by Vistara (they didn’t announce this as a sale). The index today for Vistara is 0.0. So hurry!

Compared to earlier offers

Vistara came up with a fare sale around the end of last year 2016. This sale is better than the earlier offer.

Where are the low prices?

Given that the discounts are available only on a limited number of seats, it is important that you act fast and book your tickets at the earliest. In order to help you easily find out the dates on which these low fares are available, we will be adding a tool soon to our app – Unfare. We can see that the low fares of Rs. 1500 are available in the sectors Delhi – Lucknow and Goa – Mumbai. So hurry!

Check out all the fares and airfare predictions on our app – Unfare

How to predict an airfare sale in India

All days are created equal. But some are more equal that others.

Have you noticed that booking a flight ticket on some days are better than others? Airlines come up with airfare sales at seemingly random intervals. But what if I told you that a great sale can be predicted?

Booking ahead may not always be the smartest option:

Let’s say, you have planned a trip and are to fly in about 3 months time. When you go to book your flight, how do you know you are getting the lowest fares? Even though you are searching for an advance purchase, the airline may be in a period of high fares before going into an airfare sale. You could actually lose out by booking ahead, only to find that a week later, the airline has declared an airfare sale!

Finding the better days to book your flight:

In order to determine how good or bad the airfare is for any given day, you need to know where the airfare stands against the scale of low airfares for that airline. I know, not an easy task to track so many airfares, is it?

Introducing UnfareScore:

UnfareScore is a dynamic index with a scale of 0-100. For any given airline, a score of below 50, signifies a good deal. Anything above 50, indicated that you should consider waiting for the airfare sale. Of course, this only applies when you have at least 45 days to your flight. Also, for specific airfare predictions, you can use the Unfare prediction tool.

UnfareScore is a free feature of Unfare that also provides details on how many days it has been since the last airfare sale, average number of days for an airfare sale, etc. Do check it out today!

UnfareScore

 

Indigo offers discount on domestic air tickets!

Indigo today announced the sale of air tickets at a discount across domestic routes in India. The discounts are for a period starting from 26th January 2017 till 29th January 2017.

Is it really on sale?

Out of the 196 domestic routes of Indigo that we track, we could find fares dropping on 97 routes when compared to yesterday’s prices. Sectors like Chennai – Hyderabad, Chennai – Kochi, etc., have seen more than a 30% drop in prices today. So yes, it is indeed a fare sale.

 Did we predict this sale?

As you are aware, we have a fare sale barometer for each airline. Based on that, yesterday’s Farescore index for Indigo was 47.7 (anything above 50 is a chance of fare sale). So technically, we did not breach out cut-off for a sale prediction. The index today for Indigo is 16.5. So hurry!

Compared to earlier offers

Indigo came up with a fare sale around 19 days ago on 5th January 2016. This sale is on par with the earlier offer.

Where are the low prices?

Given that the discounts are available only on a limited number of seats, it is important that you act fast and book your tickets at the earliest. In order to help you easily find out the dates on which these low fares are available, we will be adding a tool soon to our app – Unfare. We can see that the low fares of Rs. 999 are available in the sectors Bangalore – Chennai and Chennai – Bangalore. So hurry!

Check out all the fares and airfare predictions on our app – Unfare

Jet Airways offers discount on domestic air tickets!

Jet Airways today announced the sale of air tickets at a discount across domestic routes in India. The discounts are for a period starting from 25th January 2017 till 29th January 2017.

Is it really on sale?

Out of the 186 domestic routes of Jet Airways that we track, we could find fares dropping on 159 routes when compared to yesterday’s prices. The Chennai – Bangalore sector has seen more than 50% drop in fares compared to yesterday. Sectors like Pune – Bangalore, Bangalore – Kochi, Delhi – Jaipur, etc., have seen more than a 40% drop in prices today. So yes, it is indeed a fare sale.

 Did we predict this sale?

As you are aware, we have a fare sale barometer for each airline. Yesterday, we posted that on our Unfare Facebook page. Based on that, yesterday’s Farescore index for Jet airways was 55.6 (anything above 50 is a chance of fare sale). So yes, this was in line with our predictions. The index today for Jet Airways is 3.1. So hurry!

Given that the Republic day is approaching, more airlines might go in for a fare sale.

Compared to earlier offers

Jet Airways came up with a fare sale around 12 days ago on 13th January 2016. Compared to the earlier offer, this sale has 9.5 % higher prices.

Where are the low prices?

Given that the discounts are available only on a limited number of seats, it is important that you act fast and book your tickets at the earliest. In order to help you easily find out the dates on which these low fares are available, we will be adding a tool soon to our app – Unfare. We can see that the low fares of Rs. 999 are available in the sectors Bangalore – Chennai and Chennai – Bangalore. So hurry!

Check out all the fares and airfare predictions on our app – Unfare

What’s coming up in Unfare?

It’s been a while since my previous post and obviously there are quite a lot of things to update. Firstly, we have added 10 new airports into the app which takes the total airports to 20 and the total flight routes to 198! Again, we are India focussed and that will be our forte.

A lot of tweaks were carried out on the algorithm. Given that these are predictions, the tweaks need time to get validated. So over these 7months, the data has grown really big. And that was a challenge but we were able to overcome all that. Unfare was built to scale.

Apart from the changes under the hood, we also carried out some design changes. Our earlier homepage was the search page. We understood that people who landed on our homepage were not aware of the features of Unfare. This was no ordinary airfare search engine. So we decided to add more details into our homepage. Check out the new look here.

In the new year, we look forward to adding many new features to the Unfare app. Some of them that we are currently working on are given below:

  1. FareScore of the Day” – an index that indicates the chance of a discount sale by an airline.
  2. Track Airfares” – a feature that will enable the user to track a particular route for a given flight date and receive alerts when the fare/ prediction changes.
  3. Upcoming Fare Hike Alert” – alerts the user to any upcoming trend of fare hikes along with the approximate date of said hike.
  4. Fly Away” – alerts the user to “all-time-low” fares for a given city.
  5. Model updates” – alerts as we go about tweaking the algorithm.

We look forward to releasing these features in the coming days. Do let us know if you have any feature request or ideas in the comment section below.