Advisory: Airfare offers are coming up. Be prepared!

In the beginning of this month, we wrote a post on an experimental estimation method for predicting the timing of airfare offers. According to the post, we mentioned that there wouldn’t be an airfare offer in the month of September. And this has been proven right so far.

When is the airfare offer expected?

We had also estimated that the sale period would start around 3rd October 2017. However, given that Dussehra falls on 30th September this year, there is a fair chance that the sale will be declared a bit earlier than what we had previously expected. We are now estimating the earliest start date of the sale to be around 26th September (coming Tuesday). There will definitely be an offer available before 6th October.

What are the travel dates for the offer?

As mentioned in the previous post, the upcoming sale may have very little to do with flights taking off in the month of October. Flights for almost all of the days of November until mid December are the ones expected to be going on sale in the upcoming offer.

How to get the airfare offer details?

As has always been the case, we will send out an email notification to all the users of Unfare as soon as we find an offer available in the market. So if you have not yet created a free account, do create one here so that you don’t miss out on these airfare offer notifications.

Flight booking Advisory: Airfares entering a period of higher prices. Avoid booking now!

The Unfare algorithm has spotted a trend of airfare hikes across multiple routes in India and hence we are issuing this flight booking advisory. Across airlines, the airfares are entering a period of high prices. Given that we have seen quite a lot of discount sale in the last couple of months, we expect all airlines to gradually raise prices. If you have more than 45 days for your flight, we recommend that you avoid booking during this period.

Why does this happen?

Airlines are here to make profit and hence a period of lower fares (like we saw last month) will be followed by a period of higher fares so as to make up for the lost revenue during the discount period. Hence this is a regular cycle that we are aware of. The previous such period happened last week but ended quickly because of the SpiceJet offer.

How long would be this period?

While we can’t put a definitive time period to it, if all the airlines cooperate with each other, it could last even 3-4 weeks. If even one airline breaks away from the rest and starts a discount sale, others will follow and this high fare period ends.

Does it involve all airlines?

At the moment we see all airlines in a period of high fares. Check our UnfareScore page for more details.

Does it involve all routes?

Not really. There are exceptions. To find out, search for your domestic route in our app. And look under the “Airline tips” section (screenshot below shows Delhi – Mumbai route).

How do I know about any change in flight booking advisory?

As soon as we spot an airfare offer, we will send the email alerts on the offer to all our users. Do sign-up for a free account to receive these email alerts.

Flight booking Advisory: Airfares entering a period of higher prices. Avoid booking now!

The Unfare algorithm has spotted a trend of airfare hikes across multiple routes in India and hence we are issuing this flight booking advisory. Across airlines, the airfares are entering a period of high prices. Given that we have seen quite a lot of discount sale in the last couple of months, we expect all airlines to gradually raise prices. If you have more than 45 days for your flight, we recommend that you avoid booking during this period.

Why does this happen?

Airlines are here to make profit and hence a period of lower fares (like we saw last month) will be followed by a period of higher fares so as to make up for the lost revenue during the discount period. Hence this is a regular cycle that we are aware of. The previous such period happened in mid-November last year.

How long would be this period?

While we can’t put a definitive time period to it, if all the airlines cooperate with each other, it could last 3-4 weeks. If even one airline breaks away from the rest and starts a discount sale, others will follow and this high fare period ends.

Does it involve all airlines?

At the moment we see only AirIndia with a lower UnfareScore at 41.8. All the other airlines are in a period of high fares. Check our UnfareScore page for more details.

Does it involve all routes?

Not really. There are exceptions. To find out, search for your domestic route in our app. And look under the “Airline tips” section (screenshot below shows Mumbai – Bhubaneswar route).
Unfare tips

How do I know about any change in flight booking advisory?

As soon as we spot an airfare offer, we will send the email alerts on the offer to all our users. Do sign-up for a free account to receive these email alerts.

UPDATE: Read more about how this ended here: SpiceJet Offer