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This promotion has ended early. Translation: We didn't expect it to get this much attention OR this was simply a brilliant marketing ploy.
Ok, so Garuda Indonesia has just done something that will leave airline executives choking on their morning coffee and travelers rubbing their points wallets with glee. Throughout the year, it is not uncommon to see airlines offering redemption discounts, sometimes up to 50% off. Well, Garuda has just laid their cards on the table in spectacular style, since they are now offering a 90% discount on award tickets.
Yes, Really 90% Off
The offer is valid for bookings made until December 31, 2016, for travel dates between the 1st of February 2017, and the 31st of May 2017. The offer is available to Garuda members and applies to First Class, Business, and Economy redemptions. This can yield some incredible value since you can pick up a ticket in First from Amsterdam to Jakarta for only 19,000 miles instead of the standard 190,000 miles.
However, there was some confusion earlier in the day with the difference between Asian/European language nomenclature. Since in the US and Europe it is customary to write an offer as the percentage you will get off; i.e. an item with 70% discount would mean you only pay 30% of the price, while in a lot of Asian countries it is written in reverse so the same discount would be advertised as a 30% offer.
Not So Fast Though
The terms and conditions are relatively straightforward, apart from the dates, there is no registration required for Garuda members. As with any offer this good, there is limited availability for the tickets on offer. In addition, although Garuda introduced the ability to book redemption rewards online, this is not an option with this offer, you will have to book through their call center or from a Garuda sales office.
Deal of the Century?
This is a truly stunning offer, and if you already have some Garuda miles, then most travelers will be jealous. Especially since in the last couple of years Garuda has made a big push to become a major player in the Premium airline market and offers some truly exceptional and innovative services. If you have some Citi ThankYou Points they do transfer to Garuda, however, the transfer is not instantaneous, and will likely take 2-3 days (the weekend and holiday may extend the time as well), so you will want to think carefully before committing to the transfer, since the offer might be over by the time they post to your Garuda account.
Full details along with some experience others have had at the source.
Source: Point Me to the Plane/Enoch
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