Dubai: With the vacation season winding down for UAE residents, airlines are again offering special deals, promising travel fanatics a chance to save on cash when booking their next getaway.
Budget-savvy flyers can now score air tickets for short-haul flights from UAE for as low as Dh755 or long-haul trips for just over Dh1,000 or Dh2,000.
The affordable fares apply to trips to some of the most favourite destinations among UAE travellers, including India, Pakistan, Philippines, Europe and the Middle East, and they can be booked by customers looking to fly out between today until June next year.
At Emirates airline, return fares of less than Dh1,000 are up for grabs for flights from Dubai to Kuwait, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi, Beirut, Bahrain, Mashad, Karachi, Chennai, Muscat, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Dammam,.
For trips to Manila, the cheapest return tickets to bag cost Dh1,835, while flights to Larnaca can be booked for Dh1,995.
Special fares for Dubai to New York start from Dh3,535 and to Melbourne from Dh4,285.
Emirates’ special fares are expiring in 12 days but they are applicable to trips anytime today until June 30, 2019.
Holidaying abroad is a huge part of life for many UAE residents and according to research, vacation-bound consumers are likely to spend more than Dh29.3 billion on airfares, food, hotel rooms, museum and park tickets by 2020. That’s approximately more than Dh8,000 per person, far exceeding the average monthly income of a receptionist working in Dubai.
To limit their outgoings, consumers are advised to always be on the lookout for good deals and compare prices, and now may be a good time to do so. Demand for outbound travel seems to be winding down, with the Eid holidays and summer vacation just over and everyone heading back to work or school.
At Etihad Airways, flyers can secure economy tickets from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt for as low as Dh2,395 or to Dusseldorf for Dh3,083.
The special fares are valid for bookings until September 6 and for travel from September 10, 2018 to May 31, 2019.
The airline has just rolled out its "hand baggage only" fares and those who travel light can book a flight to Bahrain for Dh813, Kuwait for Dh973 and Beirut for Dh1,003.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier also offers one-way fares for a little over Dh1,000 for flights to various cities in the Philippines, including Cebu, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Laoag, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran and Ozamiz.
Emirates' special fares: