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SCOOPON $599 Return Ticket to Phuket - Strategic Airlines - Valid July 2011 - May 2012

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Saw this over on lifehacker, thought I would post here…

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$599 RT from Melbourne to Phuket DIRECT -

Includes ALL Taxes + 30kg Luggage + Meals + Free-Flowing Drinks (beer, wine & soft drinks) + In-Flight Entertainment! Date Changes Allowed PLUS Get $100 Off Your Next Flight (Paraphrased from Scoopon)

The important bits:
* Valid until May 31 2012 (roughly 11 months)
* Valid for use during the following periods: 2011 - 26 Jul to 15 Sep, 25 Oct to 18 Dec AND 2012 - 2 Feb to 25 Mar, 20 Apr to 31 May (In other words not valid for School holidays)
* Flights depart Melbourne Tuesdays and Fridays AND Phuket Sundays and Thursdays

Let's keep in mind this is a full service airline and not Air Asia which will charge you for the extras.
Cheapest MEL-Phuket flights:

Adioso: $735 via Air Asia (not Direct and not including baggage, meals, seat allocation etc.)

Remember this isn't some dodgy restaurant owner not accepting bookings but a multimillion dollar airline operation. So while it is good to be cautious with group buy deals, take into account that this is a national company trying to steal marketshare from the big players.
I would highly recommend checking if your flight is available on Strategic's website before buying.

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  • +4 votes

    I was just about to submit this. I'll post my detailed description.

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      Thanks, I actually missed the details of the exclusion dates. Sneaky of them to put it wayyyy down the bottom…

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    Saw this, had a quick look on some other flight websites - flightcentre, etc.. and does seem to be a very good price

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    Fly in the comfort of Strategic Airlines

    huh ???

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    I'm doing a return trip to Phuket next month, and I paid twice the price here. That is indeed a great price.

    Still, I have trust issues with Scoopon, so I'm not crying about missing this deal. :)

  • +1 vote

    I paid $500 return with Jetstar few months ago.

  • +2 votes

    It's a good price, but as far as 'normally $2298' I'm calling shenanigans. I flew them back from Phuket to Melb earlier this year for $299, they have that sale price quite regularly each way.

    What makes this a good deal is that it appears you can buy it now and then pick the time to use it - not bad! Have no problems with the airline, quite comfortable, food was decent and baggage allowance is super generous!

  • +1 vote

    Just to give you an idea of comparing this with Air Asia, especially with their sale prices. Bought a RT ticket for 2 people for $856, Mel-KL when they had their big sale a couple of months ago. I imagine Phuket probably would be similarly priced but the kicker are the extras:

    INMX D7 Interna: 7.00
    INMX D7 Interna: 3.50
    PBAC Large - up: 44.00
    PBAC Large - up: 44.00
    SEAT MEL-KUL: 15.00
    SEAT KUL-MEL: 15.00
    VGMX D7 Vegetar: 7.00
    VGMX D7 Vegetar: 3.50
    PBAB Medium - u: 25.00
    PBAB Medium - u: 25.00
    SEAT MEL-KUL: 15.00
    SEAT KUL-MEL: 15.00

    Which adds up to $1075, an extra $220 on top of the flight. They kill you on the baggage charges. Additionally, you would have to connect through KL in which you will again pay extras for your connection flight.

  • +1 vote

    After what I've heard about Stranded Passengers, why would I fly with Strategic Airlines ?

    • +1 vote

      mwahahaha that's all part of their 'strategic' planning ;)
      Give you low prices and left you stranded, so you can spend more on Phuket!!

      The news headline for those who are interested:
      http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/travel/travel-news/stranded-...

      • +2 votes

        I guess that's what happens when you have a small fleet. Perhaps they can buy some unused planes from Tiger. ;)

    • +2 votes

      Because they are only getting started, and are a very good alternative. They only have 1 Airbus A330 to service Phuket (and Bali from some ports) so if it goes unserviceable for any reason it can cause a cascade effect, delaying or cancelling other routes also.
      I believe the affected passengers were compensated adequately, though communication could have been better from the company in the first place. For what it's worth the company have an additional 6 A330s on the order books, so once they start coming into the fleet this shouldn't be such a big deal ever again.

      Professional Pilots RUmour NEtwork perspective: http://www.pprune.org/dg-p-reporting-points/455104-whats-str...

    • +1 vote

      my brother recently flew with them, the plane had a mechanical fault and they had to divert to KL for repairs. They put half the passengers in the hilton, and the other half in some 1-star slum accommidation.

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    Cus its cheap :P and people disregard the stranded issues

  • +2 votes

    Strategic Airlines is one thing but Scoopon is also another

    SCOOPON is renown for scamming customers… wouldn't trust them

  • +1 vote

    Got 2x tickets return to bangkok with jetstars 2 for 1 deal for under $900 with all fees and 20kg bags. No food or drinks thou.

    This deal is still pretty good.

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    527 sold already

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    I wonder if you could price match this with Jetstar - 10% off!! Probably wishful thinking…

  • +1 vote

    "Strategic Airlines", sorry who?

  • +2 votes

    Anyone knows how much approximately for travel insurance? Just in case of "stranded" issue?

    • +1 vote

      Southern Cross was the cheapest. i think i got quoted around $56 for 10 days. But do a quick quote it takes 1 minute.

    • +1 vote

      Can't you buy a ticket using a gold/ platinium visa card and get insurance FREE…provided you have a credit card of this type..

      • +1 vote

        I called my Amex gold credit card for travel insurance. They cover only if you buy the airline ticket from travel agents or airlines but not coupon from group buying website. It makes sense though, hence my question in the first place.

  • +1 vote

    I've purchased quite a few things with Scoopon and always at the lower cost end (under $50) without any problems, but I've heard quite a few stories of people being ripped off.

    Has anyone purchased anything over $100 before without any problems? $600 is a lot to lose if it turns out to be dodgy.

    • +4 votes

      What could make it dodgy? If Strategic goes under, then Scoopon will refund you per it's FAQs. They are both big companies that have to adhere to Australian law. It's not some guy who has setup a kebab shop and has done a runner.

      • +1 vote

        Yes but a flight is only one small part of a holiday commitment. For me the combo of (a) an airline I've never heard of and (b) a coupon site really it's just not worth the risk or bother. Especially when the price isn't that amazing anyway. Moreover, with these arrangements you NEVER get your desired dates as they've always either sold or (more likely) been blocked out leaving only TUE and WED.

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    this legit?

    • +1 vote

      wait, did you only read the first 5 words of the post, or just the first 3 words before you asked this question?
      I'm curious what you're smoking that made you read that accommodation and meals were provided?

    • +8 votes

      Yes, it includes accommodation and food for 18 hours but you have to share with 300 other people.

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    Any recommendations on accommodation?
    Places to go?

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      home again.

    • +2 votes

      Obviously you have to visit the islands such as phi phi and james bond island, and go snorkling there.. AWESOME stuff. Make sure you take the slower CRUISE on the bigger boats to the island. This way they chug you along, but you get to eat lunch, have lots of drinks, jump into the sea for a swim, and have a generally relaxing time. The fast speed boats get you there a lot faster, but you feel like shit when u get to the islands and its no fun.

      In terms of accommodation, with the amount you save on the fare, and the strength of the aussie dollar, you should be able to get a 5 star place.

      Finally, don't go to the show they like to promote there called "Fantasea". Its crap.. poor mans version of circue de soleil.

  • +2 votes

    personally i'll just call up the Strategic and ask them to give me the same deal and cutting out scoopon as a middle man. They'll probably happily oblige.

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      Interesting idea. I wonder if there is anything in the contract between the 2 that prevents the company from doing so.

  • +1 vote

    ive got a one way to bangkok for $170 with jetstar a few months back. im yet to book the return, will the customs in thailand come down on me like a tonne of bricks for not having a return?

    • +3 votes

      Don't think so.. doing it the other way is a different story :)

      • +1 vote

        so i wouldnt need to book a return until im there, im not sure how long i wanna stay as im getting a 3 month tourist visa

        • +2 votes

          Yeah, i doubt thailand Authorities will think you're skipping a life of hardship, joblessness and famine in Australia to live illegally in the luxurious lifestyle of thailand :)

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      Nah they'll give you a dressing down if you have a return flight same day though :)

    • +1 vote

      Although I have never been checked you ARE required to have onward travel out of the country booked within 30 days of arrival. Immigration 'may' ask for proof of this. I always have a cheapy Air Asia flight pre-booked for about $30 to Malaysia just in case.

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    Just say Phuket

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    I was seriously considering this deal. However, I tried to call them to confirm some stuffs and been hold for at least 30 mins which eventually disconnected. I have a 2nd thought now…

  • +2 votes

    Scoopon T&C: "Bookings taken from 20 July 2011 and subject to availability".
    These magic words "subject to availability" make the whole deal a bit of a suspect. If the dates when you want to fly are not available, there is nothing you can do and you just lose your money. Scoopon won't do a refund if you are not able to get availability. I had this issue with them before, luckily it was only $50 deal.

    • +1 vote

      I agree. Scoopon and 'subject to availability' is what turns me off.

      At least if you buy a ticket from Air Asia, you know what dates you are flying before you pay.

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    I've flown Strategic Airlines many times and found their service to be no better or worse than your typical full-service airline.

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    Some deals on Scoopon looks too good.
    Just beware the terms and conditions. Don't save $200 and ruin your whole plan.

  • +3 votes

    Phu-ket, I'm going ahead with this deal!

  • +1 vote

    Strategic Airlines? What a hillariously stupid name.

  • +2 votes

    Another issue is the method of booking: by email only!

    So you send Strategic Air an email after July 20 to make a booking….along with 1000+ other people, and await to see what dates you can get.

    Jetstar seems easier for only a few $$$ more.

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      I knew it was too good to be true. What are the chances of it being available during new year eve?

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        ZERO.

        Valid for use during the following periods: 2011 - 26 Jul to 15 Sep, 25 Oct to 18 Dec AND 2012 - 2 Feb to 25 Mar, 20 Apr to 31 May (In other words not valid for School holidays)

        I'm a bit surprised they had to go with a manual email system. Surely a coupon code via their booking system could have been setup?

  • +1 vote

    i really hate, sydney always the last part.

    it seems melb always the first state that got the bargain.

  • +3 votes

    Neg from me.
    Strategic have 1 plane with no backup in place should something go wrong.

    A faulty plane 3 weeks ago cost me $4500.
    Took them 8 hours from original departure time before they confirmed the flight was canceled, and that was after waiting 3hrs at the airport then spending 2hrs on hold on the phone trying to get an answer.
    When asked if we could be on the next flight we were told "no, your flight is canceled. We'll send you some vouchers for a complimentry flight." Still waiting.

    Resorts dont refund very much when you cancel 24hrs after you were ment to have checked in. They offered to refund 2 of the 10 nights booked.

    I'm sure there are many people who enjoy flying Strategic, and if my vouchers ever turn up I might too one day.

    Oh and before anyone asks, yes I had travel insurance so once everything is put through it wont be as big a loss, but thats not really the point.

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