Online travel agencies have opened a floodgate of deals for their customers in this festival season.
Companies such as MakeMyTrip, Yatra and Cleartrip are offering offers, discounts, and gift vouchers, including cards worth up to Rs 50,000, one night free on first-time hotel booking and Rs15,000 off on international flights, according to Mint.
“Travelling during the festive season has become the norm amongst Indian travellers over the last three years and the trends for 2017 with the festivities around Durga Puja, Navratri, Dussehra and Diwali have contributed to around 11 per cent more Indians travelling during Diwali this year, compared to last year,” a MakeMyTrip spokesperson said talking to Mint.
He added that another reason for uptick in advance booking was MakeMyTrip’s zero cancellation feature resulting in 15 per cent rise in bookings for peak season.
Yatra is offering up to Rs 1,500 discount on domestic flight bookings, gift cards ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 50,000 and up to Rs 15,000 off on international flight on booking through Yatra.com.
Cleartrip’s deals include free cancellation on domestic hotels, flights and activities booked through its website and mobile app until 1000 hrs on 18 October. It is offering a 30 per cent cashback on domestic hotels, flights and activities bookings to its users. International flight bookings originating in India will also be eligible for a cashback of up to Rs 25,000.
According to Cleartrip, the aim of this Diwali sale is to make the booking process more flexible and less worrisome as plans can change anytime.
Budget hotel platform OYO has also joined the bandwagon festive deals and is offering up to 50 person off on booking on certain days during the festive season.
Besides, the e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart have also offered similar discount campaigns in the past few weeks. Flipkart’s Big Billion Days and Amazon’s The Great Indian Festival were the two campaigns during this festival season, run by two e-commerce giants.