Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

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Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby Jennifer » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:08 am

Hi, my MIL is sending her maid back for a short break.

The hometown is in Cilacap, Indonesia.

Does anyone know which airlines fly there?

If no direct flight, which is the closest airport we should choose?

The maid agency refuses to help us buy the air ticket. I dunno why.

Many thanks for the advice.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby joanne_mas » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:07 pm

Hi Jennifer,

I asked my Indonesian maid. She said nearest airport is Jakarta (CGK). Airasia does fly there. I spent about $184 for a round trip with 20 kg baggage allowance. She may need to take a bus back to her hometown.

I tried googling but none really said Jakarta is the nearest. Hope this helps.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby Jennifer » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:49 pm

joanne_mas wrote:Hi Jennifer,

I asked my Indonesian maid. She said nearest airport is Jakarta (CGK). Airasia does fly there. I spent about $184 for a round trip with 20 kg baggage allowance. She may need to take a bus back to her hometown.

I tried googling but none really said Jakarta is the nearest. Hope this helps.


Thanks for the information.

I called n asked MIL's helper. She is aware there is no airport at Cilacap and told me the one she would like to go is Yogyakarta. MIL simply told me the one at her hometown, hence the miscommunication.

Airasia has flights to Yogyakarta, now need to find out from MIL when is the return date.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby POA Teacher » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:23 pm

Yup. My maid says Jogya is nearest.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby Jennifer » Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:58 pm

Now MIL wants to compare flight prices between going to JKT n Yogyakarta.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby Jennifer » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:09 pm

I checked Airasia

Return trip SIN-JKT-SIN is only $122/-

Whereas for SIN-YOG-SIN is $258/-

why such a big price difference?

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby hquek » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:47 pm

Jkt is hub ma, more flights so more discount.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby hquek » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:49 pm

Is there still lion air? They are indo. So maybe can check. Else will be garuda

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby Jennifer » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:01 am

hquek wrote:Is there still lion air? They are indo. So maybe can check. Else will be garuda


Just checked Lion Air rates are slightly lower than Airasia to JOG airport, but needs to transit at JKT airport.

Garuda rate is very ex - $260 for return trip.

The helper prefers to go to JOG airport.

BUT she is only renewing 1 year contract, meaning we will need to pay for her air ticket again 10 months later.

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Re: Buying air ticket for Indonesia helper

Postby hquek » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:44 am

If she has been performing well, I would be happy to pay the extra (take it as a meal out with the family in a restaurant). Hopefully, she will understanding and do the best for the next 12 months.

On saving for airfare, see if timing change can result in lower fares. But then, this is not as popular as SG-JKT, so don't get hopes too high.

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