Flash sale gone in a flash

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VIENTIANE, 19 June 2018: Lao Airlines is promoting a ‘flash sale’, this week, on routes to regional destinations from Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

The sale is a Facebook post promotion, but it requires agility on the part of the Facebook user to check it out quickly. It disappears when the pages are refreshed.

Going to the airline’s home is not much help either. It doesn’t have promotional fares, or hot deal pages. There is not a hint of a flash sale to be found.

The actual booking window to secure the deals is narrow from 22 to 27 June.

It is also extremely difficult to read the sales text on the Facebook post graphics and when you click on the link you are directed to a general booking page with a profusion of unrelated offers to the one posted on Facebook that caught your interest.

But by trial and error I managed to discover that the Lao Airlines’ flash sale is for residents in the country and offers them up to an 85% discount on fares to regional destinations.

If you are resident in Vientiane, or Luang Prabang, the cheap fares click in to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Kunming, Chiang Mai, Guangzhou and Siem Reap.

The fare discounts are on sale from 22 to 27 June and the travel period runs from 1 July to 30 September this year.

A flight to Bangkok can be bought for as little as USD 15 excluding taxes, fees and surcharges under the flash sale tag.

Prior to the 22 to 27 June sale, the best offer for a roundtrip Vientiane- Bangkok fare was USD 39, on a deal that needed to be booked by the end of May for travel through to the end of this month.

The flash sale highlights are a USD 19 fare to Ho Chi Minh City, USD 30 to Kunming, USD 35 to Chiang Mai and USD 70 to Guangzhou.