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| 23 February, 2018

Saudi Arabian Airlines introduces new domestic air travel packages

The new packages start from February 20 and are available in guest class (economy), business class, and first class.

A model plane stands in an airline ticketing office in Riyadh 
Saudi Arabian Airlines

A model plane stands in an airline ticketing office in Riyadh Saudi Arabian Airlines

REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has introduced new domestic fare packages starting from Feb. 20, for air travel within the Kingdom.

The new packages are available in guest class (economy), business class, and first class.

The names of the new “families” are:
Economy Class: Saver, Basic, and Flex
Business Class: Basic, and Flex
First Class: Flex

In each category there are specific fare rules, and also a different price range for each fare type.

Introducing fare packages for pricing is a common industry-wide practice, and Saudia is aligning its domestic fares with the already available international fare categories, for the purpose of giving travelers a range of options when choosing their travel plans. The new fare categories will enable travelers to decide which fare type suits them and their travel needs, allowing for additional flexibility and choices when making travel plans.

In the Economy Saver fare, travelers can benefit from new lower prices with applicable conditions. One piece of hand baggage (7 kg) is included in the fare, as well as meal service (on certain routes) and Al-Fursan miles accrual. Checked-in baggage is an add-on for the Economy Saver category, and travelers purchasing Economy Saver tickets have the option to select the baggage option for a fee. The new Economy Saver fare category is only available when booking on www.saudia.com or through the Saudia mobile app. Air travel purchased at the Economy Saver rate is not eligible for refund or changes.

In the Basic and Flex Economy packages, the main differences are that checked-in baggage is included in the fare (with different allowance amounts); miles accrual differs across each fare family, seat selection is included (only in Flex), as well as changing and refund options.

Business Basic and Business Flex are differentiated by the number of checked-in baggage pieces included, as well as the amount of miles accrued and the change fees.

Saudia’s new packages give travelers the opportunity to bundle and choose the services they require. For example, a passenger requiring no checked-in baggage or changes to their travel itinerary, can benefit from additional savings by choosing the Economy Saver option.
 

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