Indian travellers pay 29% extra on last minute flight bookings; majority being solo travellers: KAYAK
According to a travel search engine, KAYAK, Indian travellers are escaping their mid-week blues by booking their last-minute travel plans, but at the same time they end up paying an average of 29% extra on these last-minute flight searches. More last-minute searches are made on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. IST.
This observation might suggest that most Indians are still thinking of travel during mid-day work hours. KAYAK’s data also reveal most of these searches are made through the website and more than half of these searches are made by solo travellers that is 56% followed by group travellers (more than or equal to three) 25% and 19% by people travelling in pairs.
Abhijit Mishra, Director of India and the Middle East, KAYAK commented, “From our data, we see that even Bangkok has the highest last-minute booking price difference of 25% among the international destinations, it is still the top searched destination of 2018. This trend may be due to a waiver of the visa fee for Thailand, and the rise of interest in travelling to Bangkok.”
Top Last Minute Searched Destinations
According to KAYAK, travellers booking last minute (bookings made within less than a week before travelling) can pay up to the highest of 42% more for travelling to Chennai, 41% more to Mumbai and 40% more Delhi. Apart from this, the all-time favourite city – Bangkok, where Indian travellers will be expecting to pay an extra 25% for last minute travel. Other top international destinations including Dubai and Singapore where travellers need to pay an extra 22% and 19% respectively.