I took off from Singapore last May 30, 2012 at 7pm for my dream trip to New Zealand. Well, I scored a $521 round trip ticket with Jetstar Airways, a budget airline of Qantas, and the flight departs in the Lion City being its main hub. But unlike all low-cost carriers, all Jetstar flights fly from Terminal 1 of Changi International Airport instead of at the Budget Terminal. Cool!
It was an A330-200 and said to be Jetstar Airways' biggest, wide-bodied aircraft with business and economy class seating. It has comfortable seats, enough legroom (for a biggie!) and adjustable headrest. So far, having a ticket deal like this is truly a steal huh! Except...
Upon take off, the first thing on my mind was the in -flight dinner to be served. I always expect that free "hot " meals during loooong-haul flights is part of the cost of tickets, although I'm aware that some airlines have abandoned or began charging for these meals on short - haul flights. I didn't think then that my ticket steal on Jetstar Airways did not come with a free meal (since Singapore to Auckland involved a 10 and a half hours flight time!) but rather on a Buy -On-Board or you can Bring - Your - Own (which will not work for me since I want something "hot" and "unpredictable" meal options). Ouch ouch.
|Gourmet Chicken Wrap AU$ 12 (Php 516) / Nissin Cup Noodles AU$ 5 (Php 215) / Lemonade AU$ 3 (Php 129)|
|Chicken with Noodles AU$15.00 (Php 645) / Soda AU $3 (Php 129)|
If you are like me who prefer a hot dinner and didn't want to bring own food on board (to avoid hassles at x-ray) or if you do not own a credit card yet, then pre-purchasing meal would be good since the "main meal" option is not always available on all flights. I have to settle for a light meal of gourmet chicken wrap and cup noodles for my inbound flight to Auckland (but was a bit lucky to have a main meal of chicken and noodles during my outbound flight to Singapore on June 9, 2012).
I don't know about you, but in-flight meals determine my mood on arrival at the destination. So, I guess, these days it is safe to assume that it is Buy-on-Board (BoB) or Bring -Your-Own (BYO) for economy tickets on budget airlines, regardless of length of flights. It would be a good practice to get a good meal before flight and bring biscuit or be ready to pay over-priced meals on board using plastic (which I'm lucky to still have at this point!). Sans the meal issue though, I arrived in Auckland, New Zealand feeling lucky that morning of May 31, 2012 (since New Zealand is ahead by 4 hours our time). Check my post - Get Lucky to Fund Your Wanderlust - to know why! Happy Flying!