Price War Between Airlines in the Caribbean
It appears as though a price war has started between the airlines flying across the Caribbean region but you may have to look to the detail of all the special offers.
With Redjet getting approval to move into the Trinidadian and Jamaican markets, Caribbean Airlines and LIAT are both rolling out specials for this busy time of the year. Caribbean airline is offering a one way special to Trinidad and Tobago but that’s before you throw in the taxes. What Caribbean airlines is basing its marketing on is the fact that by flying with them you will be allowed to carry 2 suitcases weighing 50 pounds each for free on your vacation.
For now Redjet will have to fly you first to Barbados before bringing you back down to Trinidad but that carrier is comparing prices and promising that you can get a cheaper flight and the flights could go even lower when it begins direct service from Georgetown to Port of Spain.
LIAT is also getting in the mix, not to be left behind. The small airline may take longer in the sky but is offering some early bird specials that travelers could enjoy once they book their flights a few weeks in advance.
If you are heading to beautiful Barbados, it comes down to how early you book your flight on any of the carriers. Redjet and Liat are both offering non stop service to Barbados and both are pushing specials for the Rihanna concert being held there in August. Forget California, LIAT and REDET wants you to be Bridgetown Dreaming. Caribbean Airlines is not yet offering any Rihanna special.
Travel agents say in any season, the trick in getting cheap flights comes down to planning and making your bookings long in advance. Prices fluctuate often we were told and while the older carriers may be forced to match the Redjet fares, they could easily survive once they launch a competitive marketing campaign. Red jet is focusing much of its marketing on the internet hoping that all of its Facebook and twitter followers will one day have a reason to fly.