Garuda Indonesia surprised everyone this morning with a stunning promotion – 90% off any award ticket irrespective of the class of the award.
The promotion reads straightforward (though it is rather hard to believe it is real). Garuda has an excellent Business and First Class product (though sadly no flights to the US).
Garuda Indonesia has been a 1:1 Citi transfer partner for some time. Citi takes about 2 business days until the miles are in your Garuda account. However you could only redeem for a ticket by visiting a sales office IN PERSON. There is a sales office North of Los Angeles but at some point I gave up hunting those redemptions. Until now the call center agents could only put an award on hold put it could only be ‘issued’ in a sales office.
Now it might be a reason to spend some time on the phone and make a trip (if still necessary) to L.A..
This promo eligible for issued date 22 until 31 December 2016 and flight date 1 February until 31 May 2017…Contact +62 21 2351 9999 or nearest Sales Office in your city [to book].
Apparently the Indonesia based call center is hanging up if you can’t get an agent after 2 minutes.
You still have to create a frequent flyer account (if you don’t have one already) and find availability and get it all to price (YQ is low) with an agent who will speak broken English at best. This is no easy feat but worth the incredible discounts!
Let us know if it worked for you!