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Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Toronto, Canada
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Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Hi everyone,

We're heading to Lombok in a couple of weeks, and was wondering whether to book our flight from Bali to Lombok now, or whether to just wait till we arrive in Bali and book at one of the ticket counters? Is it much cheaper to book in advance? Are there advantages / disadvantages to booking in advance?

Any help would be super appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Sometimes it does not seem to make much difference, other times 2-4 days in advance might save 20-25% or more on a ticket price.

Ticket prices for Lion Air flights DPS-LOP on the 26 Sept currently range from Rp257,000-301,000 including taxes.

The passenger service charge (airport departure tax) in DPS is Rp40,000 and in LOP it is Rp25,000.

If I wanted to fly tomorrow (13 Sept) I would be paying Rp279,000-403,000.

The midday flight is booked out for tomorrow.

The next day all flights are still available for Rp279,000, the 'promo' class seats are all gone for tomorrow.

This is fairly normal for this time of year.

Also it is occasionally quite windy at present and the sea conditions are not really suitable for Fastboat crossings. No doubt that has increased the current demand for aircraft seats between DPS and LOP.

September is also still in the 'peak' season for the region, October is generally quieter, possibly people think the rain season is upon us then and stay away, however there are normally only ever a few rain showers and this year it is likely to be delayed by a month or so due to the already present ElNino weather effect.

So if you want to remain flexible wait until later, if you want to be sure of a cheaper ticket them book soon.

Edited: 12 September 2012, 13:57
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2. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Sorry to hijack thread but J_hurcules do you know if it's possible now to buy either merpati or trans nusa flights with a non indonesian ccard?

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3. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

A friend of mine who I have just booked a ticket for as she could not book from USA sent me this link today http://flights.indonesiamatters.com/

Seems like a good idea and I posted it on my FB but another friend had already tried them and was not impressed with the service. Might be worth a look though for those that are having problems pre booking.

I can not work out which credit cards can and can not be used. it isn't just non Indonesian as some of our guests are successful in booking online with foreign cards.

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4. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

My recommendation is to buy in advance if you can - that way you are assured your seat. The only time I wouldn't do that is if I didn't know exactly when I wanted to fly. If you know and have accomm booked, then why wouldn't you also arrange your transport if you can? Nothing worse than not being able to get the most convenient flight because you left it too late.

AusSc4, I have booked Lion Air with non-Indonesian card many times (Australian Visa Debit and Australian Visa Credit). Sorry, I don't use Merpati unless forced to, and haven't booked Trans Nusa online.

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5. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Merpati now offer online booking and payment with a range of cards from a listed range of countries.

Trans Nusa do not provide online booking services.

Lion Air (Wings), Garuda and Sky Aviation offer online booking services on the DPS-LOP route.

UK issued cards are often problematic, there seems to be no logical pattern to it.

If an online booking and payment will not resolve then contact Bidy Tours, they are a very good Lombok travel agent and wholesaler and will arrange a ticket by email for a very modest commission.

Most agents or 'payment' services charge absolutely stupid prices, in some cases twice or more the real ticket price.

http://bidytour-lombok.com/2011/

info@bidytour-lombok.com

bidytour@indo.net.id

PT.Bidy tours and travel IATA Member No. Code 15-302092

Company Address: Jl.Ragigenep 17, Ampenan, Lombok – 83114

+62 370 632127, +62 370 634095

Fax: +62 370 631821, +62 370 637307

Here is a list of the airlines operating services to Lombok (LOP) and links to their websites:

Air Asia http://www.airasia.com/id/en/home.page (KUL) [starting 12 Oct 2012]

Batavia Air http://www.batavia-air.com/etiket/ (CGK and SUB)

Garuda Indonesia http://www.garuda-indonesia.com (DPS and CGK)

Indonesia Air Transport http://www.iat.co.id/IAT (DPS)

Merpati Airlines http://www.merpati.co.id/ (DPS, SUB [via DPS], SWQ)

LionAir http://www2.lionair.co.id/ (CGK, DPS, SUB)

Nordwind Airlines http://www.nordwindairlines.ru/?lang_id=1 (OVB Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo (Siberia) [seasonal])

Sky Aviation http://www.sky-aviation.co.id/ (DPS, LBJ [Flores])

Silk Air http://www.silkair.com/mbe/en_UK/ (SIN) [code shares with KLM, Garuda, Malaysian Airlines and Singapore Airlines]

TransNusa http://www.transnusa.co.id/ (DPS, [and NTB destinations via DPS])

Trigana http://www.trigana-air.com/html/module.php (DPS)

Wings Abadi Air (Lion Air) http://www2.lionair.co.id/ (DPS, SUB [and NTB destinations via DPS])

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6. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

There was another reply to the link I psoted on my FB from another friend who lives in Jakarta and has used the Mau Ke Mana service and been very happy with it.

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7. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Wow ... thank you all so much for the great advice. We'll definitely book our flights before we leave later this week. Thank you again for all the great information!!

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8. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Ok, so I've tried booking on both Merpati and Lion Air with a Canadian credit card but without much success. I also tried going through Bidy Tour but the website doesn't seem up and running. Any other options ? We're arriving in Bali on Sept. 22 and hoping to catch a connecting flight to Lombok on the same day. Any help would be super appreciated.

Thanks!

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9. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

happy_wanderer, I managed to book on Merpati with an Aus CC. The website seemed to struggle when I used google translator so did the entire transaction in indonesian. Have you tried that?

Alternately if Garuda flight's suit, pretty sure Garuda accepts all CCs.

Edited: 18 September 2012, 14:19
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10. Re: Booking a flight from Bali to Lombok

Perhaps just use the English language version of the Merpati site, it would probably be completely dysfunctional through google translator... http://www.merpati.co.id/en

The email address for bidy tours is:

info@bidytour-lombok.com

bidytour@indo.net.id

Their website seems to be working OK... http://bidytour-lombok.com/2012/