Jetstar kicks off SMS booking

Low-cost airline Jetstar has started offering SMS ticketing today. The service, called 'JetSMS,' allows customers to book flights via text messaging on their mobile phones.

Low-cost airline Jetstar has started offering SMS ticketing today. The service, called 'JetSMS,' allows customers to book flights via text messaging on their mobile phones.

The service allows customers connected to any mobile network within Australia to make ticketless bookings 24 hours a day. Jetstar also announced that it is offering a special airfare price for people who book via JetSMS from today until midnight of 14 July.

Passengers booking for two passengers through JetSMS will only pay for the price of one on any Jetstar route travelled from August 1 to 31 2004.

The service is supported by Optus' SMS gateway and a messaging system provided by wireless solutions provider Start Corporation. It complements Jetstar's existing direct booking options which includes Internet and call centre services.

To register for the service, customers need to register first on the Jetstar Web site. Once registered for the service, customers can use JetSMS by sending an SMS message to 0411 JETSMS (0411 538 767) at normal SMS rates. The actual number of messages required varies upon the choices made by each customer.

Confirmation of a successful purchase via a SMS message is sent to the customer upon completion of the purchase.

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