Instead, he prefers the Sox strike a deal with him, preferably during spring training, so he can just focus on business during the regular season. If that means taking less money, so be it. “I understand that to stay here, you’re not going to get a free-agent deal,” he said. “You’re not going to do it. You can’t. It’s not possible. You’re bidding against one team. I understand you’re going to take a discount to stay. Do I want to do that? Absolutely. “But just like they want it to be fair for them, I want it to be fair for me and my family.” Lester has known Sox GM Ben Cherington since he was drafted in 2002. He has won two World Series here.
Fliers grab discount offers; ticket sales soar by 500%
The discount war started after low-cost carriers, including SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir, announced their flash sales for those booking in advance. The battle became more intense when full-service carriers Jet Airways and Air India joined the competition. The period between January and March is generally considered lean for leisure travelling. Airlines often come up with such discounts during this period to push up sales. However, unlike last year, airlines have been more disciplined in offering discounts, only on non-busy routes and advance bookings. Sources said about 70-80% bookings are still being done through travel agents and portals. President of travel portal Yatra.com Sharat Dhall said, The discounted airfares have definitely brought cheer to Indian travellers. Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jaipur and Lucknow have been the top five destinations for Mumbaikars in the past two days. Travel agents are of the opinion that the rush has mostly been out of impulse. Rajesh Magow, CEO of MakeMyTrip.com, said, These promotions are resulting in many people planning holidays on impulse as popular long-haul routes are available for cheaper rates. Iqbal Mulla, president of Travel Agents Association of India, said the response has been tremendous and its good for the business.