For the impromptu trip to Sing, hubby booked me on Jetstar Airways. Very cheap at 100USD return. One of the reasons I had a hard time finding the check-in counter was because I was looking for Jetstar, but apparently it is also called ValuAir.
The plane was okay. Not as new as Air Asia but doable. The staff was pleasant and helpful on the Jakarta to Singapore flight, but on the way back they were quite brusque.
I thought they wouldn’t be serving anything, but was pleasantly surprised by a free cupcake & water. The muffin was yummy and moist – unlike the dried up pastries that are usually served on planes, but the water was warm (hmmm I wonder why). During the return flight to Jakarta they managed to serve chilled water to the people in the first few rows. The ones for the people in the back didn’t look cold.
Browsed through their catalogue and found it relatively more expensive. Shouldn’t it be cheaper because it’s duty free?
But all-in-all, considering how cheap the flight was, I say Jetstar is pretty good value for money. I recommend for short trips (distance & duration of stay).