1. Air India
I am not happy flying with Air India and hence, I stick to Jet Airways.
Well everytime you fly with one of those low cost Airline – you end up paying more than you see on the screen. I was cursing myself when I booked low cost airline. They lost my baggage (with 32 other passengers) , they treated me like 3rd class citizen and had the worst leg space on flying.
I am going to calculate the airfare difference for you. What do you get by booking on jetairways.com vs travel agent sites?
When I book online on Jetairways – I get bonus 500 Airmiles. If you love to fly, Each and every of those miles count toward your dream. Plus usually cheaper fares are available on main website.
I am going to assume return ticket from Mumbai to Delhi prices.
“Loyalty never comes cheap.” – George Clooney, Up In the air.
With Jet Airways you get
500 Bonus Online Points – if you book on jetairways.com
790 Flyer miles – Distance from Mumbai to Delhi
395 Bonus JP Miles as Platinum member.
790 bonus sector miles
Plus its a bonus sector so I get 2x Miles
Total miles I get – 2475 Miles for this travel.
Currently reward ticket from Mumbai to Delhi is 7200 MIles. So basically if I travel 3 times, my 4th ticket is free.
I am going to assume on low cost airline, airfare is Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 Cheaper. (Roughly $20 to $30 cheaper).
For argument sake – I am going to assume return fare of cheap cost airline is Rs 4500 for return ticket on low cost ticket.
Low cost – 4 trips to Delhi would be – Rs 4500 x 4 = Rs 18000
Jet Airways – 4 trips to Delhi would be – Rs 6000 x 3= Rs 18000
Remember 4th ticket is almost free. Even if it was Rs 19000. You get free food, extra baggage and lot more facilities which low cost won’t provide you. Its smarter to fly carrier that has frequent flyer program.
P.S if difference is more than Rs 2000 – Definitely go for cheaper airline unless you are in for status upgrade.
What do I get as Platinum frequent flyer?
– AIrmiles that I can use to book my reward flight
– 5 Free Cabin upgrade vouchers
– 35 Kg check in baggage vs 15 Kg usual allowance
– At all bigger airport, I get special line for security check in.
– I can book long distance international air tickets at 1/100 of cost.
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You think your booking site is cheaper? Above is Jet Airways site and below is makemytrip. Obviously I took screenshot when there was airfare sale going on and hence its even more cheaper on jetairways.com