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Air India is offering great rates for upgrades to premium classes

For all of the ribbing targeted towards national carrier Air India, the carrier appears to have finally provided some good value, with some very good deals on offer for travel within its entire network. Of course, in typical Air India fashion, they’ve made it very hard for passengers to find out about these upgrades; I’ve seen mazes that are easier to navigate than Air India’s website. So we’ve decided to summarize the offerings in the table below.

Segment Price to Upgrade to Business/Executive Class Price to Upgrade to First Class Remarks
Domestic INR 4000 for flts up to 750km INR 6000 for all flights beyond this distance Only applicable when flight is boarded at the following airports: Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mumbai, Patna, Portblair, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi
India-London US $300 US $450 (From Business Class) Valid for passengers originating at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata
Chennai/Delhi-Paris US $300 US $450 (From Business Class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Delhi-Frankfurt US $300 US $450 (From Business Class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Amritsar/Delhi-Toronto US $300 US $450 (From Business Class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Chennai-Singapore US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Delhi-Singapore US $150 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Delhi-Bangkok US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Delhi-Shanghai US $175 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Delhi- Hong Kong US $175 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Delhi-Seoul US $190 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Delhi-Tokyo/Osaka US $350 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Kolkata-Yangon US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
India-Saudi Arabia US $90 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
India-UAE US $85 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
India-Oman US $85 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
India-Kuwait US $85 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
Chennai-Colombo US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Colombo-Chennai US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Bengaluru/Trivandrum-Male US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Male-Bengaluru/Trivandrum US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Delhi-Kabul US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Kabul-Delhi US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Delhi/Kolkata-Kathmandu US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Kathmandu-Delhi/Kolkata US $75 Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
London-India GBP 200 GBP 500 (with business class ticket) Only Applicable when destination Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kolkata
Mumbai/Delhi-New York US $700 US $1200 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Mumbai/Ahmedabad-Newark US $700 US $1200 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Hyderabad/Delhi-Chicago US $700 US $1200 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Hong Kong-India US $193 US $257 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Osaka-Delhi/Mumbai US $768 US $1536 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Seoul-India US $200 US $310 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Singapore-Chennai US $80 US $103 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Singapore-Mumbai/Delhi US $180 US $230 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Shanghai-Mumbai/Delhi US $158/ US $237 US $315 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Tokyo-Delhi US $384/US $640 US $768/US $1280 (from business class) Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Seoul-Hong Kong US $142 US $190 (from business class Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Osaka-Hong Kong US $384 US $768 (from business class Only applicable when originate at points listed in Segment category
Saudi Arabia-India SAR 400 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
UAE-India AED 400 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
Oman-India OMR 40 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights
Kuwait-India KWD 30 Only applicable on non-stop or direct flights

The following rules apply to this offering:

  • This Upgrade on Seat Available basis will be valid for travel with immediate effect till 15 th December 2011 .
  • No two schemes can be combined. e.g.Passengers availing of Companion Free Scheme will not be entitled to avail of this Airport Upgrade scheme.
  • No two schemes can be combined. e.g.Passengers availing of Companion Free Scheme will not be entitled to avail of this Airport Upgrade scheme.
  • Baggage Allowance will be as per the original booking of the passenger. (No enhanced baggage allowance of the higher class of travel)
  • Frequent Flyer Miles will be as per original class of travel. – e.g. Passengers holding Economy Class ticket, availing of Airport Upgrade will get FFP accrual of miles of Economy Class
  • When Passengers are through checked in with Immigration / Customs cleared at Board Point – but the flight number changes –
  • i)The MCO can be redeemed against the Airport Upgrade if seats available on the Gateway point to Destination. and Upgrade will be granted from Gateway point to Destination. (eg. AI 614 / AI 957 Ahmedabad – Mumbai – Dubai). If Passenger is through checked from Ahmedabad to Dubai, Airport Upgrade Scheme will be available only for the Mumbai to Dubai leg.
  • However, if passengers are travelling on AI 985 Ex Ahmedabad, e.g. Ahmedabad – Mumbai – Muscat, can avail of the Airport Upgrade Scheme for the entire journey from Ahmedabad as it is the same flight number.
  • The above upgrade offer is not valid on AD / ID tickets

This is a very solid offering from Air India; even with spotty product quality, it’s always a treat to fly business/first classes on most carriers. One interesting thing to note is that upgrades to Tokyo and Osaka are priced very high, which lends credence to the rumor that these are Air India’s most profitable routes.

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