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Jet Airways reduces free baggage allowances

Jet Airways and JetKonnect have effectively hiked their fares by Rs. 1,250 by reducing the economy class free baggage allowance from 20 kilos to 15 kilos on all domestic flights within India, effective May 15, 2013. Cabin baggage will be restricted to seven kilos, against a national norm of eight kilos.

Frequent flyers who are JetPrivilege elite status members, (Platinum/Gold/Silver), will continue to receive the additional free baggage allowance as per their status. Business class passengers will continue to receive 30 kg of free baggage allowance.

A flat rate of Rs.250 per kilo will be applicable for baggage over and above the free baggage allowance.

This is the first salvo being fired across the bows of the aviation regulator The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, who till now, has mandated, a 20 kilo checked baggage allowance. One can expect other airlines to follow suit.

For now, passengers who are travelling with extra baggage, we suggest you consider GoBusiness of GoAir which offers a whopping 35 kilos of free baggage allowance. i.e. about Rs. 3,750 ~ Rs. 5,000 worth of additional baggage for Rs. 2,500 extra, not including the additional goodies of extra leg space, meals, and free re-booking and changing of flights.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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