The one true reason for international flyers to arrive at a major airport in India like BOM, DEL, CCU etc. and to fly to their eventual destination on SpiceJet all this while was that SpiceJet provided a liberal allowance to international travellers into India/ departing from India to carry their full baggage allowance (as designated by the international carrier) provided they had their connection within 24 hours. This excluded any baggage allowance for elite status. Here is what the Terms of Carriage used to state:
Guests connecting to / from any international destination to SpiceJet for domestic travel within 24 Hours are entitled to free baggage allowance as permitted by the international carrier, subject to the allowance being specified on the passengers international travel itinerary/ticket. The mentioned allowance would only be applicable once the proof of travel(boarding pass/ticket) is produced at the SpiceJet counter.
Now, a couple of days (or maybe 3-4 days back), SpiceJet has changed these terms to reflect the new market reality:
Guests connecting to / from any international destination to SpiceJet for domestic travel and having baggage allowance of more than 20 Kgs reflecting on their itinerary will be entitled to equivalent free baggage allowance on SpiceJet domestic services subject to the following:
a. Connection to/from any International Port within 24hrs.
b. A fee of INR 1000 flat, from 20 Kg up to 32Kgs
Baggage allowance by the International Carrier or registered baggage in excess of 32Kgs would be charged as per the normal applicable Excess Baggage charges of SpiceJet.
The above baggage allowance would be applicable for guests booked on Adult/Child fare. Infant bookings do not qualify for the allowance.
Passengers connecting to/from a SpiceJet International sectors to SpiceJet Domestic flights are entitled to a free baggage allowance as permitted on the International sector.
The essence of the policy is that if you are travelling on SpiceJet (international/domestic or vice-versa), you get the SpiceJet international allowance. However, if you are connecting from another carrier onto SpiceJet (on separate tickets, since SpiceJet does not interline), you will be able to get up to one free back (32 Kgs) by paying Rs. 1000 for the bag. The baggage over and above will be charged at the regular excess baggage rates.
Given this change, I feel it would be better for people travelling to India to start looking at booking a ticket to their eventual destination on a full-service carrier, since that ticket will give them their full baggage allowance (of the carrier they are ticketed on). Fares between low-cost carriers such as SpiceJet and Jet Airways, Air India etc is not too much anyways.