I truly think that Air India Flying Returns is not a great loyalty program and I’ve said it before. However, in the wake of Air India, Jet Airways, Go Air and Indigo dropping their free baggage allowance to 15 Kgs, it seems to have become an inconvenience to some travellers who still feel the need for more baggage allowance. Baggage allowance seems to be going at Rs. 250 (~$4) per Kg above the allowance, and it pinches pockets to pay. SpiceJet is the only Indian carrier offering 20 Kgs at the time of writing this.
Anyhow, there is a simple trick for the heavy travellers who choose to book with Air India. Most airlines with a loyalty program offer their elites an extra baggage allowance, such as Jet Airways. However, Air India also offers base level members of their Flying Returns program a 10Kg extra baggage allowance.
All you need to do? Sign up for Flying Returns if you don’t have an account, and make sure you include your Flying Returns number when you are flying on an Air India ticket. You’d be eligible for 25 Kgs allowance instead of 15 kgs. And if you’re a family of four, you end up getting 40 kgs extra baggage.
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