In late April, I had written about Air India’s Flying Returns program offering a 25% discount for redemption tickets on Air India flights, for flights which will be taken before May 31, 2014. This is a very generous discount promotion, because of two reasons:
- The promotion is valid for domestic and international flights both, only on Air India metal, unlike Jet Airways 20% discount past 2 years which was only valid for Domestic flights.
- The promotion is valid across classes of travel, all the way up to first class.
Now, they have extended this promotion for travel in June 2014 as well, and as a result if you will book yourself a ticket on Air India via miles, you should be able to get 25% discount this month as well. While this is not publicised on their website yet, you can now see these rates for redemption all the way to June 30, 2014. For redemptions from July 1, 2014, it comes back to the original price.
For instance, have a look at the below redemption for BOM-DEL on 30 June which prices at 7125 miles in economy instead of 9500 miles.
For those of you who may already have redemption tickets issued for June 2014, you might be able to reclaim your extra miles from Air India as well. I know of at least one person who was travelling Mumbai – USA on AI F class on redemption tickets, and is now saving about 50K miles because he asked AI to refund miles for travel in May 2014, and they obliged. You could talk to them on the phone or visit the AI office to ask for the miles refund.