Air India Flying Returns changes at a glance

A few days ago, I wrote about the changes to Air India’s Flying Returns program. The first changes, where minimum miles have been implemented, are already live. Here is how the mileage credit worked earlier:


The new mileage credit chart, on the other hand, confirms the demise of the Premium Economy fare class ( P ) and while it upgrades the deep discount classes to 50%, it downgrades the full-fare classes Y,B,M to 100% earning of flown miles.


Silver members to get 15% bonus tier points instead of 10% earlier

Silver tier members with Air India used to get 10% bonus miles earlier for their flights, now AI has increased that to 15% with effect from April 1, 2015.

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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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  1. Hi AJ,

    AI website says that only Y, B, M, H, K, Q, V class are eligible for upgrade award redemption from Economy to Business class.

    Does that mean that S class- Web Special fares are not eligible?

    Now- Pune Delhi- S Class fare is 3097, U class is 10636 ( Again not eligible for Upgrade with miles and voucher) and next one M class is Rs 17641.

    This means only if I spend Rs 17641 instead of Rs 3097- S class, I am eligible for upgrade. Its crazy. I might as well book a redemption ticket on Business class for 18000 miles if am dying to travel on Air India.

    Am I missing something here?

    • @Krishna yes, for mileage upgrade only the highest classes are eligible on AI. But you could try within 24 hours and see if you luck out with an agent.

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