Air India to gate upgrade decorated soldiers

Air India, the national carrier of India, has made a new patriotic decision, one which I like and completely adore. The airline has announced that in case they have a recipient of a gallantry award on board, these soldiers will be upgraded to business class on their domestic flights.

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How does this work?

Gate upgrades are common in case of an oversold flight, and the current priority order is reflective of your frequent flyer status on the carrier, and perhaps, the alliance as well. In this case, AI is requesting decorated soldiers to submit a copy of their identity cards at check-in, which could help putting them up on to Business Class, subject to space availability.

The servicemen who have been bestowed with a Param Vir Chakra (PVC), Maha Vir Chakra (MVC), Vir Chakra (VC), Ashok Chakra, Kirti Chakra or Shaurya Chakra.

However, only the soldier gets the upgrade, and not the other passengers on the ticket. Just as a recap, Air India does provide a 50% discount on full fares to military personnel and their family members.

The new entitlement has been championed by the MD of the airline, and is approved to go live within this month.

A step in the right direction

We need to celebrate our soldiers, and this is a step in the right direction. Other countries such as the USA already have some form of respect for the soldiers on board, and I’m glad we are at least making a start.

Bravo Air India!

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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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Comments

  1. While this is a step is right direction, Air India should learn some lessons from private airlines such as Jet, Indigo and Spicejet that provide 50% discount on air fares to both serving and retired military personnel.

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