Jet Airways now allows you to standby on earlier flights!

One of my favourite feature of airlines, when flying around in the US, is the ability to move to an earlier flight if there is a seat available on the earlier flight. While most people are charged a few $ for the feature, as an elite you can also get it for free. The ability to try and get on an earlier flight is called Standby, and in India, airlines did not offer this facility so far, formally at least.

Turns out, Jet Airways launched a new feature yesterday called JetAdvance, where they allow you to get on a flight up to four hours prior, by paying a small non-refundable fee of INR 1,000 per passenger.

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Here is how it works. Assuming you had meetings all day, and you were booked to go back home on an 8 pm flight. By some stroke of luck, you got done early. Now you want to be on the 6 pm flight. Earlier, you would either wait it out at the airport, or cancel your 8 pm flight and buy an atrociously priced ticket for the 6 pm flight.

Now, you can just turn up at the airport, and ask if there is space available on the 6 pm flight. If it is, you get charged INR 1000 per passenger (per sector) to be moved to the 6 pm flight, and you are on your way. Remember, this facility is only available once you are at the airport, and not online. Also, you can’t move more than 4 hours ahead of your original schedule. Also, important to remember, this is only available on domestic flights right now (given most international destinations for Jet Airways must be running 1-2 times a day).

Also, there is no mention of the RBD you’d be rebooked in, but my suspicion is that you will get miles and tier points per your original class of booking. However, there needs to be space on the earlier flight, and not necessarily in the same booking class as you were booked on.

I find this to be a very useful thing to have in my pocket now. Frequently, I need to be on work meetings where I sometimes get done early or traffic to the airport is not as much as I expected. If I could get back home earlier, it is worth the price they ask. However, I’d love it if they made this facility available free of cost to their elites, at least Platinum guests.

What do you guys think of this? Do you see yourself using JetAdvance anytime soon?

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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. They were doing this at the Chennai station for free. Whenever I would finish meetings early (no check-in luggage), I would head to the check-in desk and request to be put on an earlier flight, and they would honor the request without charging anything extra. I am a Silver, never been higher than that.

  2. I used to regularly switch to an earlier flight at the airport. This was mostly on the BOM-DEL route and about 6-7 years ago. Not sure how things changed after that.

  3. 9w DEL always used to allow this – but stopped about 3 years ago and asked us to pay the fare difference – even in Biz!

  4. I have often changed my booking to an earlier flight at the airport booking counter by paying the difference in fare if any. Now will it be difference in fare + ₹ 1000?

  5. Barring a few months in 2014 when their customer service touched an abyss, Jet has always allowed me to board an earlier flight if I ask at the check-in counter. Seems now they want to monetise what they were already offering to plats – so yes, makes sense to offer the facility free to elites!

    • I saw this happening at the Bangalore station, however, I did not see it happen at other stations. There was no policy regarding this, and they would usually move you if there was a seat available in the same fare class as your original one. This has changed now I believe.

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