Alpfly: 10 Flights for INR 22K, really?

One site which has caught a lot of attention over the past few days has been Alpfly. The website claims to sell ticket subscriptions of sorts to customers, where you prepay for a bunch of tickets, and then can redeem them over a period of time. Needless to say, it got me inquisitive as well, so I tried to dig deeper.

Here are the deals they offer:

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Their cheapest plan is the Star Plan, where one person gets 10 air tickets in a period of 12 months against a payment of INR 22,000. The cost works out to INR 2,200 per ticket. The Couple Plan offers tickets at INR 30,000, and offers you the opportunity to travel alone or both of you together. Going on, the family plan is for INR 40,000 which includes a couple and a couple of kids.

Here are the terms which we should look out for:

  • There are no hidden charges. Prices are all inclusive of taxes and charges.
  • The customer has to book his travel prior 21 days, and PNR will be issued before 7 days of travel.
  • The customer can utilize one round trip in a month travelling anywhere in India.
  • There is no option of flight/carrier selection by the customer.
  • Tickets will not be issued for any Gazetted Holidays/Festive Dates. However, tickets can be issued 2 days prior & 2 days after to any
    Gazetted Holidays/Festive Dates.
  • During purchase, the Names and Date of Birth will have to be provided. All the 10 tickets will be issued on the registered names. After the plan is purchased, names of the members cannot be replaced.
  • Destinations not serviced are: Lakshadweep, Leh, Surat, Kullu, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Andaman & Nicobar

To buy or not to buy?

The company is clearly a consolidator of fares, and trying to target the market where air travel is important, rather than the choice of carriers and timings. This means, they are buying bulk tickets from carriers at prices which are unpublished to the market, and then selling this inventory to the customer. I’ve had experience buying these kind of tickets from the bigger OTAs a few times, and it has never been a problem to fly on these tickets.

However, I won’t be buying into this deal! There are more than one reasons why:

  • I see myself booking tickets sometimes a day or two out, and sometimes a week out when my plans are clearer. So, a rigidity on 3 weeks out does not work for me. Sometimes I book and cancel within the same day, usually on Jet Airways, due to
  • My tickets are booked based on my convenience and perceived value of the ticket, and not the cheapest ticket to be bought. For instance, sometimes when I have to be in Mumbai one day and another city the next morning and I can’t be on the last flight out, I do the redeye flights. Another time, I may just want to rush out of work a tad bit early so that I can make it to the last flight. I lose this convenience on the times I want to pick.
  • Airline ticket prices are at massive lows. Except for some segments where prices are high due to limited flights per day, between frequent airline sales and high number of frequencies, one would most often find a reasonably priced ticket if one looked hard enough.
  • I don’t know anything of the reputation of this company. They were formulated about 6 months back as per LinkedIn
  • I still love me a full-service airline to the extent possible. I have a feeling these tickets are going to be on no-frill carriers.

Those are some of my reasons to not look at Alpfly. Are you going to be buying one of their packages? Do share your experiences with them.

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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. Don’t buy there plans. They have the most pathetic service. Customer care doesn’t reply.
    Save your money.
    It would be a pain buying their plans.

  2. Hi All,

    I have bought a Plan from Alpfly , they are Very good in Luring the people with great deals and making commitments which are all bogus . They are not capable of Fulfill any of their promises. I have suffered a lot by investing Money into it. I want to highlight few points here :

    1) They use to change the Terms and condition very often please be careful.

    2) They told they prefer only direct flights and if its not available they only they will provide a break journey tickets , I have bought 8 tickets till now and i never received a Single direct flight tickets.

    3) They told they have tie-ups with all the airlines , but its completely false . They only have tie-up with Indigo.

    4) They used to give very ODD flights in which i have spent 3-4 hrs halt in Night at airports.

    Please be careful before choosing alpfly. Its a Totally Bogus/ Fraud company.

  3. I like your blog and got to see the Indian flavor of real frequent fliers. However, sometimes you use terms that are not applicable to India. You said “and I can’t be on the last flight out, I do the redeye flights”. Redeye flights are usually late night to early morning (and hence can easily be the last flight e.g. last flight from SFO to EWR), there is timezone difference involved, and mostly when you are travelling west to east timezones. End result is that you are in a flight which cuts into your normal sleep time and is not long enough to have a good night sleep (something you can still get in over-night long hauls flights 8 hours or more) and ends up giving you the notional “red eye”. No Indian route covers far enough points to qualify as a possible red-eye route – not to mention entire India is in a single timezone. Again generally used term red-eye is not for referring to super late but short or super early but short kinda flight.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog learning about what it can be for a frequent flier / miles collector in India and would like to see you keep that Indian touch and not use too many inaccurate terms that are common elsewhere but not applicable to India. You certainly have taken the time and care to write about your travels, miles/points, FF plans, and how the overall system works locally which is valuable to many – including me and I cannot thank you enough.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  4. Yes i am a customer of Alpfly and i am totally convinced with their all terms & conditions. Firstly i was also not prepared to buy any of their plan but as of my personality i love to do some different things or curious to try Something really new so i became their member in june with star plan which is so amazing for a person who travels alone due to work demand.as now i have taken two round trips From them and with my own experience now i can say that yes it is true that air tickets could be this much of cheapest,so i’ll suggest to all take a chance and try atleast once so that u would not have any regrets and if we think about the prior period of 21 days so it is also for r benefit only because in this period of time they give us some options for timing nd carrier/flights according to our priority if available with them nd than they issue a confirm PNR in 7 days prior to r tavelling date.

    • Hi Renu,

      Are you aware that the Policy you mentioned in your post got changed and you will get tickets 48 Hrs prior.

      Thanks,
      Kapil

  5. i wouldn’t buy this plan though its attractive but 21 days prior is a headache to plan, and on top of it the most important even if i plan i want to know my timings and my airline i just can’t think whatever they will give will be perfect.

  6. I did not have any experience with them but what caught my eye is this line: “The customer has to book his travel prior 21 days, and PNR will be issued before 7 days of travel”. If i book the tickets before 21 days even why would it issue the PNR before 7 Days? If i book prior 21 days Is it confirm that i will receive my PNR? What if they are unable to allocate a seat to me? I was worried about these. Thought of clarifying by calling them. Did not get time.

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