I know I know, all of you are very very annoyed by the new transaction/convenience fees that have been out there from various airlines for a while now. Even though the Supreme Court of India recently ruled that airlines could not charge a separate transaction fee over and above the displayed fares, they have renamed it CONvenience fee and continue to charge this fee, even those who announce proudly, like Indigo and SpiceJet.
Travel Agents and online travel agents have been, on similar lines, popping up a booking fee right before payment is made, which makes you believe through the booking process that you are booking tickets with a x value, but it turns up to have a Rs. 150 – Rs. 200 booking fee at the last stage.
Now, I’ve been booking tickets for family & friends and myself over the past few days with the various fare sales, and I discovered a handy way, or maybe a conscious choice by Cleartrip, to avoid these fees. Cleartrip.com’s mobile app has a Rs. 10 processing fee for all sorts of airline reservations made with the site, which is loose change compared to the other websites. Now, I want you all to know that Cleartrip is doing a fab job on this, and along with their PriceWatch feature launched recently, they are clearly becoming one of my favourite online travel agent!
Like I said yesterday, if you are making round-trip reservations, use coupon code CTVALENTINE and you get Rs. 500 off when using the mobile app. This is valid till March 15, 2013.