Booking flights to India from Singapore - help!!

#1 Jun 20th, 2006, 17:21
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I wonder if anybody can help me. My boyfriend and i are looking to fly from Singapore to India and back in October. Does anybody know any agents through whom we can book these flights.
Air Sahara seems to fly the route, as does Air India Express, but when i try to search on their website it says there are no flights avilable. I am all harassed and confused about this one, and worry that this is going to end up costing us an arm and a leg! If anybody can help i'd be really really grateful!
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A quick look at Google.co.in will help you in finding out ticketing agents in India.
#3 Jun 20th, 2006, 19:47
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try singapore airlines. they have recently announced some promotional fares.
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I flew a budget flight with Jetstarasia earlier this year, very efficient and a great price. They were flying out of Kolkata and Bangalore but I believe they just go from Bang now.

http://www.jetstarasia.com

You didnt say where you were going from!

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I flew Sahara last month from Delhi to singapore return and paid Rs. 15,000. It was ok but I believe Singapore airlines is a lot better and atleast at present the price is about the same.
But another cheaper option would be Air Lanka if you dont mind the stop over in Colombo. It does take a while though... check http://bookings.srilankan.aero/ for connections.
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Singapore airlines website has their best fares (in my limited experience with them). We booked with them directly for our trip from US to Sri Lanka via Singapore and got a great deal in January. I think it depends on which country you book from but it seems like it would be best directly from Singapore, where you already are. And they are an excellent airline.
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I live in Singapore and I travel a fair bit to India, as well as have lots of friends who are Indian nationals living in Singapore.

I can tell you upfront that Jetstar Asia is one of the best and cheapest ways to get to India: provided you fly into Bangalore, because they stopped flying to Kolkata a few months ago (pity!).

They usually have promotional fares which are fantastic, even with taxes included - I would buy a one way fare, then purchase the return flight from India. Problem with travelling with such an airline is flexibility. If you want to change your travel date, you have to top up any difference. If you want to cancel your trip, you don't get a refund. It is a low cost airline after all, albeit a great one.

If you prefer a conventional airline, I recommend trying several travel agents. Mustafa Travels, part of the famous-throughout-India Mustafa Centre Shopping Centre in Singapore, has pretty extensive services. Singapore Airlines is usually very expensive, and their promotional fares only apply if you have 2 or 4 in a group. There are also some limitations on the ticket; i.e. all members of the party have to return together, within a certain time. Thai Airlines has quite an extensive route into India, too, usually via Bangkok. Jet Airways is as expensive as Singapore Airlines, and Air India is well, Air India. I hear Sri Lankan and Biman (Bangladesh) also have decent and cheap flights to India, though with the stopover in their respective capitals.

From my personal experience, and from asking friends who fly to and from India regularly, recommended travel agents would be Mustafa Travels (in Little India), Ramesh Travels (in Peninsula area) and International Indenting House. Drop me a line if you need any help... but things will be easier if you could let us know where you're planning to fly into, how long you're there, and where you're flying out from.
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Thanks everyone for the advice. We're only planning to be in India for around 3 weeks. We've booked flight from Singapore to Bangalore with Jetstar asia for the ingoing leg, as they were on special offer. Just have to sort out the outgoing leg.
PLanned a wee route, fly to Delhi, train to Amritsar, Bus to Shimla, Train to Delhi, then we are flexible.
Will maybe call into one of the agents in Singapore when we are there, as we have three days there before we fly to India.
Also may have an option of using up frequent flyer miles with Singapore airlines, although we'll have to look into this.

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