Booking Domestic Flights from India vs USA

#1 Jan 10th, 2006, 00:37
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After comparing the rates on Air India's website, it seems less expensive to book flights in India Rupees INR than US Dollars.

For Instance:

From Air India's Website:
MUMBAI --- DELHI
FARES: Class Day Economy Class

Website price in INR = 3171 - converted to US$ = 71.7259 USD
Website price in US$ = 220.50 -converted to INR = 9,726.20 INR

The INR fares are valid only when the tickets are purchased in India.
#2 Jan 10th, 2006, 01:07
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Even some hotels are now are more expensive if booked in rupees. I hear that there is a push to attract foreign travelers. Food for thought when complaning about the higher admission charges for "foreigners" at monuments.
#3 Jan 10th, 2006, 01:41
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my understanding is that you have to be an Indian national to get the rupee fair. Like most places in India (hotels, airlines, monumnets) there is one price for Indians and another price for foreigners.
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INR Prices are for Indian Nationals or Indian Residents.

The USD Price is for foreigners.

Some airlines do not have a two tier pricing system.

You can buy tickets online for a number of domestic Indian airlines.

http://www.airdeccan.net

http://www.goair.in

http://www.jetairways.com

http://www.flykingfisher.com

http://www.paramountairways.com

http://www.spicejet.com

http://indian-airlines.nic.in

http://www.airsahara.net
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how does a website know if you are an indian national or not?
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Originally Posted by crvlvr how does a website know if you are an indian national or not?
When you board the plane you don't hand your E-Ticket to a web site.

You hand it to a person.
#7 Jan 10th, 2006, 17:17
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Just to update a little further.

Air Deccan, Spicejet and Goair are the only airlines that do not discriminate between Indian & Foreign Nationals. Kingfisher originally announced they wouldn't either but still did!

I have a feeling the others may all start reviewing their prices very shortly!

Cheers
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Originally Posted by Malkers Just to update a little further.

Air Deccan, Spicejet and Goair are the only airlines that do not discriminate between Indian & Foreign Nationals. Kingfisher originally announced they wouldn't either but still did!

I have a feeling the others may all start reviewing their prices very shortly!

Cheers
Malc
I flew Kingfisher in Nov. and it was the same fare for everyone. Have they changed recently?

EDIT: Just noticed they have a "Residency - Indian/Others" option too. Dont recollect what I had chosen.
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Originally Posted by crvlvr how does a website know if you are an indian national or not?
Airlines with a 2 tier pricing system have a box somewhere on the page that's usually pre-ticked 'I am a resident of India'.
Uncheck this box to get the foreign national fare.
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Originally Posted by crvlvr how does a website know if you are an indian national or not?
YOUR IP.

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hi all
i'm trying to create my profile in the goair web site to book a flight.
but if you look to the customer profile form it seems that the "country" and "city" lines are just for indians...
can anybody explain me how to do to buy a flight with goair?
thanx.
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You could put the address of your hotel.

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