What are some possible reasons people choose First AC in Mumbai rajdhani over flights

#1 Dec 25th, 2017, 13:09
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Once when I travelled in First ac on Mumbai Rajdhani from Delhi to Mumbai, a fellow passenger was discussing with me about flexi-fares, making second a/c only 700 cheaper than first ac and third ac's highest price being second ac's lowest price. That time was Diwali Chhath Pooja period, so I had to travel by train since flight fares went ridiculously high. We however notice first ac tickets going to waitlist or having low availability even when flight prices are dirt cheap on Delhi Mumbai sector, like starting prices for a 1 way ticket between 1600 and 3000. That time the passenger asked me why people still want to travel in first ac when flights takes only 2 hours, they are cheaper or sometime very little expensive maybe by maximum 1000 than first ac. All I could think of and tell him was the following: -

1) Comfort is more of priority than time, especially when going for more than a week. First ac beds have more comfort than the cramped seats and little legroom in flights. One feels too restricted such as having to sit in one place when instructed and seatbelt signs are on. Nobody can use phones in flight.

2) There is no restriction on baggage and items to carry in first ac train whereas you are only allowed 15kgs of check in and 7 kgs of hand baggage, on top of it so many items not allowed in cabin baggage and may spoil in check in, especially food and other fragile items.

3) When travel plans are likely to cancel or change, trains charge only 200 for confirmed reservations, 60 for waitlist tickets, whereas flights charge upto 3000 for changes and cancellations unless booked through make my trip.

4) There are amazing views in a train and can walk around if you want. Flights you only see clouds. Also you feel too stuffy at high altitude.

5) The taste of food is much better in first ac Rajdhani, flights give pathetic food.

6) You can just reach station 5 minutes before departure and manage to board the train even if it starts moving in very slow speed. Flights deny boarding if you are late than 45-60 minutes before departure, so one has to reach between 1-2 hours before departure for check-in and clearing security.

These are my opinions. Any opinion from anyone reading this?
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Apart from the above, unlike other long distance trains in our country, Mumbai rajdhani is almost an overnighter, takes only 15 hours, with only 5 hours to loose in evening, and 2 hours next day morning.

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Originally Posted by svdcool2017 View Post Once when I travelled in First ac on Mumbai Rajdhani from Delhi to Mumbai, a fellow passenger was discussing with me about flexi-fares, making second a/c only 700 cheaper than first ac and third ac's highest price being second ac's lowest price. That time was Diwali Chhath Pooja period, so I had to travel by train since flight fares went ridiculously high. We however notice first ac tickets going to waitlist or having low availability even when flight prices are dirt cheap on Delhi Mumbai sector, like starting prices for a 1 way ticket between 1600 and 3000. That time the passenger asked me why people still want to travel in first ac when flights takes only 2 hours, they are cheaper or sometime very little expensive maybe by maximum 1000 than first ac. All I could think of and tell him was the following: -

1) Comfort is more of priority than time, especially when going for more than a week. First ac beds have more comfort than the cramped seats and little legroom in flights. One feels too restricted such as having to sit in one place when instructed and seatbelt signs are on. Nobody can use phones in flight.

2) There is no restriction on baggage and items to carry in first ac train whereas you are only allowed 15kgs of check in and 7 kgs of hand baggage, on top of it so many items not allowed in cabin baggage and may spoil in check in, especially food and other fragile items.

3) When travel plans are likely to cancel or change, trains charge only 200 for confirmed reservations, 60 for waitlist tickets, whereas flights charge upto 3000 for changes and cancellations unless booked through make my trip.

4) There are amazing views in a train and can walk around if you want. Flights you only see clouds. Also you feel too stuffy at high altitude.

5) The taste of food is much better in first ac Rajdhani, flights give pathetic food.

6) You can just reach station 5 minutes before departure and manage to board the train even if it starts moving in very slow speed. Flights deny boarding if you are late than 45-60 minutes before departure, so one has to reach between 1-2 hours before departure for check-in and clearing security.

These are my opinions. Any opinion from anyone reading this?
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Fear of flying ?
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Ditto especially if you watch disaster serials in which they diagnose the cause like an air traffic controller at LAX who goofed up and just walked off in the aftermath. Of course we get regular derailments here, there and everywhere..

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