Changing date on international Air India
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#1
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Changing date on international Air India

I need to change my date of departure and I am flying Air India. I booked the ticket through MakeMyTrip.com which charges $350 for every change.

Can I contact the Air India directly and change the date? Is it any cheaper to do that?

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
I know who knows, NY, I am sure he will be along. My uneducated guess. They will know in a flash it was a discount ticket. Having said that once I arrived too late to clear security. The airline (NW) earned my undying gratitude by putting me on the next fight..
#3
| Clueless

Originally posted by: indyanguy View Post

I need to change my date of departure and I am flying Air India. I booked the ticket through MakeMyTrip.com which charges $350 for every change.

Can I contact the Air India directly and change the date? Is it any cheaper to do that?


You have a booking class or farebasis ? The fare basis and booking class are critical to determining what rules apply. You have given us no clear information.

Try contacting AI. Do you have a Frequent Flyer number with AI ? $350 is rather very steep. I have seen USD 125-150 range per change, some very deeply discounted/non-refundable tickets have upto $250.

Do you know the flight number and/or Origin & Destination ? :rolleyes:
#4
| Amreeki OCIcat
$350 is insane. I had to extend my stay last Feb when my mom had to undergo heart bypass surgery. American Airlines charged me $150 for extending my stay. And here I thought that was steep! [Blush]
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Okay, I spoke to the customer service again and they said it will be $150+fare difference and $50+fare diff for an infant on lap.

I guess I have no choice but to pay up. Would it help if I contact AI directly instead of the travel agent?

I am flying from ORD to BLR and back!
#6
| Clueless

Originally posted by: indyanguy View Post

Okay, I spoke to the customer service again and they said it will be $150+fare difference and $50+fare diff for an infant on lap.

I guess I have no choice but to pay up. Would it help if I contact AI directly instead of the travel agent?

I am flying from ORD to BLR and back!


The fare-difference issue only crops up when you have not even begun the flight, i.e first leg. Is that the case ? For random dates in October, a O'Hare - BLR shows StarAlliance airlines (United/Continental/) & One World (AA/9W/Kingfisher) beating AI on published fares. So, it become critical we know what fare basis and/or Booking Class Makemytrip used for your ticket, because all the rock bottom fares in AI must have sold out.

Here is load status of AI for a Saturday in September -

F4 A2 P2 C4 D4 J4 Z2 R0 Y9 B9 M9 H9 K9 Q9 V9 W8 G0 L0 U0 T0 S0 E0 N0


Note all the el-cheapo FYIA tickets are sold out with 0 as class availability. There are 4 seats left in First and >=9 seats each in Economy walkup i.e Y.

Non discounted ticket gets you non-penalty change. Heavily discounted tickets such as SLUT have heavy penalties. To hedge against this, you should have brought no-fault trip insurance. Each Travel Agency sells this - so does MMT.

Here is for a weekend in September, Ai's G class ticket's Change rules with Fare basis code GLWPX6.

UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED
CANCELLATIONS
BEFORE DEPARTURE
CHARGE USD 200.00 FOR CANCEL/NO-SHOW/REFUND.
WAIVED FOR UPGRADE TO HIGHER FARE/DEATH OF PASSENGER
OR FAMILY MEMBER.
NOTE -
IN EVENT OF UPGRADE - THE ORIGINAL NON-REFUNDABLE
AMOUNT WILL REMAIN NON-REFUNDABLE.
---
FEE WAIVED FOR UPGRADE TO A HIGHER FARE TYPE-
DEATH OF THE PASSENGER OR ACCOMPANYING FAMILY
MEMBER. MUST BE SUBSTANTIATED BY A DEATH
CERTIFICATE.
AFTER DEPARTURE
TICKET IS NON-REFUNDABLE.
OUTBOUND -
CHANGES
ANY TIME
CHARGE USD 125.00.
CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
NOTE -
REVALIDATION NOT PERMITTED.
CHARGE USD 125.00 PER TRANSACTION PLUS APPLICABLE
FARE DIFFERENCE.

IF THE CHANGE IS NOT MADE PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL
DATE OF TRAVEL- THE NO SHOW FEE OF USD 200 WILL
BE ASSESSED IN ADDITION TO ANY CHANGE FEES.
INBOUND -
CHANGES
ANY TIME
CHARGE USD 125.00 FOR REVALIDATION.

CHILD/INFANT DISCOUNTS APPLY.
NOTE -
1. RESERVATION AND TICKETS MUST BE CHANGED
PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL DATE OF THE FLIGHT
COUPON/S CONCERNED.
2. FOR B-/M-/H-/K- FARES ONE FREE VOLUNTARY CHANGE
BY AI OFFICE PERMITTED AT LEAST 7 DAYS PRIOR TO
DATE OF TRAVEL IN THE SAME RBD. UPSELL CHARGES
APPLY IF NOT AVAIL IN SAME RBD. ALL OTHER/
SUBSEQUENT CHANGES SUBJ TO SAME CHANGE FEE AS
G-/W-/V-/Q- TYPE FARES SPECIFIED ABOVE.
3. THE CHANGE OF RESERVATION FEE WILL NOT APPLY
TO DOMESTIC SECTORS WITHIN INDIA PROVIDED
A-. THE CHANGE DOES NOT RESULT IN EXCEEDING
THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF STOPOVERS AND B-. THE
CHANGE IS MADE PRIOR TO THE ORIGINAL TRAVEL
DATE OF THE FLIGHT COUPON/S CONCERNED.
#7
| Account Closed

Originally posted by: indyanguy View Post

Would it help if I contact AI directly instead of the travel agent?


It'd only be a phone call, so I'd certainly do that, and see what they say. Can't hurt, right.

Good luck with it.
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#8
| Member
well sir 350$ is way too much money to pay for date change well i would suggest you to call air india they will charge some penalties and you will get your date change.well make my trip add there charges with the penalties. Thats y i prefer to book tickets with a travel agent cause there you will get your tickets first and than you will pay the money . and you can even bargain with them you will get a very good price must be 1000 to 2000 rs cheap ............................
#9
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I need date cheged
#10
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Originally posted by: indyanguy View Post

I need to change my date of departure and I am flying Air India. I booked the ticket through MakeMyTrip.com which charges $350 for every change.

Can I contact the Air India directly and change the date? Is it any cheaper to do that?


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#11
| Maha Guru Member
Better facts provided but no question..

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