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Baggage discount for desi students

Benefiting lakhs of Indian students studying abroad, several airlines, including Jet Airways and Air India have offered to carry excess check in baggage free of cost. It's flying freebies.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2008 01:48 IST
HT Correspondent

Benefiting lakhs of Indian students studying abroad, several airlines, including Indian carriers Jet Airways and Air India have offered to carry excess check in baggage free of cost.

But Jet Airways has gone a step further by offering special fares and possibly 1,000 bonus miles to some of the students in addition to carrying excess baggage.

The excess baggage is allowed to stations served by the airline and students taking a connecting flight to reach their campus may have to shell out extra. Students need to clarify this before booking the tickets. Jet’s special promotional package is valid for outbound travel till October 31, 2008, for students flying to its destinations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe or Asia.

Students will be allowed to carry an extra piece of baggage of upto 23 kg on flights to the US, Canada, UK and Europe; and an additional 10 kg on flights to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

The airline along with its partners is also offering a student kit provided one purchases a ticket at the airline’s sales office. Each kit contains a Matrix mobile connection with free talk-time worth Rs 4,000, ICICI Bank travel cards, a free Tata Indicom Wi-Fi Roam Card and a Bajaj Allianz travel insurance.

“With our large international network along with our numerous code share and interline agreements, students can avail of a seamless, world-class service at low prices,” Sudheer Raghavan, chief commercial officer, Jet Airways said. He added, “Our special student promotion package has been tailored to this end.”

Earlier this week, Air India announced special extra baggage allowance to woo students. Students flying Air India to Frankfurt, Paris, London and Birmingham can carry free baggage of 20 kg. Students flying to Singapore, China and New Zealand will be allowed to carry a total free baggage of 40 kg. However, students travelling to Australia can carry 50 kg, Air India said. Those who will be flying to the US can carry an additional piece weighing 23 kg.