In a bid to woo Indian students seeking admissions in various universities and educational institutions overseas, especially in the UK and US, British Airways on Monday announced a special offer for such students.
According to industry statistics, about 1,60,000 students from India go abroad for higher education every year.
Under the freebies, Indian students travelling abroad for studies out of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai would be allowed to carry 23-kilos of free excess baggage when flying to the UK, Europe, Canada and USA, a press release said here.
Students travelling from Hyderabad would be entitled to a discount of Rs 4,000 on all bookings, it said.
According to the airline, the offer is valid for students holding a valid student visa to the UK, Europe, USA or Canada only and the outbound travel must be undertaken before November 15.
Any dependents accompanying the student can also benefit from the free excess baggage. The offer will also be available for students travelling to the UK for medical exams (PLAB), the release said.
Besides, the airline has also offered a range of other offers, which are worth Rs 10,000, from its partners which include American Express, Matrix and Safari luggage, it said.
"Our experience shows that students travelling abroad need to take a lot of extra baggage, especially if they are on their maiden trip. But the cost of excess baggage can be a serious problem for them. So, with this offer, we have increased the baggage limit for students and their dependents traveling with them," British Airways's Regional Commercial Manager (South Asia), Judy Jarvis, said.
As a part of the partner offer, the students would receive special forex rates on American Express Travellers Cheques with a dual time wrist watch on purchase of cheques worth USD 3,500 and above.
In addition, the partner-offers provide for a free call back to India from UK (free 255 minutes worth 89.23 pounds) and USA (free 50 minutes of talk time worth USD 35) on Matrix connections.