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Air India confirmed into Star Alliance

Air India confirmed into Star Alliance

Old Jun 24, 14, 10:17 am
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Air India confirmed into Star Alliance

Confirmation of Air India into Star Alliance

http://www.starallianceemployees.com...ce23c7ae1b5c23

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Old Jun 24, 14, 2:08 pm
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11th july is still a long way away....remember, this is ai....a lot can go wrong in a couple of weeks....i'll believe it when it finally happens....
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Old Jun 24, 14, 3:59 pm
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Missed the peak summer season from US, but hopefully prices will remain reasonable

This is a great plus for AI, thought not sure for *A (they obviously hope to not be left out of the 5th largest domestic market in the world).

I was trying to ticket parents from North America to BLR in business class end of June. All other options, including Middle East carriers were between $5K to $10K one way per person. AI was $3.2 K or so per person (on Yatra.com). The plane was fairly new equipment ORD-DEL-BLR. Unfortunately they will not get *A credit for this trip but hopefully will get that for the next. The food in Business is supposed to be fairly decent.

I hope the prices stay at a reasonable discount to others without which I cannot see AI as a draw.

I travel extensively in J/F on global carriers and have always avoided AI unless forced by schedule as a cancellation would leave me without options. Now with *A, I will be more open to AI given rerouting options on *A during irregular operations.
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Old Jun 24, 14, 4:12 pm
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Prices will go up. Although for the route I check most (CCU-ORD one way) CX and QR are cheaper than AI if one can snag their lowest fares. With AI the low-ish fare is available almost all the time. Sadly, this might change.
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Old Jun 24, 14, 5:14 pm
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Good questions on earning miles ... but seques very quickly into -- wait for it -- curry smells in the cabin!!!
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Old Jun 24, 14, 9:58 pm
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Originally Posted by SeeBuyFly View Post
Prices will go up. Although for the route I check most (CCU-ORD one way) CX and QR are cheaper than AI if one can snag their lowest fares. With AI the low-ish fare is available almost all the time. Sadly, this might change.
AI ex-India won't be cheap.
Home carriers are never cheap.

AI is dirt cheap from SIN to Europe. Its Dreamliner flights in business class are cheaper than SQ's prices in Economy. But the timing is good in one direction only.
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Old Jun 25, 14, 2:18 am
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Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
11th july is still a long way away....remember, this is ai....a lot can go wrong in a couple of weeks....i'll believe it when it finally happens....
same here.
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Old Jun 25, 14, 2:23 am
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Originally Posted by SQueeze View Post
AI is dirt cheap from SIN to Europe. Its Dreamliner flights in business class are cheaper than SQ's prices in Economy. But the timing is good in one direction only.
just flew del-sin on the dreamliner earlier this month....very comfortable seats, good service, good food & very reasonably priced....i have to head back to sin a number of times this year & ai will be my preferred choice....
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Old Jun 25, 14, 11:36 pm
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Can't believe Air India has updated saying 'Air India joins Star Alliance'
http://www.airindia.in/
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Old Jun 25, 14, 11:44 pm
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Can't believe Air India has updated saying 'Air India joins Star Alliance'
http://www.airindia.in/
& now ai's website is down....have been trying to book a ticket for the last hour....they need to get stuff like this in order before july 11th....
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Old Jun 26, 14, 2:29 am
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Try book.airindia.in. Sometimes that works.
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Old Jun 26, 14, 2:24 pm
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Try book.airindia.in. Sometimes that works.
thanks for the tip....

but it doesn't change the fact that ai still have a lot to do before july 11th....
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Old Jun 26, 14, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Keyser View Post
thanks for the tip....

but it doesn't change the fact that ai still have a lot to do before july 11th....
Their website and IT infrastructure is very fragile. It's particularly annoying because some discounts are offered only on their website and not GDS systems or third parties. I had to give up a few times and just go with alternatives.
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Old Jun 26, 14, 10:39 pm
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Does Star have any requirements regarding website?
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Old Jun 27, 14, 6:09 am
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I am flying DEL-ORD on July 13. As *G, should I get *A lounge access in Delhi then?
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