Indian OTA Recommendations

Old May 1, 17, 1:52 pm
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Indian OTA Recommendations

Been trying to book a multicity itinerary with a variety of india based ota's but the one which prices it correctly (yatra) doesn't accept international cards. I have tried makemytrip,yatra,amex travel, Cox and kings. Any other OTA with multi city options or a travel agent recommendation would be much appreciated!
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Old May 1, 17, 2:34 pm
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Originally Posted by ashkale View Post
Been trying to book a multicity itinerary with a variety of india based ota's but the one which prices it correctly (yatra) doesn't accept international cards. I have tried makemytrip,yatra,amex travel, Cox and kings. Any other OTA with multi city options or a travel agent recommendation would be much appreciated!
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Have you tried calling make my trip or goibibo?
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I recently just went ahead and booked on the various airlines' websites to put together a multi city. Make My Trip was having trouble completing transactions.

Since I've rarely (never to be exact) found it cheaper to consolidate travel on one airline while in India, I picked the most convenient times and prices on MMT and booked them on the airlines' sites.

My itin included Vistara, SpiceJet, Air Asia and Air India.
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Originally Posted by ashkale View Post
Been trying to book a multicity itinerary with a variety of india based ota's but the one which prices it correctly (yatra) doesn't accept international cards. I have tried makemytrip,yatra,amex travel, Cox and kings. Any other OTA with multi city options or a travel agent recommendation would be much appreciated!
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call the others & let them know what you are getting on yatra....they may be able to match that price....if that doesn't work then let me know & i'll pm you the number of the ta my firm uses....
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Originally Posted by vishalgupta22 View Post
Have you tried calling make my trip or goibibo?
Thanks- I did the chat option but neither agents were able to price it correctly!
Originally Posted by knit-in View Post
Since I've rarely (never to be exact) found it cheaper to consolidate travel on one airline while in India, I picked the most convenient times and prices on MMT and booked them on the airlines' sites.
This is a multi airline itinerary and not available for ticketing on the stock airline!

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call the others & let them know what you are getting on yatra....they may be able to match that price....if that doesn't work then let me know & i'll pm you the number of the ta my firm uses....
Thanks for this! let me call and revert if need help!

Whats the deal with Indian merchants not accepting foreign credit cards? Ran into this problem in Delhi recently too, only Amex worked!
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Where are you located? If your city has an Indian diaspora, there are probably a few travel agents specializing in the Indian market. Most major US cities have at least one, for example.
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Advice from all the wonderful experts in India travel:

Yatra is offering a 10% discount on first international booking with them. I'm looking at a Singapore Airlines flight, which is priced ~INR 1600 more on Yatra than on SIA.com. After the discount it is approx INR 6,000 cheaper. Question is, what is the possibility that the Yatra ticket may not earn miles? I plan to credit to AS.

From Yatra, I can't figure what the fare code is. On Singapore, the fare code is D. Change fee on SIA is INR 17,000 while on Yatra, it is INR 21,000 + OTA fees.

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Call Yatra and re-confirm what fare code the flight will book into.
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Personally, unless it is a huge delta (pardon the AVpun!), I always prefer to book directly on the respective airline website. In the unlikely event of changes, irrops etc, as well as upgrade options if needed, it usually makes a huge difference.
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Personally, unless it is a huge delta (pardon the AVpun!), I always prefer to book directly on the respective airline website. In the unlikely event of changes, irrops etc, as well as upgrade options if needed, it usually makes a huge difference.
agree completely....the discount has to be really worth my while in order for me to book anywhere except with the airline directly....
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Originally Posted by AJLondon View Post
Personally, unless it is a huge delta (pardon the AVpun!), I always prefer to book directly on the respective airline website. In the unlikely event of changes, irrops etc, as well as upgrade options if needed, it usually makes a huge difference.
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agree completely....the discount has to be really worth my while in order for me to book anywhere except with the airline directly....
I think these were the answers I was looking for. Booked with singaporeair.com

In addition to the significant mileage, the other consideration was that part of this upcoming journey is on the yet to start SQ22, so there is that-- even if the slightest-- risk that some rebooking might be involved depending on the first few months of the flight's performance. The safer choice seemed to go with the airline rather than the OTA.


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Call Yatra and re-confirm what fare code the flight will book into.
Looked into it. Did not call Yatra, but another FTer booked with them and it was also in 'D'.
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