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Fri May 06, 2005 11:36 am

I wanted to buy tickets on AI to travel between ORD and LHR and also between LHR and BOM. However, there seems to be no way to actually look at fares and/or buy tix on AI's stupid website. Does AI only sell tix thru' travel agents? Any help would be appreciated.....
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Fri May 06, 2005 2:15 pm

I hear that LOTTO tickets are easy to purchase on AI's website.(SORRY FOLKS I COULDN'T PASS THIS ONE UP)
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Fri May 06, 2005 2:51 pm

22right, the flight no longer goes via LHR..it goes via FRA.....

1) my dad just took this flight a couple of weeks ago, and arrived to ORD just yesterday from BOM, and his flight once again, was via FRA.

2)here is a printout of online booking (so to answer your question, you can book online)
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Seat availability on outbound flight(s) from Chicago to Mumbai on 06JUN05
Flight No Sector Departure Arrival Stops Aircraft First Executive Economy
AI126 Chicago Mumbai 1900 2315+1 1 744 Available Available Not Available
* AI8636 Chicago Frankfurt 1545 0650+1 0 744 Available Available Not Available
AI126 Frankfurt Mumbai 1145+1 2315+1 0 744 Available Available Available
AI126 Chicago Frankfurt 1900 1015+1 0 744 Available Available Not Available
* AI8756 Frankfurt Mumbai 1350+1 0100+2 0 744 Available Not Available Not Available

Seat availability on return flight(s) from Mumbai to Chicago on 06JUL05
Flight No Sector Departure Arrival Stops Aircraft First Executive Economy
AI127 Mumbai Chicago 0700 1605 1 744 Available Available Available
* AI8757 Mumbai Frankfurt 0250 0750 0 744 Available Not Available Available
AI127 Frankfurt Chicago 1415 1605 0 744 Available Available Not Available
AI127 Mumbai Frankfurt 0700 1215 0 744 Available Available Available
* AI8637 Frankfurt Chicago 1700 1915 0 343 Available Not Available Not Available

Select your flight(s) & class of travel

* Code share flight
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Fri May 06, 2005 4:42 pm

but you can not get a price before you actually confirm the booking?
maybe I'm stupid.... trying to see fares for DEL - Islamabad....
 
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Fri May 06, 2005 4:45 pm

Quoting 22right (Thread starter):
I wanted to buy tickets on AI to travel between ORD and LHR and also between LHR and BOM. However, there seems to be no way to actually look at fares and/or buy tix on AI's stupid website

I bought tickets from teh AI website three times.. go www.airindia.com and click on book tickets now, new pop up will come, select criteria, then select the flights, and price will be shown.. pretty simple.. prices are OK (if G/V Class) but compare with agent

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 2):
22right, the flight no longer goes via LHR..it goes via FRA.....

Wrong: ORD-LHR... 4/7
ORD-FRA... 3/7
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Fri May 06, 2005 5:43 pm

AI website is one of the worst ever.
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Sat May 07, 2005 1:19 am

Sure you can buy tickets. In fact when I bought tickets in Nov 04 for travel in Jan 05, I got a great round trip deal for ORD-BOM. Better than any travel agent could give. While the instructional design is not of the highest quality, and the ticket is a paper ticket (it arrived in 2 days), I was quite happy with the overall experience given the fact that it was about $400 cheaper than the next cheapest airline.

Quoting Pilatusguy (Reply 3):
 
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Sat May 07, 2005 2:21 am

Quoting Snehnath (Reply 6):
the ticket is a paper ticket

AI now has e-tickets available for all travelers on the India-UK/US routes and are expanding that further into other routes as time progresses.
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Sat May 07, 2005 2:24 am

I've bought tickets on AI's website.

It's quite easy. In many cases, the ticket prices on their website match those offered by some bucket shop.
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Sat May 07, 2005 3:29 am

OK, fellas... I dont know what I was smoking yesterday... I finally saw the "Book Online Tickets" now link on the AI website. Last night I had only only looked at the main section where they only show schedules, etc.

And you are right, the fare on AI's website is as good as what travel agents are quoting...

One quick question though... how do you buy a ticket with a break journey thru' the website? I need to take a stopover in London or FRA for a week or so on my way to India.

Thanks.
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Sat May 07, 2005 4:11 am

Quoting 22right (Reply 9):
One quick question though... how do you buy a ticket with a break journey thru' the website?

Theoretically NOT possible.. there is a trick though (but THINK whether you wanna do it, I am not responsible if it doesn't work - I did it myself and it worked perfect): Book the ticket w/o stopover. immediately after the booking, call your local AI office and tell them you wanted to book the stopover, but it was not possible. Tell them that as the ticket is not issued yet, they should change it w/o penalty. Alternatively, if there is too much risk for you involved, call them beforehand and tell them about your intentions, i.e. that they should amend the booking.. they may refer you to the Yatrick Call Center in BOM, but not necessarily... tell us how it went

Quoting Snehnath (Reply 6):
While the instructional design is not of the highest quality, and the ticket is a paper ticket (it arrived in 2 days), I was quite happy with the overall experience given the fact that it was about $400 cheaper than the next cheapest airline.

Actually, I think it is fairly easy to operate, as it is not as "sophisticated" as other websites.. LH and BA suck in that regard.

Quoting 22right (Reply 9):
I dont know what I was smoking yesterday...

Tell us.. we may wanna try too Big grin


OK, here my experiences with the AI online booking.. used it the first time in 2002, as the price that was quoted was unbeatable (and I was not yet in Singapore and didn;t know any agent there). Booked the ticket, gave a delivery address of a friend.. After one week, it didn't arrive.. called them.. after 3 weeks, didn't arrive.. called them in BOM.. had a quite professional lady on the phone who sorted it out.. .. after arriving SIN, they even allowed me to change the ticket w/o penalty, although there was a penalty in the regulations.. bottonline: everything works with India and AI, albeit in a strange matter! Big grin

2nd time: just 2 months ago, I booked a friend of mine on the DEL-BOM-NBO sector.. she had to leave, so I gave my contact number - booking took a couple of attempts.. [my computer is better protected than the State Bank of India, i.e. firewall etc. ] - next day 7 am they called me that her card was charged 4 times accidentally (my firewall), they had already refunded it and wanted to courier the ticket.. told em that I was on a professional trip, so they agreed to courier it a week later... good job!

3rd time, my boss asked me to inquire about fares on DEL-DXB.. tried the procedure, didn't work (only DEL-DXB, rest was OK).. called em up, they told me to try it again.. tried it, all of a sudden the system quoted me a price of Rs. 25.ooo/- for Delhi-New Delhi (  bigthumbsup  ) - called em again, wanted to be connected, they connected me to the sales dept, reconnected, again operator, reconnedted, bumped.. called their ticket office in BOM (as there was no response in DEL for two days), they told me to call yatrick, I got pissed, the connected me, bumped....

These my stories.. but in the end, everything works fine.. so give it a try and let us know  Wink
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Thu May 12, 2005 12:52 am

Thanks for all your help, folks. Just a quick update.....

I just bought my tickets to BOM (from ORD) using AI's website. I got the best deal on their website. They beat most travel agent quotes by at least $100.

The website wasn't too bad to use, though one irritating aspect was their insistence on knowing my Passport Number. I didnt remember my new Passport number so I just entered what I think was my old Passport number. Hopefully this doesnt cause hassles when I go to check in.

I could also select my seats thru' the website (though the seat map graphic was pretty pathetic looking).

This will be my first ever trip on Air India.... looking forward to it!?

I hope to write a trip report.
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Thu May 12, 2005 5:23 am

Quoting 22right (Reply 11):
one irritating aspect was their insistence on knowing my Passport Number

This is a US Government requirement for the APIS system.
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Thu May 12, 2005 7:29 am

Quoting B747-437B (Reply 12):
This is a US Government requirement for the APIS system.

Sorry about my ignorance, but what is the APIS system?
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Thu May 12, 2005 9:19 am

Quoting 22right (Reply 13):
what is the APIS system?

APIS = Advance Passenger Information System

It is the electronic system whereby the US Government requires airlines to submit personal data on all passengers entering, exiting or overflying the US in advance of the flight.
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Thu May 12, 2005 1:28 pm

Quoting 22right (Reply 11):
The website wasn't too bad to use, though one irritating aspect was their insistence on knowing my Passport Number. I didnt remember my new Passport number so I just entered what I think was my old Passport number. Hopefully this doesnt cause hassles when I go to check in.

If I were you call up AI and give them your new PP number

Quoting 22right (Reply 11):
This will be my first ever trip on Air India.... looking forward to it!?

I hope to write a trip report.

Yes, write a report.. WHEN are you travelling, and via LHR or FRA? If you around mid-of July in FRA, let me know, I could get a pass and enter transit
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Thu May 12, 2005 4:23 pm

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 4):
Wrong: ORD-LHR... 4/7
ORD-FRA... 3/7

i stand corrected, my father flew ORD-LHR a couple of weeks ago....
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Thu May 12, 2005 4:25 pm

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 16):
i stand corrected, my father flew ORD-LHR a couple of weeks ago....

But you claimed the opposite before:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 2):
22right, the flight no longer goes via LHR..it goes via FRA.....
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Thu May 12, 2005 11:38 pm

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 15):
If I were you call up AI and give them your new PP number

MrNiji & B747-437B, Thanks for the info regarding APIS and Passport Number. I will call AI tmw and give them my correct Passport number.

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 15):
Yes, write a report.. WHEN are you travelling, and via LHR or FRA? If you around mid-of July in FRA, let me know, I could get a pass and enter transit

I am traveling May 29th from ORD and back from BOM on June 21st. Both flts are via LHR. Sorry, no FRA transit on either leg. Thanks for asking though... Cant wait to be back in aamchi Mumbai. It's been a while.
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Thu May 12, 2005 11:53 pm

Air India flies LHR-ORD and LHR-JFK!

I flew LHR-JFK-LHR in Feb, I had to book via my travel agent! You can also book Air India flights on http://www.lastminute.com/!

I enjoyed my AI flight alot, hope you do too! Big grin

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Thu May 12, 2005 11:56 pm

Quoting 22right (Reply 18):
Sorry, no FRA transit on either leg. Thanks for asking though... Cant wait to be back in aamchi Mumbai. It's been a while.

Won't be in FRA then anyways.. but good to know that you will be in BOM at our a.net BOM meet! Now you are trapped and have no excuses not to join Big grin
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Fri May 13, 2005 12:25 am

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 20):
Won't be in FRA then anyways.. but good to know that you will be in BOM at our a.net BOM meet! Now you are trapped and have no excuses not to join

When is it? June 9th?? If that date, unfortunately I will have to miss it... I am actually going to be in Pune that week and next.  Sad I am in BOM the last week before I leave.


Sorry about that... would have loved to meet Indian A.netters.
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Fri May 13, 2005 2:06 am

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 17):

But you claimed the opposite before:

i stand corrected means i was in error from my previous post, not i'm standing up to my previous post........ Wink

one leg of my dads journey was via LHR, and the other was via FRA....
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Fri May 13, 2005 4:34 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 22):
i stand corrected

Apology from my side, I overread the "ed" in corrected  Smile
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