10 Tip checklist before booking your next domestic flight
Govt of India has indicated that domestic flights may start from May 25th in a staggered manner. While more major details on this order and airline’s plan to resume domestic flight are yet to rise, if you are looking to book a flight, then there’re several things you should be considering,
- Here’s a 10 tip checklist you should worry about before booking a flight.
- Schedule: Will there be flights within origin and destination you wish to travel to? Given that reopening will be in phases, you need to be doubly sure that the cities you have to go to are being completed and the probability of flights being canceled again is very low. The government can go back on its word or introduce new limitations at any time, so some level of assurance is better before consuming 10-20k on a ticket. Spicejet for example is accepting bookings even for May 27nd, full 3 days prior to Govt suggested May 25th. Will they operate the flight, will you get a refund, no one knows- they are desperate for any cash.
- ePass conditions: Would you need a pass from your home state and destination state? What will be the legality of such a pass- Get a ticket first and then apply for the pass or apply for a pass and then get a ticket?
- Quarantine Rules: Will there be a necessary institutional quarantine upon arrival? Where? In arrival city or close to your last destination? What would be the sacrifice of so quarantine (paid ones)? Would your neighbors/colleagues be scared of you behind your travel?
- Last-mile connectivity: How to reach your home from the airport- Will there be buses/auto/taxi? What would be the cost of such transport? Have to factor flight timings and local curfews also (example if the flight is at 9 AM but you need to reach an airport by 7 AM while there’s curfew till 7 AM in the city, something to do? Will there be exemptions)?
- Ticket Refund rules: What would appear to your ticket money if you develop some indications between now and the travel date? Would you qualify for a refund/free reschedule?
- Risk profile: What are the chances of catching disease during the journey? Do you want to desperately take that opportunity? Do you have good protection?
- Preparing for the new normal: Do you have everything the airline is asking you to bring? Most airlines will make it necessary for passengers to bring their own masks. You may be required to bring your own food, water bottle, etc. USA airport is not providing any trolleys now, so many other changes are being formed.
- Your plan B: Say you lead to reach the destination but not able to get a return flight, or your flight is canceled for some objects on the day of departure, or say one person is found decisive so everyone on the flight is sent to isolation ward- are you dressed for these eventualities?
- Ticket Price: Ticket prices are very reasonable to be high during initial days as airlines anticipate high bids. You’ve to decide if you have to pay this high price or wait for a week for tickets to get cheaper or try other choices such as train or delay your journey for a while.
Airline’s financial health: If you’re booking for a travel date several weeks from now and the airline is known to behave a severe financial crisis, you might lose all your money if the airline goes bankrupt before your travel date.
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