Thursday, August 31, 2017

Air India business class, 'Executive Class' upgrade guide

Just because you’re booked to fly in economy with Air India doesn’t mean you can’t fly like a Maharajah in 'Executive Class' (business class), as you may be able to fly up front by upgrading using frequent flyer points, cold hard cash, or in some cases, even for free.

You won’t need to have frequent flyer points in Air India’s own Flying Returns program, either, as you can use points or miles from more popular schemes like Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus and United MileagePlus for your bump-up too.

Whatever your plan may be for escaping economy travel, this ‘how-to’ guide has you covered.
As you’d expect, business class upgrades on Air India are all subject to availability, and upgrades may not necessarily be available on every flight.

That’s particularly true when using frequent flyer points for your upgrade. Just because there are business class seats still for sale on your flight doesn’t necessarily mean your points will be of use.

However, when purchasing an upgrade at the airport or using a complimentary airport upgrade voucher (more on that later), if there’s a spare business class seat on the flight when making your request, your upgrade is practically a done deal.
31/08/17 Chris Chamberlin/Austalian