Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Free meals only for JetPrivilege members

New Delhi: Travellers who are not members of Jet Airways’ frequent flyer program, JetPrivilege (JP), will now need to pay for meals on economy class of its domestic flights if they opt for lower fare buckets. Non JP members booking domestic economy class tickets only in the highest fare category (flex) will get free meals on board.

Airlines offer fares under different buckets, with charges rising as people opt for more services like free date change, free cancellation and meals on board. Jet economy class fares are under five heads — light; deal; saver; classic and flex.

“Effective December 21, 2018, guests travelling in economy and booking ‘light’/'deal/saver/classic' fares for travel from January 7, 2019, on flights within India will have the opportunity to buy meals …. payable by their debit/credit card. The airline will continue to offer complimentary meals across 'saver'/'classic' fare choices for guests who have made bookings prior to December 21, 2018,” the airline said in a statement.

“On flights within India, all features and benefits, including complimentary meals, will continue for the economy fare option 'flex’ and for all fare options in Première (business class). All features and benefits under first class, Première and economy offerings remain unchanged on international flights,” it added.

The airline had last week temporarily suspended complimentary lounge access for JetPrivilege Platinum and Gold members travelling in economy class.

This September Jet had introduced a new category of low economy fares, light, for its domestic flights in which meals will not be included and will need to be purchased on board. The airline had then said “guests travelling in economy and booking light / deal fares for travel from September 28 on its flights within India, will be able to avail competitive low fares but (need to) buy meals from a specially curated on-board menu.”

Now after Monday’s move, non JP members booking economy domestic flights in options other than flex will need to buy on board from next year.
04/12/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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