A lot of people shirk international travel due to expensive airfares. However nowadays, there are several discount round-trip flights to India. So, if you are planning to fly overseas, ensure that you get a good deal when you book the flight ticket. If exhaustive traveling to different cities is a part of the itinerary, it is advisable to avail yourself of an Airpass, which reduces the price down to a fraction of the actual cost.
Prime Travels offers bargain airfares. Their unbeatable tariffs include Washington-Delhi/Mumbai-Washington for $799, plus taxes; Vancouver-Delhi-Vancouver for INR $38,500 plus taxes; San Francisco-Bangalore-San Francisco for $990 plus taxes; London-Mumbai-London GBP290 plus taxes; Los Angeles-Mumbai-Los Angeles for $890 plus taxes; Boston-Hyderabad-Boston for $999 plus taxes; Seattle-Mumbai-Seattle for $999 plus taxes; Newark-Ahmedabad-Newark for $1,070 plus taxes; Phoenix-Chennai-Phoenix for $1,090 plus taxes; and Houston-Cochin-Houston for $1,090 plus taxes.
If calling from the US, dial 201-255-3078 (1 a.m-5p.m.EST, Mon-Fri) for information.
Globe Travels offers a good discount too. Fly from Los Angeles to Bombay/Delhi/Bangalore/Madras or Hyderabad for a round-trip fare at approximately $799. However, travel should commence before April 30, 2006; the offer is valid for flights via Kuala Lumpur on Air India and Malaysian Airlines; the last date to buy a ticket is March 24, 2006, and tickets should be purchased the same day as the reservation.
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If you have extensive traveling within India on your itinerary, avail yourself of the Discover India airfares. Similar to VUSA fares in the US, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways offer excellent bargains; their Airpasses are created for foreigners and non-resident Indians. A fifteen-day Airpass comes at $500 while a twenty-one-day Airpass is priced at $750. The routing is: Delhi-Jaipur-Udaipur-Bombay-Goa-Bangalore-Cochin-Madras-Delhi. The traveler saves on expenditures and pays only a fraction of what he or she would be required to pay for extensive travel within India if booked individually.
Jet Airways of India INC, 2301 Camino Ramon Suite 140, San Ramon, CA 94583; Tel: 001 925 8661205, 001-866 U-FLY-JET; Fax: 001 925 8309771; Email: [email protected]. Indian Airlines, Toll Free No.: 1-866 I FLY IAC (435 9422); New York GSA, Tel: 866-435-9422; Fax: 212-279-6602; Email: [email protected].