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After IndiGo and SpiceJet, AirAsia to not charge extra for changing booking date

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Following the footsteps of IndiGo and SpiceJet, AirAsia India on Sunday announced it will not charge any fee for changing time and date on tickets booked till May 15.

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AirAsia India said in a press release that it has announced this offer to give passengers flexibility amid “increased uncertainty and travel restrictions”.

“Guests can now make unlimited changes for all bookings and changes made till 15 May, 2021, irrespective of the travel dates, without incurring any flight change fees,” the release stated.

IndiGo on Friday said it will not charge any fees to change time or date on domestic tickets that are booked between 17 April and 30 April.

Under this offer, the ticket can be booked between this duration for any travel period.

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In a statement, the airline said passengers can make unlimited changes on domestic tickets booked in the aforementioned period.

“However, there is no change in the cancellation fee, and that will be chargeable,” it noted.

SpiceJet on Saturday said passengers will not be charged any fees for changing date or time in their tickets at least five days prior to the departure date.

Earlier, the zero fee was applicable only for changes done at least seven days prior to the journey, the airline’s press release said. “Under the new offering, passengers booking direct domestic flight tickets from April 17 to May 10 can enjoy a one-time waiver on the change fee for the travel period between April 17 and May 15,” it clarified.

As states such as Maharashtra and Delhi are going under partial or full lockdown due to rising COVID-19 cases, the airlines are giving more incentives to passengers so that they do not cancel all their travel plans. SpiceJet on Saturday said it has also introduced special discounted price for an array of add-on services such as SpiceMax (seats with extra legroom).

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Many airlines, including IndiGo and SpiceJet, have announced similar measures allowing free rescheduling as state governments across the country impose several restrictions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

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