Travel Hacks

Travel Hack: How to Book Cheap Domestic Flights in India

Today it’s very tempting to use one-stop sites that let us book all our travel needs (flights, trains, hotels, etc.). But you’re paying extra for this convenience, especially when it comes to flights!

When you get to the checkout sites like Yatra, MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip surprise you with a booking fee. When I went to book flights from Delhi to Indore recently, the convenience fee was ₹410 (USD 6.20) – 8.2% of the total ₹4958 fare.

ClearTrip DEL-IDR Flights with Convenience Fee
Cleartrip DEL-IDR flights with convenience fee.

That fee seemed a bit high, so I decided to go check directly with the airlines. Look at the difference:

Cleartrip = 5368
Air India = ₹4170

The exact same flights with a cheaper fare and no convenience fee! Always check the price directly from the airlines too! In this case, I saved 33%.

DEL-IDR flights Air India direct booking price.
DEL-IDR flights Air India direct booking price.

By Karl Rock

Karl Rock, is a Hindi speaking Kiwi ex-pat who take viewers behind the scenes of incredible India and its neighbours. He has visited every state and union territory in India, and its culturally similar neighbours – Pakistan and Bangladesh, and aims to make others fall in love with India and the subcontinent.

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