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Airlines woo students going abroad
Published on 10 Aug. 2010 11:31 PM IST
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If your child is travelling to study overseas, there are a host of goodies on offer. There are free excess baggage offers from airlines, there are special forex rates, discounts of 20% to 30% on luggage and laptop bags, gifts worth Rs 11,000, and discounted calling cards, stated Times News.
Emirates is offering special one-way and return fares for students that are 20% to 30% cheaper than regular fares. About 1,60,000 students from India go abroad for higher education every year, the favoured destinations being the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Of this, around 40% to 50% head to the US. The student market for airlines peaks between July and September, as many international universities begin their courses during this period. “Our experience shows that students travelling abroad need to take a lot of extra baggage, especially if they are on their maiden trip. But the cost of excess baggage can be a serious problem for them,” says Judy Jarvis, British Airways’ regional commercial manager, South Asia. The British national flag carrier is allowing students to carry 23 kg of free excess baggage when flying to the UK, Europe, Canada and USA.
Dependents (those who have a dependent Visa) traveling with students are also entitled to the free excess baggage. Besides, students travelling from Hyderabad benefit from a discount of Rs 4,000 on all bookings.
Jet Airways is offering free excess baggage of 30 kg to 69 kg to students travelling to the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. The airline is also throwing in freebies such as a 20% discount on luggage, backpacks & travel accessories and three 35% discount coupons from FedEx Express for international shipping.

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