Purchasing flight tickets and confirming your flight booking is the key aspect of planning a trip. Now whether you are travelling for business or on leisure, you cannot make an itinerary until you have first and foremost booked your flights. Procuring an air ticket is a mandatory first step once your travel plans are confirmed. It feels as though half the job is done the moment you secure confirmed flight ticket booking in your hand. The entire activity of searching air connectivity between two cities, checking the schedule of the flight and zeroing in on one that's most convenient to you can feel like a lot of work especially if you are in a hurry to book your flights.
On Yatra, the process of air ticket booking as well as scoring Cheap air tickets is made quite simple by an extremely user-friendly interface that has some special perks too. We give you enough reasons to book your flight with Yatra, whether domestic or international.
Always ahead of closing your flight booking, it is imperative to check Yatra's Offers section for various promo code discounts. There are several attractive flat discounts on your domestic flight on making payment with an HDFC credit card. It comes with the promo code HDFCTREAT. This is a festive season offer and like all offers applies only for a limited period. You can also make a great saving on your domestic flight booking by using the PayZapp, the mobile payment app by HDFC Bank. YTPZ is the promo code to avail the offer. You can even apply the promo code FREEFLY and avail a discount of up to INR 3700 on domestic flights. And another offer FLYFESTIVE pertains to the holiday season where you can avail an off of INR 2400 on domestic flights. Outside of that there are EMI options on ICICI credit cards including a chance to redeem 10X bonus reward points using an Axis Bank card.Easy Payment Procedure
Now you don't have to fret in case you are short on cash and want to do a flight booking. Whether you are travelling domestic or international, you can now take your pick from Yatra's elaborate payment options that comprise the ubiquitous credit/debit card and net-banking apart from e-wallets such as PayPal, Google Pay, Amazon Pay, Mobile Wallet among others. An extremely handy option among those of whom liquidity is an issue is the EMI option which lets you choose between a 3 to 12 month window with attractive HDFC offers like no-interest EMI. This option is really useful in case you are booking an international flight and don't have funds to spare. You also have the choice of making the payment using your accumulated reward points.Credit Shell Offer
You can utilise the credit from a cancelled booking in times of the pandemic to make a new one. In order to make a new booking using a valid credit shell, you need to first login to your Yatra account. Go to view all bookings and select the itinerary against which the credit shell has been offered. Click ‘book using airline credit' and review the passenger details. You are not permitted to change name. Further, select the preferred date of journey, the route and flight details. You are allowed to make a change to the sectors and any fare difference arising becomes applicable. Now you can pay the additional payment using your preferred payment mode. A successful payment will let you view booking confirmation details. The e-ticket is then sent to your registered email id. Presently, only IndiGo and SpiceJet are offering the credit shell facility where you can make a booking using airline credit.Hold now and Pay later
When making an international flight booking, if your search is not conclusive and you are yet not able to settle for the right flight, you can avail the hold now and pay later option. This is an airline-specific feature which lets you put your booking on hold for the next 24 hours, giving you the time to make up your mind on whether or not you would like to go ahead with the booking. After putting a given flight on hold, you can go back and do a thorough research on airlines, check their prices, browse their schedule and the amenities provided on-board.Same day cancellation and fare drop protection
Yatra gives you the flexibility of safeguarding your international flight booking against a drop in the airfare. This is truly a one-of-a-kind programme which gives you the flexibility to plan your trip well in advance, while Yatra monitors your booking and scours for cheaper fares aboard the same flight. A differential amount if any is refunded in either cash or eCash. The initiative is called Yatra Assure. It also gives you the flexibility to make free cancellation by 11:00 pm of IST on the very same day of your international flight ticket issuance. This is a benefit that can be availed across most international airlines. Though the Yatra Assure programme does not apply to partially paid bookings, partial passenger cancellation, hold for free bookings, date change and low cost carriers.Refund Claim
You can claim a refund from Yatra under two conditions. First, if the airline directly cancels the flight, and second, if the passenger has cancelled his flight directly with the airline. In case the airline has cancelled the flight you are entitled to a full refund. And in case the passenger has cancelled the flight on his own, then the airline and Yatra will both charge the same amount of penalty. The refund claiming process is a simple one; all you need to do is sign in and go to your My Bookings page and in the dashboard you can select the claim refund option. Simply click on claim refund and check the flight for which you want to claim refund. Choose the reason for your claim. Further check the refund details and finally click ‘submit'. Claiming refund is very simple even if it is for just one passenger among a set of passengers. You can simply select the passenger details and sector and cancel the flight ticket.Cancellation Protection
You have the option of securing a cancellation protection while making your online flight booking. Under the programme you need to pay zero cancellation fee aboard a domestic flight that you have cancelled. This is how it works; you need to pay a minor additional charge at the time of booking to procure the liberty of cancelling your flight as and when you choose, and even claim a refund. For example, if the airfare is INR 3,300 without cancellation protection, your refund amount will be zero, and with cancellation protection, your refund amount will be INR 3,000.Country's biggest platform for business travel
If you are a frequent business traveller, it makes sense for you to sign up with Yatra and enjoy special benefits such as special airline fares with complimentary meals, no reschedule fee, hotel booking offers at negotiated rates that come with a rather low cancellation fee. A business traveller on the Yatra platform is provided access to a travel report that helps him track his savings, and thus manage his expenses. And more importantly, reap the benefits of a fast and easy checkout where you can use a centralised wallet with no reimbursement hassle.Low Fare Price Graph
Ahead of closing your booking, it is a great idea to check the best fares for your destination using Yatra's low fare price graph on international flights. In case your onward destination is Jakarta from New Delhi, you can check the calendar for the average rate for all days of the months for the subsequent 10 months from the month of your booking. With this you end up doing a better price comparison and it helps you zero in on a month in which the fares are more economical. Now for those looking for reasonable flight tickets, it is a good ideal to browse the graph and make a note of the low-cost days within a month. The high-point of this feature is that by simply selecting the fare and date you can land in the booking page of that particular flight from where you can proceed to make your booking.Multi-city Bookings
You could be taking a domestic or international flight, but you have the option of going for a one-way, round trip or multi-city flight. In a multi-city booking, you can choose from one domestic to three international or all domestic or a combination of domestic and international cities. Yatra's extremely user-friendly interface shows you all the airlines running on the mentioned routes by also giving you their duration and schedule. You can do a quick price comparison of all the airlines providing multi-city service and then close your bookings.Savvy Filters
Yatra's smart filters helps you shortlist the number of layovers you would prefer on your journey (in case of international travel), fare type whether or not it is partially refundable, price parameter, preferred layover duration (in case of international travel), preferred layover airport (in case of international travel), preferred departure and arrival time, preferred airlines and aircraft.Travel Assistance and Insurance
While making your booking, you can go ahead and add travel assistance and insurance to your ticket in order to secure your journey. This service is offered to domestic travellers below the age of 70. Under the coverage, you can raise a claim for trip cancellation, loss of baggage, flight delay, medical emergency, roadside and medical assistance among others. For the same you are charged a basic amount per ticket.Add-on Service Request
As you book flight tickets with Yatra, you can make a variety of choices in services; some of these include requests for adding meals, adding baggage and selecting seats. With the add meal option, you can select the category of meal you would like to avail on-board. The add baggage option allows you to choose excess baggage by stating the additional expense at the time of booking.Important COVID-19 measures
Every state government has laid out guidelines for the passengers arriving into their respective airports. Ahead of travelling it makes sense to read up about the protocols that apply to the state in which you are travelling. While state regulations are subject to change, it is always recommended to visit the local government's website for more details. Some of the SOP include thermal testing for all passengers, All passengers need to have the Arogya Setu app downloaded on their phones. Several states ask passengers to either undergo a COVID-19 test or share the RT-PCR/True NAT report which is not older than 48 hours at the airport. Passengers who test positive in a COVID-19 test need to undergo institutional quarantine till full recovery. Some states also do a COVID swab test upon arrival. At some airports that conduct the Antigen test and it is found to be negative, a swab test is then performed and sent for RT-PCR as well. Then the passenger is allowed to carry on and be on home quarantine for 5 days within which time the RT-PCR results are shared.
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