Air India has finally joined Star Alliance!
This is great news for eco-travelers as India has some amazing places to see birds in the wild! I’ve been to Coorg, Kerala, Wayanad (accessible from Bangalore) and Bharatpur near Jaipur, Agra & Delhi. You will also have more flight options to Sri Lanka using Star Alliance partners where more beautiful endemic birds await! See my guide on getting to India and Central Asia for more information on how many miles you need.
The domestic route possibilities are very interesting, especially when you consider how large India is and how difficult it is for a foreigner to book train tickets without an Indian mobile phone! These routes haven’t been loaded into United’s booking engine yet so I can’t wait to see what they price out at!
If you live in India and want to learn about possible credit card deals specific to Indians, Live From A Lounge can help you. The blogger lives in Mumbai and is familiar with the Indian frequent flier mile scene.
If you’ve been reading my recent series on birding in Coorg or my series last year on birding in Kerala and are inspired to make your own trip you are in luck! 3 of India’s airlines are offering 50% off sales. They had a similar sale last year too. Use your miles to get to India, then pick up on some of these bargain domestic routes!
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If you are going to Delhi, why not tag on a visit to Bangalore, then to Coorg?
Or combine Bollywood glamour with dazzling birds in Kerala!
The Indian national carrier was originally accepted as a future member of Star Alliance in December 2007, but the integration process was halted in July 2011. The suspension was a joint decision which allowed Air India to focus on completing its merger with Indian Airlines, without the distraction of the work required for full integration into the Star Alliance network.
With India being a country that boasts many fantastic national parks and eco-tourism ventures, this is great news! It’s also great news for Indians who are seeking more airline miles opportunities for their own travel plans and want to use a local credit card to earn miles.
A date has not been confirmed yet but the full story is here.
I just got back from a birding trip to India & Sri Lanka which I will be blogging about in the New Year.
Air India website