‘Flying Returns’ is the Frequent Flyer Program of Air India. It is also the first Frequent Flyer Program of India. There are base miles which are calculated depending upon the route of travel and is directly related to the miles flown. Thereafter, depending on the booking class, there is specific percentage which accrues as mileage.
You can earn the FR points and redeem these on Air India flights and on its Star Alliance member airlines.
Any person above 2 years of age can enrol as AI Flying Returns member.
How to Enrol in Flying Returns?
This can be done online on Flying Returns website www.flyingreturns.co.in.
|Silver Edge Club||Golden Edge Club||The Maharaja Club|
|Status FR Points Accrued||25000||50000||75000|
|FR Bonus Points||15%||25%||30%|
|Additional Check in Baggage on AI flights only||10 kg||20 kg||20 kg|
|Additional Cabin Baggage||1 pcs||1 pcs||1 pcs|
|Priority Check in And Boarding||Allowed||Allowed||Allowed|
|Upgrade Vouchers||1 Upgrade Voucher||2 Upgrade Vouchers||3 Upgrade Vouchers|
|Cancellation/refund/rebooking fee||Rs 1000 for all fare choices on domestic flights of AI||Zero||Zero|
Earning Flying Returns Points
How to calculate the base FR points?
Air India provides listing of base points for Flying Returns program. These rates are calculated on the basis of cabin class of travel, booking RBDs of revenue tickets and route of travel. Routes of Air India flights are divided into 10 Zones.
Following is the Accural structure of the Flying Returns points effective from 05th November 2017:
|Cabin||Eligible Booking Classes||Accrual Level as % of base FR points|
Redemption of Flying Returns Points
Redemption of these Flying Returns can be done as Flight Awards or Upgrades Awards, on Air India and its network of Star Alliance member airlines.
Redemption for awards on Air India can be done in three ways:
Redemption on Air India flights
a) Award Flights: You are bound to using specific booking classes for different cabin classes for Awards Tickets. These are O, I and X for First, Executive/Business and Economy Class of Air India flights. The FR points which are redeemed are- 2.5 and 2 times of Economy FR points for First and Business Class respectively.
b) Upgrade Awards: There is also a provision of upgrading the Awards tickets. For economy to business upgrade and for Business to First class upgrade, you need 75% of normal and business class redemption miles respectively. There are also eligible classes for upgrade in economy (Y, B, M, H, Q, K and V)and executive (C and D) class of travel. Air India also provides the facility of upgrade of class of travel up to 2 hours before the scheduled departure of flight only on domestic flights of Air India. In this case, the miles required are 50% of normal and business class redemption miles for upgrade to business and First class respectively.
Upgrade award is not permitted on flights of Air India Express and code-share flights that are marketed by Air India.
Case of voulntary cancellation of the upgrade award flight- There is a provision to deduct 20% of FR points if cancellation happens more than 72 hours before scheduled departure of flight and the balance are added back to the account. However, if cancellation of the upgraded flight happens less than 72 hours before scheduled departure of flight, then it will be trated as No Show and no FR points are credited to the account.
Redemption on Star Alliance Partner Flights
Redemption of Award flights on Star Alliance partners of Air India are based on route of travel. This can be known from the calculator of FR points given on flyingreturns program website.
Similarly, there is an Upgrades Award chart of Air India which mentions how many Flying Returns points are required for cabin class upgrade on Air India. Codeshare flights are not eligible for upgrades award. Similarly, these are valid only for the following booking classes:
Upgrade must be requested before 24 hours from scheduled departure time of the flight.
Following is the segment list of AI Star Alliance member partners with their eligible booking classes for upgrades.
|Operating Carrier||Economy to Business class||Business to First class|
|ADRIA AIRWAYS||Y,B||Not applicable|
|AIR NEW ZEALAND||U,E,O,Y,B||Not applicable|
|AVIANCA - TACA||Y,B||Not applicable|
|BRUSSELS AIRLINES||Y,B||Not applicable|
|CROATIA AIRLINES||Y,B||Not applicable|
|LOT POLISH AIRLINES||Y,B||Not applicable|
|SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES||Y,B,S||Not applicable|
|SHENZHEN AIRLINES||Y,B,M,H||Not applicable|
|SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS||Y,B||C,D|
|TURKISH AIRLINES||Y,B||Not applicable|
Purchase and Transfer of FR Points
FR Points can be bought at rate of Rs. 1.25 per FR point (India) or USD 0.025 for other countries. You can also add FR points from the account of your spouse.
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