India’s private airline Vistara on Tuesday announced the ‘Freedom Fares’ program effective from July 6 that offers ‘Flexi’ fares at an extra fee of Rs 499 (per sector) over standard fares. Issuing a statement, the airline said that the additional fee is applicable only to Economy and Premium Economy customers, it’s free of cost to Business Class passengers. Notably, the airline had launched this ‘Freedom Fares’ program in July 2018, offering services on a pay-for-what-you-value basis.
However, the airline said under the new offer, customers can carry a 5kg additional check-in baggage allowance as well as have the flexibility to make unlimited changes to their flight bookings up to 24 hours before departure. Notably, this benefit is limited to one change up to 72 hours before departure for Economy class, and two changes up to 48 hours for Premium Economy class.
As part of the new offer, customers who opt for the ‘Economy Lite’ fares, will now have more flexibility around changes than before.
Recently, the airline had announced a 48-hour ‘Monsoon Sale’ across its domestic network, for all three classes of travel (Economy, Premium Economy, and Business). Bookings under the sale were open for 48 hours only, starting midnight 24 June 2021 and ending at midnight on Friday, 25 June 2021, for travel between 01 August 2021 12 October 2021.
Interestingly, Vistara became the country’s first airline to operate a flight with pilots and cabin crew fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The airline also said that it will operate more such flights in the coming days as their number of fully vaccinated staff increases.