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Air India joined Star Alliance last year, which means you can book Air India award flights using the miles of any Star Alliance airline, including United, Air Canada, and Lufthansa.
The only disappointment was that the United website didn’t display Air India award flight options.
United is keeping its reputation as having the most comprehensive website for award travel, and recently started featuring Air India awards. Only Singapore Airlines and from time to time Brussels Airlines are missing from United’s online search.
Where does Air India fly?
Air India serves the U.S. with the following routes:
You can fly for 42,500 miles one-way in Economy Class and 80,000 miles in Business Class, while First Class is an astronomical 140,000 miles one way.
Availability of awards is pretty good throughout the year, even in Business or First Class, which is almost impossible to find on United’s own flights.
Just beware that Air India doesn’t offer full lie flat seats in Business Class on its aircraft, they are angled lie flat instead, and service is inconsistent to say the least.
But if you have patience and roll with things as they come, it’s a reasonable no fuel surcharge option to consider.
Or better yet, a way to reach just about any city in India and the surrounding region thanks to its large short haul route network. You can fly the long trip on another partner like Lufthansa, Turkish, or United itself.
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