The next time you use IndiGo or Spicejet while travelling somewhere, you might find it a tad bit difficult to get a good seat on a plane.
Earlier, you could simply check in online and get your boarding passes, with seats of your choices. However, IndiGo posted a tweet recently where they mentioned that web check in will no longer be a free service. In other words, you will have to pay extra charges if you want to check in online.
The tweet read, “As per our revised policy, all seats will be chargeable for web check-in. Alternatively, you may check-in at the airport for free. Seats will be assigned as per the availability.”
As per our revised policy, all seats will be chargeable for web check-in. Alternatively, you may check-in at the airport for free. Seats will be assigned as per the availability. ~Prabh
— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E) November 25, 2018
The only option left for you in this case would be to reach the airport early and pray that a good seat is available.
Kiss those window and aisle seats goodbye, guys!
However, the Indian Railways has a different alternative for you. In a hilarious tweet, The Ministry Of Railways trolled IndiGo and said, “No need to pay extra charges for Web-Checkins. No long queues for checking in your luggage. Avoid unreasonable tariff & reduce your carbon footprint by travelling on the good old Indian Railways at affordable rates.”
No need to pay extra charges for Web-Checkins. No long queues for checking in your luggage. Avoid unreasonable tariff & reduce your carbon footprint by travelling on the good old Indian Railways at affordable rates. pic.twitter.com/ks9fVphoLO
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) November 26, 2018
This is called marketing done right!
The tweet highlighted the fact that instead of wasting money on web check ins, travellers could simply use the easier mode of transport – trains! Guess what some netizens had to say:
This is quite valid, we must say.
Kudos for the tweet at the same time if cleanliness and punctuality can be maintained surely railways can be highly preferred
— Adarsh M (@MAdarshnair) November 26, 2018
Someone had a different opinion though:
Punctuality – yes. Cleanliness is entirely our responsibility as passengers:)
— Lalitha Lakshmi 🚩 (@lalitha_jr) November 26, 2018
What a perfect jibe at @IndiGo6E
— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) November 26, 2018
We’re laughing too!
— Sahil Kansal (@sahilkansal92) November 26, 2018
We feel you!
Good job Indian Railway. @IndiGo6E should be ashamed for such a decision. Blocking some seats (E.g. Those in front etc.) for additional money may be okay. But blocking all seats? Ridiculous.
— Tai (@taichisri) November 26, 2018
So, trains or flights? What do you prefer?