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Jet Set to Jaipur: Part 2 – Getting to Jaipur, India

Jet Set to Jaipur: Part 2 – Getting to Jaipur, India

Million Mile SecretsJet Set to Jaipur: Part 2 – Getting to Jaipur, IndiaMillion Mile Secrets Team

Back in March 2014 when we were a couple, Daraius and I flew to India as part of an around-the-world trip for my parents.  During our journey, we visited India, the Maldives, and Hong Kong.

We took a 4-day trip to Jaipur, a city in the Northern part of India called Rajasthan.  I really like Rajasthan for its historic palaces, extraordinary forts, and excellent shopping.  And we even took a picturesque elephant ride!  It’s different than anywhere else I’ve traveled, and that’s why I liked it so much!

Getting To Jaipur, India
We Flew IndiGo, an Indian Regional Airline, From Mumbai to Jaipur

This series of posts will cover the logistics of getting to Jaipur, the hotel we stayed in, the activities we did, and restaurants we visited.

Jet Set to Jaipur Trip Report Index:

Flight to Jaipur

United Airlines and Lufthansa to Mumbai

We used United Airlines miles to fly from Austin to Chicago on United Airlines, then from Chicago to Mumbai (via Frankfurt) on Lufthansa.

We paid 60,000 United Airlines miles each for our seats in Business Class (these flights now cost 80,000 United Airlines miles).  But you can fly coach for just 42,500 United Airlines miles 1-way.

Getting To Jaipur, India
Daraius Was Tickled to Fly His Favorite Plane, the Boeing 747, Between Chicago and Mumbai

My stepdad had never traveled overseas, so we wanted to make the trip extra special!

Read our post for a full review of Lufthansa’s Business Class!

We stopped in Mumbai for 2 weeks, and then flew round-trip to Jaipur and back.  If you are considering stopping in Mumbai or Delhi, you can read about our travels there in December 2013!

IndiGo to Jaipur

We took an IndiGo flight to Jaipur.  IndiGo is a low-cost, regional Indian airline (it’s actually the largest airline in India in terms of number of passengers flown!).  They also have a few international destinations like Bangkok and Dubai.

Last-minute flights are fairly cheap (unlike the US).  So we paid cash (there’s no way to use miles).  Flights cost ~$173 per person round-trip in coach for a last minute flight booked ~2 days in advance.  If booked ~3 months in advance, the cost goes down to about ~$90 per person round-trip in coach.

Getting To Jaipur, India
Ready for a New Adventure at Mumbai Airport

It took 1 hour to drive from south Mumbai to the airport at 9:00 am for our 11:20 am flight.  Checking-in was a breeze.

Getting To Jaipur, India
Here We Go!  Checking-In With IndiGo Was Easy

There were many restaurants to choose from at the airport in Mumbai.

Getting To Jaipur, India
Fast Food Favorites and New Tastes at the Mumbai Airport – You’ll Be Surprised at What Daraius Chose!

Daraius and I picked up Subway sandwiches for our lunch.

They had a selection of local and traditional favorites.  It’s too bad you can’t get chicken tikka or tandoori subs back in the US!

Getting To Jaipur, India
Subway Sandwiches at the Mumbai Airport Cost 230 to 250 Rupees (~$3 to ~$4) and Some Have a Local Twist!

The non-stop flight from Mumbai to Jaipur was just 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Getting To Jaipur, India
IndiGo Only Flies Airbus A320 Planes – and Every Seat Is “First” (Read: Coach) Class!

My mom and Mark purchased some sandwiches, nuts, and drinks on the flight.  The snack selection was somewhat different from US airlines!

Getting To Jaipur, India
You Can Buy a Variety of Sandwiches, Wraps, Nuts, and Sweets on IndiGo.  And the Packaging Is Quirky and Fun!

We made our way off the flight…

Getting To Jaipur, India
The Flight Was Quick and Easy – We’d Fly IndiGo Again!

. . .and were happy to have reached Jaipur!

Getting To Jaipur, India
Flying Only 1 Type of Aircraft Is Common With Low-Cost Airlines – It Saves Money

We received our luggage within minutes of standing at the carousel, and then made our way to find our reserved car.

Daraius reserved the car through the hotel.  Cars with private drivers cost ~$60 to ~$100 per day.  It is more convenient to get your own car than rely on taxis.

Having a cell phone is helpful to be able to call the driver.  You can use a SIM card to make and receive phone calls.  Also, having WhatsApp is helpful if you have Wi-Fi, but not everyone uses WhatsApp, so it’s best to have a backup method of communication such a SIM card if communication is very important to you.

We decided that instead of going to the hotel (as we had originally planned), we would go see the sights and return to the hotel later in the day.  That’s because we arrived so early (~1:00 pm), and we were closer to the sights than to our hotel.  We were anxious to make the most of our day!

So, we made our way to the City Palace, which dates back to the 1700s.  Check back soon for our post about our visit!

Bottom Line

We spent 60,000 United Airlines miles per person plus ~$67 to fly from Austin to Mumbai (via Chicago and Frankfurt) in Business Class on United Airlines and Lufthansa.  (These flights now cost 80,000 United Airlines miles per person.)

It was my stepdad’s 1st trip overseas so we wanted to make it memorable!

And we paid ~$173 per person round-trip in coach for our IndiGo flight to historic and picturesque Northern India.  The flight time was less than 2 hours, which made for a great side trip from Mumbai!

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Emily,

Thank you for the valuable info! Any research on purchasing economy tickets, and using points to upgrade to business/first class?

Pointing me to any related article would be appreciated!

Thank you again

@ Diana- We still love and respect one another very much!

@ Hassib- Daraius and I have flown to India numerous times using miles and points, including:

American Airlines miles on British Airways

American Airlines miles on American Airlines

United Airlines miles on United Airlines

American Airlines miles on Etihad

Read this post for details: https://millionmilesecrets.com/2016/01/18/jet-set-to-jaipur-part-1-planning-and-introduction/comment-page-1/#comment-5528742

My wife and I are planning to go to Hyderabad, India early next year some time. I know Lufthansa is a great way to get there, but I do not have any miles yet. I would like to travel business class for the longest portion of the trip, for the shorter parts I plan to fly coach. What's the best way to go about this?

I understand that some airlines allow you to buy economy and then upgrade to Business/First using points. Would this make it easier (in terms of using less points)? Also, how would the fees and surcharges play into this?

Any guidance and help is appreciated!

Thanks

I have been your big fan for the past 4 years. I am so sorry to say this but it hurts to read, "Back in March 2014 when we were a couple". 🙁