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Accommodation & Ticketing

Flight Options

Most of the large airlines have flights from India to the Australia, UK and New Zealand. Most of the flights exit from Chennai, Trivandrum or Cochin although a few also exit from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The choice of airlines will depend on your starting point and also on the destination city. For example, most students flying to Scotland or the North of England would be advised to fly via Amsterdam or Paris rather than flying all the way to London. The other determining factor will of course be the cost.

The Airports

Most educational destinations have number of international airports. In addition to this most of the airports have excellent connections with the larger airports. They usually have a range of facilities and are of a high standard.

For example, if you are travelling to a university in England, and are arriving in London, then you may wish to consider what the best means of onward travel is. Travel between London and Birmingham for example is probably easier by bus than by connecting flight.

Ticket Prices

The ticket prices available depend on the starting point and on the final destination. Students are able to receive fairly large discounts on international air travel but it pays to shop around between the different airlines to make sure you get the best deal available. Most travel agents should be able to get hold of the standard students fares although you might have to purchase an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) card - for more information on ISIC, card, contact your nearest Mentor Consultancy office.

You should look carefully not just at the price but also at the following factors:

Baggage Allowance
Normally you will be permitted around 40kg. If you need take more than this with you, keep in mind that excess baggage charges can be very high.

Some travel agents will convince you to go for cheap fares on certain airlines particularly through the former soviet states. You should be careful as many of these airlines operate old aircraft which might not be up to aviation safety standards. In addition, make sure that you are not flying through any country currently involved in any military or political conflict.
Total Journey Time
How long will it take to get from the start point to the destination. It might be better for you to take an internal, domestic flight in order to reduce the travel time.
Waiting Time
Although it might be cheaper to travel with a certain airline, make sure you are not waiting a long time in a foreign airport - remember that it is unlikely that you will have any local currency and the airport may not accept any credit card that you want to use.
Overland Journey
If you consider flying into London or another main airport, make sure you know how long it will take to travel to your final destination and also how much it will cost.
Flexibility
Check to make sure how flexible your ticket will be should you need to change the date of return.

If in any doubt about the different routes on offer, check with your local Mentor Consultancy office for further advice or more details on flights from your city.
Travel Insurance
It is important that you arrange for travel insurance before you leave India. It is fairly common for luggage to be delayed for some time when travelling, particularly if the connection time is tight. Travel insurance should cover you for delay in luggage arriving, any damage to your personal effects, loss of personal property etc.

Travel insurance should also cover you for the period that you are studying.

Indispensable Websites

Air India
India's national flag carrier. The website has an online booking facility and availability status.
Quantas
Widely regarded as the world's leading long distance airline and one of the strongest brands in Australia.
www.airnz.com
International and domestic airline group which provides air passenger and cargo transport services within New Zealand
Singapore Airlines
A leading international passenger airlines with over 95 aircrafts in their fleet.
Changi Airport
Very informative website with details of all inbound and outbound flights. Has some useful information for tourists and passengers in transit.
British Airways
UK's largest international scheduled airline, flying to over 550 destinations at convenient times, to the best located airports.
Heathrow Airport
Real time information regarding inbound and outbound flights in the world's busiest airport.