British Airways on Monday announced a special offer to woo Indian students, who are seeking admission to educational institutions in various countries, including the UK and US.

Under this offer, Indian students who are flying abroad from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai to the UK, Europe, Canada and USA for studies would be allowed to carry 23 kg of free excess baggage, a press release said.

Students hopping onto a British Airways flight from Hyderabad would be entitled to a discount of Rs. 4,000 on all bookings, it added.

According to the airline, the offer is valid for students holding valid student visas to the UK, Europe, USA and Canada only, and the outbound trip must be undertaken before November 15.

Dependents accompanying the student can also benefit from the free-excess baggage offer. It will also be available for students travelling to the UK for medical examinations (PLAB), the release said.

Besides this, the airline is also providing a range of other offers worth Rs. 10,000 from its various partners, including American Express, Matrix and Safari luggage.

“From experience, we know that students travelling abroad need to take a lot of extra baggage, especially if they are on their maiden trip. But the cost of excess baggage is a serious problem for them. So, with this offer, we have increased the baggage limit for students and dependents travelling with them,” British Airways’ Regional Commercial Manager (South Asia) Judy Jarvis said.

As part of the partner offer, the students would also receive special forex rates on American Express Traveller Cheques. They would also get a dual-time wrist watch on purchase of cheques worth USD 3,500 and above.

In addition, the partner offers provide for free call-back facility to India from the UK (free 255 minutes of talk time worth 89.23 pounds) and USA (free 50 minutes of talk time worth USD 35) on Matrix connections.

According to industry statistics, about 1,60,000 students from India go abroad for higher education every year.

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