by Dennis Schaal, Skift – Read Original Story on Skift
Travel companies have been waiting for Amazon’s inevitable next try at travel booking after shuttering its nascent hotel business in 2015. It now appears Amazon is making tentative steps to start offering flights.
Powered by India online travel agency Cleartrip, Amazon has begun offering domestic flights in India.
Hospitality consultant Robert Cole tweeted screenshots of the Amazon domestic flights.
The 2,000 rupee cash-back offer was for Amazon Prime members on bookings of 20,000 rupees ($285) or greater, and 1,600 rupees ($23) cash back for other customers so there are incentives to join Amazon Prime in India, a key growth market that Amazon is targeting. Amazon counts more than 100 million members in its Amazon Prime loyalty program.
Cash back is a very popular way for Indian ecommerce sites to gain users and traction.
Amazon and Cleartrip didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Travelers booking flights see the total airfare at checkout plus a “convenience fee” that’s tacked on.
Amazon, through partner Cleartrip, was offering a New Dehli-Mumbai roundtrip with Vistara UK May 21-24 for 10,841 rupees ($154.46) with a 3.78 percent booking fee of 410 rupees ($5.84). The cash back offer should be attractive for Amazon users. Without it, the Amazon airfare didn’t seem like a steep discount. Sastiticket.com was showing the same itinerary for 10,290 rupees ($146.41) on Friday morning in India.