Indigo launches automated early check-in

Indigo has launched a new feature yesterday, called Advance Pass. A complimentary facility, which you can select while booking your ticket, will make sure you are automatically checked-in and your boarding pass is sent to you on email when check-in opens (48 hours prior to the flight departure time).


Indigo allows you to pre-select your seats at the time of booking or after booking your flights, and charges a premium to book the first 3 rows or the emergency exit rows. Also, the first 7 row window and first 11 row aisle seats are charged for booking. However, you can get all these seats, if not bought out by anyone else, free of cost when check-in opens 48 hours prior. All other seats are available for pre-assignment free of cost.

Everything comes at a trade-off, and in this case, the trade-off is, if you haven’t pre-selected a seat beforehand, you’d may be assigned a middle seat somewhere automatically, to fill up the middle seats as well. And then you’d have to be at the airport or calling up Indigo to reassign a seat.

This is one facility I would personally pass up, more because I like to see the seats while I check-in. Do you think you would find use of this nifty new feature?

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  1. i travellrd jpr-Blr last week and requested for the front row, the gentleman gave me emergency exit (which is also chargeble)i found in the aircraft front row seats were vacant

  2. If check-in is done ‘automatically’… then what is the point of check-in at all? Why is the ticket itself not sufficient? Since anyway the days of open tickets are long gone from everywhere, except maybe Air India.

  3. I really dont see whats so great about this feature. Considering that with jet airways u can check in and print your boarding pass as well as select your seat 24 hours in advance. Like on my recent flight to Delhi, I was able to select the 3rd row window seat when I web checked in. Considering that the cost of a a ticket on jet airways and indigo is not much when u book in advance I think these new gimmicks to make money by the low cost airlines may just go against them.

    • @aaron, this one is a free feature, and my conspiracy theory is to make sure people take the middle seats as well 😉

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