Those who does not know, yes we can buy the PIA ticket on our own from the website and it can also cost you lesser. You will receive an email with the e-ticket after you pay online. You can even select your seat beforehand. Just mention all require information and you are good to go. I have tried it and found no problem.
There is few very important things you need to keep in mind.
- If you are buying the ticket from any country other than Pakistan you will be charged 3% fee for using your credit card. I purchased the ticket from United States and was charged for 3% later on which I was not aware of. This fee is usually deducted by the credit card companies for international transactions so beware of that.
- You have to use your own credit card or anyone accompanying. If you are purchasing your ticket for your parents and credit card is on your name they cannot travel. So make sure that either credit card is on one of your parents name.
- If you want to buy PIA ticket with your credit card for someone else then only way to do that is to purchase from travel agent of PIA location only.
- The baggage you will be allowed will be the same as for other tickets, 2 bags for 28KG each and one hand luggage for 7KG only. You can carry one personal item / laptop bag.
Few people asked us about the prices of PIA tickets, it actually varies at different time of the years. I purchased it in Mar for $1250 for return. For July its available for $1450. One of my Aunt purchased a return ticket from Pakistan for 1 lack 4 thousand rupee (around $1225). For summers and in December tickets are usually expensive to buy.