A few days ago, I did a dipstick survey with my readers about which were the miles they liked to accumulate and use most. I did get a fair number of responses, and on tabulating all of them, it looks like Citibank and JetPrivilege miles are the most popular ones, neck to neck with each other. The odd entries were the ones for AAdvantage and Emirates Skywards with one entry each. Air India Flying Returns miles showed up, but not in as many numbers as Citi and JP.

Citi (PremierMiles & Prestige)

Citibank offers the PremierMiles card which allows you to earn 10 miles/INR 100 spent on air tickets directly with the airline, as well as with certain other partners from time to time (Goibibo, flipkart and others for the time being). They allow you to transfer your miles to 10 different airline mileage programs in a 1:1 ratio (Air India, Qatar, Malaysian, Delta, Thai, British Airways, EvaAir, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Singapore Airlines) and 3 hotel programs including the Taj, Hilton and IHG. You can also redeem your miles for a cash value of 0.50 INR at various websites. No wonder, it is one of the most popular miles out there. Prestige offers the same partners, and adds JetPrivilege to the list.

JetPrivilege

Jet Privilege, as the program for Jet Airways, has tieups with a lot of other airlines and can JetPrivilege miles can be used to book tickets on these other carriers as well. JetPrivilege changed their mileage redemption structure recently to make all redemptions inclusive of fuel surcharge. With the program now being owned by Etihad in majority, you can access seats on Etihad as well, apart from other carriers, albeit with a fuel surcharge. With a dominant network around the country and reasonable availability on most flights, they are a great option to burn miles for domestic trips.

What was a huge surprise for me was that Amex MR were not popular, but I can understand that given their massive devaluation over a period of time.

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One of the things I like to see on my frequent flyer profile for any airline is my upcoming reservations with that airline. And I have been able to see these with all the airlines I frequently travel with such as British Airways, American Airlines and Air India, but not with Jet Airways. The thing is, I have so many reservations out there, that sometimes it can become a little hard to track it all (although I do religiously try and add everything to WorldMate the minute it is booked!)

It is a very simple thing to do. You make the name and frequent flyer numbers as your keys, and pull their upcoming travel information in their frequent flyer profile. That makes me able to see it every time I log into the website.

Fortunately, such a capability has now been visible on the Jet Airways profile, albeit in a slightly buggy fashion, and is added once you log into your JetPrivilege account.

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Once I click on the Future Bookings tab right towards the far right of the profile, it displays the next 5 segments I am due to fly with Jet Airways under the Jet Konnect code or Jet Airways code.

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The bug exists in the Class of travel column, where Premiere tickets are also displayed as Economy at the moment. I hope they will be able to fix this soon.

Anyhow, this is a nifty addition to the website. Your tickets can be booked via a travel agent or directly with the airline. All you need to ensure is the correct name and your FFP number in the relevant field. Now, only if I could just click on the PNR and the ticket opens up from there itself…

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The Intercontinental Hotel Group came up with a great promotion yesterday for members in India. Called India Free Nights, the promotion offers you a free night across the world in IHG’s 4700 hotels for staying 3 nights in any IHG Hotel in India.

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Between November 17, 2015 and April 30, 2015, for every 3 nights you will spend at any IHG hotel in India or Nepal, you get credited with one free night, up to a maximum of 3 free nights. The free nights can be redeemed across any of the IHG hotels across the world till December 31, 2015.  You need to register for this promotion here.

The significant terms and conditions for this promotion state:

    • The three qualifying nights need not be consecutive, and can be spent at any IHG hotel across India and Nepal
    • The offer is valid between 17 November 2014 and 30 April 2015
    • You can earn a maximum of three reward nights during this offer period to be redeemed before 31 December 2015
    • The qualified IHG® brands that count towards the promotion earning are InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®
    • You need to be an Indian or Nepali resident to qualify

You are going to be able to redeem these free nights at hotels by making a reservation at least 24 hours prior to check-in, and each hotel has to set aside availability for this promotion. You do not need an India based address to register for this promotion. As long as you are spending nights in IHG properties in India, you get the free nights.

Seems this is a great way to spend some money right now to plan for your next year. Rates in India properties will be lower than the potential to use these nights, which could be in a high end property such as Intercontinental Le Grand, Paris which usually quotes about 500 Euros for a standard room.

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