It is time to share the goodies that I brought back from the BoardingArea conference. Yesterday, going away was a powerbank, and today I have a cool pair of shades that travelled back with me to India courtesy Starwood Preferred Guest. I wear a thick pair of glasses, but I sure thought one of my readers could sport the swag.

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It is pretty simple to get this pair. All you got to do is tell me is…

Which is your favourite Starwood property and what do you like about it?

All you need to do, is to put in a comment below before 1159 IST tomorrow (1 November 2014). I will pick a winner tomorrow itself and send them the swag via courier (got to figure out how!) in the next few days. Remember, I can only ship this around India, so do take part if you are based in India at the moment. Only one entry per person is allowed, and you should have a valid email address for me to be able to contact you.

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It has been a rocky relationship for the past two years after Citibank and Jet Airways broke up. First, Jet Airways disallowed Citibank to offer redemptions on PremierMiles, which were significantly cheaper than Jet Airways’ own JP program. Then, overnight, JetPrivilege and Citibank cut ties on the transfer partnership for PremierMiles –> JetPrivilege Miles.  Endgame was the removal of Jet Airways flights from the PremierMiles portal and a new way to redeem for Jet Airways flights. Ultimately, Citi and Jet Airways slammed the door on each other by discontinuing their Ultima relationship as well.

Things have been changing over the past few weeks though. May I say Time is the greatest healer. First, out of nowhere, I saw that Citi Prestige (the new look of Citi’s Ultima card from yore), added JetPrivilege as a transfer partner for miles. Then, just yesterday, I was alerted by a reader Aditya Srinath,  that he could see tickets available for booking on the PremierMiles website, which could be booked on Jet Airways, both for revenue and for miles. I could replicate the same results, without much effort, on international routes only.

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Now I am not sure what is the nature of agreement between Jet Airways and Citibank, but I guess the next steps on this should be to add JetPrivilege as a transfer partner to the PremierMiles collection again.

Do share how do you intend to use the new functionality for redeeming PremierMiles for Jet Airways tickets?

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It is time for me to start passing around the goodies I brought back from last month’s BoardingArea Conference in Las Vegas. One of the necessities in today’s smartphone toting life is a continuous need to charge the phone. And being an iPhone user, I need it all the time. In fact, sometimes I need two to go through a day on the road.

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Today’s goodie going away is a brand new silver-colored 2200 mAh powerbank, which i picked up during my trip to Las Vegas for the BoardingArea conference. All you need to do, is to put in a comment below before 2359 IST tonight (30 October 2014).

Tell me what is your  favourite mileage currency in India, and why you like it?

I will pick a winner tomorrow and send them the powerbank via courier in the next few days. Remember, I can only ship this around India, so do take part if you are based in India at the moment. Only one entry per person is allowed, and you should have a valid email address for me to be able to contact you.

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It is that time of the month again, where I am putting out my stash of AwardWallet codes for all of you. Like you’d know, AwardWallet is a website that allows me to track my points and miles totals across loyalty programs in a one-view format. AwardWallet provides a free account, which tracks all your […]

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Regular readers of the blog must remember the incident where my passport got stuck with the British consulate in Mumbai and I could not make it to a meeting in time in Europe. This was the result of a long time policy of the UK, which ensured that Indians had a transit visa or a […]

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A380s are clearly the newest attractions for Indian flyers, ever since they were cleared for take off from select Indian airports. Singapore Airlines took the lead, then Emirates brought in their A380 to Mumbai. Earlier this year, Lufthansa had stated their intention to start operations for the A380 in India from the winter schedule, which […]

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I’ve been reading tons of publicity that an association called Air Passengers Association of India is getting over the past two days, due to their claim that Low Fares in India are a hoax/fraud. Now, this organisation, which I’ve heard on and off since the past 4 years, is someone based in Chennai. They don’t […]

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A couple of hidden features of last week’s announcements of JetPrivilege launching MyFamily+ was the surge in pricing award travel for kid tickets to adult levels, and the official change in policy to allow earning JPMiles for being a kid traveller as well. For the longest time, JetPrivilege, which is Jet Airways’ frequent flyer program, […]

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Altitude lounges are the lounges established by American Express in Mumbai CSI airport’s terminal 1 and Delhi Airport’s Terminal 3 on the domestic departures side. These lounges are operated for the credit card franchises of American Express in India, such as the ICICI Bank Jet Airways American Express card and the IndusInd Bank Jet Airways […]

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British Airways, from time to time works out promotions where they offer travellers in the Club World cabin a one-way upgrade in their First Class cabin when you book a round-trip in business class. This promotion has recently returned to India. How does this work? All that you need to do is to book a […]

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