The Jet Airways co-branded credit cards were much looked forward to by me, because these are perhaps going to be the only Indian co-branded cards for a while ahead. I wrote about the Jet Airways HDFC Bank Credit Card about a month back.
While I am not very impressed by the card and decided not to apply initially, to inform all of my readers about the “Wheel of Fortune” contest outcome, I tweeted to Jet Airways to ask what was the outcome going to be. Have a look at our exchange here:
Now Jet Airways passed on my details to HDFC Bank who subsequently called me, but claimed ignorance of the fee waiver. If you picked HDFC Bank as your answer and were promised the 1-year fee waiver, I would encourage you to pick up the phone and get across to JetPrivilege and enquire about how will Jet Airways make good the offer.
Tip 1: Get the HDFC Bank Jet Airways Credit Card for free for the 1st year if you have a Citibank credit card.
I already had the HDFC Bank World MasterCard, which comes to me free of cost. But when HDFC Bank called me, they enquired if I had a Citibank credit card. This would allow them to flip my existing card to the highest end JetPrivilege HDFC Bank World MasterCard, with a fee waiver of Rs. 2,499 (plus taxes) for the first year.This comes with all the bells and whistles and sign-on bonus (5K JPMiles on 1st Transaction, 5K JPMiles on spend within 90 days), the free one-way base fare waived ticket and a Rs. 750 discount code for a return ticket on Jet Airways.
The executives confirmed the same process for new applications as well. So, if you want an HDFC Bank Jet Privilege credit card free of cost, you just need to be holding a Citibank Credit Card. While there was no specific card variant asked for, I suspect HDFC Bank is trying to chase the same audience which perhaps holds the Citibank PremierMiles Card. I am not complaining, neither should you!
Tip 2: If you have an existing ICICI Bank Credit Card, you can switch to the ICICI Bank Jet Airways Card easily.
If you call up ICICI Bank to request a card upgrade/flip, you will usually get the answer that this is not possible and the bank is only sourcing applications for new credit cards at this moment. However, if you read out the riot act to them, i.e., “Get me a supervisor, I know I can switch to the new card”, this should do the trick. The sales teams are not up to speed with the product yet, and people inside ICICI Bank are hard at work to educate them about the right things.
If you are however expecting this card to come for free, then that is not the case. ICICI Bank is not giving out any discounts or fee waivers, except to Platinum members of JetPrivilege for their credit cards.
Remember, if you book the card by 30th September 2012, you get a 50 percent bonus on the sign-on miles coming your way, so act quick if you are interested.
I am still waiting for Jet Airways to tell me how do they intend to honour the “Wheel of Fortune” offer and I will come back to you if they come back to me with information.
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