Jet Airways is under tremendous pressure, yes we know that. 75% or whereabouts of its domestic flights now fly under the JetKonnect tag, we know that as well. It is withdrawing international routes, including the latest one MAA-BRU. And while it revamped lounge access policies just 9 months back and revamped its JetPrivilege program only about 6 months back, it has now decided to go onto its ‘enhancements’ again. Be aware that lounge access may be bought in the future if this post of mine is true.
I just received an email a while back, where Jet Airways has withdrawn lounge access for all Silver members from the domestic network, which by the way, includes yours truly since I am realising their stingy policies and flying them lesser and lesser by the day.
As you are aware, the Indian Aviation industry is reeling under tremendous cost pressures on account of various factors.
As a result, one of the key features of our service – lounge access, has been under constant review across airports in India. In view of the continuous increase in lounge access costs for Jet Airways, our ability to offer you a world-class lounge experience has been impacted.
Regrettably, effective October 15, 2012, lounge access will be unavailable to our JetPrivilege Silver members.
We regret the inconvenience this will cause you and hope to have your understanding on the changes being made.
Head – JetPrivilege
Now, a quick scan of the privileges for JetPrivilege Silver members includes only a 10% tier bonus on the miles, and 1 upgrade voucher on tier renewal. I usually get access to the lounges in various cities via the MasterCard lounge access program, but I think it will be wise to grab a Visa Signature card as well now.
I’ll be re-evaluating my Jet Airways travel given this move from the airline and post my future strategy if there is a change in the coming months.
- Jet Airways cuts lounges across India w.e.f. Jan 1, 2012
- Jet Airways to discontinue Chennai (MAA)–Brussels (BRU)
- Jet Airways revamps JetPrivilege program (in a good way!), adds benefits across the board!
- Erosions to the Jet Privilege frequent flyer program – one privilege at a time!