Weekly Roundup : March 13, 2016

Hello from Srinagar, folks, where we are playing hide and seek with the sun in a generally Zero degree Centigrade. Also the reason we have not yet broke you the bad news about the devaluation of the SBI-AI co-branded credit card. I don’t want to get my head out of the cold just yet to melt it away on this. Here is a roundup of all that happened in the week gone by.

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Dal Lake, Srinagar from the Vivanta by Taj, Dal Lake

Aviation News

There has been movement on Jet Airways’ cutting out another of their international flight, and since it was Women’s Day last week, Air India pumped a lot of effort into operating a lot of all-women crew flights to mark the occasion. Other airlines did the same, but did not talk about it as much.

Loyalty Program News

JetPrivilege is going to turn their award chart for partner bookings into a new one, more expensive, from April 1, 2016 onward. So, if you want to know how you can book some trips per the old award chart, read the post below. And Air India’s upgrades have also moved north in terms of number of miles required.

Credit Cards

IndusInd Bank was the most lucrative mileage earning partner for Jet Airways on weekends. And now, its coming down towards the median. Here is the scoop:

Fare Sales

Jet Airways has dropped prices drastically on business class flights across India, and Vistara and Air India matched up the discount toe to toe. Here is how you can get yourself some luxury travel in the cheap over the coming month:

Giveaways

As a part of our ongoing tie-up with RocketMiles, we gave away 15K JPMiles to one person who booked up. You can still get a special bonus of 4K Miles on your first booking, which is higher than the general bonus.

That’s it folks. Have a good weekend ahead!

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About Ajay Awtaney

Ajay is a financial services pro, working to bring order to the chaos of the financial industry on an everyday basis! Beyond that, he dons the hat of India's favourite frequent traveller, trying to help people elevate their travel experience via tips and tricks they never knew before, or introduce them to the world of miles and points. Armed with an MBA from MDI Gurgaon and graduate degree in computer science from the University of Delhi, Ajay brings a systematic and objective approach on the table for his audience in dissecting travel and loyalty programs in India and around the world, and how to benefit from them. Ajay has been quoted in various reputed traditional and online media including The Hindustan Times, Inside Flyer, Bloomberg, DNA India, Conde Nast Traveller, The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror, Mint, MoneyLife and The USA Today.

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