Free tickets: Just one reason why I still love Jet Airways’ co-branded credit cards.

One of the many reasons I stick to Jet Airways as my frequent travel choice is that they spread out to the parts of India and abroad where I usually need to go over. Their hub is Mumbai, so that works for me as well. And I have a preference for full-service carriers. So, all the pieces add up.

While I was very disheartened about Jet Airways and Citibank parting ways long ago, Jet Airways moved on to partner with four different co-branded card partners in India itself (HDFC Bank, American Express, ICICI Bank and IndusInd Bank). While I have a lot of reasons to keep these cards, and I have 5 in the family (HDFC JP Diners Club for Shipra, Amex JP for Shipra & Me, ICICI Bank for me and IndusInd Bank for me), one of these reasons I wrote about extensively three years ago still stands.

The Free Ticket Codes

Every year, like clockwork, I receive ticket codes from Jet Airways for the various cards we hold. Like I’ve written earlier, these ticket codes by themselves should be able to pay for the cards.

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The codes are usually valid for tickets sold in the Deal class (B,O,W), or in the Saver class as well sometimes. You need to book about 14 days out, and I think it was about 7 days out earlier. I was booking some travel yesterday for myself and Shipra, and we yet again managed to get some great value out of our cards. For instance, here is a 7900 INR discount we got on one ticket.

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So, these codes by itself make the business case of having the cards and paying fees for them. Each ticket gets us a tier point and some miles, apart from the ability to save a lot of money on some flights.

What has been the most amount of discount you have received for a ticket booked on Jet Airways’ co-branded credit cards?

Comments

  1. No clue on Base Fare waiver Tickets….But I have received 20000 Welcome Miles (JP AMEX Paltinum) credited to my JetPrivilege account from AMEX, even before card gets delivered to me.
    Note: Joining Fee waived being a Plat

  2. I have the hdfc jet world card variant. Agree with the others, getting the free ticket code from hdfc bank is a major hassle, needs strong follow up since they conveniently tend to blame jet and vice versa. It usually takes 4-5 months! This has happened to me two years in a row, hence I will cancel the card upon renewal. No discount is worth this hassle. I am happy with Citi Prestige, keep accumulating points all year round and then transfer to a partner when they have a bonus going, like additional 50% on British Airways last time.

  3. As a plat, I dont pay fee – do I still get the free ticket?

    In any case, with the recent restrictions, there isn’t much value in free ticket.

  4. Lucky you. I have to call a zillion times every year , and receive my code after more than 6 months of renewal. I called them again on Friday , only to be told to wait some MORE time. No assistance from AMEX regarding this matter.

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