One of Amex’s card which is very popular with most people except myself is the American Express Platinum Travel Card. This card gives Membership Reward points for purchases at the standard rate of 1 MR for INR 50 spent except on a few categories. Apart from that, the key feature of this card has been the milestone based spend vouchers that accrue.
- At signon, you would get 5,000 MR, worth INR 4,000 Indigo voucher after the first transaction
- On spending INR 190,000 in the year, you would get INR 7,500 MR, worth INR 6,000 Indigo Voucher
- On spending INR 400,000 in the year, you would get INR 10,000 MR, worth INR 10,000 Indigo Voucher
- All these vouchers are applicable for your regular Indigo flight bookings using the website or the call centre of Indigo.
- You also get a voucher worth INR 10000 from the Taj Group once you reach the INR 400,000 spend within the membership year.
Now, as of June 9, 2017 Amex is switching from Indigo to SpiceJet for the provision of these vouchers, of equal value. You could also receive a voucher from an online travel agency in India but of lesser value.
Like you can see, the changes are essentially from IndiGo to SpiceJet. What Surprised me is these changes are still not announced on the website of Amex, who are currently pitching the product as if Indigo would be there for good as well.
I see this as affecting people who depend on Indigo’s breadth of network and frequency across the country, over SpiceJet’s much smaller route network. Not just that, Indigo had a reasonable network abroad as well.
If you prefer Indigo Vouchers over SpiceJet then you have to move quickly over the next 8 days. Else, you have nothing to worry about and you could continue with business as usual.
Someone got to tell me why would Amex not update their website and only send private communication to members about this?
HT: Prateek Roy