As a frequent traveller, I’m always in the need for the most number of miles and free flights. This comes from the earnest belief that most times I can get more for my travel spends than just the usual commute from Point A to B. Hence, the preference for Jet Airways where I’ve ended up receiving Platinum Status for the past 5 years at least given their network which helps me commute domestically and abroad, mostly to the places I need to go.
Towards my own personal travel, which is a big part annually as well, with my folks in Delhi, Shipra’s in Gorakhpur, and our wanderlust which frequently takes us to meet friends for the weekend in other parts of the country, I’m always on the lookout for cheap tickets as well. And this is where I get in with some really cheap deals using Jet Airways’ free tickets we receive per annum in the family due to our subscription to all the JetPrivilege / Jet Airways co-branded credit cards!
I’ve gotten some great uses of these vouchers over the years. For instance, I went to Amritsar this year using redemption ticket from Mumbai, and I was able to get an INR 9500 ticket for just INR 1764 all-inclusive. That more than pays for the cost of the credit card fee itself and makes the JP Cards a worthy keep in my wallet.
The good news is, one can have up to 4 of these ticket codes every year, with the four banks that partner with Jet Airways and JetPrivilege each issuing a code to the members per annum. A great place to check out the cards which issue free ticket codes for holding co-branded cards is cards.jetprivilege.com, a portal launched by JetPrivilege itself to showcase and help you apply for all the personal credit cards in their fold.
With a built-in profiler that helps choose cards and an option which allows me to have a look at all the cards and customising my approach, I was able to see the following cards which have free ticket codes.
At INR 1000, this is one of the cheapest ways to get a free ticket code, apart from other benefits on Jet Airways and accumulate JPMiles. If you are able to get a Mumbai-Delhi ticket on it which usually costs INR 4000 (including taxes), you’ve more than recouped the fees of your card for the year. (Apply here)
But, if you’d like to top it off with some tier-points for your spends which will also help you get or retain your JetPrivilege tier, look towards the higher cards. For example, the JetPrivilege HDFC Signature Credit Card which gets you the free ticket with 7500 JPMiles and International and domestic lounge access. Plus, you get tier points for every INR 200K spent. (Apply Here)
The Jet Airways American Express Platinum Credit Card gives 10,000 JPMiles for signup, along with one free Jet Airways flight (taxes payable!) For a fee of INR 5000 + GST, that is a great option, apart from access to the Amex Lounge in Delhi T3, and 12 other lounges across 11 cities in India. This is Shipra’s favourite Credit Card, purely because of the access to the Terminal 3 Amex Lounge in Delhi, that helps her given the numerous times she passes through Delhi. (Apply here for an instant decision)
Going via the JetPrivilege Card Portal also means you get some good discounts on fees for the cards. Take for instance the ICICI Bank JetPrivilege co-branded credit cards such as the Jet Airways ICICI Rubyx Credit Card or Jet Airways ICICI Sapphiro Credit Card which offer free tickets, but are going at a 50% fee if you apply before December 31, 2017.
Just like the HDFC credit cards mentioned above, these cards also have a great value proposition if you are getting free base fare tickets in exchange of INR 1250 fees. Essentially, that makes the card free of cost since you recoup your fee, and all the miles accumulation is a bonus. And don’t even get me started on the Buy-one-get-one free movie tickets which I redeem almost every month.
Of course, there are many more cards that are there to choose from on the JetPrivilege Card portal, so one could use the compare feature to check out which is the best card for their use. In this case, I’m trying to help a friend who wants to spend 50K INR per month and not wanting to go for a very high end card.
I get numerous questions from people about what is the best free credit card to hold, and I don’t think there is one. You need to pay for your benefits, and airlines and card issuers will make it up to you in other ways. Like these free tickets.
So which JetPrivilege / Jet Airways co-branded cards are you adding on to your wallet to get more free tickets for yourself or your family?
While you do that, my finger is twitching to go ahead and book this lucrative deal which is only going to cost me only INR 1500 when I apply my JetPrivilege IndusInd bank Voyage Card code on this ticket. Shall I book it?