Like regular readers would know, last year, I met a girl, fell in love, and asked her the question. She said yes!

It is about time to introduce all of you to Shipra. Shipra, has lived, worked and travelled across 4 continents. While she travels on work, she also makes a great co-traveller for me as we go around conquering cities small and big every now and then. Shipra will try and be a regular around here, and these are her perspectives that she will bring to you. I’ll turn the mike to her to make her introductions, while I go back to sipping my Diet Coke at the InterContinental Asiana Saigon’s 20th floor lounge. Of course, if I got a dime for every time I tried to coax her into starting her posts here, I’d be a millionaire by now.


I started my career with one of the largest airlines in the world. During my five year stint with them, I had multiple opportunities to fly on work and on vacation. Work travel always entitled me to the business class cabins and when travelling personally, staff benefits made business class travel cheaper than the cost an economy commercial ticket. Thus, there was never a need to look out for airline sales or put my head together to learn about how to earn and burn airline miles.

I was  exposed to the subject to airline miles last year. Ajay, my then boyfriend, now fiancee, of course jars my ears non-stop about how we need some more miles and points for the kitty all the time.  So, to start with, I’ll share my stories of  how my  perspective on travel has changed in the last 1 year.

Lesson #1: Use plastic money everywhere

Ajay says, If the local grocer below your house has a card machine, pay him every rupee by card.  I grew up in an Indian business household, where we believe  that  “cash is king”. Carrying a credit card was always a hassle for me when I could always pay in cash for everything upfront.

My perspective began to change when Ajay, constantly started talking about earning air miles for every paisa spent. I learnt that some cards allow you to earn 4 miles for a 100 rupee spend and some up to 6 miles. He convinced me to apply for the American Express Jet Airways Platinum Credit Card that allows me to accumulate 8 JP miles for every 150 INR I spend on this card, apart from a bonus of 15,000 JP miles to get started. This got me thinking, I can earn 8 air miles for every 150 INR spent. This meant that for every INR 1.5 lakh that I spend, I will gain 8000 air miles. Simple calculation, a one-way air mile redemption ticket from Mumbai to my hometown near Lucknow is about 8500 air miles and with my spending pattern I can easily earn myself a free one way air ticket every 3-4 months. That’s about INR 7,000 saved or shall we say another INR 7,000 earned :)

Have I mastered this yet? NO! I am still learning to self discipline myself to stop doling out notes wherever I can and the result is that last week I used my AMEX card to recharge my Starbucks account with INR 200 denomination.

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I just received a wonderful surprise from JetPrivilege in my email, something that maybe a lot of you would be receiving shortly or have already received as well.

JetPrivilege just sent out an email stating that the validity of all my JetPrivilege miles was being extended from 3 years to 5 years. I wasn’t ever worried about their expiry due to my JetPrivilege Platinum status, but seems like I have more time now even in case I don’t have Platinum status anymore.

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The email states that you need to hold at least one active co-branded credit card to get yourself the 2 year extension of your mileage balance expiry. This means not just holding the card but having made at least one transaction on the card in the past twelve months.

While I did not know this could happen, I very much appreciate this new feature addition to JetPrivilege, which has recently rolled out many great features. The following credit cards are counted as co-branded cards by JetPrivilege:

This is a great customer-friendly move by JetPrivilege for those of us who want to accumulate rewards over a longer period of time, or need that time to accumulate enough rewards for a bigger family.

How do you feel about the new move from JetPrivilege?

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JetPrivilege is on a roll with launching new features this year. First, they introduced the new minimum accrual for Jet Airways flights at 500 miles minimum. Then they added to it the new redemption chart where there were some improvements and some devaluations. Then, they launched Family pooling of JetPrivilege miles, along with the ability to earn miles for kids.

Now, the new one. Just last week they’ve launched the ability for businesses to earn JPMiles. To be able to earn JPMiles for Businesses, the only way it is possible, is to sign up for the newly launched Jet Airways corporate co-branded card with American Express.

By signing up for the card, you get a company-level account to accumulate JetPrivilege Miles in. Which means apart from employees, even the business earns miles for all sorts of expenses made on their employee’s corporate cards.

Jet Airways American Express Corporate Card

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The Corporate Card can be applied for by businesses, and earns 3 JPMiles/INR 100 spent on travel and entertainment expenses (such as hotels & restaurants spend), while you get 6 JPMiles/INR 100 spent when booking tickets on www.jetairways.com. If you make a certain amount of spend on Jet Airways, you get additional mileage accrual as well into the company’s business miles account. Here is the table that captures the spend, excluding taxes paid on tickets.The spend is reset to Zero every twelve months anniversary (from the date of enrolment).

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Mileage Accrual (Employees and Businesses)

With the new program, both employees and businesses earn miles for spends. 75% of the miles for the spend go to the employees personal JP account, and 25% of the miles for the spend go to the JP account of the company.

5% discount on tickets with Jet Airways

For domestic tickets, the business gets a 5% discount (base fare+fuel surcharge) when tickets are booked at jetairways.globallinker.com. For International tickets where travel originates out of India, a 5% discount is offered only on the base fare component.

Signup bonus: 10,000 JPMiles

Each corporate card enrolled gets a signup bonus of 10,000 JPMiles, which will go to the account of the holder of the card, not the company.

Taj Hotels’ Rebate

The third part of this corporate co-brand effort is the Taj Hotels group, which will also provide rebates for stays made at participating hotels by issuing Taj-Amex co-branded gift vouchers. You get rebates between 8% to 15% depending on your stays across Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, Vivanta By Taj Hotels and Resorts, The Gateway Hotels and Resorts and Ginger Hotels. However, the rebate is only applicable if the company spends at least INR 1 Lakh in a year with the Taj Group.

Eligibility: Any business with a turnover of more than INR 5 Crores per annum will be able to apply for this co-branded card.

Fees: The fees for every member enrolled is INR 2,500 for the first year, and INR 4,900 second year onwards.

Why go for it?

Most business would not have a negotiation capacity to go with the size of their operations. With this tie-up, companies get access to a nice suite of benefits and discounts for a small price. For employees, they always had the opportunity to earn Membership Reward points even on corporate cards, but this makes life better by offering them a currency with they can directly spend for air travel.

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