Etihad Airways is offering a 25% bonus on conversion of your Membership Rewards points to Etihad Guest miles, in case the transfer is completed between February 11, 2015 and March 11, 2015.

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The usual rate for conversion is 2 Membership Reward points = 1 Etihad Guest mile, but with this conversion bonus built in, it comes down to 1.6 MR = 1 Etihad Guest miles. Etihad Guest is a very useful program for Indian frequent flyers, given their partnership with Jet Airways. So if you’ve been looking to convert those Membership Rewards points, right now is a great time to start.

Here are the terms & conditions of the promotion:

  • Etihad Guest Miles transferred may take up to 7 days to be reflected within the Etihad Guest account. 
  • Bonus Etihad Guest Miles will be posted to your Etihad Guest Programme account within 7 days of the standard miles being transferred. 
  • Once the Miles transfer request in initiated it cannot be transferred back to the original Membership Rewards’ account. 
  • This offer is subject to the Terms & Conditions of the Etihad Guest Programme. 
  • Offer valid only for Etihad Guest members in; Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, France, Bahrain, Great Britain, Korea, Saudi Arabia, ICC/IDC, India. 
  • SuperSeller Guests and Business Connect Admin are not elegible for this promotion.

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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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