Last year, American Express went about readjusting the cost of transferring MR points into miles with various programs they partner with. While the usual transfer rate used to be 1.6 MR = 1 Mile, after last year’s readjustment everything except JPMiles and Air India Flying Returns Points, everything was 2 MR = 1 Mile.

Now, as per email communication being sent out to members today, this will change as of May 2014 as well:

Effective May 10, 2014, there will be a change in airline miles redemption for Jet Airways and Air India. The existing Membership Rewards redemption rate of 1 JPMile for every 1.6 Membership Rewards Points and 1 Air India Mile for every 1.25 Membership Rewards Points would change to a redemption rate of 1 JPMile/Air India Mile for every 2 Membership Rewards Points on your American Express® Card.

So, there you have it. If you hold any MR earning cards in India and you find use for Air India or Jet Privilege miles, you should effect a transfer before May 10, 2014 to get a better value for those miles. Do remember, there is a INR 250 fee to transfer MR to miles, apart from Platinum Charge Card holders.

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American Express is trying to step up their product offering in India after a very very long time (say 5 years!). In 2012, they came up with the American Express Jet Airways co-branded credit card, which has been in my wallet since, and now they are adding some serious muscle to their existing offerings.

American Express cards did not offer much of Lounge access in India, apart from access to the Mumbai and Delhi Platinum lounge, that too, not for everyone, only Platinum and Centurion Card holders, and Jet Platinum Credit Card holders without any guests. Of course, Platinum Card holders and Centurion Card holders get Priority Passes as well, but this did not have the convenience of having a visit to a lounge just by presenting your card.

Since early March, American Express has however changed that. They’ve added 7 new lounges across various cities in India, with complimentary access for Amex Platinum/Centurion card holders and their supplementary card holders, and INR 500 charges for other American Express cards.

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Like the terms note, this arrangement is valid for Amex cards issued in India. However, at the lounge in Delhi, I’ve noticed that they welcome some other Amex’s as well, so it may well worth be checking out.

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One of the less widely covered American Express Credit Card on my blog is the American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card. Originally meant to be the credit card version of the American Express Charge Card, the Credit Card comes with some limited but still useful benefits.

While a full review of this product will have to wait, here are some of the benefits of this card:

  • 22,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points on signup
  • 1 Membership Rewards Point for every Rs.40 spent
  • Access to the American Express Lounges at Delhi and Mumbai Dosmestic Airports
  • Complimentary membership  to Taj Epicure Plus
  • Gold Tier in the Taj Inner Circle program
  • Priority Pass, with two complimentary visits per annum

Now, the usual fees for this product is was INR 10,000 per annum for the year, and in the first year you get the 22,000 MR points on payment of the fees. However, the first year fees has been dropped to INR 5,000 only, along with 11,000 MR points in the first year.

There is also another promotional offer, where the first year pricing on the American Express Jet Airways Platinum Card has also been dropped for the first year to INR 5,000 (with 10000 JP Miles instead of 20000). Here, you also get one base fare free ticket code for domestic travel on Jet Airways, which recovers your card fees in one go.

If you’ve been pondering upon these cards, now is a good time to sign up. And if you want a referral, I’d be happy to extend one to you. You get 2000 extra MR/JPMiles on using my link.

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