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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About 4-5 weeks ago, American Express implemented some changes on their Jet Airways American Express co-branded card. While they marginally reduced mileage-earning, like they do almost every now and then, they did add some new benefits for card holders. Firstly, they added lounge access in some cities where there was none. You can check the details in my earlier post here.

Gold Tier Membership for Trident Privilege

One of the other changes was going to be the addition of Gold Tier Membership for the Trident Privilege program, along with two upgrade certificates. Now, I don’t really stay at Trident hotels around India, but since they are offering a benefit, I’d love to pick it up for the rare day when I need it. As per the offer, membership in Gold tier is valid for 2 years from the enrolment date, but if you don’t record a stay within a 12 month period, you get downgraded to Red tier. Here are the benefits:

• 11 points for every INR 100 spent at the participating hotels
• Savings of 50% on rack rate at weekends (Friday to Sunday) in any suite
• Savings of 15% on laundry charges
• Savings of 15% on Business Centre charges
• Express check in
• Express check out
• Early check in (subject to availability)
• Late check out till 3 P.M. (subject to availability)
• Double occupancy at no extra charge

To get yourself enrolled, you need to fill up this form in hard copy and send it to American Express India’s office for them to be able to process it for you. Now, Trident Privilege just got voted as the runner up for this year’s Conde Nast Traveller (India) Reader Travel Awards, so I am sure in collective wisdom there are enough takers for this program and I’ve missed something over the years.

Preferred Hotels Group iPrefer Program Gold Tier

Preferred Hotels Group is a marketing alliance between various smaller hotel chains and boutiques, such as the Leela group from India. They do have a membership program called iPrefer, where you get to earn a point for every $ spent, and here are the benefits listed per various tiers:

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With American Express Jet Airways co-branded card, you can get the Gold Tier for free by enrolling here.

So, if you’re a card holder, these are some of the benefits you got to get started with soon!

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