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.

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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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Jet Airways and American Express have been together for roughly two years now, and American Express has decided it needs to freshen up the product. So, in this spirit, multiple efforts have happened in the past few months. The new changes come into effect from October 20, 2014.

Firstly, American Express dropped the 1st year pricing on this card to INR 5000 along with 10000 JP Miles for sign up, with 2nd year pricing continuing to be INR 10,000. You could add another 2,000 JP Miles by taking your card via a referral. They also added 7 lounges earlier this year, although for JP co-branded cards, these were paid lounges and not free.

Some good and some bad changes coming up to the card.

Mileage Earning is being devalued:

Till so far, you earned 6 JP Miles/INR 100 spent for every spend, and 12 JP Miles/INR 100 spent for Jet Airways website. Now, you will earn 8 JPMiles/INR 150 spent and 16 JP Miles/INR 100 spent for Jet Airways (website). This is a 12% devaluation in the number of JP Miles you can earn for your spend.

The bigger change is the removal of following categories from earning any JP Miles at all:

  • Insurance payments
  • Fuel, including petrol, diesel, CNG from oil marketing companies
  • Utilities, including electricity, water and gas.

Lounge access is being enhanced:

Earlier this year, Jet Airways notified a list of lounges which you could use for INR 500 per visit with your Jet Airways co-branded credit card. This apart from the Mumbai and Delhi Amex lounges. Now, you can use the following lounges free of cost across India (only to primary cardmembers).

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Here is a review of some of these lounges: Mumbai Amex Lounge & Bengaluru Plaza Premium Lounge.

Membership to Trident’s Privilege Program at the Gold Tier

Complimentary membership for the Trident Hotel’s loyalty program is being added. You will get the Gold Tier to start for 2 years, along with 2 room upgrade vouchers. If you stay at the Trident Hotels, which is the business hotel brand for the Oberoi Hotels, you should be happy about this move. Benefits include:

  • Express check in and check out
  • Early check in (Subject to availability)
  • Late check out till 3 p.m. (subject to availability)
  • Double Occupancy at no extra charges
  • 50% savings on rack rate of suites on weekends (Friday to Sunday)

Complimentary night’s stay for at Oberoi properties

For some of the Oberoi properties, you get to stay one night extra with all benefits for 3 nights/2 nights paid stays. The details are here.

Essentially, no ground breaking enhancements unless you use this as your sole travel credit card, and personally I’d continue to keep my JP Amex in my pocket, but allocate only the relevant spend to this card.

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