HDFC Bank and Jet Airways have offered the only mileage earning co-branded debit card in the Indian market since 2013. Here are the salient features of the card:

  • 1000 JP Miles as enrolment bonus, 2000 JP Miles on first use.
  • INR 750 as discount voucher on round-trip booking.
  • 2000 JP Miles on renewal every year.
  • 2 JP Miles for every INR 150 spent and 4 JP Miles for every INR 150 spent on Jet Airways.
  • MasterCard Lounge Access.
  • 5% off on domestic & international air tickets booked on jetairways.com

The fee for this card was INR 1000 per annum, and free for the first year to HDFC Bank’s Premium Banking members (Classic, Preferred and Imperia).

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However, HDFC Bank has now dropped the fee for the card, and offering it with an annual fee of INR 500 from now on. 

Additionally, if you choose to swap your existing HDFC Bank Debit Card for the JP Debit Card via net banking, you earn an additional 500 JP Miles if you complete the process till January 31, 2015.

I think this is a sweet reduction, and makes the case for everyone to have one of these cards if they use a debit card for most purchases.

Would you help yourselves to a JetPrivilege HDFC Bank Debit Card now that the price has dropped?

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Update: Jet Airways has updated the terms to indicate the 500 bonus JP Miles are those from booking online on Jet’s website or via their app.

Jet Airways is offering some special fares on a few domestic short-haul segments for travel between December 10, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

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The beauty of these is that they also come with 500 bonus JP Miles, which are over and above the mileage for these segments, which makes it 1000 JP miles for short hauls (500 is the new minimum for flights on Jet’s network). You can also earn the online booking bonus miles if you book via the web.

Here are the T&C:

  • Valid for travel in Economy
  • For travel between Ahmedabad to Mumbai / Bengaluru to Chennai / Lucknow to Delhi
    • Tickets must be purchased on or before March 31, 2015
    • Travel must commence between December 10, 2014 and March 31, 2015
    • Date change is permitted at a charge of INR 2,000
    • Refund – Tickets are non refundable
  • For travel between Bengaluru to Goa
    • Tickets must be purchased on or before December 9, 2014
    • Travel must commence on or before December 9,2014
    • Date change is permitted at a charge of INR 1,750
    • Refund is permitted at a charge of INR 1,750
  • Child discount is not permitted
  • Applicable on selected flight numbers as mentioned in the fare rule

With these offers, of course they are not competing with the other airlines but trying to entice the people who use trains or buses on these routes (6 hours of travel v/s 45 minutes of flying)

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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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