Jet Airways withdrew the access for a +1 guest for higher end elites in 2011. Before 2012, the policy for lounge access used to allow JP Platinum members to bring 1 guest along to the lounge, regardless of the fact if the Platinum member was flying Economy or Business class. As a not so frequent flyer then, I used to benefit travelling with my colleagues at that point of time who were Platinum tier members.

However, with effect from February 16, 2015, Jet Airways has reinstated this benefit for Platinum tier members. Which means, Jet Airways Platinum tier members can now help a family member/friend/colleague into the lounge along with them as well.

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Do remember however, that this lounge access is conditional to the fact that the co-passenger being guested to the lounge should be on the same flight as your own. You need to be booked on a Jet Airways marketed and operated flight, i.e., the ticket number should start with 589- and the flight number should be with 9W.

Lounge access would be valid at domestic and international airports, where Jet Airways offers lounge access to their passengers.

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One of the new enhancements that JetPrivilege rolled out for members a few weeks ago was the extension of their miles validity from 3 years to 5 years, as long as you had one co-branded debit or credit card, and one activity on the card in the past year. I think it is a great feature to offer, and I personally benefit from it if I drop off from my Platinum status sometime.

Now, just very recently, HDFC and JetPrivilege’s co-branded debit card, dropped fees to INR 500 per annum (free for first year for Classic,Preferred and Imperia banking members). In this case, you’re getting 1000 JP Miles, to set up your debit card, 2000 JP Miles for your first transaction as well. Along comes an INR 750 discount coupon for a round trip.

If you manage to swap out and set up this new debit card, on HDFC Bank’s netbanking facility by today (January 31, 2015), you also get 500 JP Miles bonus for doing this online.

Update: The extra 500 JP Miles for the upgrade are now available till February 15, 2015.

Have you benefited from this opportunity?

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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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