A few days ago, I did a dipstick survey with my readers about which were the miles they liked to accumulate and use most. I did get a fair number of responses, and on tabulating all of them, it looks like Citibank and JetPrivilege miles are the most popular ones, neck to neck with each other. The odd entries were the ones for AAdvantage and Emirates Skywards with one entry each. Air India Flying Returns miles showed up, but not in as many numbers as Citi and JP.

Citi (PremierMiles & Prestige)

Citibank offers the PremierMiles card which allows you to earn 10 miles/INR 100 spent on air tickets directly with the airline, as well as with certain other partners from time to time (Goibibo, flipkart and others for the time being). They allow you to transfer your miles to 10 different airline mileage programs in a 1:1 ratio (Air India, Qatar, Malaysian, Delta, Thai, British Airways, EvaAir, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, Singapore Airlines) and 3 hotel programs including the Taj, Hilton and IHG. You can also redeem your miles for a cash value of 0.50 INR at various websites. No wonder, it is one of the most popular miles out there. Prestige offers the same partners, and adds JetPrivilege to the list.

JetPrivilege

Jet Privilege, as the program for Jet Airways, has tieups with a lot of other airlines and can JetPrivilege miles can be used to book tickets on these other carriers as well. JetPrivilege changed their mileage redemption structure recently to make all redemptions inclusive of fuel surcharge. With the program now being owned by Etihad in majority, you can access seats on Etihad as well, apart from other carriers, albeit with a fuel surcharge. With a dominant network around the country and reasonable availability on most flights, they are a great option to burn miles for domestic trips.

What was a huge surprise for me was that Amex MR were not popular, but I can understand that given their massive devaluation over a period of time.

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One of the things I like to see on my frequent flyer profile for any airline is my upcoming reservations with that airline. And I have been able to see these with all the airlines I frequently travel with such as British Airways, American Airlines and Air India, but not with Jet Airways. The thing is, I have so many reservations out there, that sometimes it can become a little hard to track it all (although I do religiously try and add everything to WorldMate the minute it is booked!)

It is a very simple thing to do. You make the name and frequent flyer numbers as your keys, and pull their upcoming travel information in their frequent flyer profile. That makes me able to see it every time I log into the website.

Fortunately, such a capability has now been visible on the Jet Airways profile, albeit in a slightly buggy fashion, and is added once you log into your JetPrivilege account.

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Once I click on the Future Bookings tab right towards the far right of the profile, it displays the next 5 segments I am due to fly with Jet Airways under the Jet Konnect code or Jet Airways code.

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The bug exists in the Class of travel column, where Premiere tickets are also displayed as Economy at the moment. I hope they will be able to fix this soon.

Anyhow, this is a nifty addition to the website. Your tickets can be booked via a travel agent or directly with the airline. All you need to ensure is the correct name and your FFP number in the relevant field. Now, only if I could just click on the PNR and the ticket opens up from there itself…

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A couple of hidden features of last week’s announcements of JetPrivilege launching MyFamily+ was the surge in pricing award travel for kid tickets to adult levels, and the official change in policy to allow earning JPMiles for being a kid traveller as well.

For the longest time, JetPrivilege, which is Jet Airways’ frequent flyer program, did not allow kids aged between 2 and 11 years to earn miles. So you had to be over 12 years to have a loyalty program account with them. This changed last week with the launch of JetKid.

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JetKid: earn mile for 2-11 year old kids

JetKids allows you to enrol kids between the age of 2-11 years into the JetPrivilege program, and they get an individual JetPrivilege account number. However, the parent/guardian gets official access to this account till the time the kid turns 12. With this, kids can now earn JP miles just like their parents and guardians do, according to the terms of the JP program.

Once the kid turns 12, the account will be de-linked from the parent’s/guardian’s account and allowed to use the account on their own.

This clearly counterbalances the redemption requirements for kids to be moved up to those of adult levels, since children are now being treated as adults in earn and burn both!

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