Starwood’s loyalty program SPG has gone ahead and added a transfer partner which could be of benefit for those who like their Jet Airways miles. Just this morning, they’ve announced their partnership with Jet Airways, which means you can now transfer Starwood points 1:1 into Jet Airways JetPrivilege program. But 1:1 is not a very interesting option for me since I value SPG Starpoints more than Jet Airways miles.

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However, just like with other programs where SPG Starpoints transfer into, you can transfer in multiple of 20,000 points, and you get a bonus of 5,000 miles added to your transfer from SPG. So, while 19,999 Starpoints = 19,999 JPMiles, 20,000 Starpoints = 25,000 JPMiles. You can transfer upto 79,999 Starpoints at a time to your JPMiles account.

Double JPMiles on Starwood stays till December 31, 2014

The partnership between Jet Airways and SPG also allows you to earn JPMiles instead of SPG points on your stays with Starwood. Base members earn 2 JPMiles per 1 USD spent, and Gold and Platinum members get 3 JPMiles per 1 USD spent at Starwood hotels across the world.

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To commemorate their partnership, SPG will offer double JPMiles on Starwood stays till December 31, 2014. For the duration of this promotion, you would earn double JPMiles if you have registered and then set JPMiles as your currency of choice at SPG.com/moremiles.

That is one more interesting opportunity to earn JPMiles in recent times.

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Etihad is trying to be a prominent player in India, and in this regard, they are working out as hard as they can to get an uptick on traffic from India. Considering they now majorly own the JetPrivilege program, they in a way, JP Miles are also a sort of Etihad currency.

Etihad is offering double miles in the JetPrivilege program, or the Etihad Guest program, if you book your tickets between September 22 and October 6, 2014 and travel between September 23, 2014 to December 15, 2014. To participate in this promotion, you need to register beforehand using your Etihad/JP number, at this link.

The promotion is valid for Etihad Airways flights on any destination on the Etihad Global Network, only when booked as a revenue ticket and as an Etihad flight (not as a codeshare). Applicable for travel in the Economy, Business and First Class.

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One of the cornerstones of Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege revamp was the abolition of Fuel Surcharges. This change was supposed to come into effect from September 1, 2014. Fuel Surcharges are usually similar for all classes in a flight, and hence I’ve always recommended premium cabin flights because for double miles and similar fuel surcharges where applicable, you get much higher comfort.

However, it seems Jet Airways is either not doing this right yet, or they still intend to charge Fuel Surcharge for premium cabins. Have a look at this.

For instance, on BOM-LHR First Class, the number of miles required is now an astounding 127,500 for a one-way flight from the earlier 81,000 for the same segment. However, there is still INR 15,715 being applied as fuel surcharge.

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This is in contrast to the economy ticket, which is now 47,500 JPMiles as contrast to 27000 JPMiles earlier. And no Fuel Surcharges. Only applicable taxes.

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And this is similar for a lot of sectors, in premium cabins, for instance BOM-BRU next year

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And BOM-EWR

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And DEL-SIN

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And the list goes on and on… In each of these cases, there is no YQ in case of economy flights, but YQ is charged in case of Business Class and First Class flights.

What I can’t wrap my head around is the fact that it is a week into the new redemption structure, and these things should at best take a day if JP wanted to fix it. So, is this a mistake, or is this deliberately left in there??? After all, when they made this mistake the first time, they fixed it the same day.

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