PremierMiles is one of my most used credit card in India, and I definitely love it when they add more and more transfer partners. There has been a recent addition, and this is the Qatar Airways Privilege Club, where you can now transfer your PM for a 1:1 ratio.

To be sure, Qatar Airways is not exactly one of the best mileage programs out there, but with this addition, PremierMiles has 2 out of the big 3 Middle-East airlines in their club, all of which incidentally offer pretty sucky redemption values. Considering QR is a oneworld member, I’d have expected similar rates for redemption on their own metal as well as partners, but this is not the case. They charge more, for instance, to travel to London from Mumbai on BA than their own metal. And the difference is massive. So I’d advise you against using this program for your redemptions.

With this addition, here is how PremierMiles stacks up in terms of mileage transfer partners:

  • Star Alliance:
    • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
    • Royal Orchid Plus from Thai Airways
    • Eva Air’s Infinity MileageLands
    • Air India (to be inducted)
  • oneworld Alliance:
    • British Airways Avios
    • Asia Miles from Cathay Pacific
    • Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich
    • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • Skyteam:
    • Delta Skymiles

 

They also have hotel partners in Hilton, IHG and Taj Inner Circle.

Just a reminder then, if you are interested in collecting more PremierMiles, there is a double PremierMiles on International Spends promotion going on at the moment.

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Posted by Ajay Awtaney | One Comment

You know it only too well. I love PremierMiles. There are at lease 2-3 times promotional spending periods during a year, and even otherwise I earn 10 miles per INR 100 on airline spends, and 4 miles per INR 100 spend on every other spend. The last time they offered double miles, I went home with another 50K extra miles since I figured in their top 5000 spenders. Each mile converts into one airline mile with 9 FFPs, or also converts with 3 hotel partners. I’d really like them to add Starwood and Hyatt to the list of hotel partners, but overall, it is a lovely card from my perspective.

Now, they are back with an International spends promotion. Something they did 2 years back in 2012. However, this time the terms are different. Then, they offered a straight 10 miles per INR 100 spent internationally on the card.

Now, they are offering 2x PremierMiles, up to a maximum of 25000 bonus PremierMiles, for international spends done between May 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014. The extra bonus miles will be credited to your account by 31 August 2014. This promotion means if you book airline tickets in International Currencies on your PremierMiles cards, you get 20 PM per INR 100 instead of 10 PM per INR 100, and for other spends you get 8 PM per INR 100.

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You need to register for the promotion here, to be able to earn these miles, before May 31, 2014. If you register, all your Foreign Currency spend between May 1 and June 30 will be considered. My advice is to do it now!! If you have multiple PremierMiles cards, you can earn miles on all of them, but you need to register them separately. Here are the detailed Terms & Conditions [PDF].

And if you don’t have a Citibank PremierMiles Credit Card, you might just want to pick up one using my referral link in the coming days. You get 10000 PremierMiles for your first transaction of INR 1000+ for the first year.

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Posted by Ajay Awtaney | 9 Comments

Citibank had launched a Double your Miles promotion in November 2013, where the top 5000 registered spenders were going to get upto 50,000 extra PremierMiles.

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The miles were going to be credited to the accounts of the top 5000 spenders by the 15th of March 2014. So, last night, I checked into my account by sending a text message “Rewards xxxx” to (+91 9880752484) where the xxxx were the last four digits of my Citibank PremierMiles credit card. And I noticed a bounty of an extra 49,000 PremierMiles in my account.

So, if you registered for the Citibank PremierMiles Double Miles promotion in 2013, check your accounts and you’ll find out if you were the top 5000 spenders or not. The other way to find out is to wait for your monthly statement, and check if you received an extra number of miles.

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