Last December I’d written about how I was mighty pissed about the Jet Airways Citibank Credit Card, since they key benefits were devalued. The upgrade vouchers were drying up and that was a key reason for me to keep the card.
Keeping that in mind, I’d switched to the Citibank Premier Miles Credit Card, which enabled a more ‘secular’ earning and burning I felt. I could earn 10 PMs per INR 100 for airline-related spend made directly with the airline or via a special portal called premiermiles.co.in. This is still better than earning 8 JPMiles per INR 100 for booking tickets only on Jet Airways, since I get 10 JP Miles if I chose to!
On top of that, I got 2 complimentary ticket codes, which allowed me an up to INR 1500 waiver on base fares on domestic tickets booked via the PremierMiles website. Additionally, for every INR 1,00,000 (USD 2,000) I spent, I could earn 1 more base fare complimentary ticket code (uptil 3!).
So I went about booking a lot of my airfare with this card, earning those 10x PM miles for every time I was flying (the Oneworld MegaDo, the trip to India Aviation, and work trips etc.!) and earned a neat stash of miles. Recently, Jet Airways announced a promotion where they were offering a 25% bonus on converting your credit card points/miles to JPMiles. While finding redemptions with JetPrivilege is a pain these days, given my options to transfer (Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher (!?), Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific), I only thought it to be useful to convert the Citi PMs to JP Miles since it is still my primary mileage program and I could use these miles at will (book domestic for 20% mileage rates off, anyone?).
The Premier Miles Terms & Conditions stated it could take up to 3 weeks to convert these points to miles, so I thought it would be the right thing to do to make a test transaction to see how much time it takes. That ways, I could factor in when to push the buttons. I gave Citibank a call on Wednesday evening (May 2nd), and yesterday afternoon I had the transaction credit to my account! So, now I know I have all of month to earn more PMs before I can make up my mind about how many to transfer!
This is a wonderful offer, and too bad it comes once every two years, so do make use of it to convert your credit card miles and points into Jet currency if you please. Domestic tickets are no problem to find, however, it will take a while to get hold of international reward tickets.
Next up, I wanted to see how the complimentary ticket codes worked. So I went up to the PremierMiles portal and plonked the details of the tickets I needed. I booked a ticket from Goa to Mumbai (I’ll be doing the Mumbai Goa leg by train ) and it worked quite well. I had 5-6 options to choose, and eventually I got a ticket in two minutes flat!
So now that I everything works, I am going to go ahead and put a lot more of my charges on this card. A full review coming up later, but I sure love this card!
- Finally, a credit card which earns me lots of miles in India!
- Jet Airways Citibank Credit Cards devalue upgrade benefits with effect from September 2011
- Bye Bye Citibank Jet Airways Platinum Credit Card!
- Jet Airways offers 25% bonus on credit card conversions to miles till 31st May 2012