It has been a rocky relationship for the past two years after Citibank and Jet Airways broke up. First, Jet Airways disallowed Citibank to offer redemptions on PremierMiles, which were significantly cheaper than Jet Airways’ own JP program. Then, overnight, JetPrivilege and Citibank cut ties on the transfer partnership for PremierMiles –> JetPrivilege Miles. Endgame was the removal of Jet Airways flights from the PremierMiles portal and a new way to redeem for Jet Airways flights. Ultimately, Citi and Jet Airways slammed the door on each other by discontinuing their Ultima relationship as well.
Things have been changing over the past few weeks though. May I say Time is the greatest healer. First, out of nowhere, I saw that Citi Prestige (the new look of Citi’s Ultima card from yore), added JetPrivilege as a transfer partner for miles. Then, just yesterday, I was alerted by a reader Aditya Srinath, that he could see tickets available for booking on the PremierMiles website, which could be booked on Jet Airways, both for revenue and for miles. I could replicate the same results, without much effort, on international routes only.
Now I am not sure what is the nature of agreement between Jet Airways and Citibank, but I guess the next steps on this should be to add JetPrivilege as a transfer partner to the PremierMiles collection again.
Do share how do you intend to use the new functionality for redeeming PremierMiles for Jet Airways tickets?