It has been roughly about ten days since InterMiles went live, the new face of JetPrivilege. With the latest version of the programme and the Etihad devaluation, it is practically difficult to get anything like the good old days of the programme, where deriving INR 1 value per JPMile used to be my benchmark. But they still may be of use for more than just for buying a pressure cooker or an oven, in the long run.
So, late last week as I was at the Dubai Airshow, I got word from Shipra that she was one of the finalists at the SheThePeople Digital Women Awards 2019. However, she was not sure if she wanted to go to attend the ceremony. Reason? A tight schedule at work and the skyrocketing ticket prices were the reason. That meant that Shipra had a very narrow window to fly to Delhi.
Anyhow, because it was a cause for celebration with all the excellent work Shipra is doing with the PointsPurse initiative, I figured I wanted to come along as well with her, so now we needed two tickets instead of one. While the original plan was to fly out first thing on Saturday morning to arrive straight at the venue, the tickets skyrocketed by the time I could pull the trigger. So, I started to look through my stash of miles to see what could be useful for such a late redemption. I found a delightful spot with a ticket we could both get behind, an Air India tag flight from Mumbai to Delhi, which was going for INR 18,500 for two seats in cash.
But, this was a lot of cash for a ticket, so I looked at redeeming some miles. Looking through InterMiles, I saw this flight was available for 15,000 InterMiles per head and INR 750+GST. This was not the base slot of 8000 InterMiles per head, but about double that. There were also tickets available for 35000 InterMiles per head.
While I did not get my value of INR 1 per InterMile, I did better than most valuation from InterMiles, which goes between 17 and 33 paise, getting about INR 0.56 value per InterMile, which was more than the usual value one could get from these miles. I’m not sure how this managed to slip through the cracks of the algorithm of InterMiles. Best part, I could add my LifeMiles number to the ticket and earn some LifeMiles as well after the travels.
I’m curious to hear from others if they have been noticing similar value coming out of their InterMiles now, or are they just seeing the name change and nothing else change.
What has been your experience with redeeming InterMiles for flight tickets after the cutover to the new programme?