Thursday, July 11, 2019

What will happen to my JPMiles?

Recently, the Indian international airline, Jet Airways, has been a frequent in the news after it halted all flight operations indefinitely on April 17, 2019. The news was an upset for many, especially JetPrivilege (JPPL) members - the airlines' frequent-flyer program (FFP) that provides JPMiles (reward points).

The recent print campaign by JPPL, however, does not seem to answer the frequently asked question of how safe the JPMiles that the members collected are.
A JetPrivilege member earned JPMiles whenever they flew with Jet Airways (till it was in business), Etihad Airways or any of the 25+ airline partners. They can also earn the virtual currency by transacting with any of the 150+ program partners across categories like banking, hotels, retail, and dining.

JetPrivilege was introduced by Jet Airways in 1994. It was hived off as an independent entity in 2014 after Etihad Airways PJSC bought its 50.1 per cent stake. Etihad owns a 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways.

As per reports, after Jet Airways announced that it would suspend all operations, JPPL issued a statement saying that the value of their members' JPMiles are secure and remain intact.

"With our air reward offering, 'Select Flights', members have the choice to redeem their JPMiles to fly free across more airlines, any destinations, any flights and any seats in India and globally, starting with the same JPMiles requirement as before which was applicable on Jet Airways and its partner airlines," JPPL said.
11/07/19 Ananya Pathak/afaqs!

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