The first co-branded card for JetPrivilege was launched by HDFC Bank in 2012, and at that time the key benefits offered were excess baggage allowance on Jet Airways and a 5% discount on flights booked with Jet Airways, apart from the obvious, an ability to earn miles. Their novelty was the ability to earn tier points for INR 2 Lakh spend, but I found the threshold too high to every want to earn TPs like that. I would rather make a quick trip.
The HDFC Bank JetPrivilege World Card, which is the highest variant of this card, has offered a Priority Pass membership since the first day. However, the Priority Pass membership is the base version ($99 membership), and does not come with any free visits from Priority Pass itself.
A new feature that HDFC Bank has quietly introduced over the past year has been the addition of 5 free visits per annum (using your Priority Pass), for these card holders. The visits are free only for the primary card holder (as in no guests should be marked on the same swipe), and basically HDFC Bank will not put the charges for the first 5 visits on your credit card.
Have a look in the product features here:
The Priority pass membership provides you with complementary enrolment worth $99 into the Priority Pass Programme allowing you preferential access to more than 600 airport lounges around the world, no matter which airline or class you fly. It offers you well deserved rest, refreshment and the use of business facilities like phones, fax, Internet access and conference rooms.
The Primary card holder can enjoy upto 5 free visits to the Priority Pass lounges every year.
Your guests can also use this facility at a fee of $27* per person, per visit with your JetPrivilege World card.
In case you are a frequent/semi-frequent traveller outside India, this should be of use to you since you can now access some lounges outside the country as well. For domestic lounge access, there is the MasterCard Lounge Access programme.
Anybody can shed any light on the year being mentioned above is calendar year or membership year?