ICICI & Citibank PremierMiles mileage earning changes for 2014

I wanted to put out this post so that I could remind all of you of certain changes that are supposed to kick in as of January 1, 2014 for Citibank PremierMiles and ICICI Bank Jet Airways credit cards.

Citibank PremierMiles had waived off the cap of INR 5,00,000 per annum on Airline tickets spend to earn Accelerated mileage (10 PremierMiles/INR 100 spend) last June as a special promotion. However, this promotion was valid only till December 31, 2013. From January 1, 2014, any airline spend as defined below, will earn 10 PM/INR 100 spend till you reach the limit of INR 5,00,000 for the year, and then you earn 4 PM/INR 100 for airline spends on an on-going basis as well.

Here is the definition of airline spends that qualify for 10 PremierMiles/INR 100 from Citibank’s website:

Airline spends refer to purchases made at airline owned websites, at airline counters or via booking options offered of www.premiermiles.co.in. Identification of airlines is based on Merchant Category Codes allotted by VISA and MasterCard to the merchant where the purchase is made. Please note that bookings made through any travel agents, including but not limited to any private travel agents, corporate travel agents, online travel agencies or their websites/IVR systems, shall be eligible for only 4 miles for every Rs 100 spent. 10 Miles for every Rs 100 spent on airlines would accrue on spends till Rs 5 Lacs on airlines in a Calendar year. For spends beyond this, you would earn 4 miles per Rs 100 spend across all categories.

However, do remember, that you can earn more 10 PremierMiles/INR 100 on your travel spends (with no limits) via the following partners:

  • Expedia.co.in till March 2014, for Hotel Bookings. T&C
  • Ezeego1.com till March 2014, for all bookings.
  • Yatra.com till 20 February 2014, for all bookings. Post
  • GoIbibo.com till 31 September 2014, for most bookings
    (I am laughing at that non-existent date). Post

ICICI’s co-branded cards with Jet Airways, issued on the Amex platform, were offering higher mileage earning till December 31, 2013. This promotion has been ongoing since the launch of the product, however, no more. The following is the earning structure on ICICI Bank Jet Airways credit cards now:

  • Sapphiro Amex: 7 JPMiles for INR 100 on International Spends, 5 JPMiles for INR 100 on Domestic Spends, 10 JPMiles for INR 100 on Jet Airways spend via 9W websites
  • Rubyx Amex: 5 JPMiles for INR 100 on International Spends, 4 JPMiles for INR 100 on Domestic Spends, 8 JPMiles for INR 100 on Jet Airways spend via 9W websites
  • Coral Amex: 3 JPMiles for INR 100 on Domestic & International Spends, 6 JPMiles for INR 100 on Jet Airways spend via 9W websites

Also, a reminder, if you’ve been after the SBI Air India Credit Card, all your spends will earn some less miles due to breakage.

Factor this in, and get yourself your miles for 2014.

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  1. I am not renewing my amex jet card. 10000 rs plus service tax which is close to 11200 isnt attractive as miles being offered are far less comapred to 20000 on joining

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