It was one of the remaining linkages to Jet Airways, and it will now be going away. In 2014, Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege collaborated with HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and American Express to launch a slew of co-branded credit cards after breaking up their exclusive contract with Citibank. For whatever it is worth, the HDFC Bank credit cards signed up a contract to put JetPrivilege on their card, and the rest of them signed up to put up Jet Airways. With Jet Airways being done and dusted in 2019, JetPrivilege has been working with the co-brand partners to convert to the new brand, InterMiles.
However, American Express seems to have opted out of this new relationship. Today, all cardmembers who still are holding the Jet Airways American Express Platinum Credit Card, such as myself, have been informed that their existing credit cards will be discontinued w.e.f. January 22, 2021, and will be replaced with a American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card. The new credit cards will be automatically sent out after January 22, 2021, and will make its way to your address.
If you would not like to have another credit card to replace this one, then you should contact Amex before January 21, 2021, to let them know. Some members, like me, who held the card free of cost due to our Platinum status with Jet Airways get this new card free of cost. Others, who used to pay for this card will be offered a discounted fee. You can find more information in the FAQs (free version/Paid version)
Personally, I think discontinuing this partnership clears the decks for American Express to be able to launch other airline co-branded credit cards, something which is an integral part of Amex portfolios around the globe, from USA, to Singapore, to Japan and most markets they operate in.
American Express Platinum Travel Card Changes
The American Express Platinum Travel Card will also be undergoing some changes w.e.f. from January 22, 2021, onwards. The card provides the following travel-related milestone benefits every year:
- INR 6,360 voucher on spending INR 1,90,000
- INR 9,440 on spending INR 4,00,000
- Taj Vouchers worth INR 10,000 on spending INR 4,00,000
Now, American Express will start to credit bonus Membership Rewards points that get you the following benefits directly on the Amex Travel website.
These points will be credited once you have cleared the milestone and reached out to Amex to claim the points. The Taj Voucher at INR 4L mark continues to remain.
Since I am not a holder of this card, I won’t be commenting on whether this is a good thing or not, but I’d look forward to the LFAL reader community’s collective wisdom to tell me how this works out for them.
What do you think of the Platinum Travel Card’s changes and the discontinuation of the Jet Airways co-branded card?
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