Jet Airways and ICICI Bank have been issuing co-branded credit cards since 2012. Over this five year partnership, this has been a card that I have used very well, enough to request new plastic over a period of time. Here is a detailed review of the Jet Airways ICICI Credit Card.
Onboarding and renewal benefits
The credit card comes with a great proposition to start you off. In the first year, you get 10,000 JP Miles and a Jet Airways Economy Class domestic ticket code to get your relationship on this card started, on first swipe of the card.
On renewing your card, you get 5,000 JPMiles credit to your JetPrivilege Account, and another Economy Class ticket.
Every time you want to book a Jet Airways ticket, you use the code JTICICI and get 5% off on the base fare of your ticket. You also get your JPMiles’ validity extended for two years.
Additionally, you get dedicated check-in even while you’re travelling economy (from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru) and excess baggage allowance of 10 Kgs in Premiere and 5 Kgs in Economy (except for Deal/Light Fare Choices).
The Jet Airways ICICI Bank Credit Card comes in two variants like we mentioned before. The American Express variant has the following earning structure:
- Domestic Spends: 5 JPMiles/INR 100
- International Spends: 7 JPMiles/INR 100
- On JetAirways.com: 10 JPMiles/INR 100
The Visa variant accumulates at the following earning structure:
- Domestic Spends: 4 JPMiles/INR 100
- International Spends: 5 JPMiles/INR 100
- On JetAirways.com: 8 JPMiles/INR 100
When I applied for the card back in the day, I requested for both the variants to be issued. With Amex having the better mileage earnings structure, I am able to get miles when I want. However, if Amex is not accepted, there is the Visa variant as well. Both my cards share their credit line, so for the Bank, they don’t have a double down exposure on me.
You can accumulate a maximum of 60,000 JPMiles against your spends in each anniversary year. When this cap is reached, a JPMiles Uncapping Fee of ₹ 7,500 is levied to your Credit Card account. If you pay the fee, you get further miles. If you don’t, the customer care reverses the fee and stops the ability to earn miles for the rest of the year.
ICICI Bank has recently partnered with DragonPass, which is another Lounge network similar to Priority Pass. Via this membership (worth USD 99) which is comped to the Jet Airways ICICI Bank Sapphiro Credit Card Members, one gets two lounge trips abroad and two spa visits in India free of cost per annum.
Here are all the airports in India where one can access spa using DragonPass:
With the Visa card being issued on the Signature Platform, one also gets two free lounge visits per quarter at the following airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad.
The Amex variant comes with unlimited visits to various lounges in India: Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Goa, Delhi.
Free Movie Tickets
ICICI Bank has had a long-standing deal with BookMyShow, where various cardholders get free tickets. In case you hold this card, you get to Buy one, Get one free ticket across India, with the ticket price capped at INR 400, which is pretty good in my experience. I manage to get free tickets every month using this card.
The Fees for the first year is INR 5,000 plus applicable taxes, however, under the high-flyer offer, you get it for INR 2,500 plus taxes for the first year. You still get the 10,000 JPMiles and free base fare ticket as well. For the promotion, apply here. This promotion is valid only through December 31, 2017.
Remember, if you are JetPrivilege Platinum, you get to hold the card for free.
As one of India’s biggest airline, Jet Airways’ ticket can be used very well if planned the right way. In various instances, I’ve used the ticket for a value of up to INR 8,000 as well. This recoups the value of the card fees for me. Additionally, the bonus miles accrue depending on your spend.
I’d think if you are Jet Airways’ regular, this card is a good card to have in your pocket to maximise your spends with the airline. The benefits on offer justify the price point. Even if you just looked at the startup miles, you get JPMiles at INR 0.25 per mile in this case, if you apply now.
The use case of this card is pointed towards those who want to deepen a relationship with Jet Airways/Jet Privilege and are willing to put money on the table in this regard. I may love the airline or hate them sometimes, but for me, they are the best full-service option out of Mumbai right now.
Have you taken on the Jet Airways ICICI Bank Sapphiro Credit Card? What has been your experience with the card?