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New look benefits from Indian Airlines for frequent flyers

Jet, Air India and Go Air have made changes to their frequent flyer programmes to benefit their flyers. For the frequent traveller, it is these perks that keep them loyal to a particular airline. Make the most out of these while it lasts

Various domestic airlines have been making changes to their frequent flyer programmes recently, and most of these are adding some more visible benefits for their flyers.  To promote a loyal customer base, one low-cost carrier launched its own loyalty program. Let’s take a look at some of these new benefits on offer by various airlines. 

Jet Airways Jet Privilege:  Jet Airways’ loyalty program has over a million JP (Jet Privilege) members over the years. While they were on a cost-cutting spree most of last year, a lot of benefits begin to go off for frequent flyers. But it now looks like Jet Airways is trying to make up to them in bits and pieces. 

Effective 25th March, Jet Airways has increased the number of miles one can earn on the domestic flights with Jet Airways. Earlier, all international flights used to earn 100% miles (based on distance) but domestic flights did not. So, if you are a frequent domestic traveller, now you can look forward to building the same mileage balances by flying Mumbai to Delhi or anywhere else the airline flies. Even on its sister airline Jet Konnect, all flights will now earn 75% miles. So, for a 705 miles flight from Mumbai to Delhi or back, you should see 705 miles in your frequent flyer account. Earlier, if you were on a very cheap fare, you could expect to get 142 miles at best! So, massive improvement has been accomplished in this department. 

Not just that, the airline is offering a discount of 20% on redeeming their miles on Jet Airways’ and Jet Konnect domestic segments. This means, if it earlier cost 10,500 miles for an economy seat between Mumbai and Delhi, till 30th September, you can have these economy seats for 8,400 JP miles only.  The limited time discount is also available on Business Class seating. 

Air India Flying Returns: On the other hand, Air India’s program was being run like a bureaucratic fiefdom for so long. So, everyone was a member but the only way to become a privileged member over the years and get frequent flyer benefits was to know someone in the airline. The changes are stark. You can now hope to get benefits for being an honest frequent flyer, as well.  If you fly 25,000 miles in a year, you become a Silver, Gold for 50,000 miles of flying and a member of the Maharaja Club if you fly 75,000 miles in a year. Benefits include excess baggage allowance and vouchers to upgrade you on flights, bringing the program in line with other frequent flyer programs. 

Go Air Go Club: GoAir has recently entered the loyalty arena trying to get a bunch of loyal travellers, and has called it GoClub. The program is very simple. If you join GoClub on GoAir’s website, then you start earning points for every ticket you purchase directly from GoAir. In return, you’ll be able to get discount vouchers for further GoAir tickets, and get upgrades in GoAir’s version of their business class. You also get access to GoAir’s lounges at various airports across the country. 

For the frequent traveller, it is these perks that keep them loyal to a particular airline. Make the most out of these while it lasts.  

AJ writes a travel and aviation focussed blog from India at www.livefromalounge.com. You can follow him at @livefromalounge on Twitter.

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kavneet

3 years ago

Redeeming AI Miles is a pain with their online reservation for buy tickets from your miles NEVER working.
Their customer executive not being aware about documents required to puck up blocked tickets etc etc.
It a pathetic system end to end - seems to be a century old system

anand

5 years ago

What is use of being loyal customer if portal sells tickets cheaper than available on company's website?..it happnes with KF, spicejet and go air..

Public Interest Exclusive
I would have changed the face of Indian Railways in five years

Dinesh Trivedi, former railway minister, spoke to a packed audience on his brief but highly eventful tenure as a the minister, when he tried to effect many fundamental changes but was stymied

“I am surprised that it took a Supreme Court to sack A Raja, who has shortchanged the country of billions of dollars and I was sacked in a few minutes when I have acted for the country, ” quipped Mr Dinesh Trivedi, former railway minister. He was speaking at a seminar titled ‘Country, Before Party and Self’, organized by Moneylife Foundation.

 “The Parliament may not represent real India and may be out of touch of reality. Indians out there know more about the state of affairs” said he.
In a short speech and highly inspiring speech, Mr Trivedi spoke on why his railway budget was important after presenting which, he had to resign. He said, “I don’t have any regrets or complaints. If I were to re-present my budget, I would present exactly the same one. I have, however, wondered what went wrong.”
 
He said, “I don’t know how it happened. Every state, every minister got something. The whole Union was happy. But when they talk about the Budget, everything but my proposals get discussed. No technical aspects, no safety measures, no financial concerns.”

He said, “The railways badly needs modernization, and I told the Planning Commission that I required Rs25 lakh crores for that purpose. One can raise the money through the following ways: public private partnerships, public funds and fare hikes.” In the short term the option was to raise fares.

Mr Trivedi said that he consulted all the top advisors and experts and they were unanimous that fares should be hiked. He said this budget started the say after he witnessed the horror of a train accident in Kanpur. He got in touch with two of India’s top nuclear scientists – Dr Anil Kakodkar and Dr K Kasturirangan. He also reached out to R Sreedharan, who set up the Delhi Metro against all odds on improving the operational aspects and Deepak Parekh on railway finances.

These experts presented their report, which showed that the Railways were in a huge mess. “After that what did you expect me to do? Throw that report out? I did whatever I had to do. I was confident that the railways would achieve its targets. And with that confidence, I prepared my speech.” He defended his decision to raise the fares, saying that people don’t travel long-distance every day, so the impact would have been minimal on the individual.

He said that there is an urgent need to modernize the railways for the people. “The way people travel in general class compartments is a human rights violation.

Everyday people lose their lives.” But this can be changed radically. After all young Indian scientists and engineers are innovating in the US which are used by foreign governments. Indian railways could have profited from their expertise too.

He also spoke about the consequences of coalition politics, where portfolios are distributed like fiefs to allies. Mr Trivedi said that now political compulsions and interests have taken precedence over the country, and that has to change. “My Budget was for India. It was not for any particular region or any state. That may have been my undoing,” he commented.

Mr Trivedi talked about his unrealized plans about Mumbai Railways. “I had plans about renovating the stations and integrating the three different lines.

Mumbai got the most from my Budget. But now, everything will be rolled back. I was rock and roll he quipped. I was rocking and they will roll. ”

He said that the felt that the media was wrong to highlight only on his ‘losing the chair’. “People die everyday, and they lay down their lives for their country. If I had done something which is good for the country, why should the focus be on a chair? Politics cannot become your profession,” he asked.

“We take a sacred oath of discharging our duties without fear, and to look at only my country and my people. Some of us have forgotten that. It was fear and favour behind my sacking. There was the fear of losing the government and someone had to be favoured,” he said.

He said “I have great respect for our Prime Minister but I think it is time for a generational change in our administration and politics. Now, people are scared of approaching the police or the authorities. Why should that be? The Vora committee report says that the country is now run by a parallel mafia administration, and general government has become irrelevant,” he said.

However, he said that he is overwhelmed by the response he got, and expressed his optimism. He said, “I know things are in a turmoil right now. But I believe that this is a great country, and things will look up.”

His talk was followed by a lively interaction with the members of the audience.

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COMMENTS

P C Majumdar

5 years ago

I have full confidence on Mr. Trivedi, ex-MR. After a long long time, one professionally attituded MR Indian Railways got. People or our dear customers and dedicated rail personnel perceived a ray of hope for sustainable development of IR in real sense. He presented a good budget. Just prior to him, no budget was presented except in a Election Campaigning Statement. IR lost a good MR. I hope his early come back by the people of India. In this, connection I sent a proposal to him. Please read at: http://defenceforumindia.com/blogs/pcmaj...

Pritis C Majumdar

5 years ago

I have full confidence on Mr. Trivedi, ex-MR. After a long long time, one professionally attituded MR Indian Railways got. People or our dear customers and dedicated rail personnel perceived a ray of hope for sustainable development of IR in real sense. He presented a good budget. Just prior to him, no budget was presented except in a Election Campaigning Statement. IR lost a good MR. I hope his early come back by the people of India.

Adi Daruwalla

5 years ago

The speech was thought and action provoking, but what the honorable minister could not do sitting inside, how are you expecting him to do something from the outside, even if he has a strong "SPINE." It is all very good that he says that he is ready to present the same budget again, then why did not Manmohan Singh keep him and let DIDI go. He should have done that. Also it is very easy to say that there is maximum allocation for Mumbai in the rail budget but the benefit would have come had the railway budget proposal been passed and implemented. You cannot do a fantastic preparation of a plan and them leave the execution to someone who knows nothing about it. Give Mr Trivedi the 2nd chance and let him execute and implement his plan. Let him get the cooperation of all the railway employees in India to be successful. That is more important than his mere speech giving in Mumbai. It takes courage to resign but it takes even more courage to challenge the "boss' when you are right.

ramchandran

5 years ago

The biggest & the most important quality a leader must have is he/she must have a spine . People who take tough decisions are ill fated , this is true even in Corporate India. I hope we get some more educated people into politics who have the guts & conviction to bite the bullet.

vaidya

5 years ago

Any one who has studies the budget can confirm that he would have changed the face of the Railway. But, among the politicians, who needs it. Ours is a developing country. We do not want to be a developed country.

The comments about his being politician are absurd at this stage. One should take into consideration his budget, and his confidence in the budget, which he must have well studied, and his willingness to sacrifice the post. How can he be an opportunist. It was very easy for him to rectract and continue enjoying the benefits.

Ratanlal Purohit

5 years ago

The entire program was webcast live. The whole nation saw and heard.
A new campaign by netizens who supported Hazare Movement is launched.
It is LOUD AND CLEAR.
The poor public is of India unaware that some ones are doing it all for them. They illiterate in many ways than one. They should be taught. Taught to use hand held affordable devices. Taught to understand the Language used by well meaning Netizens. They are too busy in making two ends meet. There is a big divide. Gap is widening. For example
The Mumbai 5 Star
campaign was a damp
squib. Not even beggars of Bandra were amused. Thats the apathy. Hopelessness. The divide is widening. They think its a Gimmic.
BAKING Rajnaitik Roti.
A STORM IN TEA CUP.
Everyone is taking us for a ride. The Railways down the Ricksawallaws are further pressing the hardpressed citizens.
Railways is a Monopoly. COMPETITION LAWS ARE SILENT. ITS A PARALLEL GOVERNMENT. WHY NO OPEN ACCESS. FDI. GLOBALISATION. CONCURRENT. LOCAL SELF GOVERNANCE.
Are we ready to be one voice Against Injustice. Are we not breading Naxalites. Kabir said Do patan ke beech me diya Kabira roy. Nothing has changed. It has certainly worsened. Everyone is washing there hands AND GANGA IS GETTING MURKIER. As if there is no tomorrow. From India's HEAD to Bottom
Can we Boycot the System. Can we go on Strike. Say No. NO AUTO. NO RAIL. NO TRAVEL. EVEN FOE A DAY AS MARK OF OUR PROTEST. We the citizens the Sovereign Citizens are ourselves to bottom.
We are rudderless.
No direction. We are Just existing. Like any other creature. Even the so called Bold ones who dare to take Bulls by its horns. Afraid to come under the boots of new Mai Baaps.

MUKESH

5 years ago

INDIAN RAILWAYS TRANSPORTS HUMAN CARGO - THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD - & NOT HUMAN BEINGS, WHO HAVE NEEDS & CONCERNS, NONE OF WHICH ARE EVER MET!

IT IS THE BAD QUALTIY, YES BAD, OF INDIANS WHO TOLERATE ANY CRAP, ESPECIALLY FROM GOVTS. OVER DECADES.

CHINA WAS BEHIND INDIA 50 YRS. AGO & TODAY THEY HAVE WORLD'S BEST TRAINS & TECHNOLOGY TO THE POINT OF GIVING HELP TO THE USA IN RESTORING ITS RAILROADS.

AN ENCYCLOPEDIA CAN BE WRITTEN ON THE DISGUSTING STATE OF IR.

SAMPLE: MILLIOINS OF PAX ARE FORCED TO GO UP & DOWN THOUSANDS OF STARICASES @ STATIONS PATHETICALLY WITH THEIR BAGGAGE! NO SANE COUNTRY WORTH ITS SENSIBILITY ALLOWS THIS!

RESERVATION SYSTEM, ESPECIALY TATKAL IS A FARCE & A HOAX! MANY OTHER FEATURES ARE LEFT TO THE IDIOSYNCRACIES OF THE MINISTER IN THE MUSICAL CHAIR!

MAMTA UNDID WHAT LALOO DID TO AN EXTENT!
THEY PLAY HAVOC WITH MILLONS OF PASSENGERS IN ALLWAYS @ THE FANCY OF THEIR SHORT CHANGED, POOR & LIMITED KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE


Tulsi Tiwari

5 years ago

People want improvement in the railways and not mere some cut in fare. Train travellers drink one bottle water for Rs.15/-. They can pay. What is important is that the the enhanced fare must not find its way to some scam. If proper use of funds is ensured people will be happy to contribute yet more because the progress will then be visible and pleasant.

chandra shekhar

5 years ago

* Like Mr. Sreedharan of Delhi-Metro-Train, #Dinesh Trivedi or any Rail-Minister for that matter should b given free-hand to complete his tenure, without any politics or interference, in NATIONS-interests...!
* Those who can PAY their fares should b HIKED by 50% (for AC-class) & those who can't their fares should b decreased by 50% ( for non-AC's)...!!
* Railways have to undergo n under-take Mordernisation & there can b no-security & safety lapses, which in no-way can b COMPROMISED ...!!!
reg.,
Chandra

REPLY

sidhartha sinha

In Reply to chandra shekhar 5 years ago

what ever you have said for railways ministry is true for any other minsitry also.

For God's sake, do not compare Mr. Sreedharan with an opportunist like Trivedi.


Mr. Trivedi used to sing hymns for Didi, once he got the boot, he has started singing different tunes.

Our media has taken so much to him, that i am shocked that folks are inviting him to give lectures

Chandra Shekhar

In Reply to sidhartha sinha 5 years ago

* see, i don't want to politicise any issue, b it Dinesh Trivedi or as to why He's invited to n by any Forum ... i think in INDIA each-one of us is Free-to-express & to Rule if, elected by the people ... i didn't appoint Him "Rail-Minister" ... its for Mamata di n Trivedi to look-into ...!

sidhartha sinha

5 years ago

I am shocked at the platform that a magazine like moneylife has provided to this politician. Here is a man, who reminds me of VP Singh. How can a magazine of Moneylife's repute do this?

Ratanlal Purohit

5 years ago

HE DID NOT SAY 25 LAKH CRORE BUT 10% OF IT. RETURNABLE IN THREE YEARS.
Regarding funding freight was subsidising fares. But freight increase burden poor man who may hardly use trains for travel but for his daily needs. He offered Maruti cars delivery through special wagons.
The term generation change he referred was Railway Modernisation.
To a question I asked him that if Mamataji realises the sentiments of the public in this seminar which is webcast live and asks him to chair again will he consider, he said yes he will.
He agreed to be in any movement that will take country to value based politics in Gandhian peaceful way.
I wish Mamta comes to senses if she wants to come out from tunnel to holistic vision with wider horizon. Its a learning curve that has to be accelerated. Only if she keeps her cool and listens to the right advisors.
And for Kunika Lals suggestion clean the system he is prepared to do the dirty his hanfs. All the best Mr Trivedi. You may not be Gandhi who became Gandhi our Nations father due to his thrown of a Railway compartment but you arr blessed to be no less than being thrown out of the Railways itself. Let new history be in making. And this time by Mr Dinesh Trivedi yes YOU SIR. LET US REWRITE OUR CONSTITUTION TO WEED OUT WORMS. JAI HIND.

B Rajaram

5 years ago

He actively encouraged and killed the proven Indian ACD project in favour of the Italian company . Then he talks of Indian scientists doing good work in USA. This gentleman is a dubious character. The experts he chose are the most irrelevant for the railway technologies. He is neither true to self nor to the country.It is not heroic to raise fares - just to make Rs 3500 cr. Then talk of Rs 5 lac cr etc to Planning Commission does not make sense. The numbers can be produced with pocket calculators. I feel sad many think this man is genuine on top his such a superficial Minister. Railway is a serious business and he dealt in a very casual manner.Then to act so righteous about his work is truly amazing. Media if taken in by this show, only shows the lack of depth and understanding of what is happening in our country.Modernisation is needed. But the approach is not to go out and open shops all over the world to buy off the shelf goods! It is amusing this gentleman saying country ,party and self and taking Bhagat Singh's name-- my God-- a non-performer with no personal achievements to show all these decades, suddenly wants to elevate himself, just by fighting with his party boss. Fighting party boss does not make him a great hero. It is intriguing why he chose to revive and clear the Italian project at huge cost to railways , dumping the Indian innovations, while glibly talking of Indian young scientists doing well in foreign countries.

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Ratanlal Purohit

In Reply to B Rajaram 5 years ago

ACD is anti collision device. IT IS COMMON WITH ANOTHER ELECTRIC TRACTION, THE VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION. TWO CABS IN THE SAME SHAFT. IT IS SAFETY BEFORE THE ELEVATORS. OTIS DID IT IN PARIS EXPO. NO CHANCES. ZERO TOLERANCE. FAIL SAFE MEANS LIFT STOPS IF SAFETY CHAIN IS BROKEN. MAY BE DIDNT WANT TAKE A CHANCE AND ITALIAN MAY HAVE CONVINCED HIM
NO COLLUSION OFCOURSE. BUTE I DOUBT ABOUT KASTURI OR KAKODKAR THE NUKE GUYS. TAKE IT FROM AN ELWVAROR MAN. IF RAILWAYS ARE SINCERE I CAN HELP AND HERE I AGREE WITH SHRI RAJARAMJI. I CAN JOIN IN EXAMINING INDIAN ACD BEING FROM ELEVATOTOR FIELD AND LET DT ARRANGE FOR OPEN ACCESS TO THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS. BUT IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE TOP BOSS.
I APPRECIATE DT ON CONSULTING ALL AND SUNDRY BUT I AGREE WITH RAJARAM TOO ON NOT CONSULTING ONE WHO MATTERED MOST HIS BOSS. SHE WAS ANGRY AND IT WAS MEANT BY DESIGN RATHER THAN BY DEFAULT.

Sensex, Nifty to remain range-bound: Monday Closing Report

The market may get a firm direction in a couple of days

Nervousness ahead of the March inflation numbers and the Reserve Bank of India’s credit policy saw the market remaining volatile for the entire session. However, gains in rate-sensitive sectors like banking and auto stocks enabled a green close. The market is expected to remain range-bound and a firm direction is expected in a couple of days. The National Stock Exchange (NSE) saw a low volume of 48.81 crore shares being traded today.

The market opened in the red on nervousness ahead of the release of inflation data for the month of March. Weak cues from the Asian markets also weighed on the sentiments. The Nifty opened 16 points lower at 5,191 and the Sensex started the day at 17,048, down 47 points from its previous close.

The market fell to its intraday low in initial trade itself with the Nifty slipping to 5184 and the Sensex dropping to 17,010. Choppiness in early trade kept the indices fluctuating near their previous close till noon after which select buying lifted the benchmarks higher.

The overall inflation in March eased to 6.89% on account of sharp decline in prices of onions, fruits and protein-based items, even as vegetables and pulses turned costlier. However, it was marginally above the 6.5% projection made by finance ministry.  Inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), was 6.95% in February and 9.68% in March last year.

However, the market retreated in the post-noon session as volatility persisted. Support from the European bourses helped the domestic market venture into the positive once again. The volatile market touched its intraday high towards the fag end of the session. At the highs, the Nifty went up to 5,234 and the Sensex rose to 17173.

The market settled a tad below the highs. The Nifty closed 19 points higher at 5,226 and the Sensex added 56 points to finish at 17,151.

The advance-decline ratio on the NSE was 817:606.

The broader markets outperformed the Sensex today, as the BSE Mid-cap index surged 0.80% and the BSE Small-cap index climbed 0.56% d.

The sectoral gainers were BSE Auto (up 1.31%): BSE Bankex (up 1.22%); BSE Capital Goods (up 1.10%); BSE Realty (up 1%) and BSE Fast Moving Consumer Goods (up 0.97%). The losers were BSE TECk (down 0.65%); BSE IT (down 0.49%) and BSE Oil & Gas (down 0.27%).

The Sensex toppers were Tata Motors (up 3.91%); State Bank of India (up 2.44%); ITC (up 2.07%); Larsen & Toubro (up 1.54%) and Maruti Suzuki (up 1.41%). Bharti Airtel (down 1.74%); Infosys (down 1.41%); Sun Pharma (down 1.20%); Hindustan Unilever (down 0.68%) and Mahindra & Mahindra (down 0.64%) settled lower on the index.

The Nifty was led by Tata Motors (up 4.22%); Jaiprakash Associates (up 3.36%); Axis Bank (up 3.17%); SBI (up 2.60%) and Punjab National Bank (up 2.30%). The top losers were Ambuja Cement (down 2.39%); ACC (down 1.74%); Bharti Airtel (down 1.67%); Infosys (down 1.57%) and Sun Pharma (down 1.55%).

Markets in Asia settled mostly lower as a rise in Spanish government bond yields ignited fresh concerns about the debt crisis plaguing Eurozone nations. Besides, sluggishness in the Chinese and US economies also weighed on investor sentiment.

The Shanghai Composite shed 0.09%; the Hang Seng declined 0.44%; the Jakarta Composite fell by 0.31%; the KLSE Composite decreased by 0.35%; the Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.74%; the Seoul Composite dropped 0.81% and the Taiwan Weighted lost 0.75%. Bucking the trend, the Straits Times rose 0.14%. At the time of writing, two of the three the key European indices were green and the US stock futures were trading in the positive.

Back home, foreign institutional investors were net buyers of shares totalling Rs137.25 crore on Friday while domestic institutional investors were net sellers of equities amounting to Rs479.68 crore.

Turnkey engineering major ABB will invest Rs250 crore to build new facilities in India to manufacture high-voltage power products and transformers. The facilities, to be located at Savli in Gujarat, are expected to be operational by the end of 2012. The stock settled 0.36% lower at Rs828 on the NSE.

Apollo Hospitals Group has chalked out plans to invest Rs1,500 crore on increasing the number of its beds to nearly 11,500 by March 2014. The healthcare group had added 800 beds in 2011 in its existing 56 hospitals, which now have 9,000 beds. The stock lost 0.32% to close at Rs601.20 on the NSE.

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