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Old 12th March 2020, 14:09   #16
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Amazing trip report yatrik.

Those are some of the most desirable classes of travel and itinerary's you have covered!!The LAX-AUH-SYD sector is the ultimate leg to travel on the Etihad first class. Your planning was amazing as you got to travel in the Singapore Airlines Suites Class the old and new.

I read a lot of blogs written by American travellers who maximise credit card points to travel in luxury around the world.I use to wonder whether this will be possible with Indian issued credit cards and airline programs, which you have achieved and it is so really nice to read about our desi traveller who maximised the JP miles/credit card points and got to travel in same luxury.

The pictures from Vancouver and Seattle are very nice, these 2 cities are on my wish list. Will mark the places you have visited to my things to do list whenever I get to visit.

Thanks for sharing.

Now that the JP program is no more as they have become Intermiles what is you strategy to maximise credit card points/airline programs for future travel?
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Old 12th March 2020, 14:33   #17
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YATRIK! you're one lucky man for using the JP miles at the right time. I have about 50k miles which got converted to InterMiles, but have not been able to use them because their availability is not so great.
Well, that's the reason I chose the Sydney routing as I had enough only for that. Getting back to india would require more JP miles which I did not have, and wanted to use them asap before the worst happened.

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Amazing trip report yatrik.

Those are some of the most desirable classes of travel and itinerary's you have covered!!The LAX-AUH-SYD sector is the ultimate leg to travel on the Etihad first class. Your planning was amazing as you got to travel in the Singapore Airlines Suites Class the old and new.

I read a lot of blogs written by American travellers who maximise credit card points to travel in luxury around the world.I use to wonder whether this will be possible with Indian issued credit cards and airline programs, which you have achieved and it is so really nice to read about our desi traveller who maximised the JP miles/credit card points and got to travel in same luxury.

The pictures from Vancouver and Seattle are very nice, these 2 cities are on my wish list. Will mark the places you have visited to my things to do list whenever I get to visit.

Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much. Much Appreciated.
I managed to get the only available F award seat on LAX-AUH-SYD for 6 months. It was after getting that, that the whole trip was planned around it.

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Now that the JP program is no more as they have become Intermiles what is you strategy to maximise credit card points/airline programs for future travel?
Upto now, JP Miles was the most accessible points programme in india, but not as good as others to redeem.

Going forward now, I would concentrate on the 3 following credit card companies - Amex, Citi and HDFC as they're the only ones with good airline transfer partners. HDFC has 4 (practically only 2) - British Airways Avios, Singapore KrisFlyer, the other 2 being Intermiles & Club Vistara.

Citi has 14 partners, and Amex has about 10 partners. So accumulate on these, and when you have the travel, see which is best available and then transfer points to that.
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This was one trip I could only afford to do on Google Earth. Man this is probably a trip of a lifetime!!

I cannot imagine when I could afford to fly like this in my lifetime. Having to see the Dreamlifter in the flesh is something special too!
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That's one heck of a trip..Just a look at the distance traveled & one would be exhausted. Don't know how you remained sane till the end. On top of this, a very well compiled write up & pics.
Hey, Can I save the Score card pic from SCG? I am a die hard Sachin fan..
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That's one heck of a trip..Just a look at the distance traveled & one would be exhausted. Don't know how you remained sane till the end. On top of this, a very well compiled write up & pics.
Hey, Can I save the Score card pic from SCG? I am a die hard Sachin fan..
Thank you so much.


Yes of course you can. We're in the same boat. I'm a huge Sachin fan too.


Guess who I bumped into a couple of weeks back, again on a flight ! I was so glad I used my voucher to upgrade that day !


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Guess who I bumped into a couple of weeks back, again on a flight ! I was so glad I used my voucher to upgrade that day !
If the entire travel wasn't enough, you just made it more envious for us all

Have met many who use miles wisely, but none like you do. Keep sharing your insights on other cards, airlines. Completely glued to this thread.
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That LAX-AUH-SYD redemption in terms of value/mile was ace !

Here's one of mine that I have fond memories of
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Waaah. This is called Living a Dream.

Tinkerbell was a film I had worked on, way back in 2005- 2006. A significant amount of work was done at Prana Studio, Bombay. I was there only for 4 months. It did not work out well so I moved on.

Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing yatrik, this is very inspiring. Though just a recent credit card user, I'm looking forward to amass points and use them for rewards and travel.

I would also like to ask you which frequent flyer program are you on after the demise of Jet privilege?
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I would also like to ask you which frequent flyer program are you on after the demise of Jet privilege?
Jet Privilege was the crown jewel of Jet Airways, which played a part in the airline having any valuation at all (apart from aircrafts and airport slots). JP is now InterMiles and all airmiles are converted to IM miles. It is alive and kicking.
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Amazing report Yatrik. What surprises me though is the amount of taxes you had to pay. 62 USD for LAX-SYD appears to be a steal. Any special reason behind this or is this how it generally is?
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Amazing report Yatrik. What surprises me though is the amount of taxes you had to pay. 62 USD for LAX-SYD appears to be a steal. Any special reason behind this or is this how it generally is?
Taxes amount are determined by the origin and destination airports. It is a combination of LAX and SYD which led to such a steal. Generally taxes out of US airports is quite low. But on my previous redemption, EY JFK-BOM, the tax amount was a whopping INR 29k.

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Thanks for sharing yatrik, this is very inspiring. Though just a recent credit card user, I'm looking forward to amass points and use them for rewards and travel.

I would also like to ask you which frequent flyer program are you on after the demise of Jet privilege?
No other program is India is as good as JP ever was. While it still lives in the form of InterMiles, but isn't as close to being a good deal. Amongst the other 2, while Air India Flying Returns is very miserly in terms of earning as well as getting status, redemption options on partners are quite good thanks to Star Alliance. Also no fuel surcharge meaning taxes to be paid are fairly low.

On the other hand, Club Vistara is the best alternative to JP for the domestic road warriors as A) it gives status match to all the JP elites B) Achieving and maintaining status is much more practical than on Air India. And for those who travel so frequently, status is quite important, it makes a lot of difference. But it terms of miles redemption, nothing great to write home.
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