What happens when you book a flight ticket, besides taking that particular flight? Most of the times we are eligible for accruing frequent flyer miles. Most of the time we let it go, thinking we do not fly much. Even as a travel blogger I became aware of the power of accruing miles late in my blogging life. But believe me every little bit counts and if you have not investigated frequent flyer programs till now, it is time. And you have the perfect opportunity, as Jet Airways is celebrating #TheBillionMilesFestival now.
What is #TheBillionMilesFestival?
Jet Airways’ #TheBillionMilesFestival is for both existing JetPrivilege (JP) members and ones who wish to enroll for the program. If you are already a JP member you are probably aware of the festival and the benefits of it.
#TheBillionMilesFestival is the biggest opportunity ever to earn a million JP miles. If you are planning to book a ticket anytime up to March 31, 2017 consider booking it on Jet Airways’ website jetairways.com or on their mobile app and enroll for the JetPrivilege membership. You can fly up to 31st May, only the tickets need to be done by 31 March to avail the offer.
You earn flight miles every time you fly, but you also receive bonus 250 JPMiles when you book on jetairways.com or the mobile app.
But with #TheBillionMilesFestival, you get additional 10,000 Bonus JPMiles per segment when you fly in First Class, 5,000 Bonus JPMiles when you fly in Première and 1,500 Bonus JPMiles per segment when you fly in Economy. These are guaranteed when you book direct on the Jet Airways website or through the Jet Airways mobile app.
#TheBillionMilesFestival – The Bonanza
Other than the guaranteed returns there are bumper prizes to be won every day by a few lucky people. 40 lucky winners, stand a chance to win 100,000 miles each during the offer period. Jet Airways will select one winner every day.There is one grand prize of One Million Miles for one lucky winner. The mind boggles at the thought of one million miles! If you wish to play around and plan your journey with one million miles try their JP Miles calculator. To fly between say Delhi and Abu Dhabi round trip I would need 35,000 JPMiles. There would still be 965,000 miles left to spend! The mind once again boggles at the thought!
However, do note that you still need to pay the relevant taxes when you buy a ticket with miles but this would be true of any frequent flyer program.
Where Can I Go?
You can fly to any of Jet Airways’ 66 destinations (46 within India and 20 international) plus explore 1000+ destinations with their 25+ partner airlines. . So, if you are planning to buy a ticket and fly any time before March 31, 2017 consider booking it direct with Jet Airways website or mobile app and enroll for JetPrivilege. Who knows you could be one of the lucky winners!
Tip: If you find an interesting fare on the Jet Airways website and are not sure about your travel plan, you can block your preferred fare for a very nominal amount and pay any time within the next 72 hours. Psstt.. Saves you from price hikes if any.
It is time to announce the winner of the Condé Nast Traveller India‘s 2 night free stay for 2 at Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, Mumbai and a copy of the latest issue of Condé Nast Traveller India. You can see the contest post here
And the winner is Neha with her entry
hi, we’re a couple in as much love with mountains as with each other. It was our Himalayan destination Sikkim this time.
In past we’ve traveled across mountains, biked manali to leh, been to North east also many times until this time we found a treasure! A beautiful place called Pelling which is about 2.5 hrs from Gangtok. This place had some mystical rustic caves and an even better forest trek cum national park at the highest of the peaks. The treasure really was a hotel called ‘The Elgin Mount Pandim’ right at the peak of Mount Pandim. The hotel which actually is a vintage palace of the kings is breathtakingly beautiful with each artifact from the bygone era. The windows in the rooms open to the majestic Kanchenjunga, and the first sunlight passing through the peak to your personal garden is too beautiful to miss. This was a secret from the north east. Another such place is a hotel called 360 Leti based near Almorah, again in the middle of himalayas. Its hard not to visit the place if you see the website yourself. hence not mentioning anything. Just experience it here http://www.shaktihimalaya.com/destinations/shakti-360-leti/
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Many congratulations to Neha. A member of Condé Nast Traveller India team will get in touch with you. Do remember that the winning entry was picked by the CNI team alone. I had no role in judging the contest. Thank you all for taking part and sharing so many wonderful tips. I hope you will have a fabulous stay with Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa Neha.
It takes a lot to spill a well-kept secret! Which is why, in collaboration with Condé Nast Traveller India we’re giving one Travel Tales from India reader a 2 night free stay for 2 at Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, Mumbai and a copy of the latest issue of Condé Nast Traveller India
All you have to do is share your best-kept travel secret in less than 100 words with Travel Tales from India using the hashtag #TravelSecret. Don’t forget to include your email address. So the last line of your comment should look like #TravelSecret followed by your email. The contest ends on 24 November 2014.
Share your thoughts in the comments section, from which the name of one lucky winner will be chosen. The best entry as judged by the CNI team would win. The hotel opens to public from March therefore the validity for winning voucher is from 1st March to 31st Oct 2015. All the coordination for the winner would be done by CNI team.
I am sure you wish to know more about the resort and this is what an exclusive preview in Condé Nast Traveller India October – November 2014 issue says about the property.
Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa
“If you’re looking for a holiday full of delicious contradictions—seclusion and togetherness, modern luxury and mossy wooded groves—this is a good hotel to pick.
Its romance and tranquility is undeniable and it affords an unexpected degree of privacy. Several rooms are housed in stand-alone buildings separated by acres of wooded area, so you can allow yourself the illusion of having the place to yourself. The suites, several with terraces, and bearing names such as Serenity and Sanctuary, offer sweeping views of the evergreens clothing the hills. Jamun trees nestle against the walls of the terraces.
There’s food for the soul, too. This being berry country, you can expect strawberry pancakes and mulberry shots, apart from intriguing signature dishes such as the Gavran mooli chathai peeth and chikki muffin. Look out for Latest Recipe, which serves international cuisine. And for coffee and cocktails, there’s Longitude 73.
Outside, there are additional delights, such as pony rides or fruit cream from roadside eateries. You could walk up to one of those ‘points’ where you can sit and contemplate. Or you can hold hands and rediscover good, old-fashioned romance in this good, old-fashioned hill station.
LE MÉRIDIEN MAHABALESHWAR RESORT & SPA opens in March 2015
211/212 Mahabaleshwar-Medha Road, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra (021 6826 2222; www.starwoodhotels.com; doubles from 12,999, including breakfast)
To read more grab your copy of Condé Nast Traveller India October – November 2014 issue, out on stands”
Do you know the name of the international airport at Liberville, yes you read it right Liberville. And it is not a fictional place in Farmville but the capital of Gabon. Now you will ask me where is Gabon. I would say play the Lufthansa Network Challenge and you will know it all. I played the Lufthansa Network Challenge through the evening! Not only I now know Liberville I also know something about Turkmenistan, Adis Ababa and Khartoum. I even got the fleeting distinction of being on the leaderboard for today with 293000 points. Guess what position it fetched me? A lowly 21 out of 25! But how I earned it after playing for hours.
The grand prize of the Lufthansa Network Challenge is a return ticket to Europe, with a monthly prize of an iPad. There are weekly and daily prizes too but then we are going to set our eyes high, my readers? If you like the Lufthansa India Facebook Page you can see the network challenge as their cover photo. Click on it and follow the link, it will surely provide you an evening worth of entertainment or frustration! But in either case fun is guaranteed. So what did I do for the whole evening today? I perfected my strategies that took me too the score of 293000. See I took that screenshot so that you would believe me!
The Game: You get to answer 10 questions for 4 zones, Asia, Africa (where I got chucked out most) Europe and America (where I reached only once or twice). You get one minute to answer each question. There are 10 questions in each zone and a bonus question at the end. If you answer that correctly you would double your miles but if you missed your score will happily drop to zero. I managed to get a zero with around 190000 yesterday night! I know how it feels. The last person on the leaderboard usually scores in excess of 280000 points! You get 4 boarding passes and one gets used for each incorrect answer. When all of them are used (and if you have not reached the end of 4th zone by then) the game ends there. Beyond this the game is self explanatory. It is anyway easier to understand by playing than reading my post so you can skip to the game now. And if I can figure it out anyone can. I am no game,r even my six year old daughter is better than me at Temple Run!
The Experience: Of course minute is quite enough to Google out anything (at least when I am using my home connection) but people who made the game also know this! They became tricksy like the hobbits. So many a times the question is in the form of a picture. Say it may ask you to identify a monument saying it is the oldest mosque in a particular country. Now try using Google for that! I kept a clean tab in chrome ready. I would copy the relevant text from the question but even then I exhausted my one minute for some questions. The more I played the better I became. Some questions get repeated. I got the Night Safari at Singapore as my bonus question twice and my joy knew no bounds for getting this question which was simple for me. I found the questions related to the flight frequency of two Lufthansa Destination most tricky. Thanks to playing the game I now know that Lufthansa has daily direct flights to Frankfurt both from Delhi and Mumbai. My rule of thumb was to pick a daily flight frequency if the question was about two important cities and try my luck with a lesser frequency if it was a smaller city. I think I used most of my boarding passes on these questions. It was fun to play the game even though I rarely get into gaming. The appeal for me were the sights of far away nations, the strange names and the ease of answering questions related to the countries I have visited. I am zilch at Geography and yet I discover that I am probably above average at using Google. My score is a tribute to Google and my way of using it!
Who Will Like It? The gamer in you is going to like it a lot, any traveler is going to like it a lot. If you think you are good at searching this could be a reality check for you. It took me so much time to reach to the leaderboard. Whoever wins the game overall is surely going to earn it! I could play it uninterrupted today because my daughter went to sleep early. With her around, fast and furious Googling is not going to be possible so I am not sure when I will pick it up next. But I think I will it at least one more try whenever my daughter allows me. I would say go check it out, give it a try and do tell me your score. If you want to try and win one of the prizes too my best wishes. But even otherwise it is a fun game, even for a non-gamer like me!
Make a Wish: If you manage to clear all the four zones do remember to make a wish. At the end of the contest one wish may just come true. Mine is to go hike in New Zealand.