Diners Club transfer to Avios: a Primer

Like you know, recently, HDFC Bank Diners Club transfer partner list grew to add:

  • British Airways Executive Club
  • Air Vistara Club Vistara
  • Trident Privilege

This development added to the albeit small arsenal of Jet Airways and Singapore Airlines which were the remaining transfer partners of the program after they pulled the plug on Marriott, American Airlines, Hyatt and many others.

Once the new partnerships came on board, I wanted to try out how it worked in reality. So, with a bit of hit and trial, I was able to figure this out. Here is how it worked.

Step 1: I logged into the net banking portal of HDFC Bank and headed to the Credit Cards section. There, I headed to the redeem rewards menu option on the sidebar, which takes me to an external portal.

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Step 2: Don’t worry, I was already signed in here, so I did not have to sign in again. The first few times I tried to transfer airmiles without a frequent flier registration, but I learned the hard way that I had to first register the program before going forward. So, I first moved to the FF registration and finished the straightforward process. Don’t bother about the expiry date since that is a field that would be eventually disregarded. I think I filled up some random date one year out.

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Step 3: Once I was able to go through these hoops, I could go ahead and place an order to transfer points to BA Executive Club. I started with the bare minimum of 100 points.

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Step 4: I was asked for a confirmation to process the transfer. The T&C stated that I should receive the airmiles within seven working days.

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Step 5: I received an order number for the redemptions.

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All of this was done on January 29, 2018. However, I did not get the Avios credited within seven days as promised. It took about a fortnight before the transferred points were credited to the BA account.

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The good news is, it eventually worked. Although not on time. These are the steps you need to follow to be able to transfer your HDFC points to Avios, or for that matter Vistara/Trident/JetPrivilege. No more the paper pushing like in the older days.

Have you used the transfer options for HDFC Bank Diners Club credit cards? How did it work out for you?

About Ajay

Ajay Awtaney is the Founder and Editor of Live From A Lounge (LFAL), a pioneering digital platform renowned for publishing news and views about aviation, hotels, passenger experience, loyalty programs, travel trends and frequent travel tips for the Global Indian. He is considered the Indian authority on business travel, luxury travel, frequent flyer miles, loyalty credit cards and travel for Indians around the globe. Ajay is a frequent contributor and commentator on the media as well, including ET Now, BBC, CNBC TV18, NDTV, Conde Nast Traveller and many other outlets.

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  1. Hi Ajay. As per your experience, what is the best way to redeem the reward points earned on HDFC DCB?

  2. Could you please let me know which are the routes to book a flight to usa for 7500 avios? I looked up for few usa routes from bom and del, it costs more than 25k avios plus 20k INR.

  3. Remember to disable the pop-up blocker on your browser before you start, because this process opens up a ton of pop-up windows.

  4. It worked very well when I transferd to SQ and 9W. Miles got credited within 4 days. But I wonder if it makes sense to transfer points to BA due to its high fuel surcharge on its own metal as well as on partner airlines like Malaysian or Sri Lankan..??

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