HDFC Bank has primarily worked on the premise of offering credit cards with a redemption portal, and made it attractive on the earn side, via the Smartbuy promotion/feature and various double points over the years. When Diners Club cards were added to the portfolio, HDFC Bank Diners Club had many transfer partners. This included the likes of Marriott Rewards, Hyatt and American Airlines. One fine day in 2016 all these partners went away.
Since then, HDFC has had a very varied approach to the card portfolio in terms of transfer partners. Even their top-tier cards had different transfer partners:
- HDFC Diners Club: InterMiles, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer,
British Airways Avios, Club Vistara, Trident Hotels Privilege
- Infinia: InterMiles, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Club Vistara was offered as a transfer partner to Diners Club Black/ ClubMiles cards since 2017. However, this transfer partnership was not extended to any other HDFC Bank Credit Cards, until now.
HDFC Bank has now added Club Vistara to the Infinia, Regalia and Corporate credit cards as well, in the following transfer ratios:
To transfer your HDFC Bank Reward Points to Club Vistara Points, you must first register you Club Vistara membership ID with HDFC Bank. Follow these steps to register and then transfer:
- Log in to your Net banking account.
- Navigate to Credit Card section under Cards tab
- Click on Enquire and navigate to Redeem Points.
- Click on Airmiles tab and under Frequent Flyer Registration select Club Vistara to register your Club Vistara number.
- Mention the number of HDFC Bank Reward Points you wish to transfer to Club Vistara Points
- The Club Vistara Points will be credited within 10-15 days of the transfer request.
A minimum of 100 points is required to be transferred. While the transfer is deemed 15 days, it usually works out within a week, and even sooner like 2-3 days in my experience.
This is great news overall, but more so for the Infinia cardmembers as they have a third, and reliable option for points transfers. No doubt I love the INR 1 value the card gives per reward point, and the 10x promotion makes it possible to get a 33% cashback on various spends. However, there are many cases where you can use points over cash and get a ticket even cheaper, so why not use it.
What do you make about the new transfer partnership of HDFC Bank credit cards and Club Vistara?
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