Vistara and Axis Bank came together to launch the first of many banking partnerships Vistara ever got into. However, there are many reasons why this specific partnership is unique, and you should consider getting in on the Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card if you don’t already have it.
Vistara raised the goalpost for their elite tiers starting January 2023
As a reminder, Vistara has moved to a more revenue-oriented assessment of loyalty, which will mean you need to spend about INR 2.5 Lakh rupees to get the Gold Tier every year. In this new evaluation, how much revenue you give the airline is more critical than the number of flights you take with the airline. It will help only two traveller profiles: those who fly long-haul international with Vistara or those who fly business class a lot.
You can read my complete analysis of this programme that started on January 1, 2023. In my assessment, I’d written that this would be the amount one would need to spend to get the tiers once the new system sets in:
- Retain Platinum: INR 318,181 (roughly INR 3.2 Lakhs)
- Upgrade Gold to Platinum: INR 350,000 (INR 3.5 Lakhs)
- Retain Gold: INR 250,000 (INR 2.5 Lakhs)
- Upgrade Silver to Gold: INR 277,777 (INR 2.8 Lakhs)
- Retain Silver: INR 166,666 (INR 1.7 Lakhs)
- Upgrade Base to Silver: INR 187,500 (roughly INR 1.9 Lakhs)
Now, if you are woefully unprepared for the new system taking life like me, consider signing up for the Axis Bank Vistara Infinite credit card. Axis Vistara Infinite Credit Card gets you Vistara’s Gold Tier just for signing up for the card (and you will be able to keep the status till you hold the card). Remember, your status if not already Gold, will be refreshed once Axis Bank has received your annual fee payment.
Vistara’s tie-up with SBI Card does not give you this status altogether, and with IndusInd Bank, you get the status only for one year. So, for INR 10,000 plus taxes, you are getting the status that would usually need about INR 2.5 Lakhs per annum to keep. Suppose you are a frequent economy class flyer with Vistara. In that case, this may be the better approach to get in on the Club Vistara Gold tier, which grants you Lounge Access, Priority Check-in and Baggage Tagging, and access to the priority helpline of Vistara.
Axis Bank and Club Vistara continue to offer the Club Vistara Gold Tier status to those who hold the card even with the new Club Vistara assessment system, which has set in on January 1, 2023. The ability to keep Gold status with the airline will be much more accessible via the credit card than with the airline’s requirements.
Have you signed up for Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card?
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