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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My personal Experience:
I have logged my application for Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card via Axis Bank website around 18th of Dec’2022. Received a message for VKYC after a day. Didn’t do anything on VKYC.
Somebody from Axis Bank started calling from 21st. Completed the KYC formalities at my office on 24th December after talking to Axis Bank Manager regarding Add on Card which he has assured that will get it issued after 1st Billing with approval.
Received the message for approval of Card on 27th Dec and Blue Dart consignment code on same day. Delivery took some time and got today i.e, 30-12-2022.
I did the online registration formalities, pin generation and completed a transaction of 300 K today itself, which means I should be eligible for fee reversal upon the Milestone of 120K, 10000 CV points for 1st 100 K transaction and 1st Business Class voucher for completing milestone spend of 250K.
Am I right in my assumption??
If it happens i will be very happy.
I have received the 10000 points in my Club Vistara Account for 100K spending. However the status of my CV account has not been upgraded yet to CV-Gold.
@Anuj, call the Axis Bank helpline. they haven’t sent the file to CV or yours got missed out or something.
I have spoken with Axis Bank helpline after your message.
What i have understood is that the Gold membership will get activated once the Joining fees charged is paid by me.
I have received the Milestone Voucher in My Voucher section of Club Vistara account.
I have received the 10000 CV points for 1st 100K transaction and 1st Business Class voucher for completing milestone spend of 250K almost instantly upon doing the transaction in less than 2-3 days of transaction date.
My CV account has been converted to GOLD today almost instantly upon payment of 1st Bill for which payment was due on 13th Feb’2023 along with this I have received the Voucher for One Business Class Ticket (Welcome benefit against the card).
Now only thing remaining is the fee reversal which is supposed to take place in 90 days as per Axis Bank website.
I have found that Axis Bank system and processes are working fine.
Few draw back uptill now for me is i) the knowledge of Customer Care Executives. They themselves are not fully aware about the Axis Bank Vistara Cards and its features and ii) Axis Bank doesn’t have dedicated email id’s for posting your queries / complaints.
Did the reversal happen . The customer care is telling me it will only happen in may. My card was issued in November through live from a lounge referral link
@AJ, the T&C state it clearly that the reversal will happen in May, so it will happen then even for Anuj and you!
The first year free offer is for applications received before 31/12/2022 or for applications approved before 31/12/2022?
But T&C says, “Cards booked/approved only during the offer period will be considered”. I hope the application date is also considered
Is this offer applicable to existing customers of Axis CC? I happen to hold a magnus CC and Customer care is claiming i am ineligible for fee waiver offer since i am a existing customer
@Sanjay, as long as you are not an existing customer of the Axis Vistara cards (and not requesting for an upgrade), you are eligible. It is very clear in the T&C we already enclosed.
CV Gold is actually worth just 10k, more so with new evaluation criteria kicking in 13 days. For me, priority checkin and luggage tagging is worth it, in terms of time saving