The Club Vistara (CV) is Vistara's frequent flyer program (FFP) that rewards members with Club Vistara points that can be redeemed for award flights, upgrade awards, and a host of other privileges. It is a loyalty program that rewards members for flying with Vistara and other activities.
The CV program has various tiers, such as Base, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Each tier gives members specified benefits. The higher the tier, the higher benefits.
The CV points can be redeemed for booking free flights (award flights) on the Vistara network, class upgrade for flight tickets, or booking award flights on Vistara’s airline partners. So, the CV loyalty program enables members to earn and redeem CV points along with enjoying other tier-based benefits.
Earning CV points
The Club Vistara members can earn CV points for various activities such as:
Booking Vistara tickets: As a CV member, every time you book a Vistara revenue ticket, you earn CV points on the base fare (excluding taxes and fees) based on your CV tier.
Booking partner airline tickets: Members can earn CV points when booking tickets with partner airlines such as Air Canada, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, etc.
Spends on non-airline partners: Members can earn CV points for spending on various activities like booking car rentals (Avis, Zoomcar), booking hotel accommodation (Booking.com, Taj Hotels, Sterling Holidays, etc.), wellness (Tattva Wellness), etc.
Co-branded credit cards: Vistara has tied up with Axis Bank, SBI Cards, IDFC FIRST Bank, and IndusInd Bank for co-branded credit cards. Whenever you spend using these cards, you earn CV points.
Converting credit card reward points: Some banks allow you to convert specific credit card reward points into CV points. These include American Express, AU Small Finance Bank, Axis Bank, Fi, HDFC Bank, HSBC, IndusInd Bank, Standard Chartered, Yes Bank, etc. Credit card reward points can be converted to CV points in a specified ratio.
In each of the above categories, you earn a specified number of CV points for every Rs. 100 or Rs. 200 spent.
Club Vistara tiers
Your membership is categorised into a tier depending on the amount you spend. You start with the Base tier and can progress up to the Platinum tier. As and when you complete a tier qualification criteria (number of Vistara flights and tier points), you get upgraded to the next tier. As you move up the tiers, you enjoy higher benefits. The various tiers and their privileges include the following.
Privileges & Benefits
CV points on every Rs. 100 spent on Vistara flights
Rescheduling fee waiver
Priority airport check-in
Through premium economy counter
Through business class counter
Through business class counter
Increased check-in baggage
Access to partner lounges
One-class upgrade vouchers on tier renewal
One-class upgrade vouchers on tier upgrade
Source: Vistara website
Redeeming CV points
The CV points can be used for various purposes:
Booking award flights: With the CV points, you can book free flights (award flights) on the Vistara network.
Class upgrade: You can also use CV points to upgrade your Vistara ticket from economy class to premium economy or from premium economy to business class.
Award flights on partner airlines: The CV points can also be used to book award flights on Vistara’s airline partners, such as Air Canada, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, etc.
Co-branded cards for earning free award tickets and CV points
Vistara has partnered with Axis Bank, SBI Cards, and IDFC FIRST Bank for co-branded credit cards. These cards offer free award ticket vouchers on achieving specific milestones spent in a card membership year. Depending on the card variant, you may get Vistara economy, premium economy, or business class ticket vouchers. These vouchers can be used to book free award tickets on various Vistara domestic routes.
These cards also provide a specific number of CV points for every Rs. 200 spent using the credit card. The number of points for every Rs. 200 spent varies with the card variant and the category on which the amount spent. Some category spends (for example, wallet loading, rent, etc.) may be excluded from earning CV points in some cards.
Offers for Club Vistara members
Club Vistara keeps coming up with specific time-bound offers for members regularly. These offers give members an opportunity to earn bonus CV points. Some of these offers include:
Bonus CV points on transferring credit card reward points: In March 2023, Club Vistara came out with the "Points Fest" offer wherein they were offering up to 30% bonus CV points on the transfer of credit card reward points from partners such as Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, AU Small Finance Bank, Club ITC, etc. to Club Vistara. In August 2022, there was an offer of 25% bonus CV points on transferring American Express reward points to Club Vistara.
Savings on Club Vistara points redemption: Sometimes, you may be able to redeem CV points for booking award tickets at a lower than usual number of points. For example, a Delhi-Hyderabad award ticket (economy class) may cost 4,200 CV points. But you may get it for 25% lesser CV points during a specific offer.
Bonus on the purchase of CV points: In May 2022, Club Vistara came out with an offer where they gave up to a 40% bonus on the purchase of CV points.
Bonus CV points for taking specific flights in a month: For example, sometimes they provide offers such as “1000 bonus CV points for taking 4 Vistara flights in a month.”
Should you become a Club Vistara member?
If Vistara is your go-to travel airline, it makes sense for you to become a CV member. Registration is free of cost. You may even opt for a co-branded Vistara credit card to earn a free award ticket voucher and CV points. It will help you take a few free flights on the Vistara network every year. You can even use the class upgrade vouchers or CV points for a class upgrade and enhance your travel experience further.
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