Vistara is a joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines. However, till now that was just in the name. There were no signs of Singapore Airlines when you flew with Vistara. Only you could see that Vistara was a partner with Silk Air (A low-cost division of Singapore Airlines again) and Singapore Airlines. However, you couldn’t use your points to book Singapore First Class with Vistara points. So what is the point of it all?
As we mentioned in the previous post that Vistara might start flying internationally by 2018 and might finally prove the answer to Gulf Carrier synergy Etihad Airways, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
I preferred Jet-Airways just for that reason. You practically had the same rights on its partner airlines such as Etihad Airways, Air Seychelles, Alitalia (I am not sure how long that would be though) and other Etihad Partner Airlines.
Now finally, Vistara and Singapore announced a proper codeshare partnership that allowed you to earn Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles on Vistara flights. That makes me incredibly happy. Now my Vistara points are useful and it makes sense to hold Frequent Flyer account with them. It makes sense to hold co-branded Axis bank card with them. Till now, only Mumbai and Delhi airport had proper lounge access for Vistara members.
Lounge Access On Singapore Airlines for Vistara Gold and Platinum members
Vistara Gold & Platinum members will be able to access the KrisFlyer Gold lounge in Singapore and the Business Class KrisFlyer lounges across the world. Lounge Access is valid for the member only and not their guests.
Excess Baggage Allowance
Vistara Gold and Platinum members will get an additional 20 kgs of checked baggage allowance when flying Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines Gold members will get an additional 10 kgs of checked baggage allowance when flying Vistara.
Priority Airport Checkin & Boarding
When you are traveling on a Singapore Airlines flight, as a Vistara Elite, you will be able to check in using the business class counters where priority check-in is available. Also, when traveling in Economy Class, you will be able to board ahead of other passengers traveling in Economy Class. Similarly, KrisFlyer Gold will get benefits on Vistara business class check-in counters.
Priority Baggage Handling
Club Vistara Platinum & Gold Members will be entitled to priority baggage services when traveling on Singapore Airlines where this service is available.
Earning CV points or KrisFlyer points
- To earn CV points on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights, CV membership number must be furnished at the time of booking or check-in.
- Bookings must be made in the name as it appears in passport and CV membership records.
- It may take up to 4 weeks after the flight for the CV Points to be credited into the account.
- Login at ‘My Account’, to check if the CV Points have been credited.
- Please contact us regarding all queries on CV Points earned with our partners.
*“Distance flown” means the calculated distance between origin and destination, as determined by Vistara in its sole discretion, regardless of the actual distance traveled.
REDEEM CV POINTS WITH SINGAPORE AIRLINES & SILKAIR
You may choose to redeem your CV Points for Award Flights with our airlines partners Singapore Airlines and Silk Air across various destinations.
To view the chart for Award Flight on Partner Airlines, click here.
If you don’t own a Singapore Airlines Frequent Flyer account. Now it would be the perfect time to open an account with them. It’s free of cost. It’s even better that you can earn 500 bonus Krisflyer miles when you sign up with them. If you choose to open an account, just remember to use coupon code JOINKF2017 on the signup page and open your account by April 14, 2017.
What does this mean for you?
The face of Indian Civil Aviation is changing really fast. The changes are happening on a spectrum that would create chaos for the carriers and customers would be the one who would be getting best of the deal. Air India future looks bleak and Qatar Airways might enter the Indian market. However, it is still not what Singapore Airlines has with Virgin Australia where you could use both frequent flyers interchangeably.