Vistara, the airline with India’s first revenue-based accrual loyalty program, Club Vistara, has just announced that they are going to partner with Axis Bank for their co-branded credit card. The Club Vistara program, which was announced last year when the airline revealed their product, has a lot of catching up to do, since it is not a great program to earn, and an even worse program to burn. And they haven’t delivered on some of their original promises like family pooling of miles.
Anyhow, they have announced that the product would be out in the market early next year. I am assuming the airline should have straightened up its act by then of how they are able to accrue points to customers, since I frequently find troubles with that end of their program.
As per Vistara & Axis, the card will have variants, with a base-level card for occassional travellers and a super-premium card for frequent flyers, just like Jet Airways’ and Air India have at the moment. Of course, there will be privileges attached similar to Economy & Gold at both these cards, and perhaps there will be a third card in the middle which will be for the mid-market where people don’t want to pay too much money to get privileges.
Of course, as we wait for more information on this card, I am only hoping the airline will be aligned to offer the benefits by the time the card is good to launch, such as their up-coming lounge.
In the meanwhile, if you are an HDFC Bank super-premium card holder, you could already get privileged treatment with the airline with free Vistara Gold status.