Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card Indepth Review

By | May 16, 2018

Air Vistara in partnership with Axis bank launched a range of Vistara Co-Branded credit cards around July 2016 which includes three variants namely: Platinum, Signature & Infinite. Among which Axis Vistara Infinite Credit Card is the top of the line variant that can pamper you with Complimentary Business Class tickets on your everyday credit card spends.

  • Joining Fee: INR 10,000+Tax
  • Welcome Bonus: One Complimentary Business Class ticket (consider it pays off Joining fees)

Milestone benefits on Axis Vistara Infinite Card:

When you spend certain # anywhere with your Axis bank vistara Infinite credit card, you’re given with milestone benefits as below.

  1. Spend Rs.1,00,000 – 10,000 CV Points
  2. Spend Rs.2,50,000 – 1 Business Class ticket
  3. Spend Rs.5,00,000 – 1 Business Class ticket
  4. Spend Rs.7,50,000 – 1 Business Class ticket
  5. Also earn: 6 CV Points for every Rs.200 spent

Note that you need to pay extra Rs.500 or so as “taxes” to redeem these complimentary tickets. Apart from welcome bonus, on spending about 7.5L, you’ll end up with

  • 3 Business class tickets + 33,000 CV Points
  • CV points can be redeemed for tickets
  • Tip: Use CV points for Upgrades for better value

Now, what’s the value of it? For this, i took route BLR->DEL and here are the values

  • 3 Business Class Tickets: 60,000 INR
  • 3 Upgrade Vouchers: 30,000 INR
  • 33,000 CV Points: 25,000 INR
  • Total value: 1,15,000 INR (15% reward rate)

In other words, you get a super cool ~15% value back, as you spend 7.5L. A great return as you can see. Oh, but, do you travel in Business class usually? If not, the way you see this should be different.

An interesting part is, Air Vistara’s Business class ticket costs are not proportional to distance. BOM->DEL is costlier than BLR->DEL hence, the rates are based on the demand. Looks like there are lots of celebrities in Mumbai flying business class 😀

Features of Axis Vistara Infinite Card:

  • CardExpert Rating: 4.5/5
  • Reward rate: Upto 15% as complimentary tickets
  • Complementary Airport lounge access: 4 Visits/quarter via Visa Lounge Access Program & also via Club Vistara Gold Membership
  • Fuel Surcharge Waiver: Yes
  • Foreign Exchange Markup fee: 3.5% + Service Tax
  • Renewal Fee Waiver: Nil
  • Special Features: Club Vistara Gold Membership & Travel Insurance Protection, Complimentary golf access

While it delivers a better value than Vistara Platinum & Signature Cards, its important to ask yourself, will you spend 7.5L + Joining fees+taxes just for 4 flight tickets which hardly takes 2~3 hrs each? The perception varies from person to person.

However, if you’re a person who spend on new “experiences”, you might consider holding one. Like, if you want to access the business class lounges like GVK lounge in Mumbai, which the Priority Pass/Mastercard/Visa cards donot have access to, this Complementary business class ticket can get you one.

Bottomline:

If you’re an existing Business Class flyer of Air Vistara who can spend 7.5 Lakhs a year “easily”, its no brainer to pick this card to save some costs. Only downside for most is the Vistara connectivity but now they’ve started flying even from Chennai and from other parts of the country.

Their connectivity is improving over time and they’re expected to go international by mid 2018, likely to Singapore from Delhi/Chennai. So i think we will have better opportunity to redeem the CV points on international sector as well in near future. Overall, its a wonderful product for the HNI i would say.

What’s your take on Axis Bank Vistara infinite Credit Card? Share your thoughts in comments below.

95 thoughts on “Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card Indepth Review

  1. Chiller

    Hi Sid

    You mentioned the ‘business class lounges like GVK lounge in Mumbai’ in your post. Would you know of the other business lounges in other airports that you cannot access with Priority Pass/Mastercard/Visa cards?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      No idea man. That was the only lounge i wasn’t able to access with priority pass so far.

      Reply
    2. Shrikant Soni

      Hi, does this card guarantee a CV Gold membership throughout its active period, or it’s only for the first year?

      I don’t fly enough with Vistara to maintain the Gold tier automatically, but having the extra baggage allowance whenever I do is of great help

      Reply
  2. Himanshu Aggarwal

    Hi Sid,
    I have recently got this card, but there is NO joining bonus with it.
    Can you pls share the related link, if any?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Was it a paid card? If you, you’ll get joining benefit as per their terms & conditions. Pls refer their website.

      Reply
  3. Sam

    Is this card better than HDFC Regalia?

    Plus I see this is Visa infinite!!

    Any possibility that this could be life time free?

    Reply
  4. Sunil

    I see it differently apart from 4 business class tickets​you also get CV points which can be used to buy tickets. A Bangalore Delhi ticket is available for approximately 6000 CV points so with 32500 points you can get 5 additional tickets. So the value I feel is much more than 7.5%

    Also the extra free luggage checkin also comes handy

    Thanks

    Reply
  5. Alok

    The Vistara infinite card (or perhaps I might speak of Axis cards in general?) might not be the best option when traveling internationally. On my recent trip to the US, my card worked for a few transactions, then started getting declined. It wasn’t easy to reach customer service — there’s no non-toll-free-number printed on the back of the card. Once I figured out how to reach them, after about 8 minutes of hold, I was told that I should first enable auto-debit on my card, only then they can enable it for international use. I was well inside my credit limit, and I don’t like auto-debit, so I asked them if there was any other option. But that seemed to be the only way to enable it again. So I left it back in my bag and used other means of payment. It could have been tricky if I depended on using that card for hotel/etc and didn’t have good backup.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Alok,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Axis credit card. Its seems to be a weird rule.

      Reply
      1. Alok

        I’m probing (checking with nodal officer) to see what’s going on; the MITC says autopay is required for NRE/NRO, not sure why it was applied for a resident card holder.

        This had been my primary CC, but I’m considering downgrading this to something with a low fee, (especially because of vistara options out of BOM) and applying for Yes First Preferred to use as my backup CC when HDFC DCB isn’t accepted. Any red flags with Yes’ customer service? Or should I go with Citi?

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      2. Alok

        Checking with the nodal officer revealed that even though I’m a resident customer, they had somehow “flagged” my card as an NRI card and applied the rule of auto pay which is specified in the MITC. Why this happened is beyond me; and while it’s fixed now, I definitely won’t consider this card as a primary/backup in the fear it happens again 😀

        Reply
  6. Arjun Mahajan

    Anyone who has applied/using these cards (Signature or Infinite)? Is it possible to get it on a card to card basis?

    Their online application is extremely tricky. Got 4 calls from the executives, all disconnected after I pick up the call.

    Reply
    1. Anoop E S

      No. They don’t offer card on card basis.

      Yes. Their application process is very tricky. Last years my application for signature version of this card was declined. On another occassion, I met someone who is working in their credit card decision making department. Fortunately, he agreed to check for the reason for declining the card. He told me that I have to close my 7 year old SBI card with 6 lakhs limit to get Axis bank card.

      Reply
      1. Anoop E S

        No siddharth. Vistara sourcing team says monthly net salary above Rs.60,000/-

        Anyway,I’ve applied for this card now. Will let you know

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      1. Anoop E S

        True. No chance.

        coz this is aa airline tie-up card. Co-branded cards are good source of income for Airlines. They will not waive any charges…

        Reply
  7. ND

    I am getting this card shortly (approved). Its a pretty good card and if you travel Mumbai – Delhi routes often, you can use exclusive Vistara Lounges (unlimited) even while flying Economy… Vistara Lounges otherwise are accessible only to Gold/Platinum and Business Class Vistara customers… Also will be my first Visa Infinite. Excited.

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  8. saurabh

    I have this card for about 6 months and have earned the 2 Business class and 25000 points so far. I was able to redeep the points and ticket for a family vacation. But the issues which came up that vistara doesnt allow more than 3 tickets to be redeemed in a flight even after booking 2 months in advance. For the business class voucher, getting even 2 redeemptions together was not possible. Hence requested for a premium economy redeemption. Having all these restrictions reduces the benefit . The best way to use it for trips by 1-2 people and doing much in advance.
    customer service of vistara is good, only part one needs to call in week days during 9-6pm. axis bank customer service is horrible , i think sbi is better. have asked them for address change 2-3 times, visted bank , but no help.
    the fees for redeemption is about 680 Rs and not Rs. 1000 as stated in the article, might be it is reduced now. Vistara loughes are very remotely located in delhi around gate 40 and if one has gate in other side, it is of no use.
    rest is decent service. I think keeping the card will unlock once vistara starts international flight. i have amex jet card also, but i see more value in this as the points redeemption is cheaper and easier. the reward flight in jet is of no use, as it has lot of resitrictions.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      That’s a great info. Thanks for sharing your experiences with the card Saurabh!

      Reply
  9. Ravin

    Hi Guys,

    Applied for this card today solely based on the SQ benefits linked to Vistara’s CV points and UK’s International Ambitions – As for me there are very limited options out of AMD (only DEL on UK at this stage which I rarely use) but the redemption of CV miles on SQ is pretty good – Has anyone tried that yet?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      I think redeeming AI Miles on SQ is better. Isn’t it? Though, i’m yet to explore both in real life.

      Reply
  10. RK

    Infinite card will also give u 32.5k miles, roughly valued at 25k INR. so total value on 7.5 lakh spend is 10%. In 1st yr only.
    However, renewal bonus is 0, so that reduces 2nd yr onward value to 8%.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      That’s correct. I recently got this card. Will have the hands on review shortly 🙂

      Reply
      1. S&S

        Eagerly look forward to it Siddharth!
        Have been waiting to make the move to this card but haven’t found enough valid reasons to.
        I’m sure your article will help 🙂

        S&S

        Reply
        1. Siddharth Post author

          You may blindly go for it if you can afford. I got more info now after redeeming some of these vouchers. Review should be up this week.

          Reply
      2. RK

        What about Club Vistara Gold membership?? I think thats also valid for only 1yr

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  11. Anoop E S

    This card got approved for me. Will be getting next week. My Club vistara status already got upgraded to Gold after this card got approved. They are also trying to give me a LTF Privilege card along with this.

    Reply
  12. Gaurav Malik

    Had applied for this card….the card got accepted and in the verification call also they asked regarding the fees and the features of the card and if I was aware. But to my horror I have recived the base version of the card. I am already a Club Vistara Silver member….I hope I do not get downgraded….I have already escalated to the concerned team and if it does not get resolved will have to cancel this card as I do not see any value of this card. Any inputs. I know if I cancel this card I would be affecting my CIBIL score but I would have no option

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  13. Arjun Mahajan

    Is a prior banking relationship with Axis a must for this card? Anyone who got the card without holding any account with them?
    Tried checking with the local branch for this card. They want me to open a savings account first and only then I can apply for any of the vistara cards.

    Reply
  14. Gaurav Malik

    Hi Sid,

    Now you have this card when are you putting up the indepth analysis about this card and its best features amd how to get the maximum out of this card? Really looking forward.

    Reply
  15. Rohit

    Hi, is the Gold tier renewed on card renewal? Suppose one does not accumulate the 25k CV points for tier renewal, will they be downgraded to Silver or will the Gold tier be renewed once the yearly fee is paid? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
    1. Sreehari

      No Gold tier is renewed only on achieving the necessary tier points.

      Reply
      1. Gkcards

        I thought will be forever Gold with this card. So the Gold benefits can be enjoyed for first year only as I don’t travel that much 🙁

        Reply
  16. Mandar

    Hi Siddharth! I considered consulting you on your consulting page, but the page says you are not available for consulting. My query is, HDFC Bank officials approached me with Infinia card invitation. (This was after I applied for Diners Black through Bank Bazaar which found me eligible, but later gave up the idea as Diners club acceptance is almost nonexistent in my town). Should I blindly accept Infinia invitation, or should I explore others like this one or the Yes First Exclusive, Citi Prestige or Amex Platinum? I currently hold Regalia First.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Apologies! I hope I would be available back again post Sep 2018.

      To answer your query,
      It totally depends on your lifestyle. But Infinia is well worth it when they’re ready to give you one.

      Reply
  17. Surindar

    No need to buy Business Ticket for using GVK Lounge at Mumbai Airport. Club Vistara Gold Card Membership is free with Axis Vistara Infinite Card. Club Vistara Gild Card members are entitled to use GVK Lounge. Not only that any persons accompanying the Club Vistara Gold Membee, who are otherwise entitled to use other loyalty lounge, can get their card swiped at the other lounge for Rs 2 and can then accompany the CV Glod Card member to use GVK Lounge for free. CV Gold members are entitled to 1 Glass of Draught Beer or 2// Glass of wine !!

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  18. Anup

    3 Business Class Tickets: 60,000 INR
    3 Upgrade Vouchers: 30,000 INR
    33,000 CV Points: 25,000 INR

    I understand on the 3 businesse class ticket as you achieve milestone, but from where you derived the 3 upgrade voucher? Because as a gold membership you get only one business class ticket as joining bonus.

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  19. Ajay

    Took my wife to port blair from delhi using two vouchers “One for me one for her” and two for coming back. Earlier was told it would require a 4 vouchers to go and 4 to come back but thankfully the layover at kolkata does not count so a single voucher can be used.

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  20. Pranav

    Do we get the spend based awards again? If I spend 7.5 L, I get 3 Business class tickets. So if I spend 15 L, do we get 6 tickets?

    Reply
  21. Boopathy

    What is the benefit after we reach the 7.5 L limit on the card?

    Reply
  22. Anoop E S

    This upgrade vouchers and lounge access vouchers… are they giving vouchers on renewal also? or just first year?

    Reply
    1. MT

      As long as you hold gold status on Club vistara , the upgrade and lounge vouchers get issued every year

      Reply
    2. Surindar

      Yes, On card renewal (Vistara Infinite Card), ,you get the Gold Membership card with one year vailidity, as well as 3 upgrade vouchers, 2 lounge access vouchers and 1 business class ticket voucher within 30 days of paying the renewal fees, 10000+ taxes

      Reply
  23. Gaurav Malik

    Hi Sid,

    The 10,000 milestone points are only on new card issuance and not on renewal. Have spent close to 1.65L in less than 50 days and when I called the bank to check for the points, they claimed that it is only a Welcome benefit and not a yearly benefit. So in totality you get one Biz class ticket ( On payment of renewal fees) and three more biz class tickets on milestone spends.

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  24. Nihar

    UK is in process of adding international destinations , how can it change the offerings on this card.
    Any idea if the milestone vouchers which are currently valid for domestic travel only; will they be now value based and available for International travels. Any thought will be much appreciated .
    I am sure Vistara cardholders will have this query.

    Reply
  25. Animesh

    Do you earn points on this cards for Online Spends? For example loading up PayTM wallet with this Credit Card?

    Reply
    1. Ramesh Kumar

      Yes for all transactions you’ll get reward points.

      Reply
  26. Vikram V

    Is this still the best card for CV points? Or are there any other better ways? I am seriously considering getting a co-branded CV card

    Reply
      1. Neo

        Agree with Nikhil. Transferring via DCB makes more sense. However,you milk the card by getting those free biz class tickets ( upto 4 in a year). And the CV Gold status certainly helps for domestic lounges.
        Would be interesting to see what is being planned for the DEL SIN flight now.

        ~Neo

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    1. Nikhil

      Just for earning CV points, I find DC Black better with the 10x and 5x offers and transferring to Vistara. Although the Gold and Business class ticket(s) one gets through this Inifinite variant makes it worth it, if you don’t qualify for gold with number of flights.

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  27. ARR

    Hi all,
    I tried to apply for this card based on my vistara silver membership. The CC executive told me that I could apply based on the membership, but the branch executive told me that It’s not possible. Can someone guide me in this regard? Shall I apply for the lower variant and upgrade later?( I took two flight journeys in this month?

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    1. Anoop E S

      Initially, I applied for signature variant and it was declined from bank’s end. After 6 months, I applied for Infinite variant. This time I insisted the sales executive to include my club Vistara account statement along with the application form apart from payslip and other KYC documents. My CV account that time was in silver status (thanks to HDFC regalia offer that time) and the CV account statement was showing details of 2 Vistara flights and one miles transfer from HDFC. In all verification calls, I insisted that I need Infinite variant only and that they can reject my application if they are giving me a lower variant.

      and I got Infinite variant.

      Reply
  28. Ankit

    Is complimentary business card ticket is valid for international’s route too considering Vistara flying to Singapore??….If yes.. then it would be of great value…

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Looking at the CV points required for award ticket, they would never allow it. But we could get lucky. Only time will tell.

      No. Only for domestic travel.

      Reply
  29. Anoop E S

    Vistara is now operating an all economy seat aircraft in Delhi-Kochi sector. As such, there is no point in chasing the milestone benefits this year. Luckily, I could use the 2nd year welcome voucher before they changed aircraft. Further, there is no limit enhancement even after spending around 8 lakhs last year.

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Thanks for the Vistara update.

      Yes, it appears Axis Bank is not good with giving LE.

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    2. Neo

      Hi Anoop,
      Yes the DEL-COK flight change is a big bummer!! Are you a regular on that route too ?
      But you could get benefits on other sectors on milestone completion. A biz class upgrade to say Goa or a Port Blair wouldnt be too bad, i would say.

      ~Neo

      Reply
  30. Sanjay

    Can I get cv points after using this card in wallet (paytm mobiwik pay zap) and petrol pump money transaction

    Reply
    1. Amit

      Hi, you get CV miles for loading money in wallet. I have tried this for Paytm and received cv points against the same

      Reply
  31. amitabh gupta

    I got this card having axis simple account and with 3lakhs new itr

    Reply
    1. Himanshu Kainth

      Hello Amitabh,

      What status you have with vistara earlier? Is it silver?

      Reply
  32. Vishal Tajpuria

    I am using Infinite since April 2019. Earlier I was using Signature. Though I have been receiving CV points for all the payments done on PayTm, this time on 13th Sep I paid my electricity bill through PayTm and did not receive CV points for the same.

    Is there any policy change by vistara?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      Paytm is marking some txns as utility for which you wont get RP’s. Vistara has nothing much to do in this.

      Reply
    2. Surindar

      Add your electricity service provider as a Biller on your Axis card and pay directly. Just to add that even Rent payments on Axis cards entitles you to CV points as well as contributing towards spends to achieve milestone benefits

      Reply
  33. Subrata Mukhopadhyay

    I got Vistara Axis Infinite Card in flat 6 days. Applied on 23/Sep, the Card got activated on 26/Sep, on same day Vistara Gold Tier was activated and got the card in hand on 28/Sep.

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  34. Prateek

    Hey sid
    I got a mail saying vistara gold gives 2 upgrades and not 3.

    ONE-CLASS UPGRADE 2 complimentary one cabin class upgrade vouchers per year for use by self, friends or family.

    Have they reduced the number of upgrades?

    Reply
    1. Siddharth Post author

      There were some changes recently.

      One-Class Upgrade vouchers on Tier Upgrade – 2
      One-Class Upgrade vouchers on Tier Renewal – 3

      Reply
  35. Rakesh Singh

    Hi Siddharth

    Is Axis Vistara Infinite card better than HDFC Regalia?, I am planning to apply for either of these cards (I am a frequent flyer) and already have Amex Platinum travel card.
    Which card do you suggest? (this is my 4 communication to you, kindly reply)

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Mouli

      Rakesh,
      Hope you are aware that Vistara Infinite is a paid one and the joining fee is around 12k,if you are frequent traveller in Vistara Business class and you can spend 7.5 ;Lakhs/year then you can go for this card else not advisable especially with Vistara still not having great connectivity in the domestic routes

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    2. Neo

      Rakesh,
      Go for Vistara Infinite only if you are based in a city well serviced by Vistara ( which means mainly DEL NCR & to a lesser extent now BOM). There is no point spending 12k on a card & not able to reap any benefits out of it.
      However, if you are based in either of these locations, then it may make sense to get the card.
      Also, remember, the tickets are issued at each milestone of 2.5 lacs & the ticket on the joining fee takes the longest to come ( take 2 months min). So if you can time the 2.5L spend within say 3 months of the card, you will have 2 business class tickets to redeem, hopefully for the same trip.
      The card also gives you CV Gold Status, the benefits which you can read on the Vistara website.

      Reply
      1. Surindar

        Business ticket on joining or renewal takes time only because it is issued once the joining/renewal fees are paid. i paid the renewal fees immediately on being billed and informed the customer care at Vistara and got the business ticket voucher emailed to me within 20 days. Physical delivery of lounge access and upgrade vouchers along with Gold Card took 30 days

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  36. Igloo

    Rakesh ji
    Depnding on what spend you can achieve even vistara siganture or platnium is also not a bad specially when you are a frequent flier.
    But as mouli said only if you fly those routes vistara fly.
    You get an open ticket by paying the annual fees. Its worth it even on that amount.

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  37. Rakesh Singh

    Thank you so much Mouli, Neo and Igloo! for your feedback and inputs.

    I guess HDFC Regalia is a better option than AV Infinite card.

    Few questions for Regalia card, does HDFC charge Priority pass usage at international lounges like Amex Platinum travel card (they charge $32 per lounge access) only annual charges of $99 is waved off.

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  38. Rakesh Singh

    Guys just final words from the best minds in the business 🙂 🙂

    HDFC Regalia or Axis Vistara Infinite credit card?

    * I am a frequent flyer (not business class :)).
    * I have Amex Plat. travel card
    * Better points on day to day usage.

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Reply
    1. Mouli

      Rakesh,

      if you are frequent flier in Vistara still you can go for Axis Vistara Signature card also that is not for business class and annual fee also around 3k and its worthy one

      Reply
    2. Neo

      Rakesh, the way I look at it, get both if you are flying vistara enough, esp if Regalia can be wrangled LTF. Consider Regalia to be the stepping stone to DCB. Make the best use of Regalia for Smartbuy, Vistara for insurance payments, etc. Vistara Infinite will give you CV Gold status ( upto you how importantly you value that). But with an upgrade to DCB using the Regalia, you have another avenue of earning CV miles ( Vistara is a DCB transfer partner).
      Also, Vistara Infinite will give you a short cut to Hilton Gold ( again it depends on how you value it basis your travel patterns).

      My two cents.

      Reply
  39. Avinash Kumar

    Hello

    What is the average limit in vistara infinite card because it is important to achieve milestones?

    Reply
  40. ManzB

    The best return is if you do only 2.5 lacs spend. The working is ..
    1. Value of CV point accrued due to 2.5 lacs spend (7500 points) – 6,000
    2. Value of 10,000 Bonus CV points for reaching 1 Lac Milestone – 8,000
    3. Free Biz class tickets for 2.5 lacs milestone – 20,000
    4. Free Upgrade Vouchers 3 nos as Gold tier benefit – 30,000
    Total benefit – 64,000, which is cool 25% return on 2.5 lacs spend.
    If you go for 5 lacs spend milestone, total benefit is around 90K, hence the return is 18%.
    If you go for 7.5 lacs milestone, then total benefit is around 116K, hence the total return around 15.6%
    So best return is at 2.5 lacs spend.

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    1. ManzB

      I have not added the benefit of Lounge etc, which if added, will give a benefit good enough to cover the Annual fees.
      I just now have applied for this card. Hope they approves it. I already have DCB, SCB Ultimate & Amex Plt Travel.

      Reply

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