Here comes a big news for the year!
India’s most rewarding airline credit card Axis Vistara Infinite just lost its USP today!
Beginning 1st March 2024 we’ll need “4 flights and 15k Tier Points” to retain “Vistara Gold” status for 2nd year, which is currently being issued as complimentary as long as we hold the Axis Vistara Infinite Credit Card.
The said flights and tier points are impossible for most frequent fliers who solely rely on the redemption flights. Hence it’s good to say that it’s gone!
Here’s a quick look at the complete official announcement on the same that can also be accessed via this link:
As you might know, Axis Vistara Infinite Credit Card used to be the only card for very many years to provide Gold tier benefit even on renewal and now this is sadly going away.
So going forward, we’ll be getting the Vistara Gold tier for the First Year only (for 365 days) just like the IndusInd Vistara Explorer Credit Card, post which one would get downgraded to Silver.
Note that as long as your Gold tier renews before 1st March 2024 along with the annual fee on card, you should be getting the Gold tier for 1 more year.
If your card is renewing post 1st March, you may always choose to close the card and re-open after 6 months to get access to Gold tier. While this works as of now, I expect another round of devaluation if Air India decides to absorb Vistara Gold as Air India Gold.
And lastly, if you’re taking a fresh Vistara Infinite Card, you would get the Gold status for 1 year irrespective of when you apply.
Does it matter?
Well, as long as you’re only flying business class, it doesn’t matter as it doesn’t make much of a difference. I’ve experienced it already and so I can say that.
Even though I’ve been flying frequently on Vistara lately, I don’t hold Gold tier at the moment as I dropped Vistara Infinite about 2 yrs ago. But I don’t see any major disadvantage except that I couldn’t get priority access lane to the 080 lounge at Bangalore airport.
Having said that, if you’re flying economy, Gold tier certainly can make a lot of difference from lounge access to priority check-in, priority boarding and few more.
If you’ve recently travelled on Vistara in the last few months you know that this is inevitable.
Because while boarding, when they request gold members to come forward, you would be quite surprised to see a LOT of them, which wasn’t the case a year or so before.
So to control this and probably to reduce the liability of Gold members merging with Air India (which we don’t know anything yet), this is an essential move.
What’s your thoughts on the recent devaluation on the Axis Vistara Infinite Credit Card? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.