Club Vistara Gold/Silver Membership getting discontinued on HDFC Credit Cards

By | February 21, 2019

One of the easiest ways to fly in style on Vistara is by availing the complimentary Vistara Gold/Silver tier membership that comes with HDFC Infinia/Regalia credit cards.

I’ve always been looking at this benefit as a major one as even Silver tier membership on Regalia lets you have priority boarding, excess baggage allowance, etc. If you’re on Gold tier, chances of you getting upgraded to Vistara Business Class is pretty high too. But now its all going away!

Thanks to Satish for sharing the update

So, as you can read above, HDFC & Vistara decided to get out of this partnership with effect from 20th March, 2019. Though, they’ve added a grace period and the last date to register for this benefit is: 30th March, 2019.

Bottomline

Even-though it may sound like a devaluation of HDFC Credit Cards, i “guess” this is more of a customer acquisition plan for Vistara signed for “X” years. Yet, I wish this didn’t happen so early.

That being said, I hope HDFC would work out on adding value to their cards by replacing this with some other benefit. But how would Vistara add value to its customers? maybe they’re eyeing on other card issuers for potential partnership? or maybe not, only time will tell!

What’s your thoughts about this Vistara benefit going away on HDFC Credit Cards? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Author: Siddharth

I love Credit Cards! Minting reward points and cashback for years. Now exploring Airmiles & Hotel loyalty programs. Obsessed with aviation, airport lounges and luxury travel at affordable cost.

40 thoughts on “Club Vistara Gold/Silver Membership getting discontinued on HDFC Credit Cards

  1. Nihar

    The majority frequent flyers of India I guess are with Jet . Things in the last 6 months months have only went downhill for them . And Vistara finds it easy now to win over this bunch of folks as many has made use of their tier match facility and experienced Vistara.

    The only constraint was the coverage , but they are also taking the time spots left vacant by rapidly retreating Jet and opening up newer routes like Delhi- Raipur.

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      1. Mouli

        My wish too, I even tweeted them and Vistara connectivity in south India is poor
        They removed Chennai to Kochi flight also from December 2018

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        1. Siddharth Post author

          Yea, i was hoping to explore this Kochi flight and ended up with Indigo in Jan 🙁

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  2. Satyam Gupta

    My Dad is having a Regalia Card and we just received a mail from the bank to fill up the memebership form, it says fill CV Membership Number(if any) , my dad does not have a FF number but I travel Vistara a lot, will it be okay if I just fill all the required details and then fill my CV number in the place, will It work and will I get the membership in his place through the card?

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Why not just give it a try (at your own risk)? If it doesn’t work, you can then apply for Dad.

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      1. Saurabh Aggarwal

        It will not work as CV number will be matched against email id and mobile number. Anyways, it can be tried.

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    2. Abhishek Roy

      While activating your silver membership, they will check if the cardholders name matches with that of CV Account holder or not. Name mismatch might lead to no upgrade. Still you can try and see if it works.

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    3. Divyansh

      Will not work. You can have one on your Dad’s name only. Not having an existing membership is fine though. The only way it may potentially work is if u have an add-on card in your name.. try it out and do tell us how it turns out.

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  3. Satish Kumar Agarwal

    Dear Sid

    Thanks for making an article on above subject. And the article was made too quickly, I was surprised with the speed.

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Happens at times when you send the tip while I am online 🙂

      Reply
  4. Sujith

    Hi Sid, Got an email from AMEX for 2500 flipkart voucher for 50,000 INR spend between Feb and Apr. Not sure if its a targetted offer. Just parking it in your radar

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    1. Siddharth Post author

      Yes, its a targeted offer. And few other got 20k hotel voucher promo as well. I’m yet to get any. Let’s see!

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      1. SUJIT KUMAR HOTA

        I am already on the gold tier courtesy axis card. Can i use this to get the free upgrade voucher?

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  5. Divyansh

    I used the Vistara Silver for a year and the only privilege i used was priority check-in.. It helps save you the mess of standing on the on-boarding line. I also used one upgrade from PE to B. I was sad when they downgraded me back to Base tier, I missed it by 2 flights. Connectivity via Delhi is not an issue and I’d prefer Vistara any day over the other flights for domestic, especially since now even Jet is going downhill.

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    1. Nihar

      Through started flying on Vistara since last 3 months one major difference with JPP is the tier points . Sometimes u can take 40 flights and still get upgraded to Platinum on JPP (Platinum requires 60 tier points ) but on Club Vistara there is no such opportunity, here miles = tier points . From Silver you have to do 30 flights to move to Gold or accrue 25000 tier points .

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  6. GTMAX

    Do we get the complimentary upgrade voucher and lounge voucher with Vistara Silver complimentary membership from HDFC like the one that a person gets with SBI Prime Card?

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    1. Rakshit

      Yes as these are the benefits of the membership irrespective of the issuing bank.

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  7. Murali

    Yes, I had enrolled for Vistara Silver using HDFC Regalia card. I got one lounge and one upgrade voucher.

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  8. GTMAX

    Thanks for the response guys.

    With not much knowledge in this space, feels so bad that last year when MMT was giving a complimentary Club Vistara Gold membership for MMTBlack members, I did not even bother to fill that little form and get the membership. At least would have enjoyed those benefits for couple of years. So now going forward it seems that there would be no easy way to get a Gold tier unless you are a frequent traveller travelling on Vistara operated routes. Any lucky peeps here who availed that offer under MMTBlack? 😀

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      1. GTMAX

        IF you enrolled for MMTBlack membership by June 2018, then you would have received this email which was open for complimentary Vistara Gold membership till July 31st

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        1. Satish Kumar Agarwal

          Hello GTMAX

          I was MMTBLACK in April 2018 and I don’t remember getting any such email. Maybe they would have sent email to selected few persons only.

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    1. Amit G

      Yes, i Got this offer and enrolled for the same. However they ignored my existing CV-id despite entering the form and issued afresh id, which i never used. Gold Status was valid for 6 months and i didn’t get complimentary voucher against this. Recently it got downgraded to Silver and yesterday is received complimentary upgrade and lounge access voucher (1 each) against silver membership.

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      1. Divyansh

        Hi Amit,

        They did the same with me when i had applied for Silver thru HDFC Regalia. I just sent them a mail to club both accounts and they did that happily. You can probably club both your memberships as Silver would also last you for some time.

        PS… you can use/share the voucher. You dont really need to book using the same Silver account for the upgrade voucher. Best value in booking Premium economy and upgrading to Business.

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  9. Amit

    I recently booked my ticket for Vistara at the last moment by redeeming my DCB points. At the check-in counter I was offered business class upgrade for Rs 4500 for 2 hours flight which I politely declined. Just before boarding at the departure gate they upgraded me to business class . Still not sure how they chose whom to upgrade because I neither hold a Vistara loyalty card nor I am a frequent flier with the airline. My best guess is that I was holding a premium economy ticket which is highest tier in economy class and was polite with the check-in staff.

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    1. Nihar

      It used to happen with Jet few years ago too !
      Personally I feel if load is low in business or PE Vistara can offer it to higher tier FFlyers. Have seen that happen on new routes more often .

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    2. Neo

      Good for you mate!
      I have never had any such luck though with Vistara. Have always upgraded via Cash/vouchers ( I hold Vistara Gold).

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  10. Prashant Gupta

    Marketing so that you can experience the service and become frequent flyet 😉

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  11. Harish

    Hi

    I have just received option to upgrade to regalia and expect to get the card by 15th March. Will I be able to get the benefit of vistara you mentioned above? Please assist on the steps. Thanks!

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    1. Satish Kumar Agarwal

      @ Harish
      Under Regalia card details “know more” option and then travel benefits section, there used to be a link for applying Vistara Silver Tier membership, which no longer exists. So only option is to talk to customer care. Cross your fingers as chances of getting it for a new card member are rather less.

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  12. Rahul

    I just applied for a regalia on 11th March and got it yesterday. I applied for the Silver Tier membership and it said within 3 weeks it will be confirmed to me. Will I get it without any issues?

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