I was initially planning for the axis privilege card (free for priority ac) but later changed my mind for the Vistara infinite card, as it gives new business class experience in Indian skies. You can find the actual review of the Vistara Infinite card in detail here: Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card review.
This article will be more about how I applied and got hands on it. It also covers the hands on experience of the benefits linked to the card.
Axis Bank Credit Card Application Process:
I’ve been waiting to apply for an axis bank card for a long time as I actually wanted an auto eligibility (which refreshes monthly) to kick in. I waited for almost an year but it never happened, despite being a priority customer. So I decided to go with manual application, which takes bit longer to process.
I called up my RM and they took the application along with income documents and I also attached my HDFC credit card statement to see if they can match the limit. They had no clue about it but just took the docs and I was said that I should have the card in 3 weeks approx.
Escalations: 10 days passed and I got no msg, no call, nothing. I started escalating through various channels, from RM, email support to social media. I got a call in a day from a guy at escalation desk and said that there was a delay in receiving my application at the Chennai unit. He promised that he will follow up the application closely until I get it on hand.
From then, it took another 20 days for the application to get processed and to receive it on hand. Even though I had to go through long process, it was made easy because the guy who took my case was updating me status every other day, literally. It was like having an Amex Centurion concierge 😀
Credit limit: I was surprised to see a grand limit on the card and it’s infact the highest among my existing cards. It’s no wonder that axis is generous with credit limits from various sources I know but when it comes to my account, I think decade old savings account + my previous credit card usage history with axis insta easy credit card all helped.
Unboxing Axis Bank Vistara Infinite Credit Card:
The card comes with a nice box, like Yesbank’s Yes First preferred and exclusive cards but is not so attractive as them. The card design is decent. Its a contactless card, but i was never able to use any of my contactless cards anywhere till date.
Posting of CV points:
The points for card spends gets posted to your Vistara account within ~4 days from the date of transaction. You even get the milestone vouchers at same time.
Axis bank and Vistara seem to have a wonderful integration in place as it’s probably the fastest card to post the points to account. To compare, HDFC Jet cards post the JPMiles in ~7 days and ICICI Jet Sapphiro takes ~2 months to post the JPMiles.
Note: For some reason, the welcome gift (business class voucher) gets added to the account only after ~2 months, while the spend based vouchers getting added on time.
Redemption of Vouchers:
Fortunately they started flying from Chennai just after i got the card. So I’ve already redeemed 2 business class vouchers and the redemption process was damn simple. Good part is, you can also let your friends and family members to use your vouchers. Just make sure to redeem the voucher 7 days prior to the date of travel.
You’re just a call away + 5 mins to get your ticket. The redemption charges are as low as ~Rs.500, which is very much acceptable. They ask to pay this fee only with your Vistara card, but the gateway technically accepts any card.
Club Vistara Gold:
What most of us don’t see as a direct value with this card is the Vistara Gold status. You get enrolled into club Vistara Gold within a week once your card gets approved. It comes with 3 upgrade vouchers and 2 lounge vouchers (for guests). Upgrade vouchers are worth a lot as this means another 3 business class tickets if you book on premium economy or, 3 premium economy tickets if you book on economy.
These upgrade/lounge vouchers gets added to account directly and they also send the physical kit to the registered address after a month, along with the personalised CV Gold Card.
Overall Value & Reward Rate:
You get a business class ticket for the joining fee of Rs.10k. Then, With a 7.5L spend, you get 3 business class tickets + 33,000 cv points. (Regular+bonus points). Along with the CV Gold status, here’s the total value you get:
- 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)
While 15% reward rate is sweet, note that the reward rate mentioned here is based on the perceived value and not the actual. Which means, its not actual net savings.
- You can access the KrisFlyer Gold lounge in Singapore as well as the Business Class SilverKris lounges overseas, if you fly Singapore Airlines, even on economy. This is CV Gold benefit.
- Value of 1 CV Point = 75Ps (approx. value, on domestic ). You can also get better value, as good as Rs.1 at times.
- You can in-fact get even higher value for the points, as great as Rs.2 if you redeem for Business Class in Singapore Airlines (SE Asia) as it needs only 25k CV Points with which you get a typical perceived value of 50,000 INR, though travel time in this sector is usually ~2 hrs.
- Upgrades when you use “Upgrade Vouchers” are confirmed only 1hr before flight. Its wise not to attempt using it in Delhi-Mumbai route as there would be many willing to actually pay for it, which reduces your chances of upgrade.
A 15% reward rate is probably one of the best in industry and is no doubt that Axis Bank Vistara infinite card is a must have card in your pocket if you’re looking for domestic business class experience. The fee is also affordable and gives a great value for those in premium travel segment.
Do you have Axis bank Vistara Credit Card? Feel free to share your experiences in comments below.
I was waiting eagerly for this Vistara card review. Very exciting to see. Can you please answer the following questions ?
1. How much annual income you showed ?
2. I know you don’t like to reveal exact credit limit but is it less than 5 lakhs or more ?
3. How much average monthly balance you mainatained in your priority ac. ?
4. Did you maiantained any other relationships with Axis besides a saving ac. ?
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I read the commenting guidelines and I agree 100% to each and every word of it. I respect your privacy and please accept my sincere apology .
Credit cards are amazingly beautiful and highly attractive things. Infact it fascinates me deeply. I am always trying desperately to gather informations as much as much as possible . I can’t get it out of my head. I constantly think about it and I always talks with others about it and they thinks that I am crazy.
All the above are reasons that I browse your blogs at least 10 times a day and sometimes when you don’t post new contents or comments I read your old articles again and again and again. My excessive passion for credit cards has today resulted in crossing my limit and asking you
personal questions and I am really sorry for that.
Keep up the great task you are doing as your articles has become food for some people like me.
Yes they are very attractive and this website of Sid is very very unique and educative. Having said that we all need to be very careful in using them. I had burnt my fingers using credit cards ( 4) of them and it has taken me 12 years to get back by CIBIL score back on track and now again I have with great difficulty 4 cards again but I have been extra careful and try and make excess payments so that the amount is always negative.
Are u serving in the army…
And if yes, even I have a great passion for credit cards and am a serviceman
Great review Siddharth. I recently started using Vistara signature card and have got great experience while redeeming points for Premium Economy tickets. I had always been a fan of Vistara’s PE but it looks like in recent times the service has detoriated to an extent. Would love to provide a detailed experience like yours sometime in future.
Bottomline is if you fly between the cities Vistara covers, these are the best cards in town.
And the good part is Vistara’s coverage is getting better. Adding Chennai was a big plus for me 🙂
Sure, feel free to share a detailed review when you’ve more info.
Congratulations for the new card. You have mentioned that you are a digital marketer and I am not sure if you are doing any other business.
In what kind of business, Were you able to send more amount by credit card? In general, I am just wondering in which industry we can pay a lot using credit card and do business.
In most businesses, you will have expenses, which can be put on card most of the time. This is possible with 90% of the businesses, Unless you deal with cash.
Again, its not just about business, you can also do it being an employee, preferably a one who travels more, so you can put the bills on your card and get it re-imbursed from company.
Great write up…Very very beneficial. Infact had applied for this card but got a platinum vistara card. Got a call from the escalation team that the card would be replaced within 5 days. Not yet received this card but I do see value as I prefer to fly Vistara.
I see it happening to few others as well. Hope you get the Infinite variant soon.
Great did, but 15% rate seems inflated, as if a marketing guy of the card would have advertised 😉
I think you must work out a realistic return % assuming upgrades and lounge access as ‘good to have’?
Yes, its too good to be true. I’m still not considering lounge access to arrive at the number. Upgrades are really worth considering it.
As already mentioned in the article, its only a perceived value when it comes to Business class, as most of us don’t fly Biz class otherwise. While its not a net 15% savings, you still get that much value out of it.
I got the Vistara gold and upgrade vouchers along with Infinia. For some reason they have sent the envelope twice and I have now got twice the no of upgrade vouchers and lounge access cards. Yet to use them though.
But Vistara gold did turn out to be handy in one of my recent travel where I was overweight by almost twice the permissible limit.
Hence there are a lot of other intangibles to which it is difficult to assign value :). Do update your experience with Vistara Business class while I plan to get my next flight upgraded to PE.
That’s interesting. Lucky you 🙂
Yes, it adds up a lot of value in such cases. I haven’t added them as i don’t generally use those benefits. Glad you’re enjoying them.
Sure thing, the biz class review is on the way.
Hi siddharth – did you get the 3 complimentary J class tickets along with the gold membership or was this an add on benefit of the Vistara card? I didn’t get the free tickets with my gold pack – only got the upgrade vouchers and lounge passes.
No, 3 Biz class tickets/vouchers are spend based, added to ac after reaching the milestone spends.
Being a Frequent traveller on Domestic Economy, i dont fancy this card very much. Further there are almost no intercity flights within Tamilnadu the last time i checked. If Vistara starts operating many flights from Chennai i will definitely go for this card
Ah well, makes sense.
New Update :
HDFC has newly introduced Spend based Milestone reward points on Regalia and Regalia First credit cards.
1. Earn 15,000 Reward Points on annual spends of Rs. 8,00,000 or more in each anniversary year*
2. Earn 10,000 Reward Points on annual spends of Rs. 5,00,000 or more in each anniversary year*
*Important Terms and Conditions of Annual spends benefit program
Earn10,000 Reward Points when you achieve spends of Rs. 5,00,000 in anniversary year and additional 5,000 Reward Points when you achieve Rs 8,00,000 in the same anniversary year.
It was there on Business cards earlier and its nice to see it on retail cards too. Now the reward rate becomes ~2% on 8L spend. Nice move by HDFC.
Thanks for spotting it 🙂
What is the meaning of ‘in anniversary year’??
Thanks in advance.
Great to see the benefits but what is the validity of the vouchers and the business class ticket that you got for joining fee and the CV points ?
Lounge/upgrade vouchers validity: 1 yr
Complimentary tickets/welcome voucher:6 Months
CV Points: 3 Years
hey, can these upgrade vouchers and tickets be used for international flights as well? delhi – dubai etc
Thanks for the review.
Was looking forward to it.
From South India, except Chennai Port Blair, the best Vistara routings are all via Delhi.
Second half of 2018 Vistara may start off South East and Japan operations. That should give these companies branded cards all India traction.
I hope they go fully international by end 2018.
Till then I guess I will bide my time.
In my book they have it in them to become India’s answer to SA/QA.
Jet long haul better up their game in fast forward mode!
Keep them coming man 🙂
In my book they have it in them to become India’s answer to SA/QA.
– True that!
Tried to use upgrade voucher but it’s possible only before 1 hour of flight = if someone pays for ticket in upgraded class, you won’t be able to use upgrade voucher.
Lounge access voucher was also for Delhi t3 only. They couldn’t offer mote than sandwiches at 5pm as I m vegetarian.
That’s my experience
Thats sad, i thought i could use it anytime before to get confirmed upgrade. 1hr is too less. Sure about it?
Upgrades should be fine unless you fly between DEL-BOM as they may have 100% occupancy. But rest routes I’ve been on had only 50% occupancy on biz class.
Let me share an experience I had with Vistara. This was well before, I got this Axis Bank Vistara infinite credit card. I’m not a frequent Vistara flyer since they do not serve any of my preferred routes. Most of my flights are with Jet Airways.
I had Vistara silver status which I got from my HDFC Regalia. They had issued one upgrade and lounge access voucher each at that time. When I got upgraded to JetPrivilege Platinum, I applied for a club vistara status match to Gold. It was just for 3 months and I was again issued one upgrade and one lounge access voucher.
I booked a return premium economy flight from Ahmedabad to Delhi. I wanted to use both the upgraded vouchers in this trip if seats are available. And also wanted to visit the Vistara lounge at Delhi T3 using the lounge access voucher.
I reached Ahmedabad airport 2.5 hours before the scheduled departure. Enquired at the premium economy counter about the availability of business class seats for upgrade. Yes. The process was smooth. They had vacant seats, I shared voucher number and I got upgrade. The upgrade process was smooth and I even acknowledged it in the twitter page of Vistara.
on my return trip, I had plans to use the second upgrade voucher and also to visit the Vistara lounge at Delhi T3 using the lounge access voucher. I reached airport 2 hours before departure. At the premium economy counter, after a lot of confusion, they informed me that upgrades are allowed only 1 hour before departure and booking window was still open. Ohh… Ahmedabad team had no such issues and Delhi team got some restrictions… I’m asked to check with the lounge people about the upgrade 1 hour before departure. Exactly one hour before departure, I checked with them. The reply I got was great. They can upgrade me but they will not be able to provide me meal, since it is late… Wait… What??? Then what is the point in upgrading and wasting a voucher. They only told me to wait till one hour before departure and then they tells me that they cannot provide me meal since I’m late… I outrightly rejected the upgrade proposal…
Vistara lounge is just basic… Nothing special. One of the advantage is that their screens will show Vistara Flights only. So you dont have to search for your flight among various airlines.And They had their own photo shooting going on inside the lounge at the time of my visit which was limiting the mobility of people inside the lounge.
I applied for Axis Bank Vistara Infinite card as I wanted to shift my expenses from a Non-upgradable SBI card. Again, the business class tickets and miles will become handy for family trips. Further, I feel pretty sure that Vistara network will grow.
Thanks for sharing your experience. Did they mention anywhere about the 1hr thing for upgrade? If not, we can raise the case, probably to social media to get it done.
Btw, No meal on flight for the delay? That’s too bad!
Vistara lounge was good in my experience, especially the service. Will review it shortly.
May be coz Vistara lounge was crowded due to the advertisement shoot. And I didn’t like their buffet also.
Just saw that is mentioned behind the upgrade voucher in the TnC. It is really restrictive if they actually follow this
Yes, i noted too on website, about the 1hr thing. Updated article accordingly.
I have upgraded twice to biz class as I fly premium economy. You are correct Delhi Bombay is tough due to occupancy. And the 1 hour rule is approximately.ately correct. All planes have 8 biz class seats, so if u have an odd hour flight to low occupancy route they will upgrade even two hours earlier else they will ask u to wait till sales close. I m based in Delhi so it suits me well.
Yes, got it. It does makes sense for airlines to do so.
I have been using this since launch.
The way I use upgrade vouchers:
– Call priority connect helpline (vistara gold)
– Ask them to find the flights that have upgradeable seats open in Business class on the specific date (usually half the total number of seats) and also tell them my intentions – ie. Book premium economy and upgrade to business.
– Ask THEM to make a booking for premium economy (usually with CV points) and make them wait on the line while I pay the taxes and confirm tickets.
– Now ask them to apply upgrade vouchers.
If you book yourself, you might not be able to use upgrade vouchers in case business seats are 50% booked (they’ll ask you to try again 1hour prior to boarding) – so go through helpline.
Other benefits you missed:
– Upgrade voucher on birthday (only valid for one month though)
– Card is a Visa Infinite with all benefits of Infinite program including concierge etc.
– Lounge access for vistara gold is unlimited.
Using this card for last few months. It is good value for money. Key thing to note for Biz class vouchers is that ONLY 2 redemptions tickets are permitted per flight. That is if someone else has used redemptions you can not!
What is the annual charge for this credit card.
10k+GST. Pls refer to the original review for more info.
Vistara’s upgrade voucher are only applicable once you check in, generally done couple of hoyrs before the flight and NOT while booking
Noted. Article updated 🙂
I upgraded to business class from economy class prior to 30 days of travel date using two upgrade vouchers but they also charged 1700 saying that you have to pay tax. This I did for Bom-Del flight. I have one questions, do they charge upgradation fee when you upgrade after check-in?
No, they don’t charge at airport. I recently upgraded from premium economy to Biz at airport. The risk here is the seat availability.
They have not charged any taxes from me for upgradation 15 days prior to journey.
I Want to know that how much credit limit will get on itr of 6lac,I got only 1lac on icici rubyx card but it’s not sufficient for me. Is there is any chance of increasing it.
ICICI isnt generous with credit limit enhancement. And for Vistara infinite, you would need ~12L ITR.
If you are any CV tier member you can apply for any vistara card (can be infinite too) without any income documents
What is the source for this information?
Sales manager Delhi NCR. I have myself applied for infinite card by just giving my CV ID, aadhaar and pan card copy. No other income proof were asked. I dont have a premium banking relationship with them nor my salary gets credited into axis bank.
I spoke to Axis Bank officials regarding eligibility: (at least one of the below to be met)
1. Net take home salary should be at least Rs 50,000. ITR is not taken.
2. Frequent traveler in Vistara. Gold status or above or at least flew 2 times in the past 6 months or so.
3. Axis Bank savings account is a must if the above two conditions are not met.
4. If none of the above 3 conditions are met, then they check if the company you work is listed in their database to issue card.
And this is in which state/city?
ITR of ~12L is what i was said to be eligible for this card. Looks like its bit different for different cities.
I’m from Chennai. I specially asked for ITR but they look for Rs 50k net monthly salary.
If it is ITR based, how to go about applying for the card?
Ok, then I think for salaried its basis on salary, instead of ITR. RM is the who could help on this. It appears that they don’t have a single nationwide requirement.
one more point to add…Axis Bank issue their other credit cards at selected cities only. but it is not applicable to Vistara cards.
I don’t think you require a gold status for getting this card as I was a silver member only, which was offered with HDFC regalia two years back.
Can you do a comparison between all the premium cards again?
Love to hear about your top cards given that hdfc diners points are added after 90 days and given the new options in credit cards
Sure, sometime soon.
@siddharth Do u know any trick to get credit card without income proof( I know some bank provides credit card on fixed deposit based) , i am talking here credit card without FD, i am NRI, last time when i was in India i applied SBI card online, luckily they dudnt asked me salary slip or any income related document, I got Prime card with below 50k credit limit, i requsted them to increase my credit limit after 6 month but they rejected mentioning ” i am not elibliglble” i am looking for new credit card atleast with 1 lakh limit,, any suggestion..?
Look out for card-on-card offers. Yesbank is good to start with.
Hi. Good Post Sid as always.
1. You have me toned Axis Bank Insta Easy Credit Card in your post. When did you discontinued the account of this card? (When did you surrendered your card and closed this card account) or do you still hold this credit card along with the new Vistara Credit Card?
2. Roughly, How much credit limit range this Vistara card have?
3. How much minimum net profit is required for the ITR?
4. Is there any annual renewal for this card?
5. Are you self employed or doing Job? (For ITR and while filling up the application)
1. It was closed couple of years back.
2. 2X-3X of monthly salary is the usual number. Will be higher if the NRV with bank is high.
3. ~12L i was said. But check with your branch.
4. Yes, same.
Sid, for vistara business class tickets redemption, what’s your views on surcharges and taxes levied? Costly or reasonable? Do they change if we book tickets a week in advance or month?
What’s the average credit limit to expect on itr 6-7lac(self employed)
Please share ur experiences.
Thanks for your valuable responses.
I am an avid reader of your blog, thanks for updating us with new cards/offers. I have an existing Axis credit card with limit of approx 3l, can you please tell me how to upgrade it to vistara infinite card as I don’t see any upgrade form on Axis website.
You can get it as 2nd card, as you cant upgrade to Vistara cards AFAIK.
Good post. I had one issue which may be off topic. I want to apply for this card. But I think I have too many cards. Will it be cause for rejection ? I currently own a HDFC Diners Premium(1.90L) , ICICI jet Sapphiro (1.25L), Citi PremierMiles(7.8L) an IndusInd Indulge(I have the option to set the limit. Approved till 15L. Never exceeded 2.5L) , SBI Elite(4.5L) and AMEX Gold charge(I don’t know how to find limit. Net banking is pretty bad.) . (Sorry too many). Also suggest any cards that I should close in case I should to get approved for Vistara Infinite card? I also have a line of credit with Citibank which comes on my CIBIL. Also, my SBI Elite card is coming for renewal. I have missed the 10L target by a short amount. SBI won’t waive the joining fee. Is it wise to keep that card or should I close it as no joining bonus. Or should I downgrade to Prime.
Another query I had that my Jet Cards are free as I am platinum. I was lucky to get a status match to gold and was able to get platinum on vistara also. Will this card be free or still I need to pay 1000+GST?
Hoping to get some expert advice by Sid and some other community guys!
As long as the score and everything is fine, it will be approved. I got it as 9th active card as well 🙂
Downgrade to Prime, if you’re not making use of BMS benefit.
Its still paid for platinum. Its 10k+GST.
Thanks. Cleared my doubts.
Congrats on your 9th card! I realised that I hold a collection too small to worry 😉
PS. Great response @0100hrs
I have a vistara silver membership which has one upgrade voucher and 1 lounge voucher. Can this voucher be used by my wife for her one of domestic trip.
Yes. You just need to add her as a nominee in your CV account before redeeming it. Its instant and easy.
had a talk with Axis bank representative. He says a baking relationship is must for this card. Also, Burgundy status is needed to initiate the process. he told me I need to give a initial account opening cheque of 5L and then grow relationship to atleast 10L in 3 months. this condition is quite a bummer. Any workarounds?
I knew someone holding it without a savings ac. Relationship thing might be there if IT <12L, else it shouldn't be a problem.
Strange! Meeting the ITR criteria. Had a similar bummer for Diners Black too. Finally decided to let it go and stopped pursuing it. Maybe for this one also same. Or will try from a different branch next time.
I wrote this a couple of comment backs. I spoke to Axis Bank officials regarding eligibility: (at least one of the below to be met)
1. Net take home salary should be at least Rs 50,000. ITR is not taken. Note that this may be for the base variant and not the infinite variant. You can get this variant and then upgrade later.
2. Frequent traveler in Vistara. Gold status or above or at least flew 2 times in the past 6 months or so.
3. Axis Bank savings account is a must if the above two conditions are not met.
4. If none of the above 3 conditions are met, then they check if the company you work is listed in their database to issue card.
Even I am not meeting any of their conditions. Planning to wait and then apply again.
This happens usually when representatives are low on their sales targets. Usually asking them to give this is writing should do the trick. Try approaching a different representative or applying online at their website.
Sms the code from vistara site. I was asked 6lac itr to apply for this card.
Sales guys put these conditions to complete their targets.
For DCB mail your Citibank bank card statement to Chennai along with itr first page copy. Citibank credit line would be like icing for dcb quick aproval.
What do u mean? Does HDFC accept Other bank statements for existing card upgrade? Do they increase the limit based on other bank credit card statements? I was told by customer care that it is not possible. Please Clarify.
I just got my card approved without having an account in axis bank and without having any prior club vistara membership.
ITR criteria was enough. Applied directly from their website and their representative came to take the details. Card got approved in 72hrs.
As you have mentioned above that you had attached a Hdfc Bank Credit Card Statement as supporting document. Can u pls confirm the credit limit percentage ration on your Axis Bank credit card as compare to hdfc Bank ….
Usually banks issue a new credit card with 20% – 25% higher Limit as compared to the existing other bank credit card.
1. Do we get CV points on free tickets.
2. Do we get CV points on tickets we purchase using CV points.
3. DO we get CV points on tickets upgraded using vouchers
No CV points for all 3 cases.
applied and got the vistara signature card.. I have a savings account with them.. seems the card application process was pretty fast and i was offered infinite card, but i was hesitant to take the 10000 fees. hence i settled for signature card.
Hi. Quick question. Will an add-on card also receive CV Gold status?
No… Add-on card will always have your Vistara account linked to it. Miles will be added to your account only.
No. Only primary card holder gets it.
Hi Siddharth, i have axis Vistara signature card and i paid renewal fee of 3000 plus gst…i want to know if i will get premium economy ticket against my renewal fee paid? Please reply as soon as possible…axis and you mever mentioned this so…
Yes you will.
When you received the ticket against joining fee, after how many days of paying the card fee ?
I have Vistara Signature card and already I flied in Vistara Premium class and economy class and Vistara flight experience was one of its kind.Really amazing and cant compare with any other in Domestic
I wish they could connect more cities from Chennai
The voucher against the joining fee takes some time, like 2 months.
I think this timeline is varied, since for me I got the welcome ticket quite quickly within ~2 weeks of receiving the card itself and the statement was not even generated for me to pay the joining fees.
But on the other hand, the renewal PE ticket for my Vistara Signature card was not issued to me at all, may be they lost the track during my card upgrade, so after the upgrade I had to send them a mail regarding it and I got the renewal ticket after 3 months but guess what, I was issued Business class ticket, even though the renewal benefit was for Signature card. May be system automatically decides which voucher to be issued based on current relationship which at that point was Vistara Infinite.
When you upgraded from Signature to Infinite ?
Is it after paying the renewal fee of Signature card you upgraded to Infinite, in that case you would have paid fee for both Signature as well as Infinite card,rt?
As I am planning to upgrade I need more input on this
small query. Do we get CV points for loading wallets like paytm with vistara signature card?
Yes we get points on all transactions
@anoop.e.s. out of context of your comment at top regarding eligibility. What docs you gave while applying and how you got eligible?
I had applied through Vistara website. The benefit is that first call was from Hyderabad from the team exclusively dealing Vistara card applications.
Next call came from Ahmedabad as I am presently working in the state of Gujarat. The executive there sent me application form over courier as I am workign very far from Ahmedabad. I signed on it and attached my KYC documents, 3 months salary slips and 6 months salary account statement. In addition to that, I attached my vistara account statement (though nobody asked me to do so, but I felt it will be an added advanatage) which was showing merely Three activities at that time (Two flights undertaken and one transfer of reward points from my HDFC card).
I had clearly communicated to the executive that I want Infinite varaint only and don’t need signature or platinum versions. Thats it. I got the card approved. Few days later, got add on card for my wife too.
I thought you applied without salary docs.
Lucky you Anoop. I applied for it from Axis Bank website and local bank executives would not move my application forward without a printed copy of Aadhaar card. I am very strictly against sharing my Aadhaar card in printed form and those idiots didn’t know how to do eKYC. Finally decided to stop chasing them. May be some day in another city, but not Delhi or Noida.
If I am booking a flight from Chennai to Chandigarh then its not a direct flight and has connecting flight via Delhi.
In the above case,can you redeem single ticket and will I get Business class confirmed in both the flights ?
AFAIK, You get it for only one flight when there is a layover.
Yeah, that’s the sad part as Vistara doesn’t have many flights
Hi Siddharth, I’m an avid reader of your blog. For some reason, Axis hasn’t gotten back to me on my application for more than a month (ITR eligibity critera is satisfied). Also, I wanted to know if the Vistara Gold tier renewal happens on card renewal. If it does not, it translates to an annual spend of at least 5 lacs for renewal of all benefits. Is this assumption correct?
British Airways Announced partnership with Vistara
As part of the new agreement customers can book seats on Vistara flights to destinations across India from Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. Seats are available to buy on ba.com from today, for travel from September 27, 2018
The agreement means that British Airways customers will now be able to visit 13 new destinations across the region, opening up cities such as Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Goa, Kolkata, Kochi, and Pune that have previously been more difficult to access from the UK
Does this allow redeeming Vistara miles as well on BA?
Still not much details available but my assumption is no.
Will check and update
Got my VIstara infinite approved 2 days back (31 OCT). I had applied on 24 Oct 2018. Can see the card in axis internet banking. Limit provided is highest among all the cards I currently hold. I was not asked for any income proof and this card was applied just on the basis of my CV Membership tier.
Can you explain about
1. what is your membership tier with Vistara
2. relationship level with Axis
3. How did you apply? Like did you get pre-approved offer or in axis website or vistara website
CV Tier – Gold
Relationship with Axis bank – Axis asap account with no balance in it 🙂
Was it a pre approved offer – No
How did I apply – Filled in the form online and got a call from mumbai who transferred the lead to local team here in Noida. Sales team called me up to say if I had a CV membership they would require just the CV ID, ID and Address proofs and No income docs.
Filled the form online means did you mean in vistara website or axis website?
I think may be since you are a frequent flyer in Vistara, they could have processed it. I remember seeing somewhere that one of the eligibility criteria is gold tier in vistara
Applied on Axis bank website. They have a dedicated sales team for Axis Vistara cards.
This is now the costliest card I have at ₹11800 a year. Have Regalia and Indusind Iconia amex too at a LTF pricing. Let’s see if I can make anything out of this card.
what was ur cv tier when u applied?
so like you were only asked for pan card, address proof and cv id??
Got the card today.. sexy 😍😍 is all i can say..! @siddharth does this card have regular lounge access? Asking specifically about the Above Ground level lounge Bangalore who are now tied up with very limited issuers.
do you retain vistara gold status upon renewal as well??
Yes. Thats what I was told
Filled in the form today. Got a call & he forwarded my application on basis of cv membership with 2 or more flights taken.
Applied for platinum one.
As one economy ticket for Rs.1500+tax is worth it. Plus all the paytm n flipkart discount this diwali.
Axis vistara and icici amazon card are on my list now.
ok guys you need to fly twice in last six months to be eligible without any income docs!
Do you need to have a higher membership tier or CV Base will also work for no income doc requirement?
No tier requirement. Just 2 flights in last 6 months.
How to request for a credit limit increase with Axis bank? Do they increase limit based on other credit card limits?
You can send ITR after >6 months of card setup date. Use their support system to upload docs. They’ll raise a ticket for LE and should be done in ~5 days.
AFAIK, most banks don’t consider other card limits for making a decision on subsequent Limit enhancements.
Some updates based on Vistara experience
1. I’ve contacted Vistara through twitter and they informed me that Gold status will continue as long we use this card. it seems like those who got downgraded to silver can get it fixed by contacting Axis customer care.
2. Upgrade vouchers can be used on award tickets too (got confirmation from Vistara on twitter). We can book tickets in Economy or Premium economy using miles and then get the same upgraded to Premium Economy or Business respectively using upgrade voucher (at the airport, based on availability). This is very good as Vistara gives discounted miles offer once in two months (for November it is there with 30% discount on required miles, for some sectors). I’m going to try it this month-end. On the other hand, jet gives upgrade option only on revenue tickets.
3. A ticket booked using complimentary ticket option (which comes with these cards) cannot be cancelled for reusing the complimentary ticket voucher again. They allowed me to use it again as I had to cancel the complimentary ticket due to Kochi airport being closed at the time of floods in Kerala, but before the original expiry of the complimentary ticket. Think it was an exceptional case.
4. A ticket booked using complimentary ticket option could be moved (or advanced) to an earlier flight on the same day by paying the necessary fee. I used this once during last month in Delhi – Kochi sector.
5. Since most of flights are originated from Delhi, food is boarded from Delhi for return flight too. So sometimes, while trying for counter upgrades from other airports, you may get an answer like “Sir, the upgrade is available, but we can give you only economy class food”. In such cases, try for upgrade only after the incoming aircraft get landed (if you are not worried about food option, not an issue). You may seek the help of Vistara supervisor at the airport for checking whether food is available for you in the class you desire to upgrade. and then decide whether to upgrade or not. Used this at Ahmedabad once.
6. This one I read somewhere, never tried it and I’m not sure about this. Book revenue tickets in economy, upgrade to Premium economy using miles and then finally upgrade to Business using upgrade voucher at the airport.
I’ll be completing the requirement for the final milestone complimentary ticket by next month. Already received 3 tickets (one welcome ticket and 2 milestone tickets) and used two of them. Feels like there is no point in using this card after reaching the third and final milestone.
Vistara is entirely a different experience on Indian skies. Hope to meet them on more domestic routes next year.
Thanks Anoop for summarizing your experiences with Vistara. Certainly helps!
Can I upgrade my existing Axis credit card to Vistara credit card?
sure, just contact customer
Hello Siddharth, I got this card approved after a long wait of 25 days. Initial limit approved is just 1L. I have a question- I’m expecting single transaction of 2L+ in coming months. Can I put it on this card by pre-paying 1L+ amount on this card account so that credit limit will increase temporarily ? I used to do this sometime with ICICI Insta card long back. Will it work here same way too ? I have other cards with more limit also, but as milestone benefit (free business class ticket) for this card is at 2.5L I would like to use this.
Can any one differentiate between “axis bank infinite affluent credit card” and “axis bank vistara infinite credit card” are they both same or not. If any one knows the difference please let me know.
Got confirmation mail from Vistara regarding Gold status.
Important: Re-evaluation of your CV Gold membership
Dear Mr Es,
Club Vistara ID: XXXXXXXXX
We hope you have been enjoying the benefits of your CV Gold membership.
We are writing to you in reference to the upcoming tier evaluation of your CV Gold membership. Please note that your CV Gold status will be re-evaluated on 03-07-2019 (MM/DD/YYYY). If your CV Gold status is a benefit through Axis Bank Vistara Infinite credit card, this email may not be relevant to you. You may renew your credit card to enjoy your CV Gold status for the next 12 months.
I have upgraded my Vistara Signature card to Infinite last week and received the card and tier also upgraded to Gold.
I have plan to visit Delhi next week and want to use Vistara lounge with Family.I would like to use the lounge access voucher for my family members but heard from customer care that I will receive it by 45 days only.
Any idea whether CV gold members can take family members to the lounge for free also?
Physical voucher is required for lounge access but you can easily upgrade them to premium cabins using points. Economy -> Premium Economy needs very few points and they’ll get lounge access.
Update: Premium Economy doesnt comes with lounge Access. Though, Vistara Gold can get you lounge access on any cabin in Vistara.
Sid, I have premium Economy tickets only,I think Free Lounge Access is only for Business class/Gold & Platinum Members/Lounge Access Vouchers
My recent BOM->DEL boarding pass on Premium Economy says I’ve access to GVK Business Class lounge. So I assume they’ll be giving access to the Delhi Vistara lounge too.
Update: I got lounge access for being Vistara Gold
That might be coz your Gold status with Vistara. Platinum and Gold members get lounge access even while flying on economy lite fare.
Oh Yes, I totally missed that. Thanks for clarifying!
As Anoop correctly says, you get to use GVK lounge because of the CV Gold status, irrespective of which class you are flying in. The GVK lounge is really nice, and CV Gold/Platinum also gets you a free glass of beer/house wine 🙂 I have CV Gold due to HDFC Infinia, which will not get renewed after the anniversary. I am then planning for AXIS Infinite. Hopefully Vistara will be flying International in a few weeks. A Gold status will be great fun then.
On Another note, I have just cancelled my JP Sapphiro cards. Looking for a good replacement. Don’t mind paying, but certainly not AmEx Plat Charge!
Sid, I even checked one of my previous Premium Economy boarding pass from Delhi but nothing is mentioned related to Delhi Lounge.
I have written to Vistara support regarding this and I feel around 60 days to receive the vouchers are too long
Mouli,agree completely. it’s a painful process.
Anyone having Vistara lounge access voucher without plan for use in the immediate future ?
I will get in another 45 days and return it
Ohh. I missed your post… both my lounge access vouchers got expired this month (March)…
Received the card today, I took exactly 13 days(including weekends) from the time of application. Package doesn’t come with vistara membership card, but CC is embossed with CVID. Whether it’ll be send separately?
I got mine separately from Vistara. Howver, your Class upgrade & Lounge access vouchers should be available online in ur CV account.
Hope this helps.
Will the add-on card holder able to get complimentary lounge benefits as well?
Vistara has got permission to fly international. So hopefully the card or Gold membership will be useful for international travel.
I pulled off an amazing hack on Vistara and couldn’t resist from sharing it with all here. I am an MMT BLACK member since more than a year. Around August last year, MMT provided a complimentary Vistara Gold status for 3 months. I made one travel during this time to Singapore on Singapore airlines quoting CV membership number on the booking. There was no other activity apart from this.
Later in nov. , Vistara extended the gold status by another 3 months upto end of Feb. During the beginning of Feb., Vistara came up with promotional fares and I had to travel to Ahmedabad in March. For the dates I wanted to travel on economy class fares were 9300 odd but hang on… fare for same dates on premium economy was 5615 only!! I was rubbing my eyes 🙂 I immediately HDFC DCB concierge to book premium economy with my points ( as HDFC diners redemption site doesn’t have option to book premium econonmy). So, this was a steal already .
Then comes an interesting part. My CV gold expired in last week of Feb and my status was changed to Silver . As a result of this, I got one cabin upgrade voucher and one lounge voucher. Wow! this is for doing nothing at all 🙂
Last night I called Vistara and used my cabin upgrade voucher and there was availability on my flight. So, I am flying business tomorrow! yay! All this for free … this is one of the best steals I have ever pulled off!
When we are making purchases, full eligible miles are getting posted within 3 to 5 days. But later on, if we covert any of these transactions to EMI, the miles posted to Vistara account is getting reversed. This reversal is shown as a separate entry in the club Vistara account with “-” sign
Again, club Vistara gold status continues as long as we hold this card. Mine just got renewed this month.
Thanks for the update!
In my first month of membership no reversals happened. 2nd month onwards they did.
Hi. I am thinking of opening a Burgundy Relationship with Axis Bank. I want to know whether it is worth it or not.
Also shall I wait till 31st March to see that BookMyShow is renewed on Burgundy Debit Card or simply open the account. (Believing that the offer will be definitely renewed as it getting for past several years)
I’ve recently applied for the card (Infinite version).
As one would expect, the bank rep did not now anything about upgrade vouchers or lounge access vouchers.
The bank site too is not too clear. Have they now stopped issuing vouchers?
Bank’s don’t usually know these things. Ignore them, it’ll come to you on time. If not, you can check with Vistara Team.
Its been three months since I received this card but still I haven’t received the welcome kit even after multiple emails and tweets
Vistara experience in the flight is good but their support and backend team is not that efficient
Seems Vistara is ignoring Chennai,first they removed Chennai to Kochi flight and now they removed Chennai to Kolkata flight and without much flight options being gold member is nothing but waste of money
Vistara is mainly for Delhi and Mumbai
Exactly my thoughts. I wanted to get this Vistara Infinite but now not interested until they have more options for non-DEL/BOM flights. Even BOM was added because of unused slots of Jet Airways. To operate more flights from BOM, they withdrew MAA-CCU flights among others.
Have u got the card…I have noticed axis takes a long time to approve applications….if u have got the card, kindly let us know how much time did it take to get the card….thanks
To all axis credit card holders who dont have bank account with axis….. how you guys access online account for cc?
Same question from me as well. I was using the app for sometime, but the card somehow got automatically de-linked and now I dont have any access either on the app or through online banking
I have the same exact question. I got my card and I dont have an online access for this card. I am unable to check transaction or do other stuff. This is so weird
You will need a savings account. Open a savings account with axis, preferably from the branch, then ask them to link your card with savings account customer id. Post linkage you can view your card details.
I hold Axis Vistara Infnite card and I access the card account through the app. I do not hold savings account or any other product with them. Try to reinstall the app. It will automatically detect your relationship through self-verification OTP, provided same mobile number is updated in bank records.
Has anyone got a limit increase on their axis vistara card?
How many months does axis take to offer a limit increase?
Can financials be submitted?
Whats the usual limit increase they offer?
I am holding the Infinite variant since 2015 & i havent managed to get the limit increased. No offer has cropped up for limit increase. For force increase you will need to send salary slip & bank statement to their customer care.
Within these 4 years, my HDFC Jet CC was at 2 lakh limit, which got increased to 9.66 L by 2019 and got upgraded to Infinia too.
Hence dint bother to attempt in increasing axis limit (1.60 L).
So vistara is launching international operations with flight to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai from August 7,8.
But i believe the points accured through this card can be redeemed for domestic flights or now it will be for both????
With more intnl. ops this card will make sense then…..
1 way ticket to Singapore is available for 25K points…
Problem is these need lot of points. They’ve to increase the earn rate by launching new cards, preferably with Amex 🙂
Will be for domestic and international like Jet, BA et al. is my view.
Singapore Airlines without their monthly offer (Spontaneous Escapes) charges 18500 miles in economy with around 2K taxes.
Crediting Vistara flights to Singapore Airlines, if worthwhile enough, can help one fly on Singapore Airlines for 6500 miles lesser.
Vistara award ticket taxes and ease of earning CV points too have a bearing on whether one is better off crediting to Vistara / Singapore Airlines.
Either ways, I’m wondering if this is a good time to get the Axis Vistara card (Like your good self too wondered, elsewhere 🙂
I got this card 2 weeks back ad have started using it. The one good thing I have noticed is that, they credit miles daily to the CV account, so its easy to track. The flipside is the i still dont kbow how to access an online account for this card…Anyone have a clue?
you can do that only on the axis mobile app.
I did try finding the web/netbanking interface but couldnt.
App is handy though.
Download the ‘Axis Mobile’ app on your mobile.
Axis do not have website account access for Credit Card user.
Hope it helps..!
I used to have SBI Prime Card and they offered Club Vistara Membership just for a year. Can anyone tell that the Gold Tier offered by Axis Infinite Card is good as long we hold the card or it is just for one year and then after you need the flights to fulfill the criteria?
With a lot of expectation, I got hold of this card in April. I’ve accumulated a decent amount of miles but I am utterly dejected with Vistara’s 2 city expansion plans. All new destinations and higher frequencies are just being added from Delhi and Mumbai alone. If this continues longer, I may surrender my card.
I took this one the anticipation that they will capitalise on Jet’s collapse but then all their attention is just focussed on 2 cities only. Don’t think Axis/vistara cards will evoke much interest outside these 2 cities if it continues this way.
I lost 2 routes as well from Chennai. This happened because they get higher occupancy in those busy routes out of BOM/DEL. Older routes should kick in again, but it might take a while I think.
Can i get citi bank credit card i own 6 major credit cards including hdfc regalia axis infinite kotak royal and many more yet i have 3l itr and i am a student
Do you get reward points for insurance premium payments too, and will that too count towards spending.
I guess milestone tickets are increased from 3 to 4 apart from the 1 joing ticket in all the categories, as per the website link attached below.
Hope we all benefit out of it.
Can we get this card on basis of card to card.
Did anyone apply for this card recently based on 2 flights taken with Vistara and no income docs? Please let me know. Last time when I had a chat with CC executive, they were saying like Income docs is mandatory for all cards.
How many times can we access the lounge in a year(primary holder)? Secondly, can we just access Vistara lounge with some other airline boarding passe or use axis vistara card to access TFS or another 3rd party lounge?
As posted on the Axis website, now get 2x miles for flight bookings done on Vistara website/app between Dec 16 and Feb 15
I’m not getting miles accumulated in daily basis anymore. Anyone else also facing this?
I have 2 questions.
1. If I am already a platinum member, will I still get the 3 upgrade vouchers and 2 lounge vouchers that you received (or is that only for new members of vistara)
2. Do the points earned on credit card spends count as CV points for tier maintenance? For JetAirways only actual flight miles counted towards tier maintenance and not points earned on credit card spends (though those added to miles available for redemption). Does Vistara have a similar policy?
Can someone please tell me if the complimentary business class tickets & vouchers can be used on flights between destinations with no direct flight?
For e.g. Vistara does not have a direct flight between Mumbai to Varanasi. Most of their flights is via Delhi.
So if I choose a BOM-DEL-VNS flight (no change of flights, just 1 stop) – would it require 2 biz class tickets/vouchers or 1 single ticket/voucher?
Any direction in this regard would be helpful. Thank you.
you need 2 business class vouchers for Bombay to Varanasi route as its not a direct flight
Do we get same awards/complementary on renewal of Axis infinite air vistara credit card ? Like one complementary business class ticket etc etc..
Yes, you will get complimentary business class voucher but not the below Bonus CV points
Spend Rs.1,00,000 – 10,000 CV Points
Is it just me or you guys are also receiving points on wallet loading – payzapp and paytm?
wallet loading transactions dont qualify for CV points right?
Yes, that was my understanding too. But it seems Axis is crediting points for all transactions even for wallet loading. I know this I maintain an excel model for each of the cards I hold.
can you guys please check your statement and revert?
I am not sure exactly when Axis updated TnCs, but yes till last month’s statement I received CV points for wallet transactions as well.
I got CV points on few wallet related transactions for this month also.
This month no reward points for some wallet related transactions.
It seems like axis recently updated TnCs, where they mentioned no CV points for wallet transactions.
Will I get CV points if I pay my rent on Redgirraffe via Payzapp?
did you try? did you earn CV points?
They updated wallet tncs 2 months back but we are still getting points at least for now.
Interestingly, they have inserted a new point in T&C. Reproducing the same below verbatim
The following MCCs have been excluded from CV Points eligibility: 6012, 6051, 5944, 6011,
I looked up the details online and found the following
6012 -Financial Institutions – Merchandise and Services
6051 – Non-Financial Institutions – Foreign Currency, Money Orders (not
wire transfer) and Travelers Cheques
5944 – Watch, Clock, Jewelry, and Silverware Stores
6011 – Financial Institutions – Manual Cash Disbursements
6540 – POI (Point of Interaction) Funding Transactions
will insurance payments be eligible for rewards earning?
Is there any spend based fee reversal for this card?
Or is it 10k+GST irrespective of spends.
No spend based reversal. But you’ll get complimentry ticket for annual fees.
I received the Business class voucher after 3 days of reaching the milestone. I didn’t receive the welcome voucher so far.
I noticed one more thing that if we spend above the credit limit, we don’t get the miles/points.
I recently got my vistara infinite card. I was thinking to spend good on this card above the limit by pre-paying. Will spend till card limit. Thanks for telling.
I have couple of business class voucher expiring in June and July 2020. Given corona situation it’s unlikely I going to use it by then. Is there any way to extend validity of these vouchers ?
Got email from Vistara regarding validity extension for the vouchers & CV points expire during lockdown by 4 months from date of their operation. The following is message with example,
If you are currently holding vouchers that expire during the lockdown period ie; 25-Mar-20 onwards, we will be issuing you a fresh set of vouchers with a 4-month validity once we restart our operations. If we start operations on 04-May-20, for example, we will issue vouchers to replace the expired vouchers that can be used till 03-Sep-20.
Like many, I also raised concern to increase validity for my voucher 3 weeks ago initial response is like they can’t extend, but starting of this week they told it’s under discussion and will get update soon. So seems their reacting to customer concerns, that’s good.
Update: Validity extension allowed for vouchers expiring between 25/03/2020 and 24/05/2020 by 4 months from 25/05/2020. Which is completely unfair for the customers, whose vouchers expiring from 25/05/2020 + 30 days or so. I have escalated to nodal officer and then to appellateauthority [at] airvistara.com, but till now no satisfactory resolution they’re too rigid.
Also another business class voucher issued just few days before lockdown starts and already 2+ months of validity wasted without any use.
No fair resolution and seems they won’t extend voucher validity which are expiring from 25/05/2020 saying it’s their company policy decision. Mine is expirying on 06/06/2020 and don’t see any reason to travel due to current crisis and also need to plan and book by 30/05/2020(7 days before voucher expiry). Does anyone know, how to escalate further?
Was this resolved?
No, they told can’t extend even after multiple level of escalation.
Similar thing happened with my Business class voucher ! They haven’t extended validity !
Does anyone know, whether raising consumer compliant will help?
What are your thoughts on renewing this card in the wake of the extant crisis- esp when you have a few unutilized business class vouchers and zillions of airline miles/points on other cards.
You can cancel (or) downgrade to other Vistara cards if you prefer to keep the credit line and opt-in after 6 months or so to infinite.
“You can in-fact get even higher value for the points, as great as Rs.2 if you redeem for Business Class in Singapore Airlines (SE Asia) as it needs only 25k CV Points.”
Is this according an old chart? The latest chart requires minimum 80k for biz class anywhere on partner airlines
Has anyone been able to get some amount for renewal waived off. My renewal is upcoming. Left with ~5K worth of spend for next milestone ticket. Thinking of canning this card later after milestone. Thoughts ?
Many people are of option to discontinue travelcards as travel will be affected till at least December (if no vaccine). Vistara is also not extending voucher validity so tough to pay full fee and let vouchers and tickets expire.
Considering that Vistara is not entertaining request for Voucher extension, I have decided to reduce my usage as I am close to the 2.5 lacs milestone and I still have time as the Card anniversary is on Nov. I think Axis has already decided that they will not issue fresh vouchers, but Id on’t want to take any chance. So currently restrict myself only to SC Ultimate and DCB.
What do you mean by Axis won’t issue new vouchers?
They’re issuing new vouchers, I reached milestone benefit and they issued voucher. But I made mistake by spending on this card during corona crisis.
Really sad. I thought they have been postponing. Felt like reading it somewhere. My bad. Anyway as I have stated, I have stopped using the card to avoid milestone benefit being issued immediately. I will try to get the same just before anniversary in Nov. So I shall get the vouchers in Dec or so plus 6 months goes all the way to next May/ June.
Yes, they stopped issuing vouchers during initial lockdown. But started issuing from May 25 on reaching milestone.
What aboy complimentry lounge access for add on Card holder of this Vistara Infinite Card?
lounge access is only for primary.
I have 3 CV business class vouchers that expire on SEP 30′ 2020. I have no plans to travel owing to the current situation. I would love to book the tickets using these vouchers for our fellow members who are willing to travel. pls let me know
Regarding CV vouchers.
Do you have upgrade vouchers that you want to sell? I need one urgently.
Requesting you to please modify the website regarding comment section to sort out ‘newest’ to ‘oldest ‘ so that we need not search for latest comments in between old comments, its very time consuming.
Vistara is extending all expired vouchers uptil 31 December.
You need to call and request, only expired ones will be extended so one needs to call after expired of the voucher.
one class upgrade ones or Business class vouchers too ?
I renewed business class though they are renewing upgrade vouchers also.
My business class ticket voucher expired in August. Will they renew it. Do you mind telling when your voucher had expired and what did you tell them to renew it. Because I had previously asked them in September and they denied to renew it.
Yes same happened with me earlier.
However I think they’ve recently taken decision to renew vouchers expiring before 31 Dec 2020.
Some of my vouchers expired in Nov and one in Aug. All renewed and issued new ones with 3 month validity
Though I am eligible for this card I never applied one!
Reaosn: I am from Coimbatore &. Vistara is not flying to my home town coimbatore.
Unless they fly here! Won’t be going for it as it never makes sense!
Take it for the Infinite variant if you travel internationally & don’t have any other infinite based debit/credit card. I am from a well.. mountain village without any direct access to public transport let alone airport or railway station but having some airlines or railway card has always been been beneficial & perks of Infinite variant are excellent for travel.
Got a targeted offer yesterday: Spend 20k by 25th January, and get a complimentary membership to ITC Culinaire. The membership is apparently worth 12k+taxes and one of the benefits as per ITC’s website is a free 1 night 2 days stay, so this seems to be a really cool offer.
Sid, as per the latest redemption charts, the value of a CV point is now firmly 50p or less, regardless of whether you’re domestic/international or economy/business.
My latest review: The best way to use the Vistara infinite card is to not use it at all. Just pay the 12k annual fees, get the business class ticket and 3 upgrade vouchers, and take a decent luxury domestic trip. Any further travel on Vistara/Singapore airlines will give you Gold member benefits anyway thanks to this card. So you get frequent flyer perks despite being an occasional flyer. Best of both worlds in my opinion.
Did they change the redemption chart recently?
Not sure how recently, but a Mumbai-Singapore roundtrip redemption costs 44k miles in economy and 150k miles in business. You can get these flights for 25-30k and 70-80k in cash, respectively.
If anything, domestic redemptions are slightly better, where you can get 60-70p depending on the route.
Intl redemptions were poor with CV since their launch.
Ayush, do we get the 3 upgrade voucher even on paying card renewal fee?
Yes. The upgrade vouchers are a result of you being granted Vistara Gold membership. So you get all the benefits of Vistara Gold, including upgrade vouchers, lounge vouchers, extra weight allowance etc
Just received my Vistara Infinite card after a long wait. I have few question in mind if you can guide me for this
1. Do I get CV points on insurance and it counts towards the spend target or not
2. I have the existing Club Vistara account with some CV points but Vistara has issued another CV to me, what should i do to combine them or they are to be two separate accounts
3. Can I transfer points from other credit cards to the same Club Vistara account
Thanks in advance. Your articles are always great and helped me in past in achieving lot of milestones.
1. Dont know about points, but it counts towards milestones.
2. Call club vistara instead of axis. They are faster in resolving it.
Any further guidance on Axis Vistara Infinite card would be highly appreciated
Were you able to combine the CV accounts? And did you not have same email id for both?
Yes they merged my old Vistara account with the new assigned by Vistara as it will be the new primary account and axis transfer the points and voucher to this account. Axis cc was clueless when called, but Vistara service is great.
You can call and then mail to Vistara and they do within 48 hours.
Hi Siddharth! You provide amazing insights in different credit cards and I follow your articles regularly.
I had a query regarding the Gold membership of club vistara on enrolling for the Axis vistara Infinite card. Is the gold tier lifelong or do we need to maintain the tier points required to be a gold member every year?
Till the time you hold the card or if after the first year you can maintain gold status according to vistara terms
Each year you will be charged 10k for axis card
You would be charged 10K each year and would get gold tier till the time you keep on paying the annual fee.
Did anyone receive Vistara points for last creditcard cycle? I used to get them by 25th off each month, but haven’t received them yet.
I called up the customer care, now they’re saying it’ll take 15 days after statement generation date.
Thanks Ayush. It’s been more than 15 days for me though.
Call up the customer care in that case. Mine got credited on day 16.
9th June, instead of 23rd May.
I want to ask like if i get this card and spend and get 1 free ticket so how much i have to pay extra to book ticket like when i call vistara they say i have to pay all the taxes which is very high on business class so can you tell me like how much more i have to spend to book ticket with free voucher
It’s not high at all. For a Pune-Delhi-Pune upcoming round trip I only paid 1391 as taxes. Less than 700 per ticket.
Do it online ,if you call to customer care then you will be charged tax + Convenience fee
Hey team, Got a few questions
1. Can I trasnfer my family member’s CV points to my account ?
2. Can I use the vouchers of my family member ?
* Asking these to see if I can get a card for my mom who never travels by flights but has a spending limit of more than 7.5 lakhs pa. Since it gives great rewards and I travel frequently I thought I can use it. Will it be practical ?
1. No. You can’t pool CV points with family.
2. Yes. You can register up to 8 nominees who can use upgrade vouchers and milestone tickets earned on the card.
1.b. While you can’t transfer points to your account, I think you can book tickets using their miles through the nomination process mentioned in 2. But please confirm this by calling Vistara helpline.
Applied last week and got this card within a week but with only 1.2L credit limit. This is the first axis card I have opted for and got the lowest limit among all cards I have.
My Infinia card has over 15 times limit of axis card.
Don’t know how to pursue the axis for immediate limit enhancement.
I got my card last week with a limit of 1.5L.
Limit on my HDFC diners club miles is 8.8L
The limits provided by Axis bank is too low and frustrating.
Anyone know how to increase the limit at least to decent levels of 4-5 lakhs.
I recently got the Axis Vistara Infinite card. Just wanted to know, will Vistara be sending a separate welcome kit with the membership card and vouchers or are we supposed to use the E-Vouchers only? I want my parents to use the same, and it’ll be easier if they have a physical voucher.
Thanks a lot
E vouchers only these days due to Covid. You can add your parents as nominees to your Vistara account and easily use your points and vouchers for their flights.
My Vistara Infinite Card renewed in Aug 2021. I paid 10,000/- + GST but there is No Complimentary ticket on Renewal.
Is anyone have the clarity?
Hey, I got this card 4 days back. It has a CVID which says on Vistara website is invalid. Do I get a separate welcome pack with it? I have never had a CV account before. Any clarity on what happens after receiving the axis bank cc
Same with me. Received the card 2 days back and the vistara website says CV id is invalid. Were you able to get this fixed?
Hi, please update if this got fixed as i am facing the same issue with the vistara infinite card and have been following up with axis customer care since 30 days.
I followed up with both Vistara and Axis.Not sure who acted on it but the CV id was activated. But had to follow up a lot.
So finally after around a month I have received the reissued card again with my own CVID on the card.. Their CVID never became active so made them update the one I already had.. Yes lot of emails and call centre follow ups went into this..
Do we get any renewal bonus this year. Last year they gave additional 3000 cv points on renewal.
one querry … every time i spend 7.5 lakhs i get the milestone offer or is it once per calender year
The milestones are calculated as per card anniversary year (starting date is your card renewal date). The last milestone is 12 lakhs spend in a year. After that you only get the regular CV points on spending.
This benefit renews every year, it’s not just for the first year.
I recently got Vistara Infinite card, can someone call below
1) When points get posted to CV account after statement generation
2) When business class voucher will get issued after realizing annual fee
Hi Sai ,
did u receive BIz class voucher yet ?
if yes , which mode ? to email or ClubVistara Account ?
and when did u receive it ?? Assuming U got ur Vistara INfinite card in Early weeks of FEB’22
The business class voucher will be visible only in web version of club vistara. It won’t be visible in the app. Also, you need to refresh sometimes, as it’s not available sometimes due to some technical glitch.
Do we still get the physical Vistara Club Membership card and vouchers along with this? Anyone who applied recently can help me with this information. Thanks
Physical card is sent but ticket vouchers are loaded in the account online.
No physical vouchers any more.
Also , can anyone tell how long does it take after 1st bill generation on AXIS VISTARA INFINITE card , for BIZ Class ticket voucher to reflect in ClubVistara account?
Does it get credited to CV account directly , or we receive any email for this business class voucher ?
Im my case-
22-feb-2022 –> 1st statement generated
21-Mar-2022 –> First Ticket Voucher received on vistara account
Was it credited to Club Vistara Account or Was it emailed ?
Can you please elaborate , My Joining fee statement was generated on 22nd May … yet don’t see biz class voucher anywhere
There will be an option to generate the voucher online as its not available automatically as 3 months expiry period starts after generation of the voucher. First online generation ticket option based on fee realisation can take a month or two but spend milestone are credited quickly.
I saw in TnC that the award ticket is for domestic only but they haven’t mentioned anything for the upgrade.
Does the upgrade voucher work on international flights as well?
Yes it(upgrade vouchers) works for international as well.
But , what i learnt from Gold Club customer care @ Vistara is , we need 4 upgrade vouchers for 1 seat next class upgrade on a route like Bombay-Paris
and 3 on Delhi-Singapore
Thanks, Atul. Thats too much but i believe it should be worth it.
After covid, the value of this card has become even better. With airfares going sky high, and even courier costs sky rocketing, people with heavy luggage on international sectors can recover the membership cost by just using the extra luggage allowance for gold tier.. We travel for exhibitions, and happen to carry a lot. Having had infinia all this while, there was no need for any extra card. But with infinia rewards going down, was looking for another card. Applied for this card thinking that the annual fee will be recovered just by the extra luggage allowance for the 2 sectors (to n fro). All the other extras – flights, vouchers etc. are basically just free gifts..
Having said that, the limit of only 2.5L is too low. Any idea how and when they increase this? Was planning to use this card solely for Insurance (LIC) spends, 2.5L is too low for that.
This card is worth the annual fee paid.
Each one can benefit in a different way.
Limits given by axis is among the lowest ever.
I was given a limit of 1.5L.
No clue how to increase the limit.
Axis Vistara card’s are available with Joining fee waiver if you spends a threshold amount in first 90 days. Offer till 31st Dec’22 only.