Singapore Airlines and Vistara announced in January that they were to become partners for their frequent flyer programs, allowing you to earn and redeem KrisFlyer miles together. You can now earn KrisFlyer miles for your flights as of April – and Update for June redeem as well
Air Vistara – Learn About the New Partner
TATA SIA Airlines Limited, known by the brand name Vistara, is a joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) with Tata Sons holding the majority stake of 51% in the company and SIA holding the remaining 49%.
According to Times India the airline will operate flights from its Delhi base to Goa, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Jammu and Patna in the first year. Currently Air Vistara flies to Mumbai, Ahmedabad and now Hyderabad and Goa.
The aircraft are currently leased while they await delivery but the cabin looks pretty decent – Ajay from Live From a Lounge has done this summary of the three class aircraft (Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class):
Interestingly for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer members is that you’ll find you now have two domestic partners to choose from, Vistara and Air India. When the earning and redemption information comes out it might change your decision as to which partner to fly with. I did a post on Air India joining Star Alliance last year:
Earning Chart for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles with Air Vistara
As expected Air Vistara falls under the “Other Airlines Partners” category, below is the earning chart:
The earning rates look good at first glance with Economy class earning 100% of the mileage flown. I have seen elsewhere though that there are some other ticketed classes that do not earn any mileage at all – so as always check the fare class.
Redeeming KrisFlyer Miles with Vistara – Updated June 2015.
Singapore Airlines and Vistara have now released the redeptemptions charts for using your KrisFlyer Miles on Vistara. Air Vistara still only has a limited number of routes as it grows, but other than Air India it’s the only option for using KrisFlyer miles domestically in India.
Overall the prices are more expensive that I’d hoped as business class from Delhi to Bangalore is 28,500 Miles which is a 2.5 hr flight. The equivilant for Singapore to Bali on Singapore Airlines costs just 17,500 for a saver award (then an additional 15% off if booked online).
However compared to a redemption on Air India which is a Star Alliance partner these prices are signficantly cheaper across the board. India fits into the “Central South Asia” region for Star Alliance awards and these are priced as follows:
- Economy – 25,000
- Business – 45,000
- First – 55,000
So if you are redeeming KrisFlyer miles for domestic flights within India stick to Air Vistara to get a much cheaper redemption.
For more on Redemptions on Air Vistara and Air India check out the Singapore Airlines site:
I find this prospect much more exciting that the tie up with Scoot and Tigerair as Vistara is meant to be a full service airline so it is going to be more along the lines of having Silk Air as a partner and earning and redemption are likely to be a bit simpler.
Again here is the press release:
If you want to find out more about the Scoot and Tigerair partnership there are only a few details but check out our post:
What do you think of the new partnership?