Indian airline Vistara is strengthening its relationship with Japan Airlines (JAL) - the flag carrier of Japan.

Frequent flyers can now earn and spend miles on either airline

Effective immediately, members of Vistara and JAL’s frequent flyer programs have the opportunity to earn miles or points when flying the other airline.

Vistara and Japan Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding in September 2017 to pursue commercial opportunities together and have since worked to expand their joint network of codeshare services.

The latest announcement means Club Vistara members can earn and redeem CV Points on flights operated and marketed by Japan Airlines, which has an extensive global network that includes nearly 80 destinations across 20 countries and regions.

Similarly, members of JAL Mileage Bank will be able to earn and spend their miles on flights operated and marketed by Vistara.

Vistara’s chief commercial officer, Vinod Kannan, said:

“We are delighted to take this next step in our strategic partnership with Japan Airlines, which helps us to strengthen our value proposition for Club Vistara members. It is in line with our broader strategy of forging more partnerships with like-minded airlines as well as non-airline brands to provide a wider choice of earn and burn options to our customers and make the program the perfect lifestyle choice for today’s travellers. We are equally excited at the opportunity to welcome members of JAL Mileage Bank to experience India’s finest airline.”

Club Vistara members can already earn and redeem CV Points when travelling on other partner airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, and United Airlines.

Vistara’s frequent flyer scheme offers four tiers of membership – CV Base, CV Silver, CV Gold, and CV Platinum.

Vistara’s expansion plans

Vistara intends to expand its international network with new medium and long-haul international operations, using its new aircraft - the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and the Airbus A321neo - which we reviewed on the first day of commercial service.

The airline recently started services to London Heathrow as part of the bilateral ‘transport bubble’ agreement made between India and the UK. Similar flights to Paris and Frankfurt are also being considered.

Vistara is a five-year-old joint venture between Tata Sons Limited and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA). The airline has a fleet of 43 aircraft, including 34 Airbus A320, one Airbus A321neo, six Boeing 737-800NG, and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

JAL, meanwhile, was founded in 1951 and became the first airline in Japan to offer international service. It’s a member of the oneworld alliance and a Skytrax rated five-star airline.