Today’s news in brief:
CV Points are being extended by 12 months
Vistara has released details of its latest measures (some of them pretty complicated!) to retain the loyalty of its frequent flyers.
First up, Vistara is extending the validity of CV Points expiring between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by 12 months. As an example, if a member has 100 CV Points expiring in the month of October 2020, equivalent CV Points will be credited with validity up to October 2021.
These points will be credited as fresh CV Points at the end of every month that the points expire, and can be viewed by logging in to your Club Vistara account online, or using the mobile app.
Vistara is also offering a six-month extension on One-Class Upgrade vouchers due to expire between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Finally, the airline has published information about a tier status extension and about its new Tier Evaluation criteria. Frankly, the detail is bewildering - and surely off-putting to prospective Club Vistara members.
If you want to try and get your head around the changes, visit this page of the Vistara website.
Incredible £780 business class fare to India
Readers in the UK are able to get an incredible bargain, because Virgin Atlantic is currently selling return Upper Class fares from London to Delhi for just over £780 - the cheapest we can remember seeing for direct business class tickets on the route.
Availability is currently limited to select dates in mid-January onwards, with travel to be completed by the end of the month, so the window is tight. Earlier there was availability in November and December, but those dates have now gone.
As well as free coronavirus insurance, Virgin Atlantic is also offering flexible booking conditions, including allowing passengers to change their destination and even the passenger name.
To find out more about Upper Class, you can read our review of the Virgin Atlantic 787 business class product, which we flew from London to Mumbai.
Unfortunately, this great price is only available for departures from London, and not in reverse. If you are interested in business class fares departing FROM India, Polish carrier LOT, a member of Star Alliance, regularly offers cheap flights to Europe.
Charter your own Air India jet!
Following the disruption caused by coronavirus, Air India is promoting its ability to offer the charter of its planes “from anywhere to anywhere”.
The national carrier says its fleet allows it to operate charter flights from the “remotest corners of the world”, carrying more than 300 passengers if required. It adds: “Air India is the premier airline of India and has one of the most extensive networks for international and domestic flights.”