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How to get SkyTeam Elite status with one Vietnam Airlines flight

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If you enjoyed our recent reviews of Vietnam Airlines, this offer may be of interest.

The Vietnam Airlines frequent flyer program, Lotus Miles, has a new promotion to earn instant status.  You can get SkyTeam Elite in two ways:

Lotus Miles Gold with a business class flex roundtrip to Vietnam (booking class J/C)

Lotus Miles Titanium with a premium economy roundtrip to Vietnam

Confusingly, Gold is a higher status than Titanium. Flights must be booked and flown from the UK, Germany, France or Russia. You must complete the journey before 31st May 2020.

LotusMiles instant status

To be clear, Lotus Miles Gold and Titanium BOTH translate to SkyTeam Elite.  This includes priority services but does NOT give you SkyTeam lounge access across the full alliance.  Lotus Miles Gold card holders DO get access to Vietnam Airlines’ own lounges, however.

The only Vietnam Airlines status level which gives SkyTeam Elite Plus status – which would get you alliance-wide lounge access – is Platinum, which is not available via this deal.

There is some sense in making use of this offer if you are planning a trip to Vietnam – especially if you don’t want to connect – since Vietnam Airlines is the only airline to fly direct from the UK to Vietnam. If nothing else, you’ll get some additional benefits – albeit not lounge access – across all of the SkyTeam airlines which includes Delta, Air France and KLM.

You can read our review of long haul business class on Vietnam Airlines here and premium economy here.

You can see the full details on the landing page here.

Comments (96)

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  • Zara says:

    OT. Anna, just wanted to say a huge thanks for motivating me (and educating me!) to do the IHG accelerate. All in all, including stay points, I accumulated 148k points through 7 nights (£450 spend). All of which we needed hotels for anyway. Thanks so much.

    • BJ says:

      Beats my effort of 55k for 4 nights at £190 this quarter, well done 🙂

      • Zara says:

        I feel more reassured thank you! Especially as I had the 2 x IC stays target too.

        • Aston100 says:

          How did you and BJ accumulate those points? Sounds impressive.

          • Zara says:

            Most of it was through accelerate targets. And then the actual stay points on top. My accelerate targets were clearly generous this time with a max of 120k in points for
            24k – 2 x IC hotels
            6.6k – 2 x bonus points packages
            18k – 2 brands
            12k – 2 saturdays
            60k – 4/4 of the above.

          • BJ says:

            Mine was 2 weekends, 3 brands, 4 nights for 48600. The rest were welcome, base and spire bonus. I shouldn’t have completed it with 4 nights, it really required 5. However, I complained that the t&c did not male it explicitly clear that ‘stay Saturday night and one other night’ had to be consecutive in the same hotel, and that they did not need to be in previous versions of accelerate. CS agreed and let me complete with 4 nights instead of 5.

          • Zara says:

            I had the saturdays ones and probably should have argued that too but it worked out for us as both of the stays were those we needed (or maybe 1 night have have sufficed, but 2 made it comfortable for us with 2 kids, and the nightly rates were decent)

    • Anna says:

      I’ve never done accelerate but good going on the points! I think I may have helped you find 2 4 1 availability though?

  • RussellH says:

    Amex–> Hilton.

    Transferred some points on 26 Oct at the standard 1->2. Got the bonus, making 1->3 today.

    Having yesterday spent a load of Hilton points at about double Rob’s valuation I now wish I had done a lot more.

    • BJ says:

      Given that we have seen two of those in recent times you might not have to with that long for another. Always felt Rob’s Hilton valuation was a bit low as I found it easy enough to get about 0.5-0.6p although that’s coming down for me this year.

    • The Original Nick says:

      Thanks for the reminder. Just checked and have received my bonus too.

    • Olly says:

      I got the same and also wish I had moved more but I wasn’t sure it would actually work.

  • Matthew says:

    OT: 3 pairs of tickets have become available for the McLaren Technology Centre Tour on 21 Nov if anyone is interested. On the Hilton experiences website…

  • Tim says:

    I have now returned from my Mekong river cruise, with free business class flights to Saigon. I registered with Lotus miles a while ago and have been promoted to Silver. What does this mean in real life?

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