How to get SkyTeam Elite status with one Vietnam Airlines flight

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

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.

Why won't British Airways refund your seat reservation fees when you cancel a flight?
Save 25% on IHG hotel bookings with their new sale

Click here to join the 15,000 people on our email list and receive the latest Avios, miles and points news by 6am.

Amazon ad
About Head for Points

We help business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. Visit every day for three new articles or sign up for our FREE emails via this page or the box to your right.


  1. TUI fly directly to Phu Quoc from Gatwick in winter season until 17 March 2020. Outbound is on Tuesdays, inbound on Wednesdays.

  2. One flight is misleading when a round-trip would require two flights.

  3. TokyoFan says:

    OT: Avios (via BAEC/Iberia) are back on the revamped e-rewards. Hurray!

  4. O/T: Any news on a Hilton sale? Holding back bookings under the amex offer for something. Normally they are not usually any good but the last two were exceptions to the norm.

  5. OT – I was looking to book a Hilton for a speculative reward night in July last night… luckily I checked the cancellation options as it wasn’t refundable.

    Is this becoming fairly normal now? In my mind I always assume redemptions are cancellable…

    • It is not common but it pays to always check. It tends to be at peak times on very popular hotels or in any hotel on days leading up to and including a special event. For example, Hampton Newcastle has such terms for Magic Weekend. Sometimes the redemptions are totally nonrefundable and sometimes the cancellation rules are more stringent, such as a week before arrival. I almost got caught out on the app once, where it seems even easier to ignore or overlook the rate rules before confirming the reservation.

      • Thanks – Yes, I’ve seen a few with 48 hours/a week before arrival, but not aware of any that were totally nonrefundable. Admittedly it was something like 50k points or £400 for the night…

        I almost always book via the app, so yes easy to miss!

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      I didn’t know this was a thing. I thought all were refundable 24hrs in advance. Good job Liverpool will be in Istanbul in May to defend their trophy.

      • Hope so 🙂 I remember Bill Shankly visiting his sister who lived next door to my gran when I was a boy. His sister-in-law was my primary 1 teacher, and his great nephew was one of my two closest friends at primary school before moving away. Thus, I’ve always had a soft spot for Liverpool, going to be a great year!

    • They have the same cancellation policy with BFR, which of course, can be non refundable at busy time.

  6. OT: am i right thinking that the expiration date of my Shangri-La points (that is at the end of the year) will not be extended even if I buy some points? I checked the website and it seem that I can’t neither merge them with my husband account… I only have few but planning to stay in a Shangri-La hotel next year so try to keep them alive…any suggestion?

  7. youngtraveller says:

    I found the offer for the Vietnam Airlines on their website it is interesting that there is no cut off date to buy the tickets

  8. O/T update on Nationwide FlexPlus travel insurance: A few weeks ago some of us were discussing the issues surrounding scrapping of interest on this account, us having previously paid a medical insurance top up premium. I had paid £132 in late May to cover me against potential surgery. In light of the changes I was in two minds whether to request Nationwide refund this and downgrade me to a Flex Account or to seek loss of interest from November through May (about £50) when my top up would be due for renewal. I opted for the latter as questions on a new standalone policy will be easier in May than now. Anyway, I put in my complaint to Nationwide in writing and they have responded to md within 72h that they are happy to pay this £50 to settled my complaint. The guy who called was very pleasant with no dispute it anything. My feeling is that they would also have even happy to refund the £132 and downgrad the account too, had this even my preference. Thus, I recommend anybody similarly affected raise the matter with Nationwide.

    • That’s a fair result, and positive that it was dealt with promptly.
      Unfortunately all the banks are cutting account benefits, yet they are still happy to pay bonuses for switching accounts. To compensate for Nationwide removing the interest from this account, I’ve opened a sole current account with them (very quick and easy to do), purely to use as my switching account.

  9. LBG Account holders will probably have 10% on “Everyday Offers” with Holiday Inn at the moment. This will stack with the IHG promotion at Holiday Inn sites, but check the validty.

    There’s also 10% on Premier Inn and 5% on Princess Cruises out there with Lloyds, Halifax and BoS.

    • Is the 10% off IHG valid for non-sterling transactions? I have it on HSBC Visa offers but the T&Cs don’t specify if valid for UK only or also abroad. I could pre-book some hotels in Asia for my winter holiday.

    • I read that as lesbian, bisexual and gay rather than Lloyds Banking Group. It did confuse me for a minute!

  10. Aston100 says:

    Tried the no1 lounges code.
    A £32 entry to no1 lounge Gatwick north becomes £24 (25% off).
    My Lounge Gatwick North drops from £24 to £18 (25% off).
    Clubrooms Gatwick North drops from £38 to £26.60 (30% off).

    So 2 out of those 3 are less than 30%.

    • Shoestring says:

      easy to get the No1 for £18 (DP) – or £15

      see yesterday’s thread/ comments

  11. Wilber Lu says:

    for the gold card with vietnam air – if i have already made the booking – how do i claim this?

    • Did you book within the offer dates? I’d reach out to Vietnam. We’ve now included a link to the landing page in the article.

      • Wilber Lu says:

        i emailed the lotus miles email and they already confirmed i can get it – amazing! thank you for point this out otherwise i would have missed out

Please click here to read our data protection policy before submitting your comment.