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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.

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 (95)

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  • BJ says:

    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.

    • EwanG says:

      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.

  • Andrew says:

    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.

    • pablo says:

      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.

    • Peter K says:

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

  • 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

  • Wilber Lu says:

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

    • Rhys says:

      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

  • Alex M says:

    OT as Bits: will my Platinum Amex car insurance work with Zipcar hire (as I don’t fancy paying £750 excess they offer as standard)? Thx!

  • Tom says:

    Erm, there is nothing confusing about Gold being a higher status than Titanium – just because Marriott doesn’t understand what a precious metal is and you’ve bought wholesale into Bonvoy’s marketing doesn’t mean it’s correct!

    • Travel Strong says:

      Although Vietnam also put Titanium above Silver – it’s anarchy, complete disregard for metals markets!

  • Nick M says:

    Another OT – I’m looking to spend a night near the London Stadium… HI and HIX are both at 35k points, Staybridge is 40k. It’s only for one night, so having the facilities doesn’t really matter too much, any opinions on which is the nicer hotel?

  • Sussex Bantam says:

    Wildly OT again – do you get Heathrow Rewards points for purchases made landside at LHR ? I’m £11 spend short of Premium membership so the easiest way to fix this would be to stop at M&S on the way out of T5…

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