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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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  • 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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