Updated January 2020
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Some people say that earning KrisFlyer miles is a long game, but you can earn miles more quickly by picking the right credit card for your spending and taking advantage of promotions. Here’s how.
Every miles card works differently, so you’ll need to think about your expenses and find out which card works best for that. Do you travel a lot throughout the year? Have a big one-off purchase? Expect to do lots of online shopping? The best miles card for each scenario is different.
After you’ve signed up for your card, keep an eye out for promotions. Some offer a big bunch of welcome miles when you hit a minimum spend, while others let you earn up to 10 miles per dollar when you spend on their preferred travel merchants. If you’re planning on these expenses anyway, it’d be silly not to grab the bonus miles while you can.
About to pick up the phone and call to ask for an annual fee waiver? Hang on - you might actually want to pay the fee this time. That’s because some miles cards give you a bunch of miles in exchange for the annual fee. Essentially, you’re buying KrisFlyer miles at a very cheap rate.
So, what makes KrisFlyer miles so great that you’d want to spend all your time collecting them? Put simply, KrisFlyer miles can be used to offset your flights in a number of ways.
If you have enough KrisFlyer miles, you can use them to redeem the entire flight on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Star Alliance airlines and SQ’s partner airlines.
Alternatively, you can use your KrisFlyer miles to upgrade your paid flights to the next fare class. For example, if you paid for a Premium Economy flight, you can use miles to upgrade to Business class.
You can no longer redeem Scoot vouchers with your KrisFlyer miles, but you can now use your KrisFlyer miles (equivalent to cash) to pay for your fare on the Scoot website.
Ready to redeem your KrisFlyer miles? Don’t start packing your bags just yet - there’s still a few things you need to know about converting bank points and redeeming KrisFlyer miles.
Except for the Amex KrisFlyer cards, you can’t earn KrisFlyer miles directly with other credit cards. Instead, you’ll be earning Citi Miles, DBS Points or what-have-you. Make sure to check the expiry date of your bank points so they don’t disappear on you!
If you’re converting bank points to KrisFlyer miles, you’ll need to pay a conversion fee of $25 (sometimes more) each time. There’s also a wait time of about a week before the miles will be credited to your account.
After you’ve converted your bank points to KrisFlyer miles, they won’t last forever either. The shelf life of your KrisFlyer miles is 3 years, though you can pay to extend them if needed.
Your KrisFlyer miles are strictly non-transferable to anyone else. But you can nominate up to 5 people in your Redemption Group. Your nominees can use your account to make bookings and collect tickets.
When you use miles to redeem your flights, you’ll see at least 2 different “prices”. Saver awards cost fewer KrisFlyer miles, but have limited availability. Advantage awards cost more miles, but they are more plentiful - so you have more flight date and seating options.
Apart from using credit cards and flying with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Scoot and Star Alliance, you can also earn KrisFlyer miles on the KrisFlyer Spree e-commerce website and when you spend with SQ’s travel partners.
You can’t actually buy miles from KrisFlyer, but you do have the option to “top up” if you find yourself short of miles when you’re trying to redeem a flight. It’s very, very expensive though, at US$40 per block of 1,000 miles.
You can’t redeem Scoot flights with your KrisFlyer miles the conventional way, but you can use your miles as cash when you pay for your Scoot flight.
KrisFlyer Membership Services has a 24-hour hotline at +65 6789 8188. You can call this number for enquiries and to redeem award tickets that cannot be found on singaporeair.com. Alternatively, call the Singapore Airlines booking/ticketing office at +65 6223 8888.