Singapore Airlines has just recently updated their new redemption charts to include Premium Economy redemption - read more about the changes here! If you are looking for more ways to earn KrisFlyer Miles, check out the guide to the co-branded American Express cards here! The national carrier of Singapore has just announced that KrisFlyer members will now be able to use their hard earned miles for shopping on KrisShop - read on to find out why you should most definitely NOT do this.
Firstly, KrisFlyer miles are sacred (to us mile chasers) and extremely valuable - if you use them correctly, you can easily get over S$50 value for every 1,000 miles - this is why I strongly advocate choosing miles over some pesky cash rebate. In fact, you should also consider buying miles by paying for the annual fees of credit cards if you intend to travel in a premium class often.
Secondly, your KrisFlyer miles are worth almost nothing on KrisShop. Sure, getting a brand new Samsonite Spinner Luggage seems like a great idea but honestly, do you want to exchange 87,500 KrisFlyer Miles for a S$700 luggage bag - you are only getting S$8 value per 1,000 KrisFlyer mile. KrisShop is running a 10% off required miles until 15 June 2016 but even then, you are only getting S$8.89 value per 1,000 miles (compare that to over S$50 on a premium cabin redemption)! To put things into perspective, it will only cost you 68,000 KrisFlyer Miles and approximately S$68 in taxes to redeem for a Return Business Class Flight to Japan from Singapore on Singapore Airlines.
Seriously, save your miles for something else.
Earn 12 miles per dollar on hotel bookings made on Kaligo.com between 01 June 2018 and 31 July 2018 when you charge it to an eligible Citibank PremierMiles Card! The best credit card in Singapore typically give you 4 miles per dollar on online hotel reservations so this is essentially three times more than the usual but more importantly, there is no limit to the number of bonus miles you can earn!
I first wrote about how lucrative Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are back in May last year when there was a fascinating 50% bonus on all purchased miles for eligible accounts but ever since then, the maximum bonus that I have seen is 40%. In any case, that very same promotion is back and you can now purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles and get a 40% bonus if you purchase at least 30,000 miles at one go.
If you do not have any plans for June 2018 yet and you are thinking about going somewhere, check out Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes to save 30% off required KrisFlyer Miles to and from selected destinations! Thinking about trying one of the new A380 products? Flying from Singapore to Hong Kong in Business Class will just set you back 19,250 KrisFlyer Miles (instead of 27,500) each way!
OCBC Bank is currently running a limited time promotion with Emirates to offer 20X Rewards (equivalent to 8 miles per SGD) on all eligible flights booked via this specific landing page. This promotion is capped at S$1,000 (meaning to say you can only earn up to 8,000 bonus miles) and you will have to book it between 15-21 May 2018. Additionally, eligible OCBC Cardholders will also be able to enjoy up to 12% off on Flex and Flex Plus (10% off Saver) Economy Class fares.
KrisFlyer vRooms now allows KrisFlyer members to use their valuable miles on hotel stays and car rentals but the bottom line is this - save your miles for those Business Class and First Class flights instead. Now I have no expertise in car rentals but I dare say that I have had my fair share of hotel stays over the years.
My favourite frequent flyer program right now has got to be Alaska Airlines's Mileage Plan (even though I have not actually flown a single mile on Alaska Airlines before). The reason is very simple - the miles are simply worth a lot more and crediting the same revenue Business Class flights give me a whole lot more value. You might remember that these miles are also incredibly useful for traveling on Japan Airlines in Business Class and what a lot of people do not realise is that you are actually able to cancel your award tickets up to 60 days prior to departure but this is going to change on 5 June 2018.
Mark your calendar because Mileslife is offering a fantastic 5X miles promotion over the next four days (14-17 May 2018). All eligible transactions made on the app (excluding Mileslife credit top-ups and the purchase of gift cards) will earn you 5X more miles - bonus miles are capped at 2,000 miles per day. This means to say that if a restaurant typically gives you 3 miles per dollar, you are looking at a whooping 15 miles per dollar next four days!
Limited to the first 2,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members only, purchase 10,000 miles and get 40% more! This essentially creates the opportunity to purchase 14,000 miles at USD 295.63 (after the tax recovery fee has been included) which is great for topping up your account for redemptions in the event you need them.
Scoot has finally teamed up with KrisFlyer to allow all members to earn and redeem KrisFlyer miles on all eligible Scoot flights. Depending on the itinerary of your flight, mileage accrual could be in the form of actual dollar spend or based on fare class and distance travelled. Redeeming KrisFlyer miles on Scoot is only possible via Miles and Cash payment or via Scoot Vouchers (which will be made available until 25 May 2018 only).
The long wait is finally over - you can now add all your eligible Citibank credit cards to your Apple devices and you will earn up to 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per dollar!) on all Apple Pay purchases made between 26 April 2018 and 31 July 2018. According to the terms and conditions posted on the site, there is no mention on the maximum number of bonus points that you can earn through this limited-time promotion so it is definitely a good idea to add it to your wallet and start raking up those miles!