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$68 in taxes to redeem for a Return Business Class Flight to Japan from Singapore on Singapore Airlines.
Seriously, save your miles for something else.
I absolutely love Alaska Airlines - more specifically, I love Mileage Plan miles (since I have never actually flown on AS-metal before). I have written about this promotion a number of times now since Alaska Airlines runs this promotion fairly often but this is a great way to travel in Business Class for very little money. From now until 9 April 2018, purchase Mileage Plan miles and get up to 40% more miles (USD 21.12 per 1,000 block of miles after discount).
If you love the meatballs from IKEA (I do!) and would like to earn a lot of miles pigging out (you do have to buy the frozen ones and heat them up at home though!), you can now earn 30X OCBC$ (12 miles per dollar!) on your OCBC Titanium Rewards Card for all eligible spend made at IKEA Tampines and IKEA Alexandra stores - physical ones only - from 1-11 March 2018.
On my latest trip to Japan where I checked out Japan Airlines' Business Class product for the first time, I decided to take up iShopChangi's offer to check out their duty-free e-store which has over 10,000 products from across 500 different brands and it allows me to purchase things like wines and spirits to high-end electronics from Bose and DJI. Instead of being able to just purchase these products prior to your flight, iShopChangi allows all eligible passengers to select from the e-commerce portal 30 days in advance and up to 18 hours before your flight. In fact, if you do not wish to lug your purchases with you throughout your trip, a convenient home delivery service can also be arranged for selected beauty and electronics purchases that are more than S$380.
Now it has been almost six months since I have last written about Mileslife and in case you have forgotten what it is (or you are new to this platform), it is basically a way for you to make payment to a selection of merchants which in-turn earns you more miles - there are no fees involved in using this so it is a win-win situation for both parties! If you do not already have an account, you will have to download the app on your mobile phone (using my referral link gets you 1,000 bonus miles extra!). From 24-28 February 2018, enjoy double miles on all dining transactions made on Mileslife!
Instead of offering just 30% off required miles to selected destinations in March 2018 via KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes, eligible KrisFlyer members can now enjoy 50% redemption discount on award flights to Bali - redemption must be completed by 28 February 2018 for flights from 1-31 March 2018. With this generous 50% discount, flying to Bali will only require 3,750 miles and 8,750 miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively each way.
Sometime late last year, Singapore Airlines announced the changes (that are already in effect at the time of writing) to the mileage accrual rates, seat selection as well as baggage allowances. One of the things mentioned then was the upcoming changes to the fees pertaining to award tickets as well as redemption upgrades on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and other partner airlines that will come into effect on 01 March 2018.
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes is back for the month of March 2018 with 30% savings on required KrisFlyer miles on specific routes. Award flights start from just 5,250 and 19,250 KrisFlyer miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively one-way.
In celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year ahead, Chope is giving you the opportunity to earn 100 more Chope-Dollars on your next reservation. More importantly, it is allowing you to use some of your Chope-Dollars for a chance to win extra Chope-Dollars (yes, pretty much like gambling really), Shopee credits, Chope Shop credits as well as S$88 Cash - unfortunately bonus KrisFlyer Miles is not one of the prizes though.
Purchase at least 5,000 Starpoints from now until 16 March 2018 to benefit from a 35% discount. As you may remember, all Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member may purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints each calendar year and the account must be opened for at least 14 days before you are able to purchase or receive Starpoints
United Airlines is currently offering up to 60% more miles when you purchase United Airlines MileagePlus Miles before 22 January 2018. While there was previously the opportunity to receive up to 100% more miles, the minimum number of miles required in order to trigger the highest bonus is significantly lesser this time - 30,000 miles versus 70,000 miles.