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.
In a world-first partnership between Qantas and Airbnb, Qantas Frequent Flyer members are now given the opportunity to earn Qantas Points whenever they book their Airbnb accommodation via qantas.com. All 11.4 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn one Qantas Point for every AUD that they spend on any one of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
Here's how you get 12 Miles or 18 Hilton HHonors Points per dollar each time you book a hotel on Kaligo. Every traveller and staycation lover has got to read this!
Five days ago, I wrote about the new arrangement between Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts - the interesting bit is finally out! This brand new partnership will see opportunities in status matching, points and miles conversions as well as double-dipping in both programs every time you make an eligible stay at any participating Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property around the world. Here's a summary of five things you need to know about this partnership!
Before anyone asks the question, I am going to say this and hopefully only once - you can redeem Virgin America (VX) Elevate Points on Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights (you are however subjected to a smaller inventory and getting Suites on VX Points is actually impossible). With that being said, you may be saving a lot of your precious miles if you use VX points (and money too!) to redeem for short-haul flights. To put things into perspective, consider the differences in points (and miles!) required to get from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali) on Singapore Airlines via the VX Elevate and SQ KrisFlyer programmes.
When I wrote about the possibility to fly on the highly-acclaimed Suites class on Singapore Airlines to Hong Kong for free last week, I received a number questions via emails on what is the best routes to redeem Suites class on. While there is no "best route" per se, here are the cheapest Suite Class redemptions (in ascending order of required miles) that you can do on Singapore Airlines from Singapore at the moment.
I feel like I have a moral obligation to reiterate this point every now and then to make sure that people are indeed making the choice that will benefit them most so in this short article, I will show you how spending S$3,200 on Kaligo can give you a free flight in the famous Singapore Airlines Suites cabin to Hong Kong (worth S$2,800) for free - yes that's almost 88% cash back so take that cash back cards!
The Citibank Rewards Card is one of my favourite credit cards in Singapore - it offers up to 10X Rewards (equivalent to 4 miles per S$1) for up to S$12,000 each year. Yes, this means that the total number of bonus miles (10X) you can get each year from this card is 120,000 Citi Dollars (which converts into 48,000 Miles). To get around this problem, most of us hold both the Visa Signature and WORLD MasterCard versions to double this limit (you do have to charge them separately though). Between now and 31 October 2016, enjoy 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per S$1) when you charge retail purchases on these two cards.
Between now and 27 August 2016, enjoy 20% off eligible Qantas and Jetstar Classic Flight Rewards for travel between 27 September 2016 to 12 August 2017 (for Qantas) or up to 30 June 2017 (for Jetstar) - register for the offer now!
After deciding that it was time to ditch my ANZ Optimum World MasterCard in May this year, I left my ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card alone as well - the card itself isn't bad but if you look at it from where it was and where it currently is, it is a little bit of a disappointment. Still, 1.4 Travel$ (or miles) per S$1 isn't particularly bad for things that do not qualify for bonus miles. I do believe in paying the annual fees for some credit cards in Singapore in order to "buy" miles - find out which ones to buy now - and the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card offers 10,000 Travel$ (equivalent to 10,000 KrisFlyer miles) each year for S$200. Last week, I got an SMS notifying me that I "have been exclusively selected to get up to 2.8 bonus air miles for every $1 spent on [my] ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card".
If you have extra cash that you do not need and you are a couple of thousand miles away from your free flight on Singapore Airlines (or an alliance partner), check out Standard Chartered's SGD Miles Time Deposit. Deposit fresh funds into the special account (6 months) before 31 July 2016 and earn up to 60,000 KrisFlyer Miles on your investment - you may also be eligible for a priority banking account with the bank.