17 Best Ways To Earn LOTS of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles [2017]

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Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance network, which flies to 190 countries. Well-designed cabins and top-tier service make Singapore Airlines one of the best operating airlines.

Last year, the national carrier spent more than $80 million creating a premium economy class!

Singapore Airlines expanded its U.S. operations in October 2016, adding a nonstop flight between Singapore and San Francisco. Another option is to fly Singapore to San Francisco via Hong Kong.

With this expansion, the airline now has 2 daily services from Singapore to Los Angeles (via Seoul Incheon and Tokyo).

This post covers the many ways to maximize miles as quickly as possible with the Singapore Airlines frequent flyer program. Read on to learn how to earn KrisFlyer miles so you can redeem them for terrific travel awards from Singapore Airlines and its partners. Let’s get started!

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

1. Sign up for the KrisFlyer Loyalty Program

When you enroll in KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines’ loyalty program, a membership number will be assigned to you right away. The official Membership Card will be sent once you complete your first qualifying transaction for Singapore Airlines or SilkAir.

KrisFlyer members earn points for travel with Singapore Airlines and its more than 200 partners, which include airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and more.

These reward points can be redeemed for award tickets and upgrades.

There’s a 5% discount for booking award travel online with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir (but not partner airlines).

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
Join Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and earn points every time you travel with Singapore Airlines or more than 200 partner airlines, hotels, and more.

2. Fly Singapore Airlines

Receive bonus miles ranging from 50% to 300% for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights! (The chart below shows how many you’ll earn based on airline and fare class.)

All cabins have amenities including in-seat power supply, height-adjustable leather headrests, and in-flight entertainment on personal video monitors.

For those who prefer to travel in luxury, there is Suites Class, available exclusively on the Airbus A380 with flights to New York, Los Angeles, and other big cities.

Talk about privacy! Suites are individual cabins with window blinds and sliding doors to keep out prying eyes. Relax in a chaise lounge or catch up on work at a large table. A separate bed (with turn down service!) makes sleeping comfortable.

Singapore Airlines SilkAir
Suites/First Class A, F – 150%; R-300% N/A
Business Class C, D, J, Z, U – 125% C, D, J, Z, U – 125%
Premium Economy/Economy Class K, V- 10%; N, Q – 50%; B, E, H, L, M, W, Y – 100%; P, S, T – 110% K, V – 10%; N, Q – 50%; B, E, H, L, M, W, Y – 100%

Earn KrisFlyer Miles With Credit Cards

Earn 50,000 Chase Points (& Transfer Them To Singapore!)
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide

3. Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase is a KrisFlyer partner, which means you can earn reward points with your Chase Ultimate Rewards credit cards and transfer them to KrisFlyer miles.

Get 1,000 KrisFlyer miles for every 1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points you transfer (in increments of 1,000). According to the KrisFlyer site, this process can take anywhere from 1-8 weeks.

The great thing about Chase Ultimate Rewards is that you can combine points from multiple cards. Here are the Chase credit cards you can use to earn points that are transferable to the KrisFlyer program:

Loyalty Program Credit Card
Chase Ultimate Rewards Program Review Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
Chase Freedom®
Chase Freedom Unlimited℠
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card

Not only can you earn reward points from everyday spending, but each card has its own sign-up bonus to get you quickly on your way to a travel reward. The annual fee on each card varies.

4. American Express Membership Rewards

Don’t have Ultimate Rewards points to transfer, or just want to add even more reward points to your KrisFlyer account? American Express Membership Rewards is also a transfer partner!

Rack up Membership Rewards points with the following American Express credit cards and move them over to KrisFlyer at a 1:1 ratio. It takes approximately 1-2 days for the transfer to occur.

Loyalty Program Credit Card
American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty Program The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
The Platinum Card® from American Express
The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
Gold Card from American Express
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
American Express® Green Card
Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
Blue from American Express®
Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express
Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)

Just like the Chase cards, you can earn a sign-up bonus for most Amex cards, and their annual fees will vary.

5. Citi ThankYou Rewards

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Transfer Citi ThankYou Rewards points to KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 ratio.

Do you have a Citi ThankYou Rewards account? If not, you might want to open one. Earn ThankYou Points by using these 5 credit cards, and then transfer those reward points to the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program.

Every 1,000 ThankYou Points equals 1,000 KrisFlyer miles!

Loyalty Program Credit Card Review
Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program Citi ThankYou Preferred Card
Citi ThankYou Premier Card
Citi Prestige Card

6. Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

Singapore Airlines is one of the 32 affiliated airline partners in the SPG program There are scores of ways to earn SPG points, including booking stays at SPG and partner hotels, flights with SPG partner airlines, and more.

Also, earn SPG points by using the credit cards in the table below. 

Loyalty Program Credit Card
Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express

Transfer SPG Starpoints to Singapore Airlines frequent flyer miles at a 1:1 ratio, plus earn 3 KrisFlyer miles per $1 when you stay at an SPG hotel!

Hot Tip: Earn a bonus of 5,000 KrisFlyer miles for each 20,000 SPG Starpoints transferred in the same transaction!

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Travel Partners

7. Earn Miles With Partner Airlines

Because it’s a member of the Star Alliance, Singapore Airlines has a ton of airline partners in its KrisFlyer program. The following table shows the maximum percentage of miles you can earn with each airline. Click on a link to get more information.

Airline Miles Airline Miles Airline Miles
Adria Airways Up to 125% Brussels Airlines Up to 125% South African Airways Up to 125%
Aegean Airlines Up to 125% Copa Airlines Up to 125% Swiss International Airlines Up to 125%
Air Canada Up to 125% Croatia Airlines Up to 125% TAP Portugal Up to 125%
Air China Up to 150% Egyptair Up to 150% Thai Airways Up to 125%
Air India Up to 150% Ethiopian Airlines Up to 125% Turkish Airlines Up to 125%
Air New Zealand Up to 125% EVA Air Up to 125% United Airlines Up to 125%
ANA Up to 150% JetBlue* Up to 125% Virgin America* Up to 150%
Asiana Airlines Up to 200% LOT Polish Airlines Up to 125% Virgin Atlantic* Up to 125%
Austrian Airlines Up to 125% Lufthansa Up to 125% Virgin Australia* Up to 200%
Avianca Up to 125% Scandinavian Airlines Up to 125% Vistara* Up to 125%
Avianca Brazil Up to 100% Shenzhen Airlines Up to 125%

*Not a member of Star Alliance

8. TigerAir Flexicombo

The newest Singapore Airlines partner airline is TigerAir. You can pay for TigerAir flights with KrisFlyer miles and earn KrisFlyer miles when you purchase a TigerAir Flexicombo ticket.

In addition to KrisFlyer miles, Flexicombo fares add free check-in baggage up to 20 kg, free seat selection on specific rows, and a flight change waiver.

This table from the TigerAir site shows the frequent flyer miles that can be earned with Flexicombo fares:

Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Tigerair
Purchase a Flexicombo ticket on TigerAir for more KrisFlyer points!

9. Book Car Rentals

Choose from several car rental partners to earn up to 500 KrisFlyer miles per rental. Be sure to give your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer membership number when making your reservation to ensure the miles are applied.

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Book a car rental from a Singapore Airlines partner car agency for more miles!

10. Stock Up on KrisFlyer Miles With Participating Hotel Partners

Qualifying stays with KrisFlyer hotel partners can be worth up to 500 miles or 3 miles per $1 spent. You must sign up for the hotel loyalty program to earn the KrisFlyer miles.

It typically takes 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your KrisFlyer account. The table below shows some of the participating hotels, and you can find a complete list of KrisFlyer hotel partners here.

Hotel Offer Hotel Offer
Carlson Rezidor Hotels Up to 500 miles/stay New Otani Hotels 500 miles/stay
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts 500 miles/stay Okura Nikko Hotels Up to 500 miles/stay
IHG Up to 2 miles/$1 Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts 500 miles/stay
Mandarin Oriental 500 miles/stay Starwood Hotels & Resorts/SPG** Up to 3 miles/$1
Marriott International Up to 2 miles/$1 Taj Hotels, Resorts, and Palaces Up to 500 miles/stay

11. Hotel Credit Cards

You can even use credit cards to earn reward points for several of these hotel loyalty programs. For example, the following credit cards earn IHG, Hilton, Hyatt, or Marriott points!

Loyalty Program Credit Card
Hilton Honors Loyalty Program Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
  Citi Hilton Honors Visa Signature Card
Citi Hilton Honors Reserve Card
Marriott Rewards Loyalty Program Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Business Credit Card
IHG Rewards Club Loyalty Program Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
World of Hyatt Loyalty Program Chase Hyatt Credit Card

12. KrisFlyer Special Promotions

Singapore Airlines offers special promotions on a regular basis. Keep checking with the KrisFlyer Promotions page to find deals like double miles or miles for magazine subscriptions!

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer special offers
Find an updated list of special offers on the KrisFlyer promotions page.

13. Hotel Booking Companies

Book hotel stays through Agodo.com and Kaligo.com to receive Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles. Just set KrisFlyer as one of your airline loyalty programs and include your membership number.

Booking Company Earned Miles
Agodo.com Up to 2 miles/$1
Kaligo.com Up to 10,000 miles
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Agoda
Check out this Agoda promotion to earn up to 10,000 KrisFlyer miles when booking a trip.

14. Convert Hotel Loyalty Points to KrisFlyer Miles

We already discussed how to earn miles for stays with Singapore Airlines hotel partners, but you can also transfer hotel miles to your KrisFlyer account from the following loyalty programs. Learn more about each loyalty program here.  

Hotel Transfer Ratio
AccorHotels* 4,000:2,000
Marriott Rewards 10,000:1,500
Hilton HHonors 10,000:1,000
Hyatt 2.5:1 (plus bonus)
Radisson Blu 10:1
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts 1:1

*Every 2 points is automatically converted to 1 frequent flyer mile

Special Programs

15. Regus Workspace

More and more professionals are booking meeting space or work space in lieu of a permanent office. When you book with Regus Workspace at one of their worldwide locations (including New York City!) you can earn up to 10,000 miles per contract.

Singpapore Airlines Krisflyer Regus Workspace
Renting office space with Regus Workspace can be worth up to 10,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles.

16. Book Event Space

Earn KrisFlyer miles by hosting events at a Langham Hospitality Group location. Earn 1 KrisFlyer mile for every $1 spent when you book a qualifying event of at least $6,500 (up to 25,000 miles).

Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Langham Hospitality Group
Let Langham Hospitality Group organize your next business meeting or corporate outing and earn Singapore KrisFlyer miles at the same time.

Shopping/Retail

17. KrisFlyer Spree

Shop your heart out while earning KrisFlyer miles at the KrisFlyer Spree site, a collection of online retailers that includes everything from electronics to toys and games.

Just make sure to shop at stores within your country by setting the page to your location. Options include “USA Only,” “Singapore Only,” etc.

To earn miles for your purchases:

  1. Enroll and log in to your account.
  2. Browse merchants and click “Shop Now” to be directed to the store’s website.
  3. Shop and pay.

KrisFlyer will track your purchases and calculate the miles you earn. The miles will appear as “Pending” in your account, and it takes approximately 5 business days for the miles to become “Approved.” At that point, frequent flyer miles will be credited within 7 business days.

Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Spree
KrisFlyer members can earn points for shopping at the hundreds of online merchants on the KrisFlyer Spree site.

Conclusion

We hope these tips have shown you how easy it is to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flyer miles.

Now it’s time to increase your KrisFlyer miles balance so you can redeem them for travel rewards like flights, upgrades, and more!

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  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
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FAQ

How can I earn miles on Singapore Airlines?
Start earning miles by signing up for the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer loyalty program. It’s free to join, and you’ll receive bonus miles up to 300% for flights on Singapore Airlines and its partner airlines.

Earn more miles for booking travel with KrisFlyer hotel and car rental partners. You can also transfer miles from certain loyalty programs.

Is it possible to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles by using credit cards?
KrisFlyer allows you to transfer points from various loyalty programs, and you can earn points for these programs by using associated credit cards.

For instance, you can earn SPG Starpoints with the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, American Express Membership Rewards with The Platinum Card® from American Express, and Chase Ultimate Rewards with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card. All of them will transfer to KrisFlyer miles.

Is there a Singapore Airlines chart of miles earned?
Yes, click on this link to access the Singapore Airlines mileage chart.

How can I earn miles with Singapore Airline partners?
Singapore Airlines has travel partners such as airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies, as well as non-travel partners that help you earn KrisFlyer miles.

Is Singapore Airlines part of the Star Alliance?
Yes, Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance Network. The 28 airlines in the Star Alliance make it possible to fly almost anywhere in the world.

Where can I find the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Accrual Calculator?
Click here to log into your KrisFlyer account and access the Accrual Calculator

How can I earn KrisFlyer miles on Tigerair?
Book a Flexicombo ticket on TigerAir to earn KrisFlyer miles.

Can I earn KrisFlyer miles with Agoda.com?
Yes. Agoda.com is a Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles partner. Earn up to 2 miles per $1 when booking travel through Agoda.com.

Can I earn KrisFlyer miles on any Singapore Airlines flight?
While you can earn KrisFlyer miles for most booking classes on Singapore Airlines flights, the earning rates vary. Some booking classes such as “G” don’t earn any KrisFlyer miles.

What are the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer hotel partners?
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has more than 30 hotel partners including Hilton Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Find a complete list here.