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 KrisFlyer 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!
Table of Contents
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Earn KrisFlyer Miles With Credit Cards
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Travel Partners
- Special Programs
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 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).
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.
|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
3. Chase Ultimate Rewards
Chase is a KrisFlyer partner, which means you can earn 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:
4. American Express Membership Rewards
Don’t have Ultimate Rewards points to transfer, or just want to add even more 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 Review||Application|
|American Express Membership Rewards Loyalty Program||The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|The Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|The Enhanced Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN||Apply Here >>|
|Gold Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express||Apply Here >>|
|American Express® Green Card||Apply Here >>|
|Business Green Rewards Card from American Express OPEN (review coming soon)||Apply Here >>|
|The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN||Apply Here >>|
|Blue from American Express®||Apply Here >>|
|Blue for Business® Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)||Apply Here >>|
|Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express (review coming soon)||Apply Here >>|
5. Citi ThankYou Rewards
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 points to the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program.
Every 1,000 ThankYou Points equals 1,000 KrisFlyer miles!
|Loyalty Program||Credit Card Review||Application|
|Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program||Citi ThankYou Preferred Card||Apply Now >>|
|Citi ThankYou Premier Card||Apply Now >>|
|Citi Prestige Card||Apply Now >>|
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 Review||Application|
|Starwood Preferred Guest Loyalty Program||Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express||Apply Now >>|
|Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express OPEN||Apply Now >>|
Transfer SPG Starpoints to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer 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.
|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 KrisFlyer miles that can be earned with Flexicombo fares:
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.
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.
|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 points for several of these hotel loyalty programs. For example, the following credit cards earn IHG, Hilton, Hyatt, or Marriott points!
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!
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|
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.
|Hyatt||2.5:1 (plus bonus)|
|Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts||1:1|
*Every 2 points is automatically converted to 1 KrisFlyer mile
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.
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).
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:
- Enroll and log in to your account.
- Browse merchants and click “Shop Now” to be directed to the store’s website.
- 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, KrisFlyer miles will be credited within 7 business days.
We hope these tips have shown you how easy it is to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles. Now it’s time to increase your KrisFlyer miles balance so you can redeem them for travel rewards like flights, upgrades, and more!