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

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 AirlinesSilkAir
Suites/First ClassA, F – 150%; R-300%N/A
Business ClassC, D, J, Z, U – 125%C, D, J, Z, U – 125%
Premium Economy/Economy ClassK, 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 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 that we recommend you use to earn points that are transferable to the KrisFlyer program:

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

(Our #1 rewards card).
  • 50,000 bonus points.
  • That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through
    Chase Ultimate Rewards.
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide.
  • $0 Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee: $0 the first year, then $95
  • Card Review
Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ Card
  • 50,000 bonus points
  • 3X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Card Review
Chase Freedom®
  • Earn 5% cash back in bonus categories
  • No annual fee
  • Card Review
Chase Freedom Unlimited℠

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card
  • Earn 3 points per $1 in select categories
  • Annual Fee: $95
  • Card Review
Chase Ink Business Cash℠ Credit Card
  • Earn 5% cash back in select business categories
  • No Annual Fee
  • Card Review

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.

Chase points are so easy to earn and that’s why we love them!

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.

Recommended Personal Amex Cards

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Platinum Card® from American Express
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • Up to $200 Uber Savings Annually.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $550
  • Full Review
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 points.
  • 3x points for flights booked directly with airlines.
  • 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and at US supermarkets. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0 for the first year, then $195
  • Full Review
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • 2x points at US supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1x). Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review

Recommended Business Amex Cards

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
The Business Platinum Card® from American Express OPEN
  • Earn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit. Terms Apply.
  • 50% more points on business purchases of $5,000 or more and 35% Airline Bonus.
  • Annual Fee: $450
  • Full Review
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards® points
  • Get 3x points - Choose 1 out of 5 categories.
  • Plus, 2X points on the 4 remaining categories and 1X points on other purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
  • Full Review
The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 2X points on everyday business purchases such as office supplies or client dinners. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Full Review

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

5. 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. 

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Redeem Starpoints® at over 1,300 participating hotels and resorts in over 100 countries and for flights on more than 150 airlines with SPG flights.
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Full Review
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express
  • Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints®
  • Up to 5x Starpoints® on eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
  • $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95.
  • Full Review

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!

6. Citi ThankYou Rewards

singapore airlines krisflyer citi thankyou
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!

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Citi Prestige® Card
Citi ThankYou® Preferred Card
  • 2 ThankYou® Points per dollar spent on dining at restaurants and entertainment
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Detailed Review
Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
  • 3 ThankYou® Points per $1 spent on Travel, including Gas
  • Annual Fee: $95 (Fee waived for the first 12 months)
  • Detailed Review

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.

AirlineMilesAirlineMilesAirlineMiles
Adria AirwaysUp to 125%Brussels AirlinesUp to 125%South African AirwaysUp to 125%
Aegean AirlinesUp to 125%Copa AirlinesUp to 125%Swiss International AirlinesUp to 125%
Air CanadaUp to 125%Croatia AirlinesUp to 125%TAP PortugalUp to 125%
Air ChinaUp to 150%EgyptairUp to 150%Thai AirwaysUp to 125%
Air IndiaUp to 150%Ethiopian AirlinesUp to 125%Turkish AirlinesUp to 125%
Air New ZealandUp to 125%EVA AirUp to 125%United AirlinesUp to 125%
ANAUp to 150%JetBlue*Up to 125%Virgin America*Up to 150%
Asiana AirlinesUp to 200%LOT Polish AirlinesUp to 125%Virgin Atlantic*Up to 125%
Austrian AirlinesUp to 125%LufthansaUp to 125%Virgin Australia*Up to 200%
AviancaUp to 125%Scandinavian AirlinesUp to 125%Vistara*Up to 125%
Avianca BrazilUp to 100%Shenzhen AirlinesUp 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.

HotelOfferHotelOffer
Carlson Rezidor HotelsUp to 500 miles/stayNew Otani Hotels500 miles/stay
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts500 miles/stayOkura Nikko HotelsUp to 500 miles/stay
IHGUp to 2 miles/$1Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts500 miles/stay
Mandarin Oriental500 miles/stayStarwood Hotels & Resorts/SPG**Up to 3 miles/$1
Marriott InternationalUp to 2 miles/$1Taj Hotels, Resorts, and PalacesUp 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!

CREDIT CARDCARD INFO
Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express
  • Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors™ Bonus Points
  • Earn 12X Hilton Honors bonus points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Detailed Review
Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express
  • Earn 7X Hilton Honors bonus points for each dollar of eligible purchases charged on your Card. Terms Apply.
  • Annual Fee: $0
  • Detailed Review
Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card
  • 5 Points Per $1 Spent at Marriott Rewards and SPG hotels.
  • Annual Fee: $85
  • Detailed Review
Chase IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
  • Earn 5x points at IHG hotels and 2x points on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants.
  • Annual Fee: $0 first year, then $49
  • Detailed Review
Chase Hyatt Credit Card
  • 3x points at Hyatt properties and 2x points at restaurants, airfare purchased directly from the airline and car rental agencies
  • Annual Fee: $75
  • Detailed Review

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 CompanyEarned Miles
Agodo.comUp to 2 miles/$1
Kaligo.comUp 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.  

HotelTransfer Ratio
AccorHotels*4,000:2,000
Marriott Rewards10,000:1,500
Hilton HHonors10,000:1,000
Hyatt2.5:1 (plus bonus)
Radisson Blu10:1
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts1:1

*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!

Photo Credits
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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.