Some airlines have started getting more creative with ways you can earn elite status with them and Singapore Airlines has joined their ranks.
Through February 28, 2022, transferring in bank points or other types of points to your Krisflyer account will count towards status, with both Silver and Gold status being up for grabs.
- Earn 1 Elite mile for every 5 KrisFlyer miles earned or converted from bank points or non-air partners when transferring at least 10,000 miles.
- Direct link to offer.
- Direct link to list of bank & co-brand partners.
- Direct link to list of non-air partners.
- Conditions to fulfill in a single transaction to qualify. All qualifying transactions must be successfully completed by 28 February 2022 2359 hours (GMT+8) in order to qualify. For PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite members, qualifying transactions at KrisShop, KrisFlyer Spree and Kris+ partners from 7 to 21 April 2021 will earn double the PPS Value or Elite miles listed above.
- PPS Club members will only earn PPS Value and not Elite miles. KrisFlyer Elite and KrisFlyer members will only earn Elite miles and not PPS Value. PPS Value or Elite miles awarded under this campaign will be rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.
- Dollar spend refers to the nett amount spent at KrisShop, excluding taxes and delivery charges, paid for with credit or debit card.
- SGD 1 spend at KrisShop is equivalent to 1.5 KrisFlyer miles.
- Dollar spend refers to the amount spent at Kris+ partner outlets paid for with cash/credit/debit card offline or within the Kris+ app when KrisPay miles are earned. The Kris+ mobile app is available for use only in Singapore.
- Subject to the minimum applicable number of KrisPay miles for each conversion required by bank partners on the Kris+ app.
- The term ‘Non-Air Partners’ used in this campaign excludes bank partners, co-brand cards, KrisShop and Kris+ partners.
Silver status with Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer program requires 25,000 elite qualifying miles, while Gold status requires 50,000 elite qualifying miles. Seeing as you earn one elite qualifying mile for every five that you transfer in, that means you can earn Silver or Gold status when transferring in 125,000 or 250,000 Krisflyer miles respectively.
What’s particularly useful is that Singapore Airlines is one of the most promiscuous transfer partners because you can transfer in points from the following programs:
- American Express
- Capital One
Note that not all of those programs transfer on a 1:1 basis. Chase, Amex, Citi and Brex all do, but Capital One transfers on a 2:1 basis and Marriott on a 60,000:25,000 basis.
Silver status will get you very little by way of benefits, so that’s not really worth transferring in points for, although it’s a nice additional benefit if you planned on transferring points to Singapore Airlines anyway.
Gold status on the other hand can be more rewarding seeing as it translates to Star Alliance Gold status and so you’d be eligible for the following benefits when flying on Star Alliance airlines:
- Priority airport check-in
- Extra baggage allowance
- Gold Track (Priority Security & Immigration)
- Airport lounge access
- Priority boarding
- Priority baggage handling
- Priority reservations waitlist
- Priority airport stand-by
- Complimentary upgrade to Business First Class on the Heathrow Express
Of those benefits the airport lounge access will likely be the most useful benefit for people, although the extra baggage allowance could save you a ton of money if you’ll be flying a lot in the next year or two with additional bags.
There are a few key things to be aware of with this promotion. As noted above, you have to transfer in enough points for them to be converted to 10,000 Krisflyer miles in order to earn the elite qualifying miles. Krisflyer miles expire 36 months after they’ve been earned/received with no current option for extending them, so being able to redeem them within the next three years will be an important factor in deciding whether to take advantage of this promotion.
If your future travel plans are still
up in the air down on the ground due to the pandemic, you don’t have to worry about missing out on this opportunity if you don’t act on it immediately. That’s because you have until February 28, 2022 to transfer in your points in order to earn the elite qualifying miles, so that’s almost 11 full months to make a decision. If you wait until towards the end of the promotion to make the transfer, that’d also give you until the beginning of 2025 to redeem the miles which would hopefully be enough time to not let them go to waste. Bear in mind that transfers might not be instant, so I wouldn’t wait until February 28 to make a transfer, especially seeing as the end date/time is based on Singapore local time.