(EXPIRED) Miles without flying: Singapore KrisFlyer referral promo

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Singapore KrisFlyer is offering an interesting promotion: get 500 miles for each person you refer who opens a Singapore KrisFlyer account and has activity, which looks like it could be relatively easy to meet. While they are advertising that you can earn “up to 31,000 miles”, the reality is that you’re capped at earning up to 10K miles from referrals (the top 3 referrers will get 21K additional bonus miles).

The Deal

  • Singapore KrisFlyer is offering 500 bonus miles for each person you refer to join KrisFlyer and by 2/29/20 who has at least one qualifying activity by 5/31/20. Note that the new member also gets 500 bonus miles for opening an account.
  • Direct link to this promotion

Note that your friend must sign up at the following link:

And be sure that they use promo code KFBD21 under the drop-down that says “KrisFlyer registration promotion” and enter your KrisFlyer number under the drop-down that says “Referred to KrisFlyer by a friend?” as shown here:

Key Terms

Qualifying activity that must be completed by the new KrisFlyer member in order to earn the referral bonus:

1. Miles accrued or redeemed on flown flights on Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot
2. Miles accrual from partners.
3. Transfer of points from partner programmes to KrisFlyer
4. Submission of retrospective mileage claims for flown flights
5. KrisShop accrual transactions
6. KrisPay accrual transactions and miles conversions

Note: The new member must complete at least one qualifying activity by 5/31/20.

Quick Thoughts

The terms of this deal are pretty easy: you need to refer someone who signs up using a promo code and your KrisFlyer membership number and then they need to earn or transfer in some miles. Note the bold part of that sentence — you’ll need to give the person who signs up your KrisFlyer member number, so you won’t want to do this with Internet strangers.

On that note, the sign up process is far from intuitive. See this screen shot that is also under “The Deal” above. Neither of these two headings highlighted in Blue are automatically displayed. You need to click the black arrow to the right of the heading to see the field where they need to enter your KrisFlyer membership number. That is a key detail you’ll want to share with anyone you refer. Honestly, it seems like a cheap way to prevent people from getting credit for the promo that just doesn’t match the image the popular image of Singapore Airlines, but nonetheless you’ll just need to make sure whoever you refer is looking out for this.

This section is at the very bottom of the sign up form and the field where they enter your membership number is collapsed by default – they’ll need to hit the black arrow to the right to expand that section and see the field where they enter your number.

That said, if you have family members who have never joined Singapore Krisflyer, it should be relatively easy to take advantage of this promotion.

First of all, the terms are pretty clear that miles transferred from partners, which should include credit card programs like Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, Capital One “miles”, or Marriott Bonvoy (as well as other hotels partners) ought to count. If you have family members who may actually want to book an award with Singapore and/or credit their flights to Singapore Krisflyer, that’s great.

On the other hand, it wouldn’t make much sense to transfer 1,000 points to Singapore (the minimum from most programs) just to earn a 500-point referral bonus.

However, qualifying activity point #2 says “Miles accrual from partners”. While they explicitly include KrisShop, which is their online duty-free-like shop, I imagine that earning miles through the KrisFlyer Spree shopping portal could also be qualifying.

This seems like a partner and an avenue for mileage accrual to me, but YMMV.

Note that most of the payouts via the portal stink, but they have a lot of major US stores once you set your location as USA (find the GPS icon around the “sign in” in the top right corner or so).

I don’t know for certain that miles earned from shopping will trigger the bonus, but if you have some friends / family members who don’t mind making a small purchase through the shopping portal, you might be able to put together some miles from referrals.

While 10,000 miles won’t get you terribly far, it is almost enough to fly to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines from some parts of the US. I wouldn’t set my sights on the 21,000 bonus miles for the top 3 referrers as you’ll stop earning 500 miles per referral after you hit 10K.

Overall, it’s nice to see a chance to earn some miles without flying just for referring friends for a free account.

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