[Knowledge] Earn KrisFlyer miles with Tigerair and Scoot – Is it worth it at all?

In Jan 2015, Singapore Airlines announced that passengers flying Tigerair and Scoot will be able to earn and redeem KrisFlyer miles by the end of year.

The redemption rate was made known in April 2015 and in an earlier post, our research showed that it was not a good use of KrisFlyer miles.

In late September, it was finally announced that KrisFlyer members who opt for Tigerair’s Flexicombo and Scoot’s PlusPerks bundle can earn miles.

Scoot and Tigerair have two slightly different bundles and we will take a closer look at each.

TIGERAIR

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Tigerair’s flexicombo cost an extra 50 SGD per flight and bundles the following:-

1. 15 kg check-in luggage – 18 to 28 SGD
2. Free front seat or standard seat selection (seats 2-11 and 14-30) – 9 to 12 SGD
3. 1 flight change fee waiver – 60 SGD
4. Earn KrisFlyer miles (award miles only; no elite miles)

Miles accrued

One-way from SingaporeNo. of KrisFlyer miles
Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang20
Bangkok, Cebu, Chiang Mai, Clark, Denpasar (Bali), Hanoi, Hat Yai, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kalibo (Boracay), Krabi, Manila, Phuket, Surabaya, Yangon60
Bengaluru, Chennai, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Jinan, Kochi, Lucknow, Macau, Malé (Maldives), Nanning, Ningbo, Quanzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy), Xi’an100

SCOOT

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Scoot’s PlusPerk cost 39 SGD per flight for short haul destinations or 59 SGD per flight for long-haul ones with the following extras:-

1. Earn KrisFlyer miles (award miles only; no elite miles)
2. Preferred seat with extra legroom (30% more) – 17 SGD (short-haul) to 39 SGD (long-haul)
3. 1 flight date or name change up to 24 hours before flight – 60 SGD (short-haul) to 90 SGD (long-haul)
4. Priority check-in and boarding – 6 SGD

Miles accrued

Fly routeEconomy
(H W N X O)
Economy
(R P F A S Y B M)
ScootBiz*
(Z C J D I U)
Singapore - Thailand60150250
Singapore - Hong Kong
Singapore - Taiwan
Taiwan - Japan
Taiwan - Korea
100250400
Singapore - Korea
Singapore - Nanjing
Singapore - Perth
150450750
Singapore - Japan
Thailand - Japan
Singapore - China (except Nanjing)
Singapore - Australia (except Perth)
2506001000

ANALYSIS

In the worst case scenario, assuming that you don’t need to make any changes to your flights, you can be getting as little as 20 KrisFlyer miles (Malaysian destinations with Tigerair) for 23 SGD (Minus off the value of check-in luggage and seat selection from 50 SGD).

At more than 1 SGD per mile, that’s horrible value to pay for miles and you’re actually better off buying miles straight from Singapore Airlines at 1,000 miles for 40 USD.

In the best case scenario, assuming no changes again, you would be paying 14 SGD for 1,000 KrisFlyer miles for long-haul ScootBiz flights. Actually this isn’t a bad deal to buy miles at 1.4 SGD cents per mile if you are aiming to redeem for business or first class flights.

However, unless you’re really short of that 1,000 miles to make a redemption, the pitiful amount of miles aren’t going to bring you anywhere.

COMPARING WITH JETSTAR’S PLUS BUNDLE

Jetstar has Plus Bundle, a similar product to flexicombo and PlusPerks and we did a comparison between the three for a flight between Singapore and Hong Kong.

Comparing the bundles on SIN-HKG 

ProductScoot PlusPerksTigerair FlexicomboJetstar Plus Bundle
CostS$39S$50S$40
Check-in baggage allowance
15 kg

20 kg
Seat selection
Free preferred seat selection (30% leg room)

Free front or standard seat selection

Free standard seat selection
MealsStandard meal (on available flights only)
Flight/name change
1 flight/name change

1 flight change

1 flight change
Award Miles
100-400 KrisFlyer miles

100 KrisFlyer miles

1,650 Qantas/Emirates Points
Elite Miles
40 status credits
Priority check-in and boarding

Although it’s not a direct comparison, it is not hard to infer that Jetstar’s bundle offers more value to both Scoot’s and Tigerair’s, especially on the check-in luggage, miles and meals. Many had hoped that Scoot and Tigerair would match Jetstar’s product but it was really disappointing to learn about how little miles could be earned from the bundles.

BOTTOMLINE

The new bundles are clearly targeted to flyers who want the flexibility to make changes to their bookings, not those who are interested to earn miles.

Unless you know that you are likely to make changes to your booking, you’re better off booking the other items a la carte and forgo the miserable number of miles offered.

What are your thoughts on PlusPerks and flexicombo? Share with us here!

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