[Knowledge] Five Reasons why KrisFlyer is Best for Non-Frequent Flyers in Singapore

Singapore Airlines B777-200ER(9V-SRN) by Kentaro Iemoto, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Most of us would have heard of KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer programme. While it isn’t exactly the most generous of programmes, it is probably the most suitable one for the non-frequent flyers living in Singapore.

Here are five reasons why it is so.

Reason 1: Flight network and quality

Singapore Airlines is the biggest airline operating out of Changi Airport with over 60 destinations in 35 countries.

Singapore Airlines’ network (as of Oct 2014)

Maps generated by Shyh Jie using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Its subsidiary Silkair flies to over 40 destinations in Asia-Pacific.

Silkair’s network (as of Oct 2014)

Maps generated by Shyh Jie using the Great Circle Mapper – copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

Together, they offer the most choices of non-stop flights out of Changi Airport, something which other airlines cannot match.

Singapore Airlines is also among the top airlines in the world and most Singaporeans are no strangers to the brand. Many Singaporeans do have a preference of flying with Singapore Airlines over other airlines.

Reason 2: Partnership with banks

Airlines and banks must have partnerships in place in order for bank customers to convert their credit card reward points to frequent flyer miles.

The table below shows the partnerships between the banks in Singapore and the different airlines around the world.

Partnerships between banks and airlines

 American ExpressANZCitibankDBSHSBCMaybankOCBCStandard CharteredUOB
Singapore Airlines
Cathay Pacific
Thai Airways
British Airways
China Airlines
Emirates
Malaysia Airlines
Delta Airlines
EVA Air
Garuda Indonesia
Etihad

As you can see, Singapore Airlines has partnerships with all nine of them. In other words, you can have credit cards from any of these nine banks and all the rewards points earned can be converted and pooled together in one KrisFlyer account.

Reason 3: Redemption

Singapore Airlines is part of Star Alliance and members of other Star Alliance partners’ frequent flyer programmes (e.g. Lufthansa’s Miles & More) are able to redeem award flights on Singapore Airlines as well.

However, Singapore Airlines has additional award spaces for KrisFlyer members which are not available to other frequent flyer programmes. It is known that Singapore Airlines restricts the redemption of business and first class seats on A380 and 77W to KrisFlyer members only. Thus, if you want these seats, you can only use KrisFlyer miles to redeem them.

Furthermore, Singapore Airlines also allows its flights (as well as Silkair’s) to be booked online and it offers a 15% discount to online bookings. Hence one could redeem for an award flight for little as 6,375 KrisFlyer miles.

Reason 4: Earning on Silkair and the cheapest SQ tickets

Silkair is not part of Star Alliance and the miles from flying with them can only be earned with KrisFlyer.

Furthermore, Singapore Airlines has regular promotions out of Singapore but the miles for these promotion tickets earn 0 miles on the partners’ frequent flyer programmes (except on Virgin Australia’s Velocity).

However, one could get either 10% (booking classes K & V) or 50% (booking classes N & Q) with KrisFlyer and these miles could be combined with the miles converted from banks’ reward points for redemption.

Reason 5: Non-flying opportunities to earn KrisFlyer miles

Beside flying and credit cards, there are several other options to earn KrisFlyer miles, ranging from hotel stays to rental cars to converting points from PAssion card.

An interesting option is shopping through KrisFlyer Spree.


Original image from Singapore Airlines’ website

When one shops at the participating merchants through KrisFlyer Spree, he or she will receive extra KrisFlyer miles based on the spend amount, with earn rate ranging from 7 to 139 miles for every 10 USD spent. There is also a wide range of merchants and many of them are household names like Apple Store and Courts.

While some of the earn rates do not seem much, they are free miles which can help you reach your redemption faster.

Conclusion

For Singaporean residents who are not accumulating most of their miles through flying, Singapore Airlines is the most suitable choice due to its quality, network, partnerships with banks and cost of redemption.

However, for Singapore-based frequent flyers, KrisFlyer may not be the most ideal programme. There may be better programmes such as Asiana Club or Turkish Airlines’ Miles and Smiles which allow flyers to attain status easier.

If you need advice on the best frequent flyer programmes for your travel pattern, you can Consult the Cow.

Do you convert your credit card reward points to redeem flights on Singapore Airlines too?

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