Singapore Airlines, the Singapore-based airline, has been offering a great opportunity for the members of their loyalty programme Krisflyer, offering status in exchange for miles transferred to your Singapore Airlines account since April 2021. Here are the details of this awesome promotion.
Singapore Airlines’ Status without Flying promotion
Singapore has been closed to most travellers, although they opened up a few months ago with VTL provisions. However, Singapore Airlines’ business has reduced compared to the glory days. This also means that the airline has no way to keep its loyal customers engaged, whether in Singapore or other countries. While Singapore Airlines has been extending member statuses so far, there need to be different ways to keep people engaged with the airline and the loyalty programme.
Singapore Airlines launched an 11-month long promotion where they are offering the opportunity to earn Singapore Airlines status without flying (the airline or any other partner airline). The promotion is valid between April 7, 2021, and February 28, 2022, and you get elite miles for shopping, converting reward points and so on.
Using this promotion, even those with no Singapore Airlines Krisflyer status will be able to upgrade their status to Krisflyer Elite Silver or Krisflyer Elite Gold. Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Elite Silver usually needs you to earn 25,000 elite miles on SQ or partner airlines, and Elite Gold needs you to clock 50,000 elite miles on SQ or partner airlines such as Star Alliance.
Here is how you can earn said status without flying.
The most exciting and accessible option here is to convert your bank points to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer points. For every five miles transferred, you receive one elite mile. In India, Singapore Airlines is transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards, Citibank Prestige and PremierMiles, HDFC Bank Infinia and Diners Club Black and HSBC Credit Cards.
Since Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Elite Gold status requires 50,000 elite miles, a transfer of 250,000 SQ Miles would be enough to get you the status. Remember, however, that every transaction needs to have at least 10,000 miles received in your SQ account to qualify for the offer, and these miles would post in seven days after the transaction hits SQ.
What good is Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Elite Gold Status?
With an eye on India, you get yourselves a big perk when you get this status: Star Alliance Gold status. Star Alliance Gold status will get you the following perks when you fly on a Star Alliance Airline:
- Access to Star Alliance Gold lounges along with an accompanying guest on the same flight. In India, this would mean access to the Air India lounges and other partnership lounges AI offers to elites, even when flying domestically.
- Priority check-in at the Business Class counter or a special *A counter
- Priority baggage handling
- Priority boarding
- Extra baggage allowance of up to 20 kg or an extra piece
Not just Air India, many Star Alliance carriers fly from India, including United, Lufthansa Group, Singapore Airlines, ANA and others. I recently accessed the Air India Lounge at Delhi Terminal 3 with my Singapore Airlines Gold Status.
Weighing the pros and cons
This is a tempting promotion for those who fly Star Alliance frequently. A few things to watch out for:
- Is flying resuming from India anytime soon? (VTL Flying is back to Singapore)
- SQ Miles expire 36 months after transferring, so will you be able to use the miles by then?
- SQ tends to block premium cabin space for their members.
- Lounge access is available via other modes such as cards anyways.
Personally, while I was not going to use this promotion initially, the 15% bonus promotion in Q3 2021 made me do it, with the additional expectation that I will be able to use the status with Air India and other Star Alliance carriers in 2022 and onwards. With the newly announced extension of status, it means I get two years of SQ status rather than one year worth of status. So, I went ahead and closed out the status. This would be true for anyone who would transfer enough points to SQ Krisflyer before February 28, 2022.
This is a great opportunity for those who have the runway to convert into 250,000 miles on KrisFlyer and hold them for future flights if they would like to have Star Alliance status for the next two years. This is also a great opportunity for those who are looking to cash out of their Citi reward points right now.
What do you make of this new Singapore Airlines promotion which offers you a path to Star Alliance Gold? Will you take it? If you will, then will it be today or wait and watch?
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