Singapore Airlines, the Singapore-based airline, is offering a great opportunity for the members of their loyalty programme Krisflyer, offering status in exchange for miles transferred to your Singapore Airlines account. Here are the details of this awesome promotion.
Singapore Airlines’ Status without Flying promotion
Singapore has been closed to travellers for about a year now, which means Singapore Airlines’ business has reduced to the state of negligible. This also means that the airline has no way to keep their loyal customers engaged, whether in Singapore or other countries. While Singapore Airlines has been extending member status so far, there need to be different ways to keep people engaged with the airline and the loyalty programme.
Hence, 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, amongst other cards 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.
Weighing the pros and cons
This is a tempting promotion for those who fly Star Alliance frequently. However, I’d say wait and watch. A few things to watch out for:
- Is flying resuming from India anytime soon?
- SQ Miles expire 36 months after transferring, so will you be able to use the miles by then?
- SQ might swing a points transfer bonus sometime during the year? They did one last year.
- The promotion is valid till February 2022, so you could take a check on this early February 2022 if you are not sure right now.
- SQ tends to block premium cabin space for their members.
- Most lounge access is available via other modes such as cards anyways.
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.
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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According to the terms and conditions you can’t use Kris+ to earn miles in India, so that won’t work for this promo.
“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.”