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Plenty has happened since the pandemic ravaged the world, and all of us are anticipating towards travelling again. 

Singapore Airlines, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading airlines, have introduced a fantastic offer to not just get us dreaming of travelling, but travelling like royalty when travel’s a possibility once again.

Earning Status without Flying

Under the campaign ‘Unlock Status Credits without Flying’, any Krisflyer member has a shot of getting Krisflyer Elite Gold or Elite Silver (but why??). Here’s a quick recap on what you get at the different tiers.

 Elite SilverElite Gold

Elite Miles Required

25,000

50,000

Mileage Bonus

25%

25%

Priority Waitlist

Advance Seat Selection

(for Standard seats)

(for Forward and Standard seats)

Lounge Access

This campaign lasts from 7 April 2021 to 28 February 2022, and KrisFlyer and PPS Club members can earn Elite miles and PPS Value by converting rewards points from bank and other non-air partners, spending on co-brand cards, or making purchases with KrisShop or via Kris+. There’s a ton of information, so let’s dive right into it. 

Ways To EarnPPS Club MembersKF Members

Conversion of Bank Points to KrisFlyer miles
(min. 10,000 miles)

1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles

1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles

Spend on co-brand cards
(min. 100 miles earned)

1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles

1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles

Spend on KrisShop or Kris+ (min $1)

1 PPS Value per S$1

3 Elite miles per S$1

Convert KrisPay miles
(min. depends on bank)

1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles

1 PPS Value per 10 KrisPay miles

Earn with non-air partners
(min. 500 miles)

1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles

1 Elite miles per 5 KrisPay miles

The fantastic thing about this offer is that there is no cap on the maximum Elite miles or PPS Value that can be earned during this campaign. This is how any Krisflyer member can become a Krisflyer Elite Gold member without being in the skies! Do note though that for PPS Club members, a very different proposition from elite status, you will have to be an existing PPS club member to requalify. That’s to say that if you are currently not a PPS Club member, this promotion to renew your PPS Club membership is not for you. Going by the same metric, existing PPS Club members can move up to Solitaire PPS Club. 

Depending on when you credit your miles, these status credits will count towards KrisFlyer Elite or PPS Club membership upgrades or renewal that is due between March 2022 and February 2023.

Elite miles and PPS Value will be credited to your account within seven working days of the qualifying transaction posting. I recently tested this with some purchases on Kris+ and sure enough, Krisflyer miles and Elite miles were posted duly within 72 hours.

Elite Miles were given when I transferred Krispay miles over to Krisflyer. There’s also a separate promotion from Kris+ giving almost 6X more Krisflyer (not elite) miles till November, but elite miles are capped at the base Krisflyer miles offered. The simple formula will be to divide by 6 the number of Krisflyer miles given, before 3X that amount to derive the elite miles. More on that later.

PPS Club members will be pleased to know that PPS Value earned from this campaign will count towards the tracking of PPS Rewards, and any value in excess of requalification requirements will be deposited as Reserve Value. 

However, for KrisFlyer Elite members, Elite miles earned through this campaign will not contribute towards the tracking of KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards. Any excess elite miles earned within this campaign will also be rolled over to the next qualification cycle for KrisFlyer Elite members.

Let’s now take a deeper look at each of the ways to earn status credits without flying. 

Conversion of Bank Points to KrisFlyer miles

With a simple equation, you will get 1 Elite mile for every 5 miles.

Singapore Airlines has provided a list of eligible banks, but long story short, every single bank that offers conversions to KrisFlyer will qualify. 

Do note though, that each bank transaction will require a minimum of 10,000 KrisFlyer miles converted in a single transaction to qualify. Here’s an example. 

  • If you convert 8,000 miles from Bank A and 2,000 miles from Bank B, both transactions will not qualify for elite miles nor PPS Value
  • If you convert 10,000 miles from Bank A and 9,999 miles from Bank B, your Bank A transaction will qualify for 2,000 Elite miles and 1,000 PPS Value (if eligible) but not your Bank B transaction will not be eligible for elite miles
  • If you convert 20,000 miles from Bank A and 15,000 miles from Bank Y, both transactions will qualify and your Bank A transaction awards you 4,000 elite miles and 2,000 PPS Value while your Bank B transaction awards you 3,000 elite miles and 1,500 PPS Value.

Simply put, elite miles or PPS Value are awarded based on each eligible transaction; not the cumulative amount of KrisFlyer miles converted during the campaign period. In other words, it’s imperative to ensure that each transfer from any of the eligible banks is at least 10,000 KrisFlyer miles in value. If not, you won’t get any bonus elite miles nor PPS Value.

Spending with Kris+ or KrisShop

With every S$1 spent on Kris+/KrisShop, KrisFlyer and PPS Club members will earn 3 Elite miles and 1 PPS Value respectively.

For the uninformed, Kris+ is Singapore Airlines’ mobile app rewards platform while KrisShop is SIA’s online shopping portal.

The amount used to compute will be the gross amount of the item, excluding delivery charges and taxes.

Earning with co-brand cards

KrisFlyer and PPS Club members who accrue a minimum of 100 KrisFlyer miles through spending on a co-brand card will earn:

  • KrisFlyer: 1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles
  • PPS Club: 1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles

Singapore Airlines has provided a list of eligible co-brand cards, and once again, every single one out there will qualify. The most common ones in Singapore are the Amex Co-branded ones and the UOB Krisflyer Mastercard.

Remember, cobrand cards batch your transactions and do a monthly transfer; for my AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend, this happens on the 10th of every month. Assuming your base earn rate is 1.2 mpd, you’ll just need to spend at least S$84 per month to earn some status credits from your spending. 

Converting bank points to KrisPay miles

KrisFlyer and PPS Club members who convert bank points to KrisPay miles via Kris+ will earn

  • KrisFlyer: 1 Elite mile per 5 KrisPay miles
  • PPS Club: 1 PPS Value per 10 KrisPay miles

This is a rather new phenomenon available, which most might not know about. Essentially, what makes it different from converting bank points to Krisflyer miles are 2 things:

  • Transfers are instant; you will see updated balances from DBS Points/UOB UNI$ to Krispay to Krisflyer instantaneously, unlike some lag times experienced when converting bank points to Krisflyer miles directly.
  • The disadvantage though is that there is a 15% reduction in conversion rates. For example, where you typically get 2,000 miles from 1,000 DBS Points/UOB UNI$, you only get 1,700 miles.

The price you pay for speed we reckon!

Non-air partners

KrisFlyer and PPS Club members who accrue KrisFlyer miles through non-air partners will earn:

  • KrisFlyer: 1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles
  • PPS Club: 1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles

You must clock a minimum of 500 miles per transaction before elite miles and PPS Value can be earned. Since Singapore Airlines has a ton of partners, there are plenty of ways miles can be earned. 

A full list of eligible non-air partners is listed here, let me point out the ones that will appeal to us.

  • CapitaStar 
  • Changi Rewards
  • Esso
  • Grab
  • Heathrow Rewards
  • KrisFlyer Spree
  • Pelago
  • TapForMore
  •  Any major hotel brand (Marriott, Hilton, Accor, Hyatt,etc.)

All conversions must be completed by 2359 hours (GMT+8) on 28 February 2022 to qualify. Do remember to factor in the  different lead times for different partners, so don’t leave it till last minute!

Will we be participating?

Yes, I have made up my mind. I’ve never actually held Elite Gold with SIA, and this is an excellent opportunity to have a taste of Elite Gold in 2022. Truth be told, with most of my flights having been on business class flight redemptions, I haven’t felt that I’ve missed much. However, since I am planning for a round-the-world trip in 2022 for work, lounge access with Elite Gold will be essential when I’m hopping around countries/regions with cheap flights on Star Alliance members which Singapore Airlines is part of. Some of these members include Air New Zealand, Aegan, Lufthansa, ANA, Avianca, Air Canada, just to name a few. They cover (almost) every part of the globe!

With more and more countries opening borders if you are vaccinated, there’s actually no stopping you from reaching Elite Gold now if you are flying in the next few weeks. My advice would be to plan your travels in advance, and since the campaign runs all the way till February 2022, manage your transfers to maximize your membership validity. That’s what I will be doing!

As for the rest of the team here, Sean is also trying to reach his Elite Gold status. He’s actually accumulated a fair bit since he didn’t participate in the 15% bonus SIA offered last year!

Conclusion

If you foresee yourself flying in 2022, and have been involved in the miles game a fair bit, this promotion from SIA makes it a no brainer. It’s akin to a rag to riches story, and if not for this economic environment, I highly doubt we will see this promotion again.

With the plethora of options to gain miles, you are not short of options to reach the promised land of Elite Gold. Just remember to take note of the terms and conditions!

In truth, the more important question should be deciding on when to pull the trigger to maximise this offer, but since there’s plenty of time to think it through, you can afford to hold your horses till Feb 2022. 

Will you be participating?

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