Singapore KrisFlyer Promo: Up To 15% Credit Card Transfer Bonus

Singapore KrisFlyer Promo: Up To 15% Credit Card Transfer Bonus

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Several weeks ago Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer launched a transfer bonus for converting credit card rewards points. This is only the second such promotion we’ve ever seen from the program, and it stacks nicely with another promotion being offered from KrisFlyer at the moment. I wanted to post a reminder of this, as the offer will be ending on Monday.

KrisFlyer’s 12-15% credit card transfer bonus

The Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program is offering a bonus when you convert credit card rewards points into KrisFlyer miles:

  • This is valid for credit card rewards converted into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles by November 22, 2021 (the promotion expires at 11:59PM Singapore time, and you’ll want your miles in the KrisFlyer account by then)
  • You receive a 12% transfer bonus if you convert between 10,000 and 49,999 miles in a single transaction, and you receive a 15% transfer bonus if you convert 50,000+ miles in a single transaction
  • In order to be eligible you need to convert enough points to earn at least 10,000 KrisFlyer miles in one transaction
  • There’s no cap to how many bonus miles you can earn with this campaign
  • Since the promotion is being offered directly by KrisFlyer, you won’t actually see the bonus reflected on the bank transfer page, but rather will only see it in your KrisFlyer account
  • There’s no registration required

The promotion page specifically lists all the programs that are eligible, so specific to the United States, the following transferable points programs are eligible:

Stack this with KrisFlyer Star Alliance Gold promotion

The Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program is running another lucrative promotion, and the two offers can be stacked. Through February 28, 2022, you can earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold status if you transfer 250,000 points to the KrisFlyer program from a partner (the 12-15% bonus doesn’t count towards this promotion, so you’d need to transfer 250,000 points before any bonuses).

This unlocks Star Alliance Gold status, which offers perks across Star Alliance airlines, including priority check-in, lounge access, priority boarding, and much more. So being able to earn a 15% bonus on points transfers, plus getting Star Alliance Gold status, is a pretty awesome combo.

Should you transfer points to Singapore KrisFlyer?

There are two major things reasons to consider taking advantage of this promotion:

  • Bonuses like this are rare; KrisFlyer only offered something like this once before, and at the time there weren’t the two promotions to stack, that can earn you bonus points plus elite status
  • Singapore Airlines primarily restricts premium cabin long haul award space to members of its own KrisFlyer program, so if you want to redeem for these products, this is your best bet
Singapore Airlines Lounge London Heathrow

That being said, there are also reasons not to take advantage of this promotion:

  • While Singapore is starting to reopen with the “Vaccinated Travel Lane” concept, that’s still a long shot from a full reopening, and it’s anyone’s guess when Singapore will open on a more flexible basis
  • Historically KrisFlyer miles expire 36 months after they’re earned, regardless of any qualifying activity, so you can’t just keep these miles forever
  • The beauty of transferable points currencies is the flexibility that they offer you, and you lose all that flexibility when you transfer them to one particular partner
Singapore Airlines’ A330 business class

Personally I think this promotion is pretty tempting, especially as it comes at a time when global travel is slowly starting to open up again, and on top of that there are two offers to stack here. Getting a 15% bonus plus Star Alliance Gold status could represent a great deal.

Keep in mind you don’t have to travel to Singapore to maximize your KrisFlyer miles. Singapore Airlines also has fifth freedom flights from New York to Frankfurt and from Houston to Manchester, for example.

Singapore Airlines’ 777 first class

Bottom line

Right now you can earn a 12-15% bonus when you convert credit card rewards into Singapore KrisFlyer miles. This is a rare opportunity, and only the second time ever that the program has offered something like this. On top of that, there’s a separate promotion that offers Star Alliance Gold status if you transfer 250,000 points to KrisFlyer, so when you combine the two offers, this could be pretty lucrative.

If you’ve been considering this promotion and haven’t yet made a transfer, this is the time to do so, as the clock is ticking.

Are you taking advantage of this KrisFlyer transfer bonus?

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  1. KC Guest

    My experience thus far:

    I have an upcoming trip to Singapore at the end of this month, so I don't have the luxury of pushing the Star Alliance Gold activation to end of February. However, I can't complain at all because I'm able to take advantage of both promos simultaneously.

    I first transferred 240,000 Chase UR points, and it took 3 days for the points to appear on the KrisFlyer app, and it also gave...

    My experience thus far:

    I have an upcoming trip to Singapore at the end of this month, so I don't have the luxury of pushing the Star Alliance Gold activation to end of February. However, I can't complain at all because I'm able to take advantage of both promos simultaneously.

    I first transferred 240,000 Chase UR points, and it took 3 days for the points to appear on the KrisFlyer app, and it also gave me 48,000 Elite points, giving me the Krisflyer Elite Silver instantly. I then transferred another 10,000 UR points a few days later, but this time it only took a day and a half for them to appear with SG. Therefore, I fulfilled the 250,000-point requirement to attain Gold Status. The bonus points are also reflected, and I should get the extra Elite miles for those after 12/14.

    One thing to note that might be of interest to some of you. My airport doesn't service SQ, so I have to fly United to LAX, and then I can go to Singapore. I contacted United, and they're able to see my KrisFlyer account, but they don't detect me having Star Alliance Gold. I only got Gold status last night. I will update when/if they'll see the change in status by the time I depart.

    1. KC Guest

      Update: Today the United app displayed a change in baggage allowance, meaning that the Gold status is now recognized by another airline in the network.

  2. Mike Guest

    Another data point for Amex MR: I linked my Amex account to KF and then initiated the transfer. The points (with bonus) arrived instantly.

  3. DSK Guest

    My experience: 110,000 MR points transferred instantly. 100,000 TY points took 24 hours. Received Silver from Krisflyer rather quickly as well as an email from Citi promising me 10,000 TY points back because I got a Rewards+ card earlier this year. Will finish up with a small transfer in early February. Following that strategy to get my Star Alliance Gold to last a few extra months per the comments at OMAAT.

  4. DCS Diamond

    A more accurate report of my transfers of Chase UR and AMEX MR points.

    1. I transferred 130K MR points to my SQ KF account, and the transfer was instantaneous.

    2. The transferred 130,000 MR points earned me a bonus of 19,500 redeemable KF miles, which is a bonus of 15% for a total of 130,000 + 19,500 = 149,500 redeemable KF miles.

    3. The transferred 130 MR points converted to 26,000 elite KF miles,...

    A more accurate report of my transfers of Chase UR and AMEX MR points.

    1. I transferred 130K MR points to my SQ KF account, and the transfer was instantaneous.

    2. The transferred 130,000 MR points earned me a bonus of 19,500 redeemable KF miles, which is a bonus of 15% for a total of 130,000 + 19,500 = 149,500 redeemable KF miles.

    3. The transferred 130 MR points converted to 26,000 elite KF miles, meaning there is no bonus because 130K/5 = 26K. A 15% bonus elite miles would have yielded 26K * 1.15 = 29.9K elite KF miles. However, the fine print does indicate that bonus elite miles on the 15% bonus will be awarded on or after December 14, 2021.

    4. Unlike MR points, 109,000 Chase UR points I transferred to KF did not transfer instantaneously. They took 3 days to appear in my KF account!

    5. Like the MR points, I earned a 15% bonus redeemable KF miles, but did not earn any bonus elite KF miles - at least not right away.

    What does that do with respect to earning KF elite status? I already had 2K elite miles in my KF account. Right after I transferred the 130 MR points, I got enough elite miles to earn KF Silver, and got a congratulatory email from SQ about earning the status.

    How about the coveted KF Gold status? According KF's helpful elite status tracker I can requalify for Silver by earning just 3,200 elite KF miles by November 2022, and unlock KF Gold by earning just 200 elite KF miles by April 2022>/b> [I got 49,800 total KF elite miles>/b> after the two transfers]. This is a bit confusing because the promo to unlock KF Gold ends in February 2022! However, it does not matter because if there is also a 15% elite miles bonus be awarded on or after December 14 as there appears to be, it will put me over the Gold requirement sooner than I desire, but better Dec 14 than November 15!

    1. DCS Diamond

      Badly terminated bolding

  5. Lance Guest

    Just made a small transfer of Chase Ultimate Rewards as the bonus amount of 12% was just enough to "top off" my Krisflyer account to what I need for a few flights. Then I got one of those "sinking feelings" in the pit of my stomach -- I notice that Chase takes up to 2 business days to transfer points (and its currently a Saturday by my watch) -- and then also noticed this first...

    Just made a small transfer of Chase Ultimate Rewards as the bonus amount of 12% was just enough to "top off" my Krisflyer account to what I need for a few flights. Then I got one of those "sinking feelings" in the pit of my stomach -- I notice that Chase takes up to 2 business days to transfer points (and its currently a Saturday by my watch) -- and then also noticed this first bullet of this article notes: "This is valid for credit card rewards converted into Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles by November 22, 2021 (the promotion expires at 11:59PM Singapore time, and you’ll want your miles in the KrisFlyer account by then)" -- given the 2 days lag by Chase/Krisflyer, anyone sense there could be timing issue for both me and others who are making transfers at this late date?...

  6. James Coddington Guest

    What am I missing??? Since you have to transfer 250K, why not transfer 249K by Nov. 22 to maximize the 15% bonus, then transfer 1K in Feb. 2022 so your Star Alliance Gold would last through Feb. 2023, right???

  7. Harris dadlani Guest

    Plse start flights to Mumbai to and fro from Jakarta before end of November 2021

  8. DCS Diamond

    This is weeks-old thread but my practical experience today might be of use to others who are planning to take advantage of this SQ offer. I can confirm that the following statement means something other than what we thought it meant:

    Bonus KrisFlyer miles awarded under the Qualifying Transactions, via the Campaign will be eligible for the accrual of status credits (PPS Value or Elite miles as applicable) under the KrisFlyer “Unlock Status Credits...

    This is weeks-old thread but my practical experience today might be of use to others who are planning to take advantage of this SQ offer. I can confirm that the following statement means something other than what we thought it meant:

    Bonus KrisFlyer miles awarded under the Qualifying Transactions, via the Campaign will be eligible for the accrual of status credits (PPS Value or Elite miles as applicable) under the KrisFlyer “Unlock Status Credits without Flying” campaign, which can be found here and subject to the campaign’s terms and conditions as set out therein.

    In practice what happens when one transfers bank points to SQ miles is that the bank points are converted (a) 1:1 to redeemable SQ KF miles + a 15% bonus, and (b) to KF elite miles at a ratio 5 bank points : 1 KF elite mile, but without the 15% bonus.

    Here my actual case of transferring 130,000 AMEX MR points:

    1. To my surprise, the transfer of MR points was instantaneous.
    2. The transferred 130,000 MR points converted 195,000, which is a bonus of 15% more (130,000 * 1.15 = 195,000).
    3. The transferred 130 MR points converted to 26,000 elite KF miles, meaning there is no bonus because 130K/5 = 26K. A 15% bonus elite miles would have yielded 26K * 1.15 = 29.9K elite KF miles.
    4. Unlike MR points, Chase UR points did not transfer instantaneously...

    So, there you have it. Getting both 15% bonus redeemable and 15% bonus elite-qualifying miles from a single bank points transfer would have been too good to be true. so it wasn't true ;-).

    1. KC Guest

      How were you able to get 195,000? 130,000 * 1.15 = 149,500.

    2. DCS Guest

      Terrible typo based on 'irrational exuberance'. Correct in new post.

  9. Bryan Guest

    Just FYI, I transferred exactly 218k for flights (MLE-SFO), received the 32,700 bonus points in my Singapore account upon transfer, but received an email welcoming me only to Star Alliance Silver status, not Gold. So, I'm not sure that the bonus points count toward the 250k total transfer needed.

    1. KC Guest

      Hi Bryan, just curious at how quickly you got that Silver status after transferring the points over to KrisFlyer. I'm travelling to Singapore in less than 3 weeks, but I am just shy below the 250K mark. I plan on transferring 240K before the 22nd, and 10K after I get enough points before the end of November. Hopefully the status update will be instant.

    2. Bryan Guest

      Virtually instantly. I completed my transfer and made my booking and by the time I had received all the confirmation emails, the Star Alliance Silver status email was also in by inbox.

    3. KC Guest

      Much appreciated, Bryan!

  10. MH Guest

    I'm planning to transfer 240k miles now to take advantage of the 15% bonus and 10k in February to trigger the Goal status because I'm not traveling internationally in the next few months.

  11. JB Guest

    You need to actually move in 250K miles to get gold status (not just ~217K which would give you 250K after the 15% transfer bonus - just learned this the hard way).

  12. Skdxb New Member

    Any idea what would be the validity of the Kris flyer Gold card if you transferred 250K miles next month.

  13. Garett Guest

    Does it say anywhere how long it takes the 12%/15% bonus to post? Would it be the same amount of time for the base points to post or is there a potential delay?

  14. StarDestroyerAdmiral New Member

    So say you take advantage of this and get Star Alliance Gold, which US based airlines would let you status match or let you do status challenge next year?

  15. DSK Guest

    Ben--just for clarification, you wrote that one needs to transfer 250,000 miles to Singapore to receive Star Gold, so the 15% bonus won't count towards that goal? I am guessing that many of your readers (myself included) are trying to figure out if the magic number is 218,000 or 250,000. Also sounds like this accelerates everyone's schedule, with only about two or three weeks to make the transfer.

    1. DCS Diamond

      218K. From the offer T&C:

      Bonus KrisFlyer miles awarded under the Qualifying Transactions, via the Campaign will be eligible for the accrual of status credits (PPS Value or Elite miles as applicable) under the KrisFlyer “Unlock Status Credits without Flying” campaign, which can be found here and subject to the campaign’s terms and conditions as set out therein.

    2. highperf Guest

      Nice! This offer pairing now seems quite worthwhile.

  16. Ken k Guest

    Have transferred points twice to go business class from NYC to Maldives and if you hit the saver fares for that trip plus this bonus that is a nice combo…think round trip was around 220Kish and can do a stopover in Singapore.

  17. DCS Diamond

    This is more than tempting for me. It's a push. I'd already resolved to go for SQ Gold by February 2022 by transferring mostly MR points to my KrisFlyer account. This new promo, with its 15% bonus miles that will count toward making SQ elite status, just forced me into going for it by this November 22, which is when the promo will end. I will give myself a week cushion to ensure that the...

    This is more than tempting for me. It's a push. I'd already resolved to go for SQ Gold by February 2022 by transferring mostly MR points to my KrisFlyer account. This new promo, with its 15% bonus miles that will count toward making SQ elite status, just forced me into going for it by this November 22, which is when the promo will end. I will give myself a week cushion to ensure that the points that I transfer will hit my KrisFlyer account by November 22. So, I have set up a calendar alert to remind me to do the transfer on 11/15/2021, which also happens to be my birthday, making the resulting SQ Gold status my b-day present to myself this year. I will have until 11/15/2024 to use up the points that I transfer before they expire, as they cannot be extended. However, I am sure I will be able to use them up because I plan to 'reboot' my annual Year-end Asian Escapades™ starting next year.

    I consider this to be one of the most lucrative airline offers ever, as the transferred bank points convert simultaneously to redeemable and elite-qualifying miles! It's wonderful to have one's cake and to eat it too!

    1. DCS Diamond

      Addendum to make the SQ Gold status last until February 2023 and enable me to redeem awards at the end of 2022 as a SQ Gold elite, I now plan to transfer about 215K of ~218k MR/UR points to my KrisFlyer account by Nov. 22 to take advantage of this offer and get as close to SQ Gold as I can without hitting it. Then I will transfer the remaining points needed to "hit SQ Gold without flying" some time in February 2022, for a status that will last to February 2023.

    2. DCS Guest

      Just because it is a multiple of 5: 215,000/5 UR/MR points = 43,000 KrisFlyer miles. Leaves me with exactly 7K miles to hit SQ Gold. I already have 5K SQ EQM, so I will need to transfer just 2K in February...

  18. Fathiss Guest

    I just flew Singapore Air from LAX to HKT yo play in the sandbox in HKT via Singapore, so there are good uses for the miles. Not many other point currencies offered this option in business class.

  19. Fathiss Guest

    Do you need to transfer 250,000 points from say AMEX, or 218,000 MR points (218 * 1.15 = 250.7)? For Star Gold?
    I’m intrigued by Star Gold. I took advantage of the Air Canada 75k offer, but I doubt I’ll fly AC for the 2022 extension. This is a good alternative.

    1. DCS Diamond

      You transfer 218K MR points rather than 250K, which is why I am taking the plunge and going for the Gold now instead of waiting until Feb 2022 as I'd initially intended to.

    2. Jim Lovejoy Guest

      I'm wondering if it would be better to transfer something like 215k points now and an additional 3-4k points in February, or before that if one had a Star Alliance flight.
      The KrisFlyer Gold lasts 1 year, and delaying earning it until the last minute or the last minute before you can use it makes sense.

    3. DCS Diamond

      Very good point. I primarily considered the 36-month SQ expiration date in deciding to get SQ Gold in November with this offer. I was not so much concerned about how long the status lasts. In retrospect, your strategy seems better for my major redemption pattern, which is invariably in December. Therefore, if I get status in November, it would expire by the time I am ready to redeem award flights on SQ next December, which...

      Very good point. I primarily considered the 36-month SQ expiration date in deciding to get SQ Gold in November with this offer. I was not so much concerned about how long the status lasts. In retrospect, your strategy seems better for my major redemption pattern, which is invariably in December. Therefore, if I get status in November, it would expire by the time I am ready to redeem award flights on SQ next December, which is not what I want (though I will have top UA status, as I had when I redeemed SQ awards with UA miles in the past)!

      Thanks for the input!

    4. Jim Lovejoy Guest

      Oops. I forgot to read the fine print. The Elite Miles only credit if you transfer at least 10,000 KrisFlyer points in one transaction.
      So if you transferred 3-4k points you would get 0 elite points.
      So the ideal might be to transfer 210k points during the bonus and another 10k in February.

    5. DCS Diamond

      That is exactly right. Gotta transfer as many points as possible (50K or more) per transaction to earn the 15% bonus, but not enough to hit Gold. Then in February, transfer the difference that gets you to 50K KrisFlyer elite miles and the Gold status.

  20. MDA Guest

    And they have just added Australia (MEL & SYD) and Zurich to their VTL lanes.

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DCS Diamond

<b>Addendum</b> to make the SQ Gold status last until February 2023 and enable me to redeem awards at the end of 2022 <b>as a SQ Gold elite</b>, I now plan to transfer about 215K of ~218k MR/UR points to my KrisFlyer account by Nov. 22 to take advantage of this offer and get as close to SQ Gold as I can without hitting it. Then I will transfer the remaining points needed to <i>"hit SQ Gold without flying"</i> some time in February 2022, for a status that will last to February 2023.

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Jim Lovejoy Guest

I'm wondering if it would be better to transfer something like 215k points now and an additional 3-4k points in February, or before that if one had a Star Alliance flight. The KrisFlyer Gold lasts 1 year, and delaying earning it until the last minute or the last minute before you can use it makes sense.

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DCS Diamond

218K. From the offer T&C: <blockquote><b>Bonus KrisFlyer miles awarded under the Qualifying Transactions, via the Campaign will be eligible for the accrual of status credits </b>(PPS Value or Elite miles as applicable) under the KrisFlyer <i>“Unlock Status Credits without Flying”</i> campaign, which can be found here and subject to the campaign’s terms and conditions as set out therein. </blockquote>

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