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Earn KrisFlyer Miles Fast – 7 Best Credit Card Promotions in Singapore

krisflyer miles - best credit card promotions for miles

Clara Lim

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Unless you hemorrhage money every month, earning Krisflyer Miles or Asia Miles with your regular credit card spending is a tedious and long-drawn affair. So what’s the fastest way to earn miles instead?

The answer is to get an air miles card with welcome miles, i.e. a nice fat bunch of miles you get just for signing up, spending a minimum amount, or paying the annual fee. Let’s take a look at the best credit cards for clocking up miles fast.

Best credit card promotions for Krisflyer miles

Miles card Welcome bonus Requirements
Amex KrisFlyer Ascend Card 65,500 miles New to Amex + sign up through MoneySmart + spend $20,000 within 6 months + pay annual fee
DBS Altitude Card 38,000 miles New to DBS + spend $6,000 within 3 months + pay annual fee
Amex KrisFlyer Card 35,500 miles New to Amex + sign up through MoneySmart + spend $10,000 within 6 months
Citi PremierMiles Card 30,000 miles New to Citi + spend $7,500 within 3 months + pay annual fee
Amex Rewards Card 13,250 miles Spend $1,500 within 3 months + pay annual fee
UOB KrisFlyer Card 12,000 miles New to UOB + spend $2,000 within 2 months
UOB PRVI Miles Card 12,000 miles New to UOB + spend $4,000 within 2 months

Want to know where 36,000 miles can take you? No need to mess with mind-boggling charts – find out quickly and easily with KrisFlyer miles redemption calculator.

 

Amex KrisFlyer Ascend – 65,500 miles with $20,000 spent

American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card

American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card


Card Benefits

    • Apply through MoneySmart from 22 Mar - 19 Apr 2018 to get S$100 worth of Grab OR NTUC Vouchers. Application must be approved by 3 May 2018. Submit your (i)Contact Details and (ii)14-digit Reference Number on the Thank You Page upon completion at this link before 19 April 2018. T&Cs
    • 1.2 KrisFlyer Miles = S$1
    • 2 KrisFlyer Miles = S$1 in foreign currency spent overseas on eligible purchases in June & Dec
    • 3.2 KrisFlyer Miles = S$1 for Grab and Uber rides, capped at S$200 per month
    • Spend above S$15,000 on eligible purchases on singaporeair.com within first 12 months of Card approval and get upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Gold Membership
    • Four complimentary lounge access to participating SATS Premier and Plaza Premium Lounge each year
    • Complimentary night's stay each year at one of over 90 participating Millennium Hotels and Resorts properties worldwide
    • Up to $1 million travel insurance coverage

    By far the most impressive welcome miles promotion, the Amex KrisFlyer Ascend – that’s the premium version of the entry-level Amex KrisFlyer card – offers a pretty insane 65,500 miles if you’re new to Amex and sign up through MoneySmart.

    On the other hand, it’s got the highest spending requirement of them all ($20,000 leh, no joke) and you have to pay the hefty annual fee of $337.05. Plus, the minimum income requirement is $50,000 a year.

    FYI: The 65,500 miles comprises the welcome bonus from Amex + miles earned through the regular earn rates.

     

    DBS Altitude – 38,000 miles with $6,000 spent

    DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card

    DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card


    Card Benefits

      • S$1 = 1.2 miles (Local spend)
      • S$1 = 2 miles (Overseas spend)
      • S$1 = 3 miles (Online flight & Hotel transactions)
      • 6 miles/S$1 spend at Expedia; 10 miles/S$1 spend at Kaligo
      • Get 10,000 Bonus Miles when you renew your annual membership
      • Enjoy 2 Complimentary Global Airport Lounge Access visits and get up to S$1 million travel accident insurance coverage for you and your family members

      DBS Altitude is one of the most popular beginner air miles as it has an entry-level minimum income requirement and the miles don’t expire.

      If you’re one of those rare creatures who’s never owned a DBS/POSB credit card before, you can take advantage of their very generous promotion: A whopping 38,000 miles if you spend $6,000 within 3 months and pay the annual fee. That’s a better deal than some of its other competitors on this list.

      If you’re averse to paying the annual fee, you can opt for the regular first year fee waiver, and you get 28,000 miles instead. So you decide if you want to pay that $192.60 for those extra miles.

       

      Amex KrisFlyer – 35,500 miles with $10,000 spent

      American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card

      American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Credit Card


      Card Benefits

        • Apply through MoneySmart from 22 Mar - 19 Apr 2018 to get S$100 worth of Grab OR NTUC Vouchers. Application must be approved by 3 May 2018. Submit your (i)Contact Details and (ii)14-digit Reference Number on the Thank You Page upon completion at this link before 19 April 2018. T&Cs
        • S$1 = 1.1 KrisFlyer miles (Local)
        • S$1 = 2 KrisFlyer miles (foreign currency spent Overseas) during June and December and for purchases made at singaporeair.com, silkair.com KrisShop and SilkAir SkyShop, both in-flight and online
        • S$1 = 3.1 KrisFlyer miles for Grab and Uber rides, capped at S$200 per month
        • Receive bonus 7,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles when you first charge to your card
        • Get an additional 7,500 bonus KrisFlyer miles when you spend S$2,500 within 3 months of card approval
        • Get S$150 cashback for use on your next purchase on singaporeair.com when you spend S$12,000 on your Card from now till 30 June 2018
        • Enjoy free Travel Inconvenience & Travel Accident Benefits of up to S$350,000 when you purchase your travel tickets with you card

        The entry-level sister card of the Amex KrisFlyer Ascend is also offering a very generous welcome promotion (also an exclusive via MoneySmart) of 35,500 miles with $10,000 spent in the first 6 months. So you might want to sign up for this if you’re anticipating some major expenses.

        It’s a good deal because the annual fee is automatically waived for the first year, so you’re getting these miles for “free”.

        But note that, just like the Amex KrisFlyer Ascend, this card only lets you accrue KrisFlyer Miles – you don’t have the choice to swap them for anything else. Then again, you save on conversion fees and lead time.

         

        Citi PremierMiles – 30,000 miles with $7,500 spent

        Citi PremierMiles Visa Card

        Citi PremierMiles Visa Card


        Card Benefits

        • Get S$200 NTUC Fairprice OR CapitaLand Vouchers with Citibank!
        • S$1 = 1.2 Citi Miles on Local spend
        • S$1 = 2 Citi Miles on Foreign currency spend
        • Earn up to 7 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on Agoda.com/bonusmiles (valid till 31 Jul 2019), 3 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on Expedia.com.sg/bonusrewards (valid till 31 May 2019) and 10 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on Kaligo.com/bonus-miles (valid till 31 Dec 2019)
        • Citi Miles never expire
        • Priority Pass™ membership gives you access to more than 600 airport lounges twice a year
        • Complimentary Travel Accident Insurance up to S$1,000,000 coverage, Medical Assistance Programme and Travel Inconvenience Coverage

        There seems to be a bit of a “miles war” going on here, with Citibank also getting in on the action.

        For new to Citi customers, you can get 30,000 miles if you hit the minimum spend of $7,500 in the first 3 months. You also need to pay the annual fee, otherwise you get just 10,000 miles, which is dramatically less.

        If you’re an existing Citibank card holder, the promo isn’t too shabby either: 23,000 miles if you spend $7,500 and pay the annual fee. (There’s no option to waive the annual fee if you want those miles, sadly.)

         

        Amex Rewards Card – 13,250 miles with $1,500 spent

        Those who are serious about playing the miles game know that, often, rewards cards are a much faster way to earn miles.

        Amex’s little rewards credit card hardly gets any love, which is why I’m particularly gleeful about sharing this deal – you only need to spend $1,500 in 3 months to get bonus miles. Pretty attainable, right?

        Hit the minimum spend and Amex will give you 24,000 Membership Rewards Points, which you can convert to 13,250 miles on one of Amex’s many frequent flyer programmes, including KrisFlyer.

        Note you need to pay the annual fee of $53.50 though, unless you can wheedle a fee waiver out of Amex.

         

        UOB KrisFlyer / UOB PRVI Miles – 12,000 welcome miles with $2,000 / $4,000 spent

        UOB PRVI Miles Card

        UOB PRVI Miles Card


        Card Benefits

          • S$1 = 1.4 miles (Local spend); S$1 = 2.4 miles (Overseas spend)
          • S$1 = 6 miles for spends on major airlines and hotels booked through Expedia, UOB Travel, and Agoda
          • No minimum spend and no cap on earned miles
          • 20,000 loyalty miles every year with min. spend of S$50,000 in a year; Up to 8 complimentary airport transfers to Changi Airport in a year (Exclusively for UOB PRVI Miles American Express Card)
          • Complimentary travel insurance coverage of up to S$1,000,000. T&Cs apply.

          Alongside the Amex KrisFlyer credit card, UOB’s two miles cards – the PRVI Miles Card and new KrisFlyer Card – are the only options that let you earn bonus miles while still enjoying a first-year annual fee waiver.

          The payoff rather pales in comparison, though, at only 12,000 miles for a minimum spend of $2,000 (UOB KrisFlyer Card) or $4,000 (UOB PRVI Card).

          And that’s if you’re new to UOB cards. If you’re not, you get a lot less so it’s hardly worth the effort.

          And of course, since it’s UOB, there are some hidden components in the T&Cs. You have to register for the promotion by SMS once you get your new card, and, in the case of the UOB PRVI card, be one of the first 2,000 customers to qualify. I don’t think there’s any way to tell if you’re within the first 2,000 so it’s a bit of a gamble.

          Have you ever gotten bonus miles from your credit card? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

           

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          Clara Lim

          I used to be MoneyDumb. I hung out at H&M every day and thought that a $50 lunch set was a good deal. These days, I spend my time researching the crap out of life and trying to maximise utility on micro-decisions. I'm not sure if that's an improvement.