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Earn KrisFlyer Miles Fast – 6 Best Credit Cards Promotions in Singapore

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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 & Asia Miles

Credit card Welcome miles Requirements
American Express Rewards 13,250 miles Spend $500 per month for first 3 months i.e. $1,500. Must pay annual fee of $53.50
American Express KrisFlyer 25,000 miles Apply online and spend $5,000 in 3 months. Expires 30 Sep 2018
American Express KrisFlyer Ascend 36,000 miles Apply online and spend $10,000 in 3 months. Expires 30 Sep 2018. Must pay annual fee of $337.05
UOB PRVI Miles 10,000 miles Be new to UOB and spend $6,000 in 3 months. Expires 31 Oct 2018
DBS Altitude 10,000 miles Pay annual fee of $192.60
Citi PremierMiles 10,000 miles Pay annual fee of $192.60

 

American Express Rewards Card – 13,250 miles with $1,500 spend

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 $500 a month for 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. That works out to 8.8 miles per dollar spent. Huat ah!

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

 

American Express KrisFlyer – 25,000 miles with $5,000 spend

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

    If you’re expecting major expenses soon, sign up for the entry-level American Express KrisFlyer credit card to get a whopping 25,000 miles as a bonus for spending $5,000 in 3 months.

    Action within first 3 months KrisFlyer miles earned
    First spend (any amount) upon card activation 7,000 miles
    Spend $2,000 6,000 miles
    Spend another $3,000 12,000 miles
    TOTAL 25,000 miles

    It works out to 5 miles per dollar for the first 3 months. Don’t forget you also get regular “earnings” from that $5,000 spent on top of it! This would be an extra 5,500 miles based on the regular earn rate of $1 = 1.1 miles.

    You’ll need to sign up online in order to get these rates. The offer expires 30 Sep 2018.

    Why is this a good deal? Mainly because the annual fee of $176.55 is automatically waived for the first year, so you’re getting these miles for “free”.

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

     

    American Express KrisFlyer Ascend – 36,000 miles with $10,000 spend

    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

      If you plan to spend a lot more than $5,000 in the coming months, you might want to supplement it with the KrisFlyer card’s big brother, the Amex KrisFlyer Ascend, which has a similar promotion for spending $10,000 in 3 months:

      Action within first 3 months KrisFlyer miles earned
      First spend (any amount) upon card activation 7,000 miles
      Spend $5,000 16,000 miles
      Spend another $5,000 16,000 miles
      TOTAL 36,000 miles

      That’s 3.6 miles per dollar in the first 3 months of spending, plus whatever regular mile earnings you make on that initial $10,000 (12,000 based on standard earn rate of 1.2 miles per dollar).

      Again, you’ll need to apply online to enjoy these rates. The offer expires 30 Sep 2018, and you must pay the annual fee of $337.05 (but it’ll count towards your spending).

      Note that it also has a higher minimum income requirement of $50,000 p.a.

       

      UOB PRVI Miles – 10,000 welcome miles with $6,000 spend

      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.

        Plenty of air miles credit cards offer welcome miles, but the catch is that you need to pay the annual fees. The UOB PRVI Miles Card, however, will give you bonus air miles without any fee payment, since the annual fee is automatically waived for the first year.

        If this is your first UOB card, you get 10,000 miles. If you already have a UOB card but this is your first UOB PRVI Miles card, you get 2,000 miles instead.

        But, and this is a very big but, you’ll have to spend $6,000 on the card within the first 3 months.

        And of course, since it’s UOB, there are some hidden components in the T&Cs. You have to be one of the first 2,000 qualifying cardmembers, and the points will only be credited in Jan 2019. Sneaky.

         

        DBS Altitude – 10,000 miles with $192.60 annual fee

        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 a first year annual fee waiver.

          Should you decide to renew for the second year and pay the annual fee of $192.60, you get 10,000 miles. If you think of your annual fee as payment for your miles, it works out to a mere 1.9 cents per mile.

           

          Citi PremierMiles – 10,000 miles with $192.60 annual fee

          Citi PremierMiles Visa Card

          Citi PremierMiles Visa Card


          Card Benefits

            • S$1 = 1.2 Citi Miles (Local spend)
            • S$1 = 2 Citi Miles (Overseas spend)
            • Earn up to 7 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on Agoda.com/bonusmiles and 3 Citi Miles per S$1 spent on expedia.com.sg/bonusrewards
            • Citi Miles never expire
            • Priority Pass™ membership gives you access to more than 600 airport lounges twice a year
            • Receive 10,000 Citi Miles upon membership renewal and payment of annual fee
            • Complimentary Travel Accident Insurance up to S$1,000,000 coverage, Medical Assistance Programme and Travel Inconvenience Coverage

            The Citi PremierMiles is awfully similar to the DBS Altitude, right down to its minimum income, earn rates and welcome bonus.

            As with the DBS Altitude, you get a first year fee waiver, but if you choose to renew and pay the annual fee of $192.60, you get 10,000 miles as well.

             

            Premium miles cards that give you welcome miles

            Credit card Welcome miles Annual fee Price per mile
            HSBC Visa Infinite 35,000 miles $488 (HSBC Premier) / $650 1.4 / 1.9 cents
            Standard Chartered  Visa Infinite 35,000 miles $588.50 1.7 cents
            Citi Prestige 25,000 miles $535 2.1 cents
            OCBC Voyage 15,000 miles $488 3.3 cents

            Most of the premium air miles credit cards, which target at those with an income of $120,000 and up, charge hefty annual fees which are offset with generous welcome miles packages.

            For example, if you sign up for the HSBC Visa Infinite, you would get 35,000 miles by signing up and paying the annual fee. It costs $488 if you’re a HSBC Premier customer, or $650 for normal customers.

            HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card

            HSBC Visa Infinite Credit Card


            Card Benefits

              • $1 = Up to 1.25 air miles (Local)
              • $1 = Up to 2.25 air miles (Overseas)
              • Priority Pass™ Membership card will be automatically issued to the primary Cardholder and the supplementary Cardholder(s) - Unlimited access to over 700 VIP airport lounges worldwide
              • Access to HSBC’s Infinite Travel & Lifestyle Concierge service for personalised assistance, 24/7
              • Automatic travel insurance coverage of up to US$2,000,000 (annual value worth S$988)
              • Complimentary limousine transfer and expedited immigration clearance at key airports in Asia

              Of course, if you’re earning enough to get one of these cards, you’ve pretty much made it in life and probably have better things to do than count your pennies like us plebeians…

              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.