The annual Singapore Formula 1 night race is back this year on the weekend of 14th – 16th September 2018 and Singapore Airlines, title sponsor of the event, have announced their special offer on tickets for KrisFlyer and PPS Club members.
Singapore Airlines are including a selection of 3-day Grandstand tickets in their offer this year. The cost of these tickets is identical to those available on the official F1 website with the exception that the two most expensive options are slightly discounted for PPS Club members.
In all cases you can earn between 2,000 and 6,000 KrisFlyer miles for every ticket purchased provided you book through the dedicated F1 night race website.
This offer ends on 13th August 2018.
|Ticket||Cost||KrisFlyer Miles||Miles per S$1|
|KF Member||PPS Club|
|Esplanade Waterfront Grandstand|
|Turn 1 Grandstand||S$1,288||S$1,188||6,000||4.7|
* Fri – Stamford Grandstand, Sat – Pit Grandstand, Sun – Padang Grandstand
Remember that to be eligible for the KrisFlyer miles you’ll need to book via the dedicated SIA portal. A full list of the terms and conditions for the PPS Club and KrisFlyer member exclusive ticket offers this year is available here but in particular do note that KrisFlyer miles will be credited 4 to 6 weeks after the race period, so this isn’t a ‘quick earning’ opportunity.
For the first three ticket types in the table above there are also discounts available for purchasing multiple tickets in the same transaction (but the KrisFlyer miles earning per ticket remains the same). See the site for further details as in some cases you can get each ticket S$90 cheaper if you have a large enough group.
Also note that KrisFlyer and PPS Club members booking through the SIA portal will also be entitled to:
- 10% savings on all F1 official merchandise and selected F&B outlets (SGP Grid Bars) within the circuit from 14th to 16th September.
- A chance to win a pair of exclusive passes to the Drivers’ Autograph Session and an exclusive pre-event cocktail reception on 13 September.
It’s not just racing
Remember the Singapore F1 event also features live entertainment events across various parts of the circuit (check which zones your ticket entitles you to access). According to the SIA site the acts performing this year include:
- The Killers
- Liam Gallagher
- Dua Lipa
- Martin Garrix
- Simply Red
- Young Fathers
- Sugarhill Gang
- Björn Again
Stack with Credit Card miles
Remember you’ll still be getting your regular credit card bonus miles for the cost of these tickets on top of the KrisFlyer miles awarded separately by SIA. It means for example if you have the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite (SCVI) card (see our review) or the UOB PRVI Miles card (see our review) you should be getting 1.4 miles per S$1 on top of the rates above.
That means a potential earn rate of 6.1 miles per S$1 on the most expensive tickets. Note that the SCVI card requires a minimum S$2,000 spend per statement cycle to qualify for the 1.4 mpd rate.
Payment is processed by SISTIC Singapore and sadly Apple Pay is not available so the latest deal with several Citi cards can’t be stacked with this promotion.
The DBS Woman’s World MasterCard (WWMC) awards 4 miles per S$1 spent online and has been reported to achieve this rate with SISTIC bookings, so if you hold this card (you don’t have to be a woman to get one) you’re potentially looking at 8.7 miles per S$1 on the most expensive tickets.
Do note that for the DBS WWMC the 4 miles per S$1 bonus rate is capped at S$2,000 worth of spending each calendar month, so if you have a number of other online transactions earning 4 mpd in the same month be careful not to exceed that limit with an expensive transaction like this.
What about Mileslife?
Last week Mileslife also released their F1 tickets with bonus miles on the 3-day Grandstand packages along with 1 mile per S$1 spent. There is a wider range of seating options here, including Turn 2 Grandstand seats for example.
Unfortunately for the comparable ticket types above Mileslife is more expensive, by S$9 – S$30 in each case.
There is an ongoing promotion however for OCBC Titanium Rewards cardholders to earn 6 miles per S$1 on all Mileslife spending until 30th June 2018 on top of the regular miles awarded by Mileslife themselves.
That means even for the most expensive tickets offered the effective earn rate of 7 mpd using OCBC Titanium Rewards far outweighs the slight increase in cost.
The only exception would be if you hold the DBS WWMC and the OCBC Titanium Rewards card, in which case for some of the tickets you’ll end up about even whether you choose the KrisFlyer or Mileslife method.
Something you would probably need to have been considering anyway to be of much interest but if you’re planning to attend and are still to book your tickets this is a good opportunity for some very decent miles earning.
It’s especially good as you can ‘double-dip’ by combining the offer with payment using a good miles earning credit card.
Remember the KrisFlyer offer ends on 13th August 2018 and the best seats in each ‘block’ do tend to fill up fast in our experience.