If you’re a miles collector in Singapore you’ll need no introduction to SIA’s KrisFlyer miles and probably Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles too. These are by far the most common frequent flyer programmes among our readers in Singapore and across Asia-Pacific.
When it comes to transferring your credit card points into miles, most people therefore gravitate to one of these two schemes, many even topping up their balance in both to allow access to oneworld and Star Alliance redemption options.
All nine of the Singapore banks and credit card issuers support KrisFlyer miles transfers, with only two (OCBC and Standard Chartered) not including Asia Miles in their lineup, but what other programmes can you transfer into and from which cards?
With Standard Chartered recently adding a host of loyalty schemes as transfer partners for its SCVI, X Card and Rewards+ card, we take a look at which points you can move into some of the less common frequent flyer programmes and hotel partners.
Here’s our guide to which loyalty programmes you can transfer your credit card miles into in Singapore.
Frequent flyer programmes
For American Express and UOB, we are referring to their general credit card products. If you have a Singapore Airlines co-brand card from either provider, your miles are automatically transferred into your KrisFlyer account with no alternative FFP transfer option available.
Hotel loyalty schemes
It’s not just frequent flyer accounts you can top up using your Singapore credit card points balances, three providers also support transfers into some of the major hotel loyalty schemes.
Remember for American Express, this excludes the KrisFlyer co-brand cards, which cannot transfer points into hotel loyalty schemes.
Which airlines can you redeem on?
When you convert your frequent flyer miles into a programme that is part of a major alliance, you can generally redeem for flights on any member airline within that alliance.
For example you can use Turkish miles to redeem on Lufthansa, as they are fellow Star Alliance members. Likewise KLM’s Flying Blue miles can be used to redeem on a Delta Air Lines flight.
Here’s a quick reference of which airlines are in each of the major alliance groupings.
|Aegean Airlines||Ethiopian Airlines|
|Air Canada||EVA Air|
|Air China||LOT Polish Airlines|
|Air New Zealand||Scandinavian Airlines|
|All Nippon Airways||Shenzhen Airlines|