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KrisFlyer Spree, SIA’s ‘online mall’ allowing you to earn KrisFlyer miles when making purchases at a variety of worldwide brands including Apple, Guardian and iHerb, has a new offer to celebrate KrisFlyer’s 21st birthday, with at least 50% bonus miles on purchases made at selected merchants between now and 24th May 2020.
If you’re new to KrisFlyer Spree, it’s rather like a cashback site but instead of earning cashback you’ll earn KrisFlyer miles instead for your purchases. You must be a KrisFlyer member to use the site.
You shop and pay for your purchases at the merchant’s website as you normally would, while KrisFlyer Spree tracks your purchases automatically and calculates how many miles you’ve earned.
Pro Tip: Make sure you’re getting a competitive deal when using KrisFlyer Spree compared to a cashback site like Shopback. We value a KrisFlyer mile at 1.9 cents each, so that’s a good place to start when calculating the benefit.
There are 78 merchants participating in this 50%+ bonus offer, and you can find a full list of those at the KrisSpree promotion page.
Selecting a merchant will show you the new and old KrisFlyer earn rate for your purchases.
For example the earn rate at Apple Singapore is actually 80% better than usual (9 miles per US$10 instead of 5 miles per US$10).
At Guardian Singapore it’s a 57% bonus on the regular rate (11 miles per US$10 instead of 7 miles per US$10).
Simply make your purchase through the KrisFlyer Spree link with your chosen merchant between now and 24th May 2020 to be eligible for the improved earn rate.
Note that for most merchants, miles are not calculated on postage / handling / delivery costs or associated purchase taxes in the specific region (this may include but is not limited to VAT, GST etc).
Which card to use
You will be subject to the MCC of the particular merchant you buy from when shopping through KrisFlyer Spree, though these should all be coded as online transactions.
That means you can tap into some 4 mpd earn rates with a variety of credit cards, subject to their monthly requirements and spending caps.
Here’s an example of those that should give you upwards of 4 mpd for online transactions, in addition to the KrisFlyer miles you’ll be earning from KrisFlyer Spree.
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* At Guardian and iHerb if you successfully register for this offer.
Remember in some cases depending on the merchant you may also wish to use a card giving bonus rates for overseas spend, as some KrisFlyer Spree stores charge in foreign currency (e.g. Microsoft Store Hong Kong).
When are the miles credited?
KrisFlyer Spree isn’t a quick way to earn miles, but then again neither are most cashback sites. Your transaction will initially be marked as ‘Pending’ in your KrisSpree account within 5 working days of purchase, but it will take a further 90 days for KrisFlyer Spree to acknowledge and validate transactions.
Your purchase will then switch to ‘Approved’, then the miles will be credited to your KrisFlyer account after a further 7 working days.
Overall that’s about 3.5 months from purchase to receiving the miles, by which stage you may well be scratching your head as to what they were for!
Some good earn rates with this 50%+ bonus miles promotion, but the two main things to be aware of when shopping using KrisFlyer Spree are that you might get a better deal through a cashback site (do the maths) and you’ll be waiting quite a while to see the miles in your account.
If it works for you though, this is one of the best promotions offered. Remember to use a credit card with a high earn rate for online spend where possible (or FCY spend if applicable), to maximise your miles earning.
(Cover Photo: Jonathan Palombo)