Singapore Airlines has extended its bonus offer for 15-20% additional miles from credit card points conversions by almost three weeks, with the deal originally set to end on Sunday 27th December but now valid for successful transfers completed by Saturday 16th January 2021.
Thats’s good news if you’ve missed out and were worried about the miles not crediting in time this week, with plenty of opportunity now left to take advantage of this rare offer.
While there are some drawbacks, many of our readers have already taken at least partial advantage with some of their points, given some of the inevitably high balances accrued while flight redemptions have been close to impossible over the last nine months.
Transfers made after 1st January 2021 will also benefit from an additional month of validity (until 31st January 2024), so hold off converting until the new year if you can. There is no upper cap on the number of miles you can transfer.
Simply make a transfer of at least 10,000 KrisFlyer miles (per individual conversion) between 16th November 2020 and 16th January 2021 and KrisFlyer will add a 15% or 20% bonus to your usual transfer amount.Don’t forget the lead time! Transfers must be successfully completed by 16th January 2021 to be eligible, so remember to factor in the lead time for bank points to miles conversions. Typically this can take up to one week, though some banks are faster.
Before you get too excited, For most of our readers transferring points from a Singapore credit card account, the bonus is set at 15%.
All members are eligible, even if you’re brand new to the KrisFlyer programme. There is no upper cap, and the offer applies to points transferred from the following banks in Singapore:
The exception is for automatic transfers from KrisFlyer co-brand cards including the KrisFlyer UOB credit card and Singapore Airlines American Express credit cards, which will not receive a bonus.
That’s a shame but it’s not a huge deal as these transfers are only for your month-by-month spend anyway, whereas you’re much more likely to have a large credit cards points stash accumulated with a card account in one of the above banks.
The bonus is applicable for all your eligible card transfers, so you could make several separate transfers (of at least 10,000 KrisFlyer miles each) from different card accounts and still receive the applicable bonus credit for all of them.
Bonus miles will be credited at the same time as your regular miles deposit (or within a day or two), which varies depending on the bank’s lead time. The bonus is shown as a separate credit from your main transfer bonus.
It probably goes without saying, but past transfers credited to your KrisFlyer account on or before 23:59 on 15th November 2020, prior to the start of this promotion, won’t be eligible for the offer.
Kris+ is included
A 15% bonus also applies when transferring any valid number of miles instantly through Kris+ from its bank partners DBS or UOB (unfortunately you can’t transfer other KrisPay miles to KrisFlyer through the Kris+ app, even with this promo).
Bear in mind, however, this method already came at a 15% disadvantage anyway. That means unless you need the miles instantly, or have a small level of ‘orphan’ points, it’s still better to make a regular transfer from these banks.
Minimum transfer volumes via Kris+:
- DBS Points KrisFlyer: 100 DBS Points >
- UOB UNI$ KrisFlyer: 1,000 UNI$ >
Note how you aren’t quite outweighing the usual 15% hit on these transfers by using Kris+ with this promotion (a 15% bonus only brings you back to 97.8% of something that was initially 15% worse). You’d need a 17.6% bonus to overcome the original impact.
The only other benefit of Kris+, apart from the instant nature of the transfer and no minimum, is that it’s fee-free, though that shouldn’t outweigh the poorer transfer ratio in the first place for a decent transfer quantity.
Overseas banks (some with 20% bonus)
For our overseas readers, do note that transfers from credit card points like Capital One in the USA and Westpac in Australia are also included in the offer. Click here for a full list of participating partner banks.
If you’re in Brunei, Hong Kong or Indonesia, there’s a 20% bonus offer when you transfer from specific banks:
- Baiduri Bank (Brunei)
- Bank Danamon (Indonesia)
- Bank Central Asia (Indonesia)
- DBS Bank* (Hong Kong)
- Maybank (Indonesia)
* First 10,000 DBS Points transferred only, thereafter a 15% bonus applies.
Other popular participating banks for our overseas readers include:
Remember the bonus is added by KrisFlyer (not your bank) and is usually credited concurrently with the main transfer, or within a day or two, as a separate credit amount.
If you don’t see the bonus added within a few days, contact KrisFlyer on +65 6789 8188 to check.
You won’t see a separate bonus for Kris+ transfers
You won’t receive or see a separate bonus at your KrisFlyer account side when you transfer from UOB or DBS via Kris+ during this promotion.
That’s because you already got the 15% bonus “on the way in”, when you transferred from bank points to KrisPay miles in the first place. KrisPay to KrisFlyer miles transfers continue to be 1:1.
In the following example with 86,484 DBS Points I can already transfer 85,000 of those into KrisFlyer miles through the normal means with a better ratio (in 5,000 DBS Points blocks), but let’s say I want to ‘cash out’ of the DBS programme or simply need all the miles I can get.
In that case I’ll need to extract the additional 1,400 DBS Points balance through Kris+.
Notice how the 15% bonus is already applied, giving me 2,744 KrisPay miles (1:1.96) instead of the usual 2,380 KrisPay miles (1:1.7).
When I transfer these 2,744 miles to KrisFlyer (ideally immediately, but it must be within 7 days), I’ll get 2,744 KrisFlyer miles (no additional bonus).
Regular transfer example
Here’s an example of how the bonus would work for some popularly held Citi credit cards in Singapore, with a 15% bonus applicable, per transfer block converted into KrisFlyer:
Citi ThankYou Points
Transfers from each of your Citi credit cards to KrisFlyer cost S$26.75, regardless of the number of blocks you are converting.
Bear in mind though that if you are holding multiple cards, for example the PremierMiles and one of the Citi Rewards cards, you’ll be hit with the conversion fee for each one, as the points balances do not pool between your card accounts.
As we mentioned above, it’s important to factor in a comfortable lead time to ensure the bonus will credit before the promotion ends, especially when converting a significant quantity of points into miles.
Recent transfer times for our own Singapore credit card points and those of our readers (since late November 2020 through to mid-December 2020) have been:
- Amex SG: 48h
- Amex UK: 24h
- Citi Singapore: 24h – 48h
- DBS SG: 48h
- HSBC SG: 1-7 days (weekly batch transfer)
- Maybank: 24h
- OCBC: 24h (weekends included)
- Standard Chartered: 6-7 days
- UOB: 48h
Citi used to reliably credit to KrisFlyer within 24 hours whatever day you transferred, but based on our two transfers this month those initiated on Sunday morning (6th Dec) and Monday morning (7th Dec) both credited on Tuesday afternoon (8th Dec).
Citi seems to now take the weekend off when it comes to transfers, so bear that in mind!
For HSBC and Standard Chartered, we would definitely not recommend pushing your luck with a transfer after around 8th January 2021.
You may lose flexibility
Transfers from bank points to miles are strictly one-way, so by taking advantage of this bonus you will be restricting yourself to the KrisFlyer programme for future redemptions using the miles transferred under this offer.
With some banks that’s less of a big deal than for others (OCBC, for example, only allows transfers into KrisFlyer, so why not right?).
If you’re a Citi customer for example, with a large volume of Citi Miles or ThankYou Points, it’s a different story. You can transfer those into 11 different frequent flyer programmes, with options across all three major alliances plus Etihad Guest, which has a good ‘mini-alliance’ of its own.