KrisFlyer members in Singapore are losing a local earning partner this week, with confirmation that there will no longer be any miles accrual for pickup and delivery orders via the foodpanda platform from 7th July 2021.
This brings an end to a two-year partnership with the food delivery company, with miles earning first launched back in March 2019.
Since the foodpanda partnership was first introduced there have been several offers and improvements, like a limited-time doubling of the earn rate from 1 mpd to 2 mpd in October 2019 (and on a few other occasions), plus a reduction in the minimum order from S$35 to S$20 in February 2020.
When special offers were running, this gave you the opportunity to net 6 mpd in total for food delivery orders, by using an eligible 4 mpd bonus credit card, like the HSBC Revolution.
In recent times, however, the 1 mpd rate has been the norm and only two months ago the minimum spend to earn miles was again increased back to a relatively unattractive S$35 – not always easy to achieve when ordering for one or two people.
You can indirectly earn miles via GrabFood
With the other major food delivery option Deliveroo not offering any loyalty scheme or miles earning option, it’s only GrabFood now allowing you to pick up a few more miles for these purchases.
You can transfer GrabRewards Points, earned at 1 point per S$1 for basic members using a credit card up to 6 points per S$1 for Platinum members using a GrabPay Wallet or Card, into KrisFlyer miles at a 10:1 ratio, once you have accrued at least 500 GrabRewards points.
At 0.1 mpd to 0.6 mpd equivalent, that’s a much poorer proposition than foodpanda was offering at 1 mpd, but it’s better than nothing if the price is otherwise the same!
There’s also now the option to transfer your GrabRewards Points into Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles, but the rate is poor.
While foodpanda orders were never going to set your KrisFlyer miles balance on fire, and the minimum spend per order to even qualify had recently been hiked, it’s a shame to see another partner scrubbed from the list of day to day earn options.
We personally accrued just over 3,500 KrisFlyer miles via foodpanda between the two of us since the partnership started in 2019.
Only a few days ago we saw the popular TapForMore loyalty scheme sever ties with KrisFlyer, meaning no more additional miles when spending at the likes of Cold Storage, Giant and Guardian.
You can still earn KrisFlyer miles indirectly through GrabFood, by converting GrabPoints accrued into the programme in 500+ point denominations, but the option is less attractive than some other redemptions and the effective miles earning rate is very low in comparison.
(Cover Photo: foodpanda)