When Singapore Airlines launched its KrisFlyer Experiences portal back in January 2020, promising money-can’t-buy experiences in exchange for your hard-earned KrisFlyer miles, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
As you may recall, due to the COVID-19 outbreak its first public event – a live wine tasting session at the Regent Singapore – had to be cancelled.
The format largely moved into the online arena during the pandemic (think online photography courses and fashion workshops), but since then physical events are back, with experiences including a Singapore Airlines dinner in a cable car or a KrisFlyer chartered trip on SIA to Langkawi recently part of the mix.
The concept even stretched overseas in 2021, with staycation and dining offers for members in Australia, Hong Kong and Indonesia, and this month there are dining experience offers in Bangkok, Thailand.
The wineglass masterclass event is back
Back in April, KrisFlyer Experiences launched a new local wine event for miles, but you had to be fast to take advantage because it sold out in less than 24 hours.
The good news if you missed out last time is that this event is back again in August.
It could be worth considering for those looking to dispose of some KrisFlyer miles, quite pertinent now that miles will begin to expire again as soon as 31st July 2023 for some members.
The event is being held on Saturday 26th August 2023 at Praelum Wine Bistro on Duxton Hill between 3.15pm and 5.15pm, and includes:
- A 2-hour masterclass hosted by wine sommelier Mr. Gerald Lu, two-time National Sommelier Champion and current President of the Sommelier Association of Singapore, including a Q&A session.
- Four different wine labels to sample.
- Learn how glassware affects the wine’s taste.
- Canapés curated by Praelum Wine Bistro to complement the wineglass appreciation experience.
- A specially customised KrisFlyer Kvetna 1794 Auriga Universal stemware, prepared exclusively for this workshop, for each participant to bring home. These Czech hand-made titanium glasses typically retail for S$150 per pair.
Mastercard card holders will also benefit from 10% off additional food & beverages and selected merchandise for purchases made on the day of the workshop.
You can make multiple redemptions for larger groups, and it probably goes without saying that the minimum age for participants is 18.
Remember that all KrisFlyer Experiences miles redemptions are strictly non-refundable.
You will receive a confirmation email upon successful redemption, and full details of event will be provided in a follow-up email closer to date.
Other dining and tasting experiences
Aside from the returning wineglass masterclass, KrisFlyer Experiences is also offering some new alcohol tasting and dining events this month, that might also pique your interest if you have expiring miles coming up.
KrisFlyer Dining Experiences
(for two pax)
|Taste of Nobu Weekend Brunch
Four Seasons Hotel
* FULLY REDEEMED *
|Kaiseki Omakase Dinner by Sushi Sei
* FULLY REDEEMED *
|FatFuku at the Coconut Club
|Quintessential French Dinner at Claudine
Some of these dining experiences feature various beverage packages you can purchase as an add-on.
KrisFlyer Alcohol Tasting Experiences
|Gin Tasting & Distillery Tour
Brass Lion Distillery
|29 Jul||16,000 miles|
Do check out the KrisFlyer Experiences page to access full details of the inclusions and add-on options for these events.
We recently covered the KrisFlyer Experiences miles for hospitality suites at Premier League football matches offer, which continues to be available to book for the 2022/23 or 2023/24 football seasons from 185,000 miles per person if you have a UK trip planned (you’ll have to cover your own flights, sadly!).
We’ve also mentioned some other events that remain available, like a bespoke perfume creation workshop at participating Maison 21G Boutiques for 12,000 miles and batik motif leather luggage tag and leather passport holder workshops at Bynd Artisan Holland Village for 10,000 miles.
There are also two dining experiences available in Bangkok, Thailand, for those travelling there or based in the city between now and the end of August 2023.
Remember the value per mile for these redemptions is usually poor, and you should definitely check out our full list of alternatives first before committing if indeed you’re facing the miles expiry issue in the coming weeks or months.
Redeeming KrisFlyer miles for KrisFlyer Experiences is rarely going to get you north of 1 cent per mile in value, which isn’t a great rate compared to a flight redemption, but the big change coming from this month onwards is that miles expiry is rearing its head again.
That can change the equation somewhat, and disposing of your expiring miles for events like these might well get you a better rate than some of the other alternatives for cashing out your miles, which can yield as little as 0.5 cents.
It looks like the hand-made titanium stemware you’ll get to take home from the wineglass masterclass event alone is worth around S$75, so this particular redemption may be quite good value, compared to others we’ve seen.
As always though, despite current redemption challenges due to limited award space, the true value of KrisFlyer miles still lies in a flight redemption where possible – not one of these events.
(Cover Photo: KrisFlyer Experiences)