Credit card transfer partners

Our regularly updated list of frequent flyer programme transfer partners from Singapore credit card points
Updated: 11th March 2020

Here’s our guide to which loyalty programmes you can transfer your credit card miles into in Singapore.

Frequent flyer programmes

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Star Alliance Star KF Logo trans Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
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TKtrans Tick
TGtrans Tick Tick
MMtrans Tick
UAtrans Tick
oneworld AM Logo trans Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick Tick
AVIOStrans Tick Tick
MHtrans Tick Tick Tick
QRtrans Tick Tick
QFF Tick Tick Tick
SkyTeam Circle CItrans Tick
AFKLtrans Tick Tick
Others Circle EYtrans Tick Tick
EKtrans Tick Tick

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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

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Hotel Hilton Honors Tick
IHG Tick Tick
Accor Tick
Marriott Bonvoy Tick

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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.

Star Alliance Star Star Alliance
gr Aegean Airlines et Ethiopian Airlines
ca Air Canada tw EVA Air
cn Air China pl LOT Polish Airlines
in Air India de Lufthansa
nz Air New Zealand se Scandinavian Airlines
jp All Nippon Airways cn Shenzhen Airlines
kr Asiana Airlines sg Singapore Airlines
at Austrian Airlines za South African Airways
co Avianca ch Swiss International Air Lines
be Brussels Airlines pt TAP Air Portugal
pa Copa Airlines th Thai Airways
hr Croatia Airlines tr Turkish Airlines
eg EgyptAir us United Airlines
oneworld oneworld
us American Airlines my Malaysia Airlines
gb British Airways au Qantas
hk Cathay Pacific qa Qatar Airways
fi Finnair jo Royal Jordanian
es Iberia ru S7 Airlines
jp Japan Airlines lk SriLankan Airlines
cl LATAM
SkyTeam Circle SkyTeam
ru Aeroflot id Garuda Indonesia
ar Aerolíneas Argentinas ke Kenya Airways
mx Aeroméxico nl KLM
es Air Europa kr Korean Air
fr Air France lb Middle East Airlines
it Alitalia sa Saudia
tw China Airlines ro TAROM
cn China Eastern Airlines vn Vietnam Airlines
cz Czech Airlines cn Xiamen Air
us Delta Air Lines

Don’t forget partner redemptions

In the same way that you can redeem flights using KrisFlyer miles on SIA’s non-Star Alliance partner airlines like Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia and Vistara, many of the airline programmes you can convert points into from your Singapore credit card also have their own non-alliance partner redemption options.

Here’s a brief rundown of the airlines you can redeem on that you might not expect to be able to using frequent flyer points or miles for some popular programmes.

FFP Partner Airlines
AM Logo trans HK Express, Air China, Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Alaska, Austrian, Bangkok Airways, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, Shenzen, Swiss
BAEC Aer Lingus, Alaska, QantasLink / Jetconnect, SUN-AIR of Scandinavia
EYtrans Air New Zealand, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, American Airlines, Asiana, All Nippon Airways, Bangkok Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, GOL, Hainan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Scandinavian Airlines, SriLankan Airlines, Virgin Australia
EKtrans Air Mauritius, Alaska Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Copa Airlines, easyJet, GOL, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, Jetstar, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, S7 Airlines, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal
MHtrans Air France, Emirates, Etihad
AFKLtrans Air Corsica, Air Mauritius, Aircalin, Bangkok Airways, Chalair, China Southern, Copa Airlines, GOL, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Transavia, Twin Jet, Westjet
MMtrans Air Astana, Air Malta, Cathay Pacific, Condor, Eurowings, Lufthansa Regional, Luxair
QFF Jetstar, Airnorth, Fiji Airways, Air Vanuatu, American Airlines, Emirates
QRtrans Bangkok Airways, GOL, Middle East Airlines, Royal Air Maroc
UAtrans Aer Lingus, AeroMar, Air Dolomiti, Azul, Boutique Air, Cape Air, Edelweiss, Eurowings, Hawaiian Airlines, Olympic Air, Silver Airways, Vistara

Some partner awards are only applicable on selected routes

For example if you want to use Asia Miles to redeem on Star Alliance member Air Canada, that’s only applicable on selected domestic routes, e.g. Vancouver to Toronto. Similarly you can redeem Asia Miles on Swiss only between Zurich and Hong Kong.

Other examples include using Lufthansa Miles & More on Cathay Pacific. That only works on services between Hong Kong and Auckland, Cairns, Melbourne or Sydney.

Some partner awards don’t allow online redemption

For example using Avios on QantasLink or Jetconnect flights can only be done over the phone (use the American Airlines or Qantas sites to search availability, then call to book). Similarly using Etihad Guest miles to redeem Bangkok Airways flights, which can be a very good deal when availability exists and cash fares are high, can only be done over the phone.

Transfer ratios aren’t always the same

While most credit cards in Singapore will give you the same transfer ratio of loyalty points to frequent flyer miles for all of their partner airlines, one in particular does not.

As we revealed in July 2019, Standard Chartered came up with a bunch of different transfer ratios for its 11 new partners (initially for the X card but now for all the bank’s miles earning cards).

For example if you want to transfer 100,000 Standard Chartered points to Qantas Frequent Flyer you’ll get 40,000 points in that scheme. Transferring 101,500 points to Lufthansa Miles & More however will only net you 29,000 miles in that one.

Redemption rates can differ significantly

Even once you’ve accounted for the different credit card points to airlines miles transfer ratios of the frequent flyer programme you’re interested in, don’t be ‘fooled’ by the apparently generous number of miles you’ll clock up.

Many of these schemes are far less generous than others for the same routing, with the same airline.

Take Bangkok Airways for example. You can’t transfer miles directly into the airline’s FlyerBonus scheme from any Singapore credit cards, but you can redeem on the airline’s (often expensive) flights from Singapore to Koh Samui using:

  • Asia Miles
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Guest
  • AF/KLM Flying Blue
  • Qatar Privilege Club

Return flights on this route can be upwards of S$470, even in Economy Class, so using miles or points potentially gives you some rare value in this cabin.

Let’s say you’re flush with both Citi and AMEX points, so as you can see from the table above you have the option to transfer miles into all five of these programmes. How many miles will you need in each one to get a return Economy Class ticket from Singapore to Koh Samui?

  • Asia Miles: 20,000
  • Emirates: 24,000
  • Etihad Guest: 15,000
  • AF/KLM Flying Blue: 22,000
  • Qatar Privilege Club: 30,000
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Bangkok Airways is one of only two airlines flying directly from Singapore to Koh Samui. (Photo: D.G. Bouma)

At the two extremes, you’ll transfer 15,000 points to fly this return route using Etihad Guest miles but double that (30,000) to achieve the same redemption using Qatar’s Privilege Club programme.

Even if you already have a small balance in Qatar miles, don’t make the mistake of simply ‘topping up’ to achieve the award ticket – do the maths first.

Summary

KrisFlyer and Asia Miles are both very useful frequent flyer programmes, but don’t get stuck thinking you can only transfer into those schemes, especially if you have a Citi credit card in Singapore, with a host of other options opening up some great potential redemption opportunities.

CREDIT CARD TRANSFER PARTNERS TABLE

It’s worth considering alternative airline redemption opportunities through partner airline awards in addition to the more obvious ‘big three’ alliance options, with redemptions non-allied carriers like Bangkok Airways, Oman Air and Aer Lingus possibilities through some of these programmes.

The key thing to consider before you commit is making sure the FFP gives you good value through the transfer ratio and a competitive redemption through its award chart for your preferred flights.

You should also consider that in the event a potential redemption disappears by the time your miles are credited, that you can still make good alternative use of them in that programme.

(Cover Photo: Markus Mainka / Shutterstock)