You’ve heard about the miles game, but don’t know where to start. Fret not – with these insider tips and tricks, elevating your travel experience with the KrisFlyer rewards programme has never been easier.
Editor-in-Chief, NYLON Singapore
Get the most out of your daily spend
In 2015, Adele came across a YouTube video of a man who used his miles to fund his travels around the world. Inspired, she started doing some research and realised that one could easily accumulate miles via credit card spending.
Today, the bulk of her miles are earned through day-to-day credit card usage, from groceries to dining and shopping. “I recently changed my car and put the entire down payment on my UOB PRVIMILES Mastercard. That’s a free return ticket on Premium Economy to New York!” she shares. “Earning miles through [everyday expenditure] – which ensures you don’t spend more than you already are – is a smarter and quicker way to your next free flight and upgrades.”
What’s more, by frequently travelling on Singapore Airlines’ premium classes, Adele has managed to accrue enough miles to attain PPS status – the highest KrisFlyer membership tier. “This helps me cut the queues with my family when we’re on holiday,” she says. “It also gives me entry into SilverKris lounges around the world – important especially when you have hours to burn [in between flights].”
Maximise the value of your miles
“I will always redeem ‘Saver’ instead of ‘Advantage’ tickets – [the latter] sometimes requires almost twice the [number of] miles for the exact same flight and seat,” discloses Adele. “Since the difference between [the two] is the availability of the seats, I try to plan and book months in advance.”
Redeeming a higher value seat will also ensure that you get the most bang for your buck. For example, while the miles required to redeem a Business Class ticket may be twice that of an Economy Class ticket, you’ll enjoy thrice as much cost savings. “I always try to book Business or First Class tickets, because it’s just better value,” she explains.
Additional tip: Adele recommends sticking to one airline or alliance when you travel, as this will help you to chalk up miles more quickly.