New to KrisFlyer? Start here!

A beginner's guide to the KrisFlyer program

GUIDE: Program Guide
TIME TO READ: 3 minutes
POSTED: January 23, 2019
UPDATED: January 22, 2019
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

KrisFlyer is Singapore Airlines’ loyalty program. It is useful for those who fly on Singapore Airlines and its partners like Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand.

KrisFlyer miles can be earned through credit cards, flying and bonus points promotions, and can be redeemed for award flights in all classes.

This guide is ground zero for those who are just starting off. Read on for how to join the program, earn as many points as you can, and use them for maximum value.

How to join the program

Signing up to KrisFlyer is free but check this page first as you may be able to pick some bonus points up on the way.

You can sign up using this link.

How to earn points

The only credit cards that can let you earn Krisflyer Miles on spend in New Zealand are cards that earn into the American Express Membership Rewards Program, namely the American Express Platinum Edge and Platinum Charge cards.

Membership Rewards points transfers to a number of major frequent flyer programs including Krisflyer Miles at a rate of 1 MR Point to 0.5 Frequent Flyer Point.

There are a number of other ways to earn bonus KrisFlyer miles, including by:

Here is a fun, easy-to-understand video about earning opportunities:

KrisFlyer enjoys a unique bilateral relationship with Velocity Frequent Flyer which allows you to convert Velocity Points into KrisFlyer miles and vice versa.

You may consider crediting your Virgin Australia flights to KrisFlyer instead of Velocity—this guide will help you decide whether to do so.

If you are short on points for a redemption, you can transfer points over from Marriott Rewards.

How to redeem points

In our opinion, the best value of your KrisFlyer miles comes from redeeming them for flights on Singapore Airlines and its partners, such as Air Canada and Lufthansa.

Singapore Airlines is part of the largest airline alliance in the world and KrisFlyer miles can be used on airlines like Lufthansa

A particularly good-value option is to target your use of KrisFlyer miles to Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and United flights, as there are no fuel surcharges applied to travel on these airlines.

Singapore Airlines fly to the big three New Zealand cities, being Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Sometimes Business Class award flights from Wellington can be redeemed at 30% off through the monthly Spontaneous Escapes promotion.

The latest Business Class products include the new A380 product:

the regional 787 and A350 seat:

and the second-generation, long-haul A350 version.

Suites and First Class is an aspirational product for many.

Saving your miles up for a round-the-world redemption is another popular option.

Some more booking tips:

If you are looking for more inspiration for what to do with your KrisFlyer miles, check out our best uses of points series.

Lost as to how to start your search for an award seat? Check out this post.

Elite status

Holding KrisFlyer Gold status or above is the key to unlocking a raft of premium perks with Singapore Airlines and its partners, such as complimentary upgrades, lounge access, and priority check-in and boarding.

American Express Platinum Charge Card Members enjoy a fast-track to KrisFlyer Gold status.

Summing up

If you fly or are interested in flying Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia or one of its other partners, then the KrisFlyer program is one worth signing up for.

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Supplementary images courtesy Singapore Airlines and KrisFlyer.

New to KrisFlyer? Start here! was last modified: January 22nd, 2019 by Matt Moffitt