So, you've finally decided to become a full-fledged travel hacker - to start collecting miles in order to fulfil to your dream of travelling the world. You've told all your friends and posted an Instagram story about it… but, erm, now what?
Before you start texting your boss to ask for a sabbatical and applying for the best air mile credit card there is, first read this 5-step guide to figure out how exactly you can earn, calculate and redeem your KrisFlyer miles.
(Note: This article talks about KrisFlyer miles as it's the most popular frequent flyer programme in Singapore. General principles apply for other programmes like Asia Miles, but the specifics differ.)
STEP 1: SIGN UP FOR KRISFLYER MEMBERSHIP
First of all, if you aren't a member already, you'd need to sign up for KrisFlyer membership. You just need to fill in the registration form online. KrisFlyer membership is free.
You may want to check the Singapore Airlines website for a sign up promotion, which is rare but does happen once in a while. Earlier this year, KrisFlyer gave away 1,000 miles to new signups, but sadly the promo ended in March 2018.
KrisFlyer is a loyalty programme that primarily rewards customers for spending on the following airlines:
- Singapore Airlines
- Star Alliance airlines (e.g. ANA, Thai Airways, Lufthansa, SWISS, United Airlines)
- SQ partner airlines (Alaska Airlines, JetBlue, Virgin, Vistara)
For most of these, you'd earn 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the actual miles flown, as KrisFlyer miles. For example, a return trip from Singapore to Bangkok is 1,760 miles.
Now comes the confusing bit.
Assuming you're flying Economy, you can earn 50 per cent (880 miles), 75 per cent (1,320 miles) or 100 per cent (1,760 miles) in KrisFlyer miles, depending which fare class you book your tickets under. The fare class is indicated as a letter of the alphabet when you book.
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