Why does Singapore Airlines have PPS and KrisFlyer?

By mnc | Jan 01, 2019, 09:53 PM
I haven't traveled with Singapore until recently but noticed that I earnt both Krisflyer and PPS points. I've done some reading about this on the SIA website but can't really why they would maintain two parallel programs. By the time you spend 25K SGD you would surely be Silver Kris and 50K SGD Gold Kris?
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By djtech | Jan 02, 2019, 12:53 AM
PPS is their way of measuring your revenue to Singapore Airlines. Whilst Krisflyer status and points can be earned through flying on partners alone, PPS dollars requires spend on Krisflyer flights only and is a metric of how 'valuable' you are to the airline. Many airlines have this metric but choose not to publish it but just something under a list of VIPs or CIPs.
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By wjhu | Jan 02, 2019, 09:05 AM
PPS gets you perks that Gold does not.
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By Tancho | Jan 02, 2019, 01:30 PM
Also PPS points are only earned on SQ premium cabins. There was one year where I made PPS but didn't actually technically reach Gold, however if you get PPS status, you automatically get Gold anyway. There are additional perks to PPS: you get a higher check in luggage allowance, you are allowed in the Krisflyer lounge rather than the Gold lounge if you are flying economy, priority wait listing etc. Also if you renew your PPS, you get a gift in form of gift vouchers for the Krishop. Can be redeemed online or onboard.
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By mnc | Jan 02, 2019, 04:40 PM
thanks for the responses. On the face of it there didn't seem much difference between the two and many of the benefits were mutually exclusive but that makes sense. Cheers
Last edited by mnc at Jan 02, 2019, 04.42 PM.
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By xtfer | Jan 04, 2019, 01:04 PM
Not a lot different from airlines that have Points and Status, its just a different way of measuring it.
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By Rigs | Jan 08, 2019, 03:58 PM
I'm not sure what they are driving at. Singapore Airlines is really a pay to play carrier. But to be fair, if you're a primarily international airline, its hard to provide the same sort of status equivalence that we mostly get from domestic flying.
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By Russjking | Jan 09, 2019, 03:11 PM
If you are travelling Business or First you get to use the lounges anyway, get a heavy baggage allowance and get priority security and boarding. So no real point in being a Goldy or PPS except with PPS you can use other airlines lounges when travelling Economy domestic flights.
Personally I fly SQ but use my Velocity FF number. I get VA points AND status credits, AND PPS status points too - very generous. There is an article on this website about how to do that: worth a read.
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By mnc | Jan 13, 2019, 06:05 PM
Thanks Russ. That's what was going through my mind too and it is hard to understand how you could spend 50K in a year and not make Gold and a pretty similar line up of priviledges
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By elchriss0 | Jan 17, 2019, 07:30 AM
I thought they have 2 levels of PPS, one for $25k spend then another for something like $250k spend that allows you further perks such as first class check in and lounge access amongst other things
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By ChrisCh | Jan 17, 2019, 01:34 PM
I thought they have 2 levels of PPS, one for $25k spend then another for something like $250k spend that allows you further perks such as first class check in and lounge access amongst other things

Yes Singapore Airlines has multiple PPS tiers (PPS Club, Solitaire PPS Club, and also Solitaire PPS Club Life which is no longer handed out). Basically in SIngapore:

KrisFlyer Gold = KrisFlyer Gold Lounge
PPS Club = SilverKris Business Lounge
Solitaire & Solitaire Life = SilverKris First Lounge

(Obviously, if you're KrisFlyer Gold flying business class, you can use the SilverKris Business Lounge, and regardless of your status, when flying Singapore Airlines first class, you can use The Private Room.)
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By waikato | Feb 15, 2019, 09:27 AM
Not really on this subject but can someone tell me which is the best seating on Singapore Airlines' Premium Economy cabin on the B777-300ER?
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