Gold-grade members of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program now have new benefits to aim for in return for their continued loyalty, with new ‘Elite Gold Rewards’ available from October 9, including complimentary flight upgrades and additional bonus miles.
While not available to all KrisFlyer Gold cardholders, these bonus perks come as an extra reward for travellers who fly most regularly with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir, and notch up significant numbers of ‘Elite miles’ on these airlines: the KrisFlyer equivalent of status credits.
It’s a particularly good win for travellers who may not regularly fly in business class or first class – the only way to qualify for Singapore Airlines’ higher-level PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club – because under the previous system, once you reached KrisFlyer Gold, there wasn’t otherwise anything higher to aim for.
Here are three new benefits now available for eligible KrisFlyer Gold members.
1. Double KrisFlyer Miles Reward
KrisFlyer members who earn 60,000 Elite miles on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights in a single year (excluding Elite miles earned on other flights, such as on Star Alliance partners) will qualify for one Double KrisFlyer Miles Reward: a voucher that can be traded in to earn twice the usual number of KrisFlyer miles on a single flight segment of your choosing.
Naturally, this provides the most value when applied to a long-range flight booked on a flexible fare or in premium economy, business class or first class, so choose which flight you use this on carefully.
Double miles applies to both the base earning rate and any applicable cabin bonus for flying in a higher-than-economy cabin, although doesn’t also double the tier bonus provided for being a Gold member.
For example, on a one-way Singapore-London flight in business class booked on a Business Lite or Business Standard fare, KrisFlyer Gold members would normally earn 8,452 miles, plus a tier bonus of 2,113 miles in recognition of their Gold membership.
Apply the Double KrisFlyer Miles Reward to that flight and the base earn rate doubles from 8,452 to 16,904 miles, plus the usual tier bonus of 2,113 miles, for an all-out earn of 19,017 miles on a one-way flight.
2. Short-haul Advance Upgrade
Notch up 75,000 Elite miles on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights every year and you’ll also qualify for one yearly ‘Short-haul Advance Upgrade’, providing a one-class cabin upgrade on a flight of your choosing, subject to availability.
This benefit is available on the following routes, based on the regional Zones used by KrisFlyer:
- Flights between Zones 1 & 2, covering journeys between Singapore and Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
- Flights between Zones 1 & 3: that’s Singapore to Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos, or vice versa.
- Flights exclusively in Zone 9, being those within Australia and New Zealand, such as Melbourne-Wellington, and also Sydney-Canberra when booked as an individual sector as part of a broader international airfare.
- Flights exclusively within Zone 11 (Europe) – namely, Singapore Airlines’ fifth freedom flights between Moscow and Stockholm.
To be eligible for an upgrade, you’ll need to be booked in business class on a Z, C, J or U fare (for a first class upgrade, where available); in premium economy on an S, T or P airfare (for a business class upgrade); or in economy on a Y, B, E, M, H or W fare (for a premium economy upgrade).
3. Premium Economy Advance Upgrade
Amass 100,000 Elite miles with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir in a single year and one Premium Economy Advance Upgrade is also yours to use on any Singapore Airlines flight of your choosing, including long flights between Australia and Singapore or Singapore and Europe.
Where availability permits, this upgrade can be secured from the time of booking when travelling on an economy Y, B, E, M, H or W airfare, being the more flexible (and therefore, expensive) tickets as opposed to sale fares and other reduced-priced seats.
Again, qualifying for these new Elite Gold Rewards is only possible using Elite miles earned by flying with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.
Elite miles earned on all other flights, such as with Star Alliance partners like Air Canada, Thai Airways, United and others, don’t count towards this tally.