How to redeem Krisflyer miles for Singapore Airlines’ flight? 2022/2023 Guide

How to redeem Krisflyer miles for flights - Krisflyer membership cards with Jewel Changi Airport in the background
Learn how to earn, redeem, and buy Krisflyer miles for your Singapore Airlines (SQ) and Scoot flights. Get free air tickets, offset part of your air ticket, or shop using miles.

What are KrisFlyer miles?

KrisFlyer is a customer loyalty programme, also known as frequent flyer programme, by Singapore Airlines. 

To be in sync with common terminologies used in the aviation industry, its reward points are termed miles. KrisFlyer miles earned can be used to redeem full flight tickets, upgrade seat class, or offset the partial cost of air tickets for any class on Singapore Airlines or its low-cost carrier, Scoot. It can also be used to purchase luxury and duty free goods on Singapore Airlines’ online shop, KrisShop, or be converted to third-party merchant’s reward points.

How can I get Krisflyer miles?

Before you are able to earn miles, you will first need to be a KrisFlyer member. Membership registration is free and can be submitted online

Singapore Airlines occasionally run membership campaign and gives out free miles with new registrations. Try to search for the promo code and enter it into the registration form to receive some free miles for a start.

Once you are a member, KrisFlyer miles can be earned in the following ways:

KrisFlyer miles credited to your account are valid for a period of 3 years, from the month they are earned. 

When some of your miles reach the expiry date but you have not yet accumulated sufficient miles for the ticket you plan to redeem, you can choose to extend it for another 6 months by paying USD 12 every 10,000 miles or using 1,200 existing miles to extend every 10,000 miles. 

Higher-tier KrisFlyer members (Elite Silver & Elite Gold) enjoy the additional benefit of extending expiring miles for 12 months at the same cost.

What can I use the KrisFlyer miles for?

It is usually more advisable to redeem flight tickets with your miles if you have sufficient miles or upgrade your flights to business/ first class.

However, in the event that your miles are expiring and they are not enough for flight tickets, you can choose to buy something or simply donate them to charities!

Below are all the ways you can use your KrisFlyer miles:

1. Redeeming Singapore Airline (SQ) flight tickets

This option offers the best value for your miles. 

Members can choose to redeem one-way or return flight tickets on all flight classes, subject to the availability of class types on the selected routes. 

It is useful to note that redeemed tickets (also called award tickets by SIA) exclude airport charges, fees, and taxes. You will need to fork out some cash, usually less than S$100 per ticket, as you complete the booking process. Despite having to pay for part of the tickets in cash, it is still very worthwhile especially when you redeem a long-haul flight or business class ticket that costs thousands of dollars for each trip.

How to redeem your miles online via singaporeair.com website or SingaporeAir mobile app

  1. Log-in to singaporeair.com with your KrisFlyer number or email address.
  2. Under ‘Book Trip’, Select ‘Redeem flights’ and enter your desired itinerary.
  3. Select cabin ‘Class’ and search.
  4. Select your preferred flight time by clicking on the number of miles displayed under ‘Saver’ or ‘Advantage’ options.
  5. Click ‘Continue’ button.
  6. Continue with the booking process until the ‘Payment’ page. Make payment for the ‘taxes, fees and charges’ with your credit card, debit card, PayPal or Alipay.

You can choose to redeem either a Saver award flight ticket, Advantage award flight ticket or KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes ticket. Read the differences below:

Redeem a Saver award flight ticket

Saver award flight ticket is the cheapest to redeem.

However, as it is the cheapest, there is usually a very limited number of tickets available on each flight for this redemption type.

Customers often have to be placed on a waitlist and may only get a confirmation 2 weeks prior the departure date. As such, a Saver award ticket is more suitable for travellers with very flexible travel itinerary.

Based on the Singapore Airline (SQ) Award Chart 2022 published by the airline, we have extracted and tabulated the least number of KrisFlyer miles needed to redeem a one-way ticket to various destinations from Singapore:

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)EPBS / F
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei8.52130.5
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos13.52436
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China16.526.53445
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)21.534.54358.5
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh) 2034.54358
Japan & South Korea2737.55277
Australia (Perth & Darwin) 21.540.557.5
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand30.55168.593.5
Africa, Middle East & Turkey 294356.586.5
Europe 4271103.5141
USA (West Coast) & Canada 4275107146.5
USA (East Coast & Houston) 4480.5111.5148.5

Note: 

  • Legend: (E) – Economy, (P) Premium Economy, (B) Business, (S/F) Suite / First
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

Redeem a Advantage award flight ticket

For travelers whose travel dates are more rigid, it will be best to redeem an Advantage award ticket instead. There are more seats available for this redemption type and thus there is a lower chance of being placed on a waitlist. Apart from the predictability of getting to travel on preferred dates, Advantage award ticket holders are also entitled to change flight dates for free.

The drawback is that the cost of Advantage award tickets is nearly 100% more than the Saver award tickets. The number of miles needed to redeem a ticket for various destinations and seat classes is as follows:

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)EBSF
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei153552.5
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos254062.5
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China305073
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)406598
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh)
376598
Japan & South Korea4570120
Australia (Perth & Darwin)
376599.5
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand5590155
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
63.5103.5148.5
Europe 70123225.5
USA (West Coast) & Canada
70128.5228
USA (East Coast & Houston)
75143.5243

Note: 

  • Legend: (E) – Economy, (P) Premium Economy, (B) Business, (SF) Suite / First
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

Redeem a flight ticket through KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes

From time to time, Singapore Airlines offers last-minute promotions for routes with substantial vacant seats nearer to the departure date. 

The deals are usually released around the middle of a month for travel dates in the following month. Travelers who are spontaneous in making travel plans within a week or two can get up to 30% off Saver award flight tickets through this programme. 

To offer a glimpse of the extent of discount you can expect from KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes, the following are all the deals published in October 2022 (for travel in November 2022):

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)EPB
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5.9
Hanoi, Vietnam9.4516.8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam9.4516.8
Manila, Philippines9.4516.8
Phnom Penh, Cambodia9.45
Colombo, Sri Lanka30.1
Dhaka, Bangladesh30.1
Malé, Maldives
14
Frankfurt, Germany2949.7
New York (JFK), United States56.35
New York (Newark), United States56.35

Note: 

  • Legend: (E) – Economy, (P) Premium Economy, (B) Business
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.

If you are able to travel on short notice and are open to travel to destinations that you may not have thought about, check out the KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapades to get the most value out of your miles. Do note that flights, routes, destinations, seat class, and the number of miles needed in this programme may vary from month to month. Also, there may not be any promotions in some busy months.

2. Upgrading cabin classes on Singapore Airline (SQ) flights

If you have limited miles, you may consider using them to upgrade your cabin class instead. KrisFlyer allows members to use miles to upgrade to the next seat class with 15% to 25% lesser miles than redeeming a full ticket.

How to upgrade to Business or First Class with miles

  1. You will only be able to upgrade to a higher cabin class with miles for your existing bookings. Click on this link and select ‘Upgrade Flights’ to check whether an upgrade is allowed for your route.
  2. Log-in to singaporeair.com website or the SingaporeAir mobile app.
  3. Select ‘Bookings’ and ‘ Upcoming flights’ or click on this link.
  4. Select the booking to upgrade.
  5. You will see an option for you to upgrade and proceed with your upgrade.

We have summarised the miles required for the upgrades for flights departing from Singapore based on Singapore Airlines Upgrade Award Chart 2022 as follows:

From Economy to Premium Economy / Business classes

Upgrading from Economy Standard on booking classes M, H and W

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)PSBSBA
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei1733
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos18.537.5
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China152642
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)223560
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh)
223560
Japan & South Korea2442.565
Australia (Perth & Darwin)
3260
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand3458.585
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
28.547.598
Europe 4986.5113
USA (West Coast) & Canada
50.590113
USA (East Coast & Houston)
53.593.5125.5

Note: 

  • Legend: (PS) – Premium Economy Saver Award, (BS) Business Saver Award, (BA) Business Advantage Award
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

Upgrading from Economy Flexi on booking classes Y, B and E

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)PSBSBA
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei15.530
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos15.530
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China91930
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)1429.550
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh)
1429.550
Japan & South Korea153250
Australia (Perth & Darwin)
2750
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand22.548.570
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
19.54080.5
Europe 33.570.592.5
USA (West Coast) & Canada
33.571.592.5
USA (East Coast & Houston)
3574.5102.5

Note: 

  • Legend: (PS) – Premium Economy Saver Award, (BS) Business Saver Award, (BA) Business Advantage Award
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

From Premium Economy to Business class

Upgrading from Premium Economy Standard on booking classes P and L

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)BSBA
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China17.526
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)26.544
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh)
26.544
Japan & South Korea28.544
Australia (Perth & Darwin)
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand4462
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
37.571.5
Europe 6482
USA (West Coast) & Canada
64.586.5
USA (East Coast & Houston)
6794.5

Note: 

  • Legend: (BS) Business Saver Award, (BA) Business Advantage Award
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

Upgrading from Premium Economy Flexi on booking classes S and T

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)BSBA
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China13.520
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)19.535
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh)
19.535
Japan & South Korea2235
Australia (Perth & Darwin)
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand3350
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
29.557.5
Europe 50.567
USA (West Coast) & Canada
50.570
USA (East Coast & Houston)
52.570

Note: 

  • Legend: (BS) Business Saver Award, (BA) Business Advantage Award
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

From Business to Suite / First class

Upgrading from Business Standard and Business Flexi on booking classes Z, C, J and U

Destination / One Way (‘000 Miles)SFSSFA
Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei15.530
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos15.530
South China, Hong Kong SAR, China & Taiwan, China25.542
North China (Beijing & Shanghai)35.562
South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh)
35.562
Japan & South Korea40.572
Australia (Perth & Darwin)
3362
Australia (excl. Perth & Darwin) & New Zealand53.592
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
5190.5
Europe 74.5136.5
USA (West Coast) & Canada
75137.5
USA (East Coast & Houston)
76148

Note: 

  • Legend: (SFS) Suite / First Saver Award, (SFA) Suite / First Advantage Award
  • Redemption excludes airport taxes, charges, and fees.
  • Depending on the date of travel, the number of miles needed for redemption can be higher than the number indicated in the table above.
  • To calculate the miles needed for a return trip, simply multiply the number of miles required for a one-way trip by two.

3. Offsetting cost of a regular SQ flight ticket

This is a good way to utilise your expiring miles while still keeping the bulk of the remaining miles that will only expire some time away.

The conversion rate is 1,050 KrisFlyer miles to SGD 10 of the ticket price (SGD 1 = 105 miles). Members will need to redeem a minimum of 1,050 miles for each booking.

Unlike redeeming a full flight ticket or upgrading a seat class, miles can also be used to offset airport taxes, charges, and fees under this option. 

How to use KrisFlyer miles for partial payment

  1. Log-in to singaporeair.com website or the SingaporeAir mobile app.
  2. Proceed with booking a flight as usual.
  3. Once you have hit the payment page or screen, there will be an option for you to choose to pay using KrisFlyer miles.
  4. Enable that option and you can then decide the number of miles you wish to use for this booking.

4. Redeeming Scoot (TR) flight tickets using Krisflyer miles

Making redemptions on Scoot flight is more straightforward. 

It is the same as using miles to offset a regular SQ flight ticket on singaporeair.com, except that booking will now be made through flyscoot.com. 

The conversion rate for Scoot is the same as Singapore Airlines, 1,050 KrisFlyer miles for SGD 10 value (SGD 1 = 105 miles). Minimum redemption of 1,050 miles is required for each booking and miles can also be used to offset airport taxes, charges, and fees.

5. Making purchases online with Krisflyer miles

Apart from using Krisflyer miles on flight tickets, they can also be used to purchase products ranging from electronics, duty-free items, cosmetics, attraction tickets, to booking hotels.

These are the SIA affiliated services where you can use your miles:

  • KrisShop.com: Online retailer offering a large assortment of products, including kitchenware, electronics, cosmetics, luxury bags, duty-free, and prepacked food.
  • Krisflyer Vrooms: Online booking platform for worldwide hotels & rental cars.
  • Pelago: Mobile app offering deals on attractions, tours, and activities.

6. Converting Krisflyer miles to other reward programmes

Signed up for too many loyalty programmes? You can consolidate your reward points by converting Krisflyer miles to one of your favourite programmes below:

  • NTUC Linkpoints: Pay for purchases at Fairprice, Cheers, NTUC Health, Unity, NTUC Learning Hub and more.
  • CapitaStar: Exchange for CapitaMall shopping vouchers or pay off parking fees at CapitaMall properties.
  • Esso Smile Points: Exchange for fuel, mart, foam wash, movie, shopping vouchers.
  • Kris+: Redeem for F&B, lifestyle products, and deals in the programme.
  • Shangri-la Circle: Pay for room and dining at Shangri-la hotels and resorts.
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Points: Redeem Virgin Australia flight tickets or offset ticket costs.
  • Fliggy Reward: Pay for products on the travel booking platform by Alibaba.

7. Donating miles for a good cause

If you simply don’t need the miles, don’t let them expire either! Donate them to one of the two designated causes below:

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