When it comes to earning credit card rewards points in the U.S., American Express Membership Rewards Points earned from American Express credit cards are some of the most flexible when it comes to redeeming for things that you like. Other than redeeming your points for theater tickets, gift cards, merchandise, shopping privileges or even a charity donation, you can also redeem them for actual air miles with participating frequent flyer programs. Here, we'll show you how to redeem your Amex Membership Rewards Points for KrisFlyer Miles on the world-class Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance airlines.
Singapore Airlines' North America Destinations
The Star Alliance network enables international travelers to visit over 1,300 travel destinations around the world across 192 countries through codeshare partners within the network. Singapore Airlines is, of course, a member of the Star Alliance network which include major airlines the likes of United, Lufthansa, Asiana Airlines, ANA and many more.
Signing Up For A KrisFlyer Account
Signing up for a KrisFlyer account won't cost you any money at all. If you don't already have one, you can register for a KrisFlyer account on the Singapore Airlines website.
Bear in mind that you have to keep your KrisFlyer account active so that it doesn't close as your account will close after 18 months of inactivity from the date your membership starts. It will also close 39 months after the date of your last recorded account activity.
Converting Your Amex Membership Rewards Points To KrisFlyer Miles
1,000 Membership Rewards Points = 1,000 KrisFlyer Miles
The 1:1 transfer rate makes it convenient for you to gauge how many KrisFlyer Miles your Membership Rewards Points are worth.
Note that your Membership Rewards Points have to be transferred in increments of 1,000. After your KrisFlyer Miles are in your KrisFlyer account, you have the option to redeem for flights on Singapore Airlines and those on Star Alliance through the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program.
As Singapore Airlines is a Star Alliance member, your KrisFlyer Miles can whisk you to more than 1,000 different destinations peppered across 170 countries on their different tiers of award flights that you can redeem for using your KrisFlyer Miles.
It's not just free flights that you can redeem for using your KrisFlyer Miles; you can use these for seat upgrades on SilkAir, Singapore Airlines and their other partner airlines, too.
How To Redeem Amex Membership Rewards Points For KrisFlyer Miles
First of all, you'll need to have a KrisFlyer account, which you can sign up online and for free at the Singapore Airlines website.
Then, go enroll in the Frequent Traveller option in your American Express Membership Rewards program.
Once you're sure that you've got both of those requirements checked, go to Amex's Membership Rewards website.
Click on Travel.
Scroll below and click on Transfer Points.
Take note that you have to link your loyalty program account (in this case, your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer account) to your Membership Rewards program account first before you can proceed with the redemption.
To locate the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer loyalty program on the page, scroll about halfway down the page.
Click on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer.
As literal as it is, all you have to do is key in the exact number of Membership Rewards Points you want to convert into KrisFlyer Miles in increments of 1,000, accept the T&Cs, and log in to continue with your redemption process.
Allow for about 4 weeks after your conversion request for your KrisFlyer Miles to be credited into your KrisFlyer account. Frequently check by logging into your KrisFlyer account.
Where Can Your Miles Take You?
Singapore Airlines has a separate award chart for travel on Singapore Airlines and travel on their Star Alliance partners. So, make sure you're looking at the right one when you're researching online.
If you're traveling from the West Coast in the U.S. and intending to visit Thailand, you'll need 160,000 KrisFlyer Miles to redeem for a round-trip Business Saver award on Singapore Airlines. You'll need 215,000 KrisFlyer Miles if you're intending to redeem for a round-trip Suites/First Saver award on Singapore Airlines.
Want to explore Beijing or Shanghai? A round-trip Suites/First Saver award on Singapore Airlines will set you back at 265,000 KrisFlyer Miles if you're traveling from the East Coast or Houston. If you're looking at a round-trip Economy Saver award instead, you'll need 105,000 KrisFlyer Miles.
Always wanted to visit Singapore but haven't got the opportunity to do just that? You'll need 420,000 KrisFlyer Miles, if you're traveling from the East Coast or Houston, to take you on a round-trip Suites/First Standard trip to Singapore on Singapore Airlines. If you're traveling from the West Coast instead, you'll require 450,000 KrisFlyer Miles.
You can check out our travel guides for more ideas of where in the world to explore.
Redeeming KrisFlyer Miles For Saver Or Standard Award Tickets
What is really nice is that you'll enjoy a 15% discount on the usual number of KrisFlyer Miles required when you redeem award flights for Singapore Airlines (and SilkAir) destinations online through the Singapore Airlines website. However, awards for Star Alliance flights are not eligible for the 15% discount.
For those who aren't sure how to search for the availability of KrisFlyer awards, hop on over to Singapore Airlines' website, log in to your KrisFlyer account and you can search directly from the homepage by keying in your desired class of service, dates and route to find out what's available for you to redeem.
As awesome as free flights on the world-class Singapore Airlines may be, you still have to fork out some money to pay for taxes, fuel surcharges and fees. In our opinion, the free flights (or at least discounted flights/seat upgrades) are amazing enough already.
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