There are many ways to earn air miles as you travel. Whether you’re booking hotels or buying souvenirs for loved ones, your next overseas adventure could come with perks too. It’s possible to reward every dollar (Euro or Yen) that you spend on your next international trip. This guide helps you to discover how you can pick up reward points on your next holiday.
How do you want to earn points?
Air Miles credit card
You can earn points on every eligible S$1 you spend with a frequent flyer credit card (also known as Air Miles credit cards) – this is one of the easiest ways to earn air miles overseas. In Singapore, these cards are mostly linked with Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program. The other popular frequent flyer program in Singapore is Asia Miles – Cathay Pacific’s frequent flyer membership. Some air mile credit cards reward cardholders with higher earn rates when they spend overseas.
Some of these cards may charge a foreign transaction fee when you spend in an international currency. Based on how much you plan to spend, you should determine whether this fee outweighs the perks of earning points before you apply for the card. Compare cards that offer reward points and no foreign transaction fees if you want to earn points without forking out for extra costs.
Look for a card with a higher earn rate for overseas transactions
Some rewards and frequent flyer credit cards offer more points per S$1 spent overseas compared to local purchases. This gives you a way to boost your points when you use a credit card overseas.
For example, the Citi PremierMiles Visa card offers 2 miles per $1 spent overseas and up to 1.5 miles per $1 spent on eligible purchases in Singapore. Meanwhile, the HSBC Visa Infinite card offers up to 2.25 miles for every dollar spent on eligible international spend. In comparison, using this card in Singapore earns you up to 1.25 miles. With either of these cards, you earn more points for your overseas spending compared to spending in Singapore.
Hotels and accommodation
From partnered hotels and Airbnb, to transferring hotel loyalty points to your frequent flyer account – there are a few ways you can earn points on accommodation. To make it easier, we’ve divided your options by KrisFlyer and Asia Miles.
Earn points directly
You can also earn KrisFlyer miles when you book directly with some partnered hotels and resorts. Include your KrisFlyer membership number when booking and you can earn between 1 point per $1 spent or 500 KrisFlyer miles per qualifying stay. Partnered hotels included Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Shangri-La and InterContinental Hotels.
Points from a partnered hotel loyalty program
If you belong to a partnered hotel program such as AYANA, Hilton Honors, Le Club AccorHotels, or Starwood Preferred Guest, you can exchange your hotel points for KrisFlyer miles.
If you prefer to travel in style, you can also earn 1 KrisFlyer mile per $1 spent on eligible holidays booked through Luxury Escapes.
You can earn Asia Miles if you quote your Asia Miles membership number when you book with partnered hotels and resorts. The number of points you’ll earn will vary between hotels. For example, you can collect 2 Asia Miles per US$1 spent at Marriott Hotels or 500 Asia Miles per stay at Crowne Plaza hotels.
Transfer your hotel loyalty points
If you belong to a partnered hotel rewards program, you can transfer those points into Asia Miles. This includes points earned with Le Club AccorHotels, Hilton Honors and Shangri-La’s Golden Circle.
The amount of Asia Miles you’ll get from the transfer will also vary between programs. For example, you can get 1 Asia Mile per 1 Golden Circle point but 1 Asia Mile for every 2 Le Club AccorHotels point you transfer.
KrisFlyer. You can earn 1.5 KrisFlyer miles for every US$1 spent on car rentals booked on rentalcars.com. There are also promotions running with other car rental providers such as Avis Car Rental and Budget. These allow you to earn accelerated miles when you book a rental with them.
Asia Mile. You can earn Asia Miles with its many car rental partners. These include Avis, Alamo, Europcar and Hertz. On international trips, you can earn approximately 250 to 500 Asia Miles per rental with any of these partnered companies.
Earn air miles overseas until 31 May 2020 with KrisFlyer. Members can earn 1 KrisFlyer mile for every S$1 spent on an eligible travel insurance plan. To qualify, make sure to book a commercial flight departing from Singapore and purchase any Travel Guard Direct Single Trip plan by AIG. Make sure to check out the insurance policy to see the inclusions, exclusions and eligibility requirements before you apply.
If you’re travelling overseas, you probably know that you can earn KrisFlyer miles on eligible Singapore Airlines flights and Asia Miles on eligible Cathay Pacific flights. If you’re taking other flights during your holiday (for example, if you’re travelling between different countries in Europe), don’t forget that you can also earn points with partnered airlines. This is an easy way to pick up points even if you’re not flying with Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific while you’re overseas.
To give you an idea; KrisFlyer members can earn KrisFlyer miles on eligible flights with Singapore Airlines (SQ), SilkAir, Scoot, Star Alliance airlines and all other SQ partner airlines. Asia Miles members can earn points on flights with Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon (CX’s regional airline) and over 20 partner airlines.
There are plenty of ways for Singaporean rewards chasers to earn air milesoverseas. If you do your research beforehand, there’s almost no reason why you shouldn’t pick up points on most of your holiday splurges.
Frequently asked questions
The general requirement for earning points comes down to whether your transaction qualifies as an ‘eligible purchase’. Eligible purchases exclude cash advances and cash related transactions. Read the terms and conditions to confirm what is considered an eligible purchase on your credit card.
Most providers provide a miles or points calculator on their website. You can calculate how many points you’ll need for your specific flight using this tool. If your provider has an e-store, they will also list how many points you need to redeem certain products or services there.
Most frequent flyer providers allow members to monitor and manage their frequent flyer points or miles through the relevant online portal. Usually you’ll need your membership number and a password or PIN to sign in.
Zyane is an associate editor for Singapore at Finder. An experienced copywriter and content creator, Zyane enjoys writing on a wide array of subjects. When she’s not busy typing away, she’s reading and musing over a pint.
How likely would you be to recommend finder to a friend or colleague?
Very UnlikelyExtremely Likely
Thank you for your feedback.
Our goal is to create the best possible product, and your thoughts, ideas and suggestions play a major role in helping us identify opportunities to improve.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.