How to earn air miles while travelling overseas

Learn 5 easy ways to reward your spending with points on your next international adventure.

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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.

KrisFlyer 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.

Luxury Escapes

If you prefer to travel in style, you can also earn 1 KrisFlyer mile per $1 spent on eligible holidays booked through Luxury Escapes.

Asia Miles

Partnered hotels

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.

Car rental

  • 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.

Travel insurance

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.

Flights

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.

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