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What should you do with the air miles that you can’t use for a few years?

The Covid-19 situation has settled down somewhat in Singapore. However, other countries are still experiencing “waves” of infection. Even the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble has been postponed twice now from its original launch date in November. The good thing is that vaccines will be made available to everyone progressively in 2021, but this means also air travel is out for at least one year, or two.

So what should you do with the air miles that are sitting in your accounts? Here are other things you can redeem your air miles on, other than flights.

This article primarily focuses on KrisFlyer and Asia Miles programmes because they are the two common ones that Singaporeans own.

Contents: KrisFlyer | Asia Miles

Note that we are not going into the intricacies of whether you will be getting more buck for mile, but simply showing you the various options should you want to exit the miles game and redeem your miles for something other than flights.

Ways to redeem KrisFlyer miles other than flights

Use KrisFlyer miles on KrisShop.com

For KrisFlyer members, KrisFlyer miles can be used to purchas wine, branded goods and gifts on KrisShop.com. Additionally, you earn 1.5 KrisFlyer miles for every $1 paid with your credit or debit card.

The redemption rate on KrisShop.com is roughly at 125 KrisFlyer miles for $1. For example, the Garmin Venu SQ Music Edition, $354, requires 44,250 miles to redeem. Even if you haven’t accumulated that many miles, there are other things like Bacha Coffee (12 packs), $23.50, which is equivalent to 2,937 miles, or a Sushi Go card game, which costs $20, or 2,500 miles.

Use KrisFlyer miles for a staycation or meal with Shangri-La

Not directly. But you can convert your miles to Shangri-La Golden Circle award points, which can then be used to redeem for spa and dining vouchers. You can also potentially get free room nights and upgrades at any Shangri-La hotel and resort, which includes Hotel Jen.

The redemption rate is at 12 KrisFlyer miles for every 1 Golden Circle (GC) award point. Do take note that a minimum of 20,000 KrisFlyer miles is required for each conversion and it is not reversible.

Convert to PAssion Card TapForMore points

Singaporeans will always have use for PAssion Card TapForMore points, which can be used at Cold Storage, Market Place, Jasons, Giant and Guardian. So if you have KrisFlyer miles that you want to redeem asap, you can convert your miles to TapForMore points.

You’ll get 1.1 TapForMore Points for every 1 KrisFlyer mile. A minimum of 3,000 KrisFlyer miles is required for each conversion and it is not reversible.

TapForMore points can be redeemed at 1,500 points for $10, or 150 for $1. So say you’re converting 3,000 KrisFlyer miles. You’ll get 3,300 points, which can be redeemed for $22.

Take note that you must link your KrisFlyer membership with your PAssion TapForMore account, which can take up to seven business days.

Ways to redeem Asia Miles other than flights

Convert Asia Miles to NTUC LinkPoints

NTUC Linkpoints is an islandwide rewards programme that not only allows you to gain points from grocery spending at NTUC Fairprice supermarkets, but also Unity Pharmacy, Owndays, and other retail shops.

If you have Asia Miles, you can convert 800 Asia Miles to 600 NTUC LinkPoints.

Shop on Asia Miles Lifestyle Awards page

Asia Miles has a range of retail products available for you to purchase with your miles. You can get a Fitbit Versa 3 for 45,590 asia miles, a Sony Vlog camera for 133,384 asia miles and other products.

Judging by the Fitbit Versa 3’s retail price of $328, the redemption rate is roughly around 139 Asia Miles = $1.

Remember to select Singapore so they know that you want the item delivered here.

Book a staycation in Singapore

Go to the Travel Awards page on Asia Miles website and you will be able to see Singapore hotels, where a stay that can be redeemed with Asia Miles. A stay at Carlton Singapore starts from 24,940 miles per night, and a stay at Mandarin Orchard Singapore starts from 75,820 miles per night.

KrisFlyer miles expiry during Covid-19

Thankfully, KrisFlyer miles expiry will be extending due to Covid-19.

KrisFlyer miles typically expire after three years. The expiry date is the last date of the equivalent month in which they were earned. So if the miles were credited into your account on, say July 5, 2007 they will expire on July 31, 2020. Note: PPS Club members’ miles never expire, as long as the PPS Club status is maintained.

In light of Covid-19, Singapore Airlines gave a six-month extension for miles expiring between April 2020 and December June 2021.

Asia Miles expiry based on the new policy

According to Asia Miles’ new policy, Asia Miles no longer expire. This is as long as you earn and redeem miles.

Like KrisFlyer miles, Asia Miles used to expire after 36 months. But now, as long as you earn miles and/or redeem awards, your miles will be extended for another 18 months. This gives you more flexibility and peace of mind.

Get credit cards with miles that don’t expire

The best way to avoid mile expiry is perhaps to use credit cards with miles that do not expire. Some popular ones include DBS Altitude, OCBC Voyage, and Standard Chartered Visa Infinite.

Need a better card? Compare all credit cards now.

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