It is currently possible to achieve Star Alliance Gold status through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer by transferring 250,000 points into the program. This is possibly an incredible deal.
Singapore Airlines status with no flight advertising
With Singapore’s borders more or less closed, Singapore Airlines has launched a creative campaign that makes it easy to gain status without flying. Between April 7, 2021 and February 28, 2022, you can collect activities towards KrisFlyer status in Singapore to shop, convert award points and much more.
Let’s say you do not currently have a status on Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program. If so, you can upgrade your status to either KrisFlyer Elite Silver or KrisFlyer Elite Gold.
- KrisFlyer Elite Silver status requires 25,000 elite qualifying miles per year
- 50,000 elite qualifying miles per year are required to earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold status
Below is an overview of the different ways in which you can purchase status with this promotion:
The option to convert bank points to KrisFlyer miles should be most interesting here:
- Earn one Elite Mile for every five miles transferred, with no maximum number of Elite Miles you can earn
- Singapore KrisFlyer is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Brex, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Capital One and Citi ThankYou
- Since 50,000 elite miles are required for KrisFlyer Elite Gold status, transferring 250,000 points is enough to maintain status
- Note that you need to transfer at least 10,000 miles to take advantage of this offer. Posting Elite Miles takes seven days. These elite miles do not count towards KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards
Singapore Airlines offers an easy path to Star Alliance Gold status
What are the benefits of Star Alliance Gold status?
Realistically, the biggest benefit of KrisFlyer Elite Gold status is that you earn Star Alliance Gold status, which is valuable when you travel on a Star Alliance airline. Star Alliance Gold benefits include the following benefits when you fly on a Star Alliance airline:
- Access to the Star Alliance Gold Lounges, even when traveling domestically with United
- Priority check-in
- Priority baggage handling
- Priority boarding
- Additional baggage allowance
This is certainly useful if you are traveling on a Star Alliance airline. And for those who are frequent United Flyer, having United Club access to domestic routes can be extremely valuable.
Access United Clubs with Star Alliance Gold status
Is this action worth it?
I have to say, I’m really tempted by this promotion, even though I’m not usually someone who goes for Star Alliance status. A few general thoughts:
- In general, I strongly recommend that you do not make speculative point transfers, as you lose flexibility if you convert transferable points into specific air miles
- At the same time, it’s a significant incentive, and having KrisFlyer miles, as Singapore blocks most of the premium cabin award seats for members of its own frequent flyer program
- While I’m not a big Star Alliance flyer, I think having Star Alliance Gold status is valuable, which is why I am really tempted
- My only thought is that I could wait to take advantage of this – the offer is good until February 2022 and the best I can say is that KrisFlyer Elite Gold status is good for 12 months. So you might as well be able to schedule this offer based on your travel pattern
- A few months ago, Singapore first offered KrisFlyer a 15% bonus on point transfers. I think one should consider a minimum opportunity price of 37,500 KrisFlyer miles here (not that there is any guarantee that such promotion will return)
- KrisFlyer miles expire 36 months after they are earned (regardless of activity). Please note this when making a transfer
I think I could bite and take advantage of this offer … someday.
KrisFlyer miles are key to redeeming in premium Singapore Airlines cabins
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has a lucrative promotion that makes it easy to achieve Star Alliance Gold status.
Although there are several options here, the most interesting is the option of converting 250,000 bank points into KrisFlyer miles and then earning 50,000 Elite Miles, which is enough for KrisFlyer Elite Gold status.
It’s an easy way to get Star Alliance Gold status. This could come in handy for anyone who flies Star Alliance airlines on any frequency (including domestic United Airlines). On top of that, you still have 250,000 KrisFlyer miles to redeem as you wish.
Kudos to Singapore Airlines for thinking outside the box with this promotion.
Are you planning to take advantage of this Singapore Airlines promotion? If so, do you do this now or do you wait a little?
(Tip of the hat to see from the wing)