transfer bonus

Thinking about spending Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles or Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles? You’ll want to know know about these two transfer bonuses:

15% Transfer Bonus: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Best used for booking premium cabin (First and Business) longhaul awards on Singapore Airlines since partner miles do not have access, you can get 15% more miles for your points when you convert at least 10,000 bank points by January 16th, 2021. You can, of course, also book Star Alliance awards.

This campaign began in November and should have expired, but it’s been extended to January 16th, 2021.

You can read all the fine print on the Singapore Airlines site, though it does not appear to require registration and there is no maximum.

In the US, all credit card programs that transfer to Singapore are eligible: Citi ThankYou, American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

Just remember that KrisFlyer miles expire 3 years from when they are issued and these are no exception. If you wait to transfer until January 1, you’ll get an extra month of validity since the 3 years are calculated as the date earned to the end of that month and then 3 years.

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10%-15% Transfer Bonus: Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles

Prefer to book Cathay Pacific’s premium cabins or oneworld alliance flights? Maybe a oneworld “Round the World” using the rather generous “multi carrier award chart”? (it’s not actually a RTW award, but it functions like one.)

The bonus varies from 10% to 15% depending on your AsiaMiles account, and I don’t know what the triggering criteria is, though I got the 15% offer myself.

You need to register for the promotion to see which version you got, and then transfer points in by January 31st, 2021. Note that unlike the Singapore KrisFlyer promo, the AsiaMiles bonus miles won’t post until 8-10 weeks following the promotion period. That makes it quite a bit less attractive since if you have an award to book, you won’t have the promo miles right away. Still, if you are thinking about converting credit card points to AsiaMiles, 10%-15% on top doesn’t hurt.

Complete rules for the AsiaMiles promo are here.

What is great about AsiaMiles since the start of this year is that they no longer expire as long as you have activity once every 18 months. Which is a good reminder for me to make a calendar note for when I need to post some activity this summer…

You can transfer to AsiaMiles from Citi ThankYou, American Express Membership Rewards, and Capital One.


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