This is the February of the Best Credit Card Sign-Up promotions for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles.
There are now 15 credit cards in Singapore that have a sign-up promotion or bonus for KrisFlyer members. There are new sign-up bonuses for the DBS Altitude cards and a rare set for UOB credit cards – but beware this is limited to 1,000 sign-ups.
Some of these earn in their own currency and require a transfer (usually at a cost), whilst the Singapore Airlines co-branded cards earn directly.
There are some limitations on which cards you can sign-up for in terms of previous sign-ups as well as eligibility requirements.
I’ve ordered these in terms of highest bonuses first – but beware some of the cards have a joining fee associated with those bonus miles as well as some quite high spending requirements.
This card has the highest sign-up bonus in Singapore at 40,000 KrisFlyer Miles. With some other benefits like limited lounge access and a free hotel stay at Millennium hotels it’s a must. The downsides are the high spend requirement at S$10,000, the S$256 fee and the one time sign-up bonus so no churning.
The sign-up bonus for the HSBC Visa Infinite card is 30,000 KrisFlyer Miles and the second highest on the market. You can’t really sign-up though as it’s invitation only and has a high earning requirement – so not one for the masses.
Another American Express card hits the top of the leaderboard offering 27,777 KrisFlyer Miles as a sign-up bonus. A slightly strange number but that’s because you’re actually getting Membership Rewards points, which are very flexible if you aren’t a Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer member.
Amex have now added a new bonus for this card a free night at selected Capri by Fraser properties. The fee is high though at S$535.
The Citibank Prestige card offers a sign-up bonus of 25,000 KrisFlyer Miles. It also is the first of the credit cards here to have unlimited lounge access included as one of the perks. In addition to that the annual retention bonus of 25,000 KrisFlyer Miles makes this an attractive card. Anyone can apply but the Citibank Prestige is another high earner card (S$120,000) and the fee is high at S$535.
The American Express Singapore Airlines Solitaire PPS Credit Card and the American Express Singapore Airlines PPS Club Platinum Credit Card
The Solitaire and Platinum cards offer 20,000 and 15,000 KrisFlyer Miles respectively. However they are limited to those that have PPS membership so they are only going to be available to a few. Note that you can’t receive any sign-up bonus if you have the Ascend card. For both of these cards the annual fee can be waived so as long as you meet the spend you’ll get the miles.
This is a new entrant into the Singapore credit card market with a couple of unique features. OCBC is offering a sign-up bonus of 15,000 KrisFlyer Miles . The earning requirements for the cards are very high, and the unique features are of questionable use. This card has a high fee for the sign-up bonus of S$488, but no spending requirement.
Another Membership Rewards earning card which transfer to quite a few airlines, hotels and other partners. For the Rewards card you’ll earn 13,333 KrisFlyer Miles for sign-up after S$1,500 spend and paying the very modest $S53.00 annual fee.
This is another Singapore Airlines co-branded credit card and offers 10,000 KrisFlyer Miles on sign-up. You can’t receive the sign-up bonus for this and any of the other co-branded cards so I would avoid this card and instead wait for a large spend and opt for the Ascend card. You need to spend to get the 10K or just spend once and get the 5K welcome offer. There’s no joining fee.
The DBS altitude Visa card provide a good sign-up bonus of 8,000 KrisFlyer Miles for a low spend requirement of $S1,000 ($S500 over 2 months). There is also a fee waiver for the first year so you shouldn’t need to pay for those miles too. Note that the DBS cards also have the extra bonus of miles when you have to pay the annual fee too (they’re cheap!).
Currently there is a bonus available of 8,000 KrisFlyer Miles, but it’s only if you are within the first 1,000 successful applicants. You don’t have to pay the card fee, but there is a card spend of $S1,500 in the first month required.
The DBS Altitude American Express currently has a small sign-up bonus of 3,000 Miles if you sign-up before the 30th April and spend $S800 within the first month. The card also earns double miles for local and overseas spend within the first 3 months. Fees for the card are waived in the first year.
The ANZ Travel card is a fantastic card available in Singapore, but the sign-up bonus is low at just 2,000 Miles (the spend requirement is $S500 in the first 3 months) With unlimited lounge access, the ability to earn miles from tax payments and an annual retention bonus this is an important card to have in your wallet. The big bonus is that unlike the Citibank Prestige card (the only other here with unlimited lounge access) it has a lower eligibility requirement at S$60K for locals (S$90K for foreigners).