There have been some positive changes to the Changi Rewards programme that I don’t think have been well publicized. As a reminder the Changi Rewards programme is the loyalty programme for Changi Airport offering their own points for purchases made at the airport and a number of other partners including Booking.com, Agoda and Kaligo.
There are three changes you should be aware of:
- New Partners
- Auto-Conversion of Points to KrisFlyer Miles
- Conversion to KrisFlyer miles for all! (not just Gold and Platinum)
New Partners for Changi Rewards
Changi Rewards has slowly been adding new partners and a few that aren’t already partners with KrisFlyer. One of the most interesting of those is Expedia which is not a KrisFlyer partner. You’ll earn a modest 2 Changi Rewards points for each $1 but it could potentially be combined with the bonus miles earned through Citibank.
If you’re not currently a member you’ll get 100 Changi Rewards points to start you off via our referral:
You can find out about all of the earning partners here:
Changi Rewards – Auto Convert to KrisFlyer Miles
They’ve also brought in the ability to Auto-Convert your Changi Rewards points to KrisFlyer miles (for Platinum level only) – which is especially handy and will remove the annoyance of the nasty expiry rules that the programme has. If you didn’t know Changi Rewards has programme years, and in June of the year after the points expire with no way to extend.
The last and perhaps most interesting change is the ability for member level members (the lowest tier) to now be able to redeem points for KrisFlyer miles. Previously this was only for Gold and Platinum members which meant you need to spend at least $S4000 each year to be able to do so. As the minimum redemption for miles is 1500 points ($S1500 spend) this is a positive change but maybe still too much for many members who travel that frequently.
1500 Changi Rewards points convert to 500 Miles so on your spend at the airport you’re earning 0.33 miles per $S1 in addition to what you’ll be getting on your credit card spend which isn’t a lot.
What do you think of the Changi Rewards Programme?