I normally have a few car rentals a year and thought it would be good to have a look at the earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles from car rentals.
- Sixt Rent a Car
Best Earning Rates for KrisFlyer Miles
You’ll find that for the Singapore Airlines car rental partners there are essentially two earning rates, one for leisure bookings and the other for those booked on corporate rates. Excluding Rentalcars.com (which I’ll come to later) leisure rates earn 500 KrisFlyer miles per rental no matter how many days you rent for globally except for Hertz where Asian rentals only earn 250 KrisFlyer miles.
For corporate rates the rates vary widely, Avis 250, Hertz 250, Europcar 300 and Sixt appears to earn the same 500 KrisFlyer miles per rental as for its leisure rates, so if you are booking with corporate rates Sixt would be your best option (I can’t confirm as I haven’t used them previously under a corporate rate).
So generally you’ll be better off sticking with Sixt for corporate rates, and avoid Hertz for bookings made in Asia (from a miles earning perspective!).
Rentalcars.com – the other option
Unlike the main car rental chains Rentalcars.com is an aggregator and checks prices from a number of different car rental firms. These include those that are already KrisFlyer partners but also other likes Alamo, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget etc. This means that you are expanding your options, and certainly where there are no existing partners available this still gives you a way to earn KrisFlyer Miles for your car rental booking – which may also provide you with a cheaper option.
The other more important feature of the Rentalcars.com partnership is that you’ll earn 1.5 KrisFlyer Miles per $1 USD (or around 1.9 per S$1). Whilst for short bookings of a few days you’ll do better off with the likes of Avis or Sixt but for longer bookings you might be better off with Rentalcars.com. As the earning rates are fixed for both when the cost of the Rentalcars.com booking exceeds 340 USD (S$425 SGD) you’ll earn more KrisFlyer miles than through the main partners on leisure rates. For the corporate rates earning 250 KrisFlyer miles this number drops to $170 USD (S$210).
Promotions for Car Rentals
Every quarter Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer releases it’s new promotions for that quarter and pretty much every time this includes some car rental promotions so if rates are competitive between them then it’s worth checking prior to booking to see what will get you the best deal. You can find all of the promotions via the link below:
Do you regularly book hire cars and earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles? What’s your experience?