I wrote about Etihad Guest and PointsPay last year where I managed to get some cash for my earned Etiha Guest miles, but it got me thinking that you could use the system to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles too.
With Etihad Guest you can essentially cash out with PointsPay by exchanging you miles for value on a virtual card. You’ll receive $0.8 cents (SGD) per mile during a transaction, with a flat fee of $1.2 charged each time you load up the virtual card.
Whilst cashing out isn’t great value there is value in being able to get something back for airlines that you might not normally fly.
This is what the card looks like, and you can get a physical card if you wish to spend in-store.
So here’s the trick as PointsPay is essentially a card just like any other card you’ll be able to use it to pay for items on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Spree – the new Singapore Airlines online shopping mall. The purchases on KrisFlyer Spree will then earn you KrisFlyer Miles, this could be on anything from fashion to iTunes vouchers. For more about KrisFlyer Spree check out the post on the launch here, and note that KrisFlyer Spree is available in a number of different countries.
15 New Airlines to Earn KrisFlyer Miles On!
Etihad Airways isn’t a member of one of the big three airline alliances (Star Alliance, Oneworld or SkyTeam) but they do have quite a number of partner airlines, which all earn Etihad Guest Miles. Some of the partnerships are just for codeshares, whilst others are full partnerships on all fights, check out the Eithad Guest page for details.
So these are the extra 15 airlines that you could potentially earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles on:
- American Airlines
- Bangkok Airways
- Czech Airlines
- Garuda Indonesia
- Hainan Airlines
- Jet Airways
- Korean Air
- Malaysia Airlines
- Oman Air
- Philippine Airlines
- Royal Air Maroc
- Sri Lankan Airlines
- Ukraine International Airlines
I’ve excluded those that Singapore Airlines already has partnerships with like Star Alliance members. You can find out more about the earning rates for Etihad Guest partners here.
Analysis on the Value
I’ll admit this is a little complicated, so lets see if it’s worth doing. Let’s assume that you have 20,000 Etihad Guest Miles, and we are purchasing a iTunes voucher at KrisFlyer Spree.
Transfer to Points Pay at 0.8 cents per mile – 20000×0.8-1.2 = $S158.80 (127 USD)
Earning rate is 32KF/10USD so 127/10 x 32 = 407 KrisFlyer Miles
You of course have the $S158 value of the vouchers as well as the 406 KrisFlyer miles.
The majority of airlines that this could be useful for I don’t tend to fly frequently (excluding Malaysia Airlines), so this would be useful for me where I end up with some orphan miles here and there. I’m already a fan of PointsPay it’s very simple to use, and being able to combine with something like KrisFlyer Spree is great.
You could of course redeem through Etihad Airways in a number of ways from flights to raffle tickets, so always check what the best option is for you – for more on redemptions with Etihad check here.