M1 SunPerks Rewards Review – The 5 second overview
- Loyalty Currency for M1
- Only Telco that provides a direct route to Earning KrisFlyer Miles
- Earning rates of up to 0.57 Miles per $1
- Double Dip with Credit Card Bill Payments
- Tricky SunPerks Points expiry rules
Continue reading for more detail on this M1 SunPerks Rewards Review.
Earning SunPerks Points
SunPerks is the loyalty currency of M1 the Singaporean Telco provider. It’s also Singapore Airline’s only Telco partner, neither Starhub or Singtel offer KrisFlyer Miles for spend. Although it’s worth noting that Starhub does offer the ability to redeem Starhub rewards for Asia Big Points. You can find out more about Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Partners here:
SunPerks points are earned at the rate of 1 per $1 for the following items:
- One-Time Charges (e.g. Line registration
- Subscription Charges (e.g. Telephone and Broadband charges)
- Local Use Charges
- M1 IDD 002 / 021 / 033 usage charges
- Interbank Giro Charges
You can earn for personal accounts as well as Corporate Individual Customers.
The following charges do not earn SunPerks points: Roaming, telepoll, 1900 / Infoline, directory assistance, equipment installment charges (e.g. car kits) and any other 3rd party charges.
For earning miles and points for your roaming it’s worth considering Travelling Connect which allows you to earn miles (including KrisFlyer) or points for connecting to certain network partners. I’ve covered Travelling Connect before here:
Accelerated Earning Rates
For every 1000 Points Earned you’ll get another 100 SunPerks points brining the earning rate to an effective 1.1 per $1. In addition if you’ve been with M1 for more than 5 years you’ll also receive a bonus 10% and 20% if you’ve been with them for 10 years or more. So you’d earn at the following rates with the bonuses applied:
- <5 Years = 1.1/$1
- 5-9 Years = 1.2/$1
- 10> Years = 1.3/$1
There is also a little bit of conflicting information and M1 may be improving the earning rate of new customers that have been with them for 5 years offering a bonus of 20% instead of 10%.
Your tenure is worked out by the consecutive length of your current contracts if you’ve had any breaks from M1 it’ll be from when you’ve started your last relationship with them – hopefully this picture explains it:
Redeeming M1 SunPerks Points for KrisFlyer Miles
M1 SunPerks Points can be redeemed for a number of M1 products and services which you can find out through their redemption site, but we’re interested in redeeming SunPerks points for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles.
SunPerks Points can be converted at a rate of 1700 SunPerks Points to 750 KrisFlyer Miles – or 0.44 KrisFlyer Miles per $1 spent on M1 Services. This means the earning rates with the accelerators is the following:
- <5 Years = 0.49/$1
- 5-9 Years = 0.53/$1
- 10> Years = 0.57/$1
These rates aren’t going to massively accelerate your overall KrisFlyer Miles collection as even with a $500 bill a month you’ll only get a maximum of 285 Miles each month or 3420 a year which isn’t a lot.
Redemption is done through the rewards portal on M1. As with most KrisFlyer partners your name will have to match between accounts.
SunPerks Points Expiry and Validity on Cancellation
Understanding the SunPerks Points expiry is a little tricky as the terms and conditions state:
SunPerks points are valid for a period of 2 years, based on the commencement date (date of activation) of each account under the customer. SunPerks points are deemed expired and invalid after 2 years from the commencement date.
The FAQs state:
Yes, your points will expire 2 years from your ‘join date’, which is the date you first entered the SunPerks programme. After this date, you will begin accumulating points from the start. With the “Join Date” being: For customers who joined us from 1 April 1997 to 31 December 1998, your ‘join date’ is 1 January 1999. For customers who join us after 1 January 1999, your join date is the activation date of your first M1 line. For corporate individual customers with corporate service plans, your join date is 1 Nov 2001.
Trying to decrypt that would mean that you have 2 years to redeem your SunPerks points when you first join. I can only assume that after that date it goes on a rolling 2 years cycle – if you’ve got some more to add here I’m happy to be informed!
Note that if you cancel your subscriptions with M1 then your M1 SunPerks points will be invalidated – you need to redeem before cancelling.
Double Dip With Credit Cards
Remember that you can double dip the earning on SunPerks with earning KrisFlyer Miles on your credit cards as well. For example you can pay your bills through a regular GIRO on your credit card with certain banks like DBS – that earns 2 KrisFlyer Miles for $1.
Conclusions for the M1 SunPerks Rewards Review
The earning rates for KrisFlyer miles isn’t really going to add up to much for most, but if you’re a heavy phone user with an expensive subscription it might make a difference. Overall though I wouldn’t think of switching over my telco provider for the sake of these miles on offer – there are other factors like service, price etc that I would consider first.
Are you an M1 Subscriber – What do you think of the SunPerks Programme? Was this M1 SunPerks Rewards Review useful for you?