Singapore Airlines has announced a “final” six-month extension of KrisFlyer miles that are due to expire between January and June 2023.
The airline has reversed course after informing members a few months ago that “KrisFlyer miles expiring from January 2023 will no longer be eligible for complimentary extension as part of our COVID-19 membership support measures. Please be reminded to redeem your miles before they expire”.
Now, the airline says that if you have KrisFlyer miles in your account expiring between January to June 2023, they are eligible for a final 6-month extension. This extension will be processed automatically, and no action is required on your part.
This means that miles in your account will only begin expiring from July 2023.
Like many airlines around the world, Singapore Airlines has been extending the validity of miles in its KrisFlyer loyalty program ever since the pandemic began.
With border closures and travel restrictions in place, this was the only reasonable option for the airline and its competitors to take.
But now that travel is returning to normal and restrictions appear to be behind us, airlines including SIA are returning to their pre-pandemic policies.
For KrisFlyer members, that means that miles will once again expire 36 months after being accrued, and miles that were extended due to the pandemic will begin expiring from July 2023.
To check when your miles are due to expire, simply log into your KrisFlyer account then select Miles -> Miles Validity.
The best way to use miles is, of course, to book a flight.
You can book any available flight in the future, but be aware that you won’t get miles back if you cancel the booking after the miles were due to expire.
Other options for using your miles include booking hotel stays and buying products from the KrisShop.
You can also extend the miles, for a fee. This costs 1,200 miles or US$12 per 10,000 miles extended, and you’ll get an extra six months to use them (12 months for Silver and Gold frequent flyers).
You can only extend miles like this once.
Finally, you can also transfer miles to Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program at a ratio of 1.55 KrisFlyer miles = 1 Velocity Point. Velocity Points don’t expire so long as you keep your account active by earning or redeeming at least one point every 24 months.
The bottom line is: don’t let your KrisFlyer miles go to waste. Check when they’re going to expire and make a plan to use them.
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