Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program has just announced that it is now possible to collect bonus KrisMiles (NOT elite miles) on flights with budget carriers Scoot and Tigerair.
Singapore Airlines owns, respectively partially owns these two budget carriers who grew rapidly in the Asia-Pacific Region and operate a tight network of popular destinations.
Singapore Airlines sent out an email today to all of their KrisFlyer members that reads
Now, you can earn KrisFlyer miles when you travel with Scoot and Tigerair*!
Not only can you redeem your miles for Scoot and Tigerair vouchers, but you now also have the opportunity to earn miles when you choose the:
Scoot PlusPerks Bundle when you book on flyscoot.com.
Tigerair FlexiCombo Fare when you book on tigerair.com.
We will have a look if it makes sense to actually buy the premium fare on these two airlines in order to get some KrisMiles and some value added perks on top of it.
First let’s look at Scoot (access the Scoot accrual info here).
The earning levels are sort of mediocre and keep in mind these are bonus miles only. It’s only something worthwhile if you talk about taking ScootBiz, a sort of premium cabin product the reminds me somewhat on Domestic First Class on U.S. carrier or regional Business Class on Malaysia Airlines. See for yourself on the Scoot page (here). In case you desire to fly Scoot Business anyhow or have a lot of baggage it can make sense to purchase the premium fare.
Sort of the same you can say about Tigerair (access the Tiger accrual info here).
Tigerair doesn’t have a premium class but to collect the minimal set of miles it requires the booking of the so called Flexicombo fare. The miles earned range from 20 to 100 (wow!) and the upsell is 50 Singapore Dollars which includes 15KG of free baggage, one free change of dates (fare difference applies) and front row seat selection for the first three rows on the plane. Again, if you desire these perks anyhow then go for it. Otherwise 100 miles have less value than a sheet of paper, not even talking about the whopping 20 or 60 miles accrual for the shorter flights.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s always nice to get something extra but the example of the Tigerair rates shows it’s pretty much a joke. That being said, on Singapore Airlines itself KrisFlyer members only earn 10% as well on SQ’s cheapest fares. That is about the same on Singapore-KL than Tigerair gives you. Again, these are bonus miles only and do not count towards your status qualification.
Very Important: It is NOT possible to add your membership number at the time of your check-in. You will have to do this BEFORE your flight online via ‘Manage my Booking’ or by calling the airline directly through the reservation hotline. What a mess!