If you must roam, get some miles out of it

So first and foremost, unless your company is paying for it, there’s no reason why you should ever use roaming. Until we have an EU type agreement which abolishes the ridiculous fees we now pay on roaming, you’re much better off finding a wifi hotspot or getting a local sim card and surfing to your heart’s content.

If you must roam, for whatever reason, you might as well get something out of it. Krisflyer has a partnership with a company called TravellingConnect. How this works is that you earn miles for incoming/outgoing calls, data and SMS utilised while roaming. What’s the earn rate like? Here’s some popular destinations

CountryOutgoingIncomingDataSMS
Hong Kong- 32 miles/min2 miles/min00
Japan- NTT DoCoMo1 mile/min000
UAE-du1 mile/min02/MB0
Indonesia-Indosat4 miles/min000
Macau-31 mile/min000
South Korea-KT1 mile/min000
TUrkey-Turkcell4 miles/min001 mile/2 SMS

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

To summarise, I’m not even going to bother calculating what rebate this is, because the answer is “minuscule”. Yes, it’s better than a slap in the face, but only just.

Long story short- don’t roam. If you must roam, register with TravelConnect and get some miles out of it.

 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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