A few days back I wrote about Kaligo’s “up to” 18 mpd promotion with Krisflyer. Although hotels offering 18 mpd were few and far between, I was able to find a few in the 10-14 mpd range which makes this promotion worth considering, assuming that Kaligo isn’t pricing significantly above competitor OTAs.
There are a couple of things you can do to further upsize the miles you get with the current promotion. The first is a sure shot, but the second I’m a bit more uncertain about…
(1) Get an additional 0.8 mpd from Krisflyer Spree
It is, surprisingly (and thanks to swerve on the comments for pointing this out to me), on Krisflyer spree and offers 11 miles per US$10, or the equivalent of 0.8 mpd. That’s not a lot, but it doesn’t require any additional effort from you other than clicking through the site so why not?
(2) Use your UOB PRVI Miles/ Citibank Premiermiles card to pay (?)
Someone posted a question on the comments asking whether they could double dip on the Kaligo Krisflyer promotion with their DBS Altitude for another 10 mpd and my answer was no.
Here’s an important thing to understand about Kaligo- the website asks you upfront what type of rewards you want to earn. This includes airline FFPs like Asiamiles and Krisflyer, but also credit card rewards programs like UNI$ and DBS Points.
If you pick Krisflyer miles, you’ll enjoy the ongoing Krisflyer promotion and your miles will be credited directly to your Krisflyer account. If you pick DBS points, you’ll enjoy the 10 mpd rate with your Altitude card but you’ll need to pay a transfer fee later on when you want to move your DBS points to Krisflyer.
So there’s no question of combining the current Krisflyer offer and the bonus miles with DBS Altitude. How it works with DBS is that the bank awards you 3 mpd on online flight and hotel transactions, Kaligo awards you the remaining 7 for a total of 10, as seen below.
Indeed, DBS spells this out quite clearly in the T&C, emphasizing that bookings need to be done via kaligo.com/altitude in order to enjoy the 10 mpd. Therefore, if you were to use your DBS Altitude to pay for bookings made at kaligo.com/krisflyer-offer, you’d only earn an additional 3 mpd.
Now where it gets a bit more complicated is with UOB PRVI and Citibank Premiermiles. Both cards claim to offer 10 mpd with Kaligo, but neither T&C (UOB, Citibank) seem to require you to book at kaligo.com/prvimiles or kaligo.com/bonus-miles (which is Citibank’s promotion landing page, confusingly named) to earn that.
In fact, UOB’s T&Cs seem to suggest that the 10 mpd awarded is regardless of whether you book at kaligo.com/prvimiles or on the main Kaligo.com site proper. Prima facie, this suggests that you could book at kaligo.com/krisflyer-offer, pay with your UOB PRVI miles card and enjoy a further 10 mpd on top.
So I’d certainly fancy gambling on this one, though I take absolutely no responsibility for what happens. Let’s consider the risks inherent in this approach. If it turns out that not using the bank specific site means you only earn regular spend, you’re going to earn 1.2/1.4 mpd with the Citibank Premiermiles Visa/ UOB PRVI Miles card, on top of whatever miles you earn via kaligo.com/krisflyer-offer. What loss does that represent? Well, if you wanted to be absolutely safe, you’d pay with the DBS Woman’s World card, which gives you 4 mpd for spend on Kaligo. So you’re losing out 2.8/2.6 mpd for a potential upside of 6 mpd.
Anyone want to gamble?