KrisPay offering largest-ever 40% milesback promotion: Is it worth it?

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KrisPay's latest promotion offers a 1.1 cents per mile valuation- better than ever before, but still not ideal.

I’m a bit late to this, but from 17 July till 16 August 2020, KrisPay is offering 40% miles back on all transactions. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the most generous promotion we’ve seen from the mobile wallet so far. 

KrisPay’s 40% milesback promotion

Under this promotion, KrisPay users will automatically receive 40% milesback on all KrisPay transactions. 

For example, if you spend 100 KrisPay miles, you’ll receive 40 miles back into your account instantly for a net outlay of 60 miles. 1 KrisPay mile usually gets 0.66 cents of value, so this boosts your value per mile by ~67% (1.11 cents per mile).

There is no cap on the number of KrisPay milesback you can receive, but KrisPay miles earned under this promotion cannot be transferred into your KrisFlyer account. You’ll need to spend them through the KrisPay wallet. 

Each transaction must be worth a minimum of 15 KrisPay miles, or S$0.10. You can find the full T&C of this promotion here.

Is this promotion worth it?

My feelings on KrisPay are well documented, but given all that’s going on and the larger-than-usual bonus of 40%, it’s understandable that some people will be tempted.

My personal belief is that leisure travel to selected destinations will resume by mid-2021, and given that KrisFlyer is continually extending miles, expiry shouldn’t be a concern. I get that some are worried about a potential KrisFlyer devaluation, but for reasons mentioned in this webinar, I just can’t see it happening anytime soon. 

If you cash out your KrisPay miles during this promotion you’re accepting a 1.11 cents per mile valuation. That’s pretty mediocre, given what you could normally attain, and unless you have an extremely large balance (or an extremely small one), isn’t really worth considering. 

That said, the current promotion would make KrisPay the best non-flight option for cashing out KrisFlyer miles. 

Option Value per mile
Flight Redemptions 2-6 cents
KrisPay (under current promotion) 1.11 cents
Shangri-La conversion 1.1 cents
Pay with miles 1.02 cents
KrisFlyer vRooms 0.8 cents
KrisShop 0.8 cents
Velocity conversion 0.73 cents
TapForMore conversion 0.73 cents

I suppose it boils down to your personal valuation of a mile. If you’re willing to accept just over 1 cent per mile, this might make sense for you. Of course, if your valuation is in that neighbourhood, you might be better off earning cashback instead. 

KrisPay merchant list now up to 110

Sample KrisPay merchants

Although KrisPay may represent extremely poor value for burning miles, at least it’s growing the number of places you can earn them.

In March 2019, KrisPay added an earn feature which allows users to accrue miles at selected merchants. This is on top of the miles you earn from your regular mode of payment- you pay however you wish, and scan your KrisPay QR code at the cashier to earn miles afterwards. Unlike miles transferred into KrisPay, miles earned on KrisPay can be transferred back into your KrisFlyer account.

Since it costs you nothing to collect these miles, you might as well do so. The vast majority of KrisPay merchants offer 1 mpd which isn’t life-changing, but hey, it’s free.

Conclusion

A 40% milesback promotion is the largest we’ve seen so far. If you have a pessimistic view on the lifting of travel restrictions, this is a chance to cash out. 

I personally see KrisPay as a strictly “earn-only” platform, and won’t consider using my miles at this valuation (I did accept a 1.5 cents per mile valuation through the recent AMEX statement credit promotion, however).

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Hi Aaron, if we are able to spend the bonus Krispay miles that are awarded to the account wouldn’t it increase the actual percentage rebate amount since the rebate is in miles and we can spend the rebate miles to get more rebate miles again?

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