Kris+ has launched a new dining promotion called the Gastronomy Series, which runs from now till 31 May 2021 at 10 different restaurants.
During this period, Kris+ users can earn up to 4X the usual miles, which stacked with the right credit cards yields a total haul of up to 10 mpd. KrisFlyer and PPS Club members will also be able to accrue Elite miles and PPS Value towards qualification or requalification.
Kris+ Gastronomy Series
The Kris+ Gastronomy Series runs from 9 April to 31 May 2021 at the following restaurants:
|9 April to 31 May 2021|
|Restaurant||Regular Earn Rate||Promo Earn Rate|
|Anglo Indian Cafe and Bar||6 mpd|
|Les Bouchons||6 mpd|
|Mimi Restaurant||6 mpd|
|UNA at Alkaff Mansion||6 mpd|
|Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant^||6 mpd|
|The Spot||4 mpd|
|WAKANUI Grill Dining||4 mpd|
|Red House Seafood||3 mpd|
|^From 15 April 2021|
|Note: The promotion landing page shows incorrect rates for Perch, The Spot, and WAKAUNI Grill Dining. I have reflected the correct ones above.|
Depending on the restaurant, you’ll enjoy a 2-4X bonus compared to the usual Kris+ earn rates. Remember, the earn rate on the Kris+ app already reflects the bonus, so what you see is what you get.
Kris+ has arranged for some specially curated set menus at each of these restaurants. However, you can earn the bonus miles regardless of what you order; regular a la carte is fine too.
Interestingly enough, Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant happens to be an AMEX Love Dining partner. I see no reason why you couldn’t pay with an AMEX Platinum card to enjoy 50% off, then earn 6 mpd on the remaining balance with Kris+ (or not: see comments).
Earn Elite miles and PPS Value
Singapore Airlines recently launched a new campaign that allows KrisFlyer and PPS Club members to earn Elite miles or PPS Value without flying.
Kris+ is one such avenue, and members will earn status credits as follows:
|Spend on Kris+||3 Elite miles per S$1*||1 PPS Value per S$1*|
|*Doubled from 7-21 April 2021 for KrisFlyer Elite and PPS Club|
This campaign runs all the way till 28 February 2022, but from 7-21 April 2021, the rate will be doubled to 6 Elite miles per S$1 for KrisFlyer Elite Silver/Gold and 2 PPS Value per S$1 for PPS Club members (note the exclusion of regular KrisFlyer members).
Status credits will automatically be posted to your account within 7 working days.
What card should I use to pay?
Remember, there’s no such thing as the “best card for Kris+”, because it all boils down to the MCC of the merchant you’re transacting with. Your credit card is still charged by the merchant as per normal; all you’re doing is using the Kris+ app to pick up some extra miles in the process.
Therefore, for this promotion you’ll want to use the following cards to maximize your miles:
|4.0 mpd||Max. S$1,000 per month. Must use contactless|
|UOB Pref. Plat Visa|
|4.0 mpd||Max. S$1,110 per month. Must use mobile payments|
|UOB Lady’s Card|
|4.0 mpd||Max. S$1,000 per month. Must choose dining as 10X category|
|UOB Lady’s Solitaire|
|4.0 mpd||Max. S$3,000 per month. Must choose dining as 10X category|
|3.2 mpd||Min. S$300 spend per month on any category. Capped at ~S$4,285 per month|
|KrisFlyer UOB Card|
|3.0 mpd||Min. S$500 spend on SIA Group in a year|
How do I earn miles with Kris+?
To find the Earn button on Kris+, tap “Wallet” on the home screen, then “Earn”. You’ll need to manually type in the amount you’re spending, which generates a QR code that you let the cashier scan.
Once KrisPay miles are earned, they must be transferred to KrisFlyer within 7 days of the transaction. Wait any longer, and they’ll be stuck in Kris+ forever (with a six month expiry, to boot).
Fortunately, a big “transfer to KrisFlyer” button appears upon completing your transaction, so there’s no excuse to not do it immediately.
Also, if you happen to spend a portion of the miles earned via Kris+, the whole chunk can’t be transferred to KrisFlyer. For example, if I earn 100 miles on a given Kris+ transaction and spend 10 of them, I can’t transfer the remaining 90 to KrisFlyer.
But there’s no reason you should be spending miles via Kris+ anyway, because you earn a dismal 0.67 cents per mile when you do so. This value is sometimes boosted through the various Kris+ milesback promotions, but I still wouldn’t advise it.
For those who plan to patronize any of these restaurants, the ability to earn up to 10 mpd plus Elite miles/PPS Value is a nice cherry on the top. The special menus might be interesting too, but remember: there’s no need to order these to enjoy the bonus miles.
Just be careful to transfer any earned KrisPay miles immediately to KrisFlyer, or else they’ll get stuck after seven days on a platform with dismal value.