Singapore Airlines extends KrisFlyer miles until at least April 2022

KrisFlyer miles expiring between July 2021 and March 2022 have now been extended, with further extensions for previously-renewed miles.

While KrisFlyer miles normally expire after a 3-year window (unless you’re a PPS Club member, in which case they’re evergreen), Singapore Airlines has been periodically extending expiring miles in view of the global travel suspension brought about by COVID-19.

✈️ KrisFlyer Elite and PPS Club status has also been extended
In January, Singapore Airlines granted a further 12 month extension to all Solitaire PPS/PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Silver/Gold members. This applies to all status originally expiring between March 2021 and February 2022.

I just wrote last week about how miles had been extended till at least July 2021, and yesterday KrisFlyer sent out an email about a further extension, all the way till at least April 2022.

Latest KrisFlyer miles extension

Original Expiry Date   Revised Expiry Date
30 April 2020 to
31 March 2022
30 April 2022 to
30 September 2022

The tl;dr version is that KrisFlyer miles originally expiring between 30 April 2020 and 31 March 2022 will be extended to anywhere between 30 April 2022 and 30 September 2022. This means an extension of 6-24 months, depending on the original expiry date.  

There was previously some confusion about how the extensions worked, given the way the information was presented on the SIA website. Until recently, the Renewal Support page displayed the following table:

Note the absence of April, May and June 2020. These miles had been extended, it’s just that they were grouped together with the miles expiring in April, May and June 2021 respectively. That made sense if you were keeping track of previous developments (April, May and June 2020 miles had already been extended by 12 months), but not if you’d just tuned in. 

Fortunately, the new table is much easier to understand. Kudos to whoever made it, because it’s completely idiot-proof. 

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If you’re reading on mobile and find the table above too small, here it is in another format:

2020
Original Expiry Extended Validity
March 2020 or earlier No extension
April 2020 April 2022
May 2020  May 2022
June 2020 June 2022
July 2020 July 2022
August 2020 August 2022
September 2020 September 2022
October 2020 April 2022
November 2020 May 2022
December 2020 June 2022
2021
Original Expiry Extended Validity
January 2021 July 2022
February 2021 August 2022
March 2021 September 2022
April 2021 April 2022
May 2021 May 2022
June 2021 June 2022
July 2021 July 2022
August 2021 August 2022
September 2021 September 2022
October 2021 April 2022
November 2021 May 2022
December 2021 June 2022
2022
Original Expiry Extended Validity
January 2022 July 2022
February 2022 August 2022
March 2022 September 2022

How are expiring miles extended?

Do note that any extension of KrisFlyer miles will only reflect at the end of the original expiry month. For example, if you have miles expiring on 30 April 2021, you will be able to see that the miles have been extended and are valid till 31 October 2021 in May 2021. 

Here’s how SIA explains it:

At the end of each month, you will see two transactions in your account statement. The first transaction will show expiring miles being debited from your account with the description “Singapore Airlines SR (Adjustment) 6 months mileage extension”. The second transaction will show the same number of expiring miles being credited back into your account with the description “Singapore Airlines SR 6 months mileage extension”.

An example is given below:

Before you get your hopes up, these adjustment credits won’t give you any Elite miles or PPS Value under the existing “earn on the ground” campaign. You’ll need to actually earn KrisFlyer miles to get those. 

You can view how many expiring miles you have by logging on to your KrisFlyer account and going to MilesMiles Validity.

Worked example

If you’re still confused about how the extensions work, Singapore Airlines has provided this illustration for a member with 140,000 KrisFlyer miles expiring as follows:

(1) After miles extension at the end of April 2020

(2) After miles extension at the end of October 2020

(3) After miles extension at the end of April 2021

(4) After miles extension at the end of October 2021

Conclusion

With the latest extension, some of your KrisFlyer miles will have up to a five year validity (three years originally, plus an additional two years). While I do wish that Singapore Airlines would just introduce an activity-based expiry policy (like Cathay Pacific), I’ll take whatever’s offered. 

This may not be the last we see of extensions, depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves. The main question I have now is what will happen if some travel becomes possible- will extensions still be granted, or will the expectation be that everyone should be burning their miles on that handful of routes?

For the latest information on the extension of miles and status, refer to this link. 

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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Francis

Isn’t it unfair that miles originally expiring on Jul 21 will be extended only until Jul 22, but those expiring Sep 20 will be extended further until Sep 22?

Cooking with Dog

Life is never fair, so just take it. Anyway, I think the point here is that SIA is extending the validity of the miles, and that is something we should see positively.

Francis

You don’t know how it feels

bluepanda

For a mile to be extended, it has to be sitting in the account (ie not used to book anything) on the expiry date. If it’s used in a booking which is not flown yet – when you cancel the booking subsequently and the mile(s) expired, the practice is that it will not be extended. Has this changed?

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