Last call: Earn Elite miles or PPS Value without flying (and KrisFlyer Elite Gold till 2025)

February 2022 is the final month to earn Singapore Airlines status credits through credit card points transfers and other non-flying options. Here's what's at stake.

Back in April 2021, Singapore Airlines launched a promotion that allows KrisFlyer and PPS Club members to earn Elite miles and PPS Value (collectively known as “status credits”) on the ground- no flying required.

Status credits can be clocked via credit card points transfers, cobrand card spending, purchases via KrisShop or Kris+, or converting points from partners like Grab or CapitaStar. 

It’s now February 2022, which means you have just under a month left to take advantage of this offer- potentially earning KrisFlyer Elite Gold status all the way till 2025, thanks to KrisFlyer’s recent gifting of a further one-year membership extension.

Recap: Unlock status credits without flying

Here’s a recap of the campaign to earn status credits on the ground, which runs till 28 February 2022. 

Campaign Page
 KrisFlyerPPS Club 
Convert KrisFlyer miles
(min. 10,000 miles)
1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles
Convert KrisPay miles
(min. depends on bank)
1 Elite mile per 5 KrisPay miles1 PPS Value per 10 KrisPay miles
Spend on co-brand cards
(min. 100 miles earned)
1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles 1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles 
Spend on KrisShop or Kris+3 Elite miles per S$11 PPS Value per S$1
Earn with non-air partners
(min. 500 miles)
1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles earned1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles earned
⚠️ Note: KrisFlyer members will not be able to earn PPS Value, and PPS Club members will not be able to earn Elite miles

For most people, transferring credit card points will be the easiest way of racking up status credits.

  • KrisFlyer members will earn 1 Elite mile per 5 KrisFlyer miles transferred
  • PPS Club members will earn 1 PPS Value per 10 KrisFlyer miles transferred

Frankly speaking, you really should have done this last year while the 15% transfer bonus was in play. But there’s no point living in the past, I guess, and earning some status credits from credit card points transfers is better than earning nothing– which will be the case from 1 March 2022. 

If you’re planning to transfer points, I wouldn’t leave it till the last minute since there are lead times involved. Remember, your miles must be credited to your KrisFlyer account by 28 February 2022 to earn Elite miles/PPS Value; it doesn’t matter when you initiated the transfer.

Indicative Points Transfer Times by Bank
BankTransfer Time
American Express24 hours
DBS2 working days
Maybank2 working days
OCBC2 working days
Citibank
2-3 working days
UOB2-3 working days
HSBCUp to 7 days
Standard Chartered~1 week
Bank of China>1 week

There is no limit to how many Elite miles or how much PPS Value you can earn, although the latter lends itself more to stockpiling thanks to the Reserve Value feature (which lets members store PPS Value in excess of requalification for up to three years). 

Remember, however, that KrisFlyer members cannot earn PPS Value, and PPS Club members cannot earn Elite miles. This means there’s no “ladder jumping”, in the sense that a KrisFlyer member can’t make the leap to PPS Club. 

KrisFlyer members

Here’s your options if you’re currently a KrisFlyer member:

  • A current entry-level KrisFlyer member can qualify for either KrisFlyer Elite Silver, or KrisFlyer Elite Gold
  • A current KrisFlyer Elite Silver can requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Silver, or upgrade to KrisFlyer Elite Gold
  • A current KrisFlyer Elite Gold can requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Gold

The table below summarises these options, as well as how many credit card points (cc points) you’ll need to transfer to attain each outcome.

Current Status CC Points Transfer Required
Outcome
KrisFlyer125,000 KrisFlyer miles
(25,000 Elite miles)
KrisFlyer Elite Silver
(upgrade)
250,000 KrisFlyer miles
(50,000 Elite miles)
KrisFlyer Elite Gold
(upgrade)
KrisFlyer Elite Silver125,000 KrisFlyer miles
(25,000 Elite miles)
KrisFlyer Elite Silver
(requalify)
250,000 KrisFlyer miles
(50,000 Elite miles)
KrisFlyer Elite Gold
(upgrade)
KrisFlyer Elite Gold250,000 KrisFlyer miles
(50,000 Elite miles)
KrisFlyer Elite Gold
(requalify)

If you’re going to take advantage of this campaign, there’s really no point stopping at KrisFlyer Elite Silver– the perks are virtually non-existent. KrisFlyer Elite Gold is where the good stuff starts, like lounge access, priority check-in and priority baggage.

New SilverKris Lounge, Changi Airport

For a limited time, KrisFlyer Elite Gold members even enjoy access to the beautiful new SilverKris Lounge at Changi Airport. That’s at least until the KrisFlyer Gold lounge reopens for business, after which they’ll be funnelled over there.

✈️ KrisFlyer Elite Qualification & Perks
 KrisFlyer Elite SilverKrisFlyer Elite Gold
Elite Miles Req.
(in 12-mth period)
25,00050,000
Mileage Bonus25%25%
Priority Waitlist
Advance Seat Selection
(Standard)

(Forward and Standard)
20kg Extra Baggage 
Priority Check-in 
Priority Baggage  
Priority Boarding 
Lounge Access 

PPS Club members

Here’s your options if you’re currently a PPS Club member:

  • A current PPS Club member can requalify for PPS Club, or upgrade to Solitaire PPS Club
  • A current Solitaire PPS Club member can requalify for Solitaire PPS Club

The table below summarises these options, as well as how many credit card points (cc points) you’ll need to transfer to attain each outcome.

Current StatusCC Points Transfer Required
Outcome
PPS Club250,000 KrisFlyer miles
(25,000 PPS Value)
PPS Club
(requalify)
500,000 KrisFlyer miles
(50,000 PPS Value)
Solitaire PPS Club
(upgrade)
Solitaire PPS Club500,000 KrisFlyer miles
(5
0,000 PPS Value)
Solitaire PPS Club
(requalify)

The main advantage that Solitaire PPS Club has over PPS Club is that you get a supplementary card (with the same perks and privileges), as well as access to the First Class check-in and lounge anytime you’re flying with Singapore Airlines.

✈️ PPS Club Qualification & Perks
 PPS ClubSolitaire PPS
PPS Value Req.
(in 12-mth period)
25,00050,000
Mileage Bonus25%25%
Non-expiry of miles
Priority Waitlist
Priority Redemption
Advance Seat Selection
(All seat types)

(All seat types)
Extra Baggage
Priority Check-in
(First Class check-in)
Priority Baggage 
Priority Boarding
Lounge Access
(SilverKris First Class Lounges)
Supp. Card 

But then again, I’ve heard from some PPS Club members that they don’t want to upgrade to Solitaire PPS Club. Why? Because they find the PPS Club perks good enough, and are concerned about the accelerated burn rate. 

What’s this accelerated burn rate? Well, recall that any PPS Value in excess of requalification goes into a PPS Reserve account, which can be drawn down in future years as needed. An example is given below:

If you’re a PPS Club member, your drawdown each year will be 25,000 PPS Value at most. But if you’re a Solitaire PPS Club member, you drawdown will be up to 50,000 PPS Value. 

To phrase the problem another way: a PPS Club member who wants to squirrel away PPS Value during this campaign may ironically end up burning through his stash faster in the future, since Solitaire PPS Club status will be automatically achieved upon reaching 50,000 PPS Value.

So accumulating PPS Value under this campaign is a bit of a double-edged sword, at least if you’re not already a Solitaire PPS Club member. I’m quite sure you can’t reject an upgrade to Solitaire PPS Club, so you’ll have to look at your credit card points stash and see what works.

Earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold status till 2025

Thanks to the status credits campaign and Singapore Airlines’ decision to extend all KrisFlyer Elite and PPS Club memberships by a further year, there’s a unique opportunity to earn and hold KrisFlyer Elite Gold status all the way till February 2025. 

All PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite statuses that are due to expire between March 2022 and February 2023 will be automatically extended for another year. 

-Singapore Airlines

Here’s how it works (remember, you’ll need to do all this by 28 February 2022):

  • Assuming you’re starting from zero, you’ll need to transfer the equivalent of 250,000 KrisFlyer miles to earn Elite Gold
  • Once you’ve qualified for Elite Gold, you can proceed to transfer a further 250,000 KrisFlyer miles to clock the 50,000 Elite miles required for requalification.
⚠️ Don’t do it all at once!
Make sure your account has been upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Gold before transferring the second batch! If you transfer 500,000 KrisFlyer miles at once, the excess Elite miles will not count towards requalification. Account upgrading typically takes a few days; you can login to your KrisFlyer account to check the status.

KrisFlyer Elite members will be eligible for a rollover of the previous year’s Elite miles, which means you can clock them in 2022 for requalification in 2024. 

  • Each KrisFlyer Elite member (as of 1 March 2022) will be eligible for a one-time re-crediting of Elite miles
  • Only Elite miles accrued within your KrisFlyer Elite membership year (with membership start date between 1 March 2021 and 1 March 2022) will be re-credited to you
  • KrisFlyer Elite Silver members who are upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Gold tier before their KrisFlyer Elite Silver membership end-date will also be eligible for a one-time re-credit of Elite miles
  • Members who upgraded from KrisFlyer Elite Silver to KrisFlyer Elite Gold after 1 March 2022 from any status match programmes or accelerator campaigns will not be eligible for the re-crediting of Elite miles

Let’s use a simple example. Suppose I transfer 250,000 KrisFlyer miles to my account on 14 February 2022. That gives me 50,000 Elite miles, and an upgrade to KrisFlyer Elite Gold.

Then I transfer a further 250,000 KrisFlyer miles, and receive another 50,000 Elite miles.

  • My status will initially be valid till 28 February 2023
  • Since that expiry falls within the March 2022 to February 2023 window, Singapore Airlines will automatically extend it to 28 February 2024. 
  • That means I have until 28 February 2024 to clock the 50,000 Elite miles needed for requalification
  • But remember: my 50,000 Elite miles earned in February 2022 have been carried forward to the membership year running from 28 February 2023 to 28 February 2024
  • In other words, I start the 2023/24 membership year already having requalified, and my status is valid till 28 February 2025!

It’s crucial that you get all this done by 28 February 2022. From March 2022 onwards:

  • There will be no more opportunities to earn Elite miles on the ground (assuming the campaign is not extended)
  • Any status earned will not receive the complimentary extension (since your status expires from March 2023 onwards, outside the extension window)

Basically, someone who misses the boat by qualifying in March 2022 will only have status till March 2023, and he/she’ll have to earn Elite miles purely by flying! 

Here’s a summary: 

Qualify InOriginal Exp.SIA ExtensionElite Mile Rollover*
Mar 2021Mar 2022Mar 2023Mar 2024
Apr 2021Apr 2022Apr 2023Apr 2024
May 2021May 2022May 2023May 2024
Jun 2021Jun 2022Jun 2023Jun 2024
Jul 2021Jul 2022Jul 2023Jul 2024
Aug 2021Aug 2022Aug 2023Aug 2024
Sep 2021Sep 2022Sep 2023Sep 2024
Oct 2021Oct 20232Oct 2023Oct 2024
Nov 2021Nov 2022Nov 2023Nov 2024
Dec 2021Dec 2022Dec 2023Dec 2024
Jan 2022Jan 2023Jan 2024Jan 2025
Feb 2022Feb 2023Feb 2024Feb 2025
Mar 2022Mar 2023N/AN/A
*Assumes you accumulate 50,000 Elite miles through the current Earn on the Ground campaign  (ends 28 Feb 22) or other means

This does require you to have 500,000 KrisFlyer miles sitting around in credit card points, but if so, securing KrisFlyer Elite Gold status for the next three years is quite tasty indeed. 

Caveats

Assuming you have the credit card points on hand, should you go ahead and do it?

It all comes down to how often you see yourself flying in the next couple of years, what cabin you’ll be in (since the perks of KrisFlyer Elite Gold are most appreciated when you’re in Economy Class), and how invested you are in the KrisFlyer programme (i.e. is it your go-to scheme for miles redemptions?).

I’d also consider the following.

Flexibility

When you convert credit card points to KrisFlyer miles, you lose flexibility because you’re committing yourself to KrisFlyer. 

That’s especially the case if you’re converting points from Citibank, which has 10 different frequent flyer partners including some very useful ones like Turkish Miles&Smiles and British Airways Executive Club.

KrisFlyer
Star Alliance
      
       
        
        
Oneworld
  
       
       
     
       
SkyTeam
       
        
Non-aligned
       
       
Hotels
        
        
       
        

If you’re a “KrisFlyer or bust” kind of person, this won’t be a concern, but I think it’s prudent to maintain some flexibility so you can take advantage of sweet spots in other programmes.

Expiry

KrisFlyer miles have a 36-month expiry clock, which starts from the moment they’re credited to your account.

While Singapore Airlines has been periodically extending the expiry of miles during COVID, this only affects miles with expiry dates up to 31 December 2022. Any miles you credit in February 2022 will be valid till February 2025, well beyond the scope of the extension.

Devaluations

I don’t think it’s likely we’ll see a KrisFlyer devaluation over the next 12 months, but you can never fully rule out the possibility. If it’s any consolation, you’ll almost certainly get a few months’ of advance notice in the event of award chart adjustments, allowing you to burn your stash at the current rates. 

Conclusion

SilverKris Lounge Sydney

February 2022 is your last opportunity to earn Elite miles or PPS Value through credit card points transfers, Kris+ or KrisShop spending, and other activities that don’t involve stepping on a plane.

From March 2022, “butt-in-seat” will be the only way to earn Elite miles or PPS Value, and even though I expect a significant expansion of the VTL scheme this year (or hopefully its scrapping, with all fully vaccinated individuals allowed to enter Singapore sans quarantine), everyone will have their own work or family commitments that may limit their ability to travel. 

So it’s all about making hay, and if you have a sizeable stash of credit card points handy, there’s an opportunity to qualify and hold KrisFlyer Elite Gold status all the way till February 2025.

Decisions, decisions.

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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Stacy

If my KF Gold year ends 31 August and I expect to requalify through butt-in-seat by then, do I gain anything by transferring credit card miles before 28 February?

Uk_ship

The solitaire accelerated burn is interesting point, but also have to consider the maximum validity of your reserve value. If you transfer 150k of PPS value today, then as a solitaire you’d burn 50k a year and in 3 years all gone. So there is a max duration of 3 years really anyway on the perks you can get with this on ground mileage so if you have the points may as well get solitaire

SMK77

PPS Solitaire members receive a “soft landing” to PPS once they are no longer able to requalify.

Also: PPS members who qualify early on in their membership year for Solitaire receive Solitaire for the remainder of their PPS year plus full 12 months after before they need to requalify again.

Knowing how to play The Game is still limited to very few people in the know.

Luke

Can I transfer 230000 miles from DBS and the 20000 from Citi, would that get me gold?

Luke

Ok great so if I did 230000 from DBS today and waited till next week to do 20000 from Citi I will be gold by the end of Feb? Thank you Aaron love your blog!

Tom

how fast does krisshop purchase miles show up in your kris flyer?

Uk_ship

I’ve found if you do home delivery the miles are pretty much instant- if you do the collect on board they are awarded the day you collect

tom

thanks! need a few hundred miles so might just spend on kris shop

Shannon

Thanks Aaron – quick question please. I need to clock 8000+ Elite Miles by 31 July 2022 to requalify for Elite Gold. Would it be sufficient to clock just those 8000+ Elite Miles to enjoy KF Gold till 2025?

Shannon

Thanks! Is there any way I can extend my status till 2025? e.g. by transferring more miles? Or 31 July 2024 is the max I can extend?

Shannon

Ah ok, thanks

Adam

oh my – SQ extended my status to Jan 2023 and those miles i clocked in prior months all wiped out, now i need a fresh 50K elite miles…

Lim

Hi. Isit worth it for me and my partner to get gold? Or either 1 is enough

Ryan

Hi, I’m currently on silver and I need to clock 20k+ elite miles by 31 Oct 22 to qualify for gold status. If I transfer before 28 Feb 22, my gold status will valid till Oct 24 or 25?

Andika

Once you are qualified for a gold status in Feb 22, your KF Gold will be valid until Feb 23 and further extended until Feb 24. I also emailed SQ to ask whether the elite miles that I used for KF Gold qualification in Feb 22, which are accrued between Mar 21 and Feb 22, can be rolled over for KF Gold renewal due in Feb 2024, and they staff told me the following: “As stated on our website here: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/id/ppsclub-krisflyer/latestnews/2020renewal-kf/, under “Extension of KrisFlyer Elite Silver and Gold membership (with membership start date from March 2022 to February 2023)… Read more »

Alanthia

Hi! I have the same question as Andika and Darius (his question is in the following post).

Will the 50K Elite miles earned between March 2021 and Feb 2022 that enabled me to upgrade to KF Gold in Feb 2022, be rolled over such that the KF Gold will be extended till Feb 2025?

Any idea, Aaron?

Thank you!

Darius

hi just to clarify I just upgrade from silver to gold this month Feb 2022 and this will give me membership till Feb 2024. Will the miles used for qualification be recredited such that I get extended to Feb 2025 or I need to now convert another 250k miles to get 50 k elite miles and have that for the extension? Thanks.

Darius

also just to add assuming that i need to convert another 250k to get 50k elite miles for extension, if i have a butt in trip at june this year which will earn 20k elite miles does it mean i only need to convert 150k miles to get 30k elite miles and wait for the additional miles in june?

Xaq

I would like to understand this too

Wilson

I’m currently already on KFEG (membership year ending Nov 2022). If I manage to attain 50,000 Elite miles say by Jul 2022, would my KFEG membership be extended for another year (to Nov 2023) automatically upon this trigger, and thereby making me lose out on SQ’s concessionary extension of elite status for memberships expiring in Mar 2022 to Feb 2023?

Should my game plan be just to attain below 50,000 Elite miles by Nov 2022 in order to qualify for the concessionary extension?

Thanks!

Tom

Short of 32K Elite Miles for requalification (160K KF Miles). I only have 80K miles at bank side and all with different banks. Convert or let it be?

Kenny

Based on the indicative bank points transfer timeline, it seems like the average time is 2-3 working days. However, when I initiated the transfer, the banks are quoting 14-21 working days. Are the banks just being more conservative?

Kenny

Thank you aaron! =)

Joel

I’ve seen data points that Hilton Honors transfers to Kisflyer take under 48 hours but the official quote was a staggering 28 days (if I remember correctly). Is this a new policy or is it like for Bonvoy where my points just turned up within the day despite the conservative estimation?

Nisha

Hi Aaron,

How quickly do miles transfer from KrisShop/Kris +?

Thanks!

yolonok

I transferred from Citibank, it took about 3 working days. It is now in my miles, but not reflected in my Elite miles 🙁 They did not credit the elite miles. Any idea when/how they will do it?

SG BA

My miles from my Amex card were credited on 3 Feb but till now, Elite miles are not posted. And February is over. Hope they credit soon and backdate for eligibility to attain status.

Erica

Do you think there’s any chance they might extend the on-the-ground earning campaigns?

Bob

thanks for this article. Very informative.

Just wondering if I currently need 3304 Elite miles to get to krisflyer gold by 31 May 2022, will it be extended till May 2023? (Got this elite miles through the miles transfer programme but missed the deadline to transfer my miles from my other credit cards!)

and I will be flying on 4 June so if that happens I should be able to hit elite gold if they extend the validity.

Guest

Hi Aaron is the 25% miles bonus no longer applicable, I am a KG gold, for my latest flight there is no bonus miles.

nvm, I found out it is only for premiun economy and above. Thanks

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