If you’re an AMEX HighFlyer Cardholder, here’s a promotion you might find interesting.
From now till 30 April 2023, HighFlyer members whose account is linked to an AMEX HighFlyer Card will receive a 20% rebate on any redemption on eligible Singapore Airlines ticket purchases. This effectively boosts the value per HighFlyer point from 0.95 cents to 1.19 cents apiece- not mind-boggling, but certainly better than usual.
The catch is that the rebate is not valid for Lite fare bookings, which means you’ll have to pay for the more expensive Value, Standard or Flexi fare classes.
Singapore Airlines HighFlyer 20% points rebate
AMEX HighFlyer Cardholders can now enjoy a 20% points rebate when they use their points to offset the cost of a Singapore Airlines flight.
Here’s the key details of the promotion:
- No registration is required
- Tickets must be issued between 1-30 April 2023 (GMT+8)
- Itineraries must commence and be completed between 1 April to 30 June 2023 (GMT+8)
- Tickets booked cannot be in any of the following booking classes:
- Group bookings (G)
- Economy Class Lite bookings (V, K)
- Premium Economy Lite bookings (R)
- Business Lite bookings (D)
- First, Business, and Economy Class redemption bookings made with KrisFlyer miles (I, O, X)
- Bookings must be made via singaporeair.com only
- Codeshare flights are not eligible
- There is no cap on the maximum rebate that can be earned
Singapore Airlines HighFlyer points can normally be offset against Singapore Airlines tickets at a rate of 1,050 points = S$10 (0.95 cents/point). With a 20% rebate, the effective value increases to 1.19 cents/point.
|Offset SIA Expenses
(1,050 less 20% rebate)
The 20% rebate will be credited within six weeks after the relevant ticket is completed, and rebated points will be valid for 36 months from the date of accrual, just like newly-earned points. If you have HighFlyer points that are nearing expiry, this could be a simple way of extending them.
The main issue is that you won’t be able to book tickets in the cheapest Lite fare class. Instead, you’ll have to shell out for the more expensive Value, Standard or Flexi tickets. For example, in the screenshot below of flights to Sydney, the S$1,400.20 Economy Lite option would not be eligible for the points rebate; you’d need to pick the S$1,602.20 Economy Value option or higher.
Keep in mind, this doesn’t necessarily mean paying more, since on certain dates and routes Economy Lite fares may not even be available.
As a reminder, here’s the differences between paying with HighFlyer points and redeeming KrisFlyer miles.
|Spend HighFlyer points
|Redeeming KrisFlyer miles
|Any seat available for sale
|Award inventory only
|Depends on cost of ticket
(based on award chart)
|Taxes & Surcharges
|Can be paid with miles
|Must be paid in cash
|Accrue Miles & Status Credits
(on cash portion)
|0.95 cents per point
How to redeem HighFlyer points for SIA tickets
To use HighFlyer Points to offset Singapore Airlines expenses, simply make a booking as per normal when logged in to your Corporate Travel Manager account.
At check-out, you’ll see see a box labelled “mix points with cash”. Click the box and a familiar sliding bar (similar to Cash + Miles) will appear, allowing you to choose how many points you wish to redeem.
What else can you do with HighFlyer points?
If this promotion isn’t right for you, there’s numerous other things you can do with HighFlyer points:
- Convert to KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 ratio (capped at 150,000 miles per calendar year, and 30,000 miles per account)
- Redeem lounge passes at Changi Airport
- Redeem Scoot vouchers
- Redeem KrisFlyer Elite Gold status (HighFlyer Silver, Gold or Platinum only)
Frankly, the only option that really makes sense are KrisFlyer miles conversions.
For the full details, refer to the article below.
For the month of April, AMEX HighFlyer Cardholders can use HighFlyer points to offset Singapore Airlines tickets and receive a 20% rebate.
However, you’ll need to book the Value, Standard or Flexi fares to be eligible. Therefore, even though you’re enjoying a higher value per HighFlyer point, you might still not be getting good value in an overall sense.