For many people, KrisFlyer Elite Gold is the highest status they can reasonably aspire to. That’s because the pearly gates of the PPS Club are only open to those who fly in First or Business Class, on cash tickets. You could fly a million miles in Economy Class and never get close.
That’s unfortunate, but if it’s any consolation, KrisFlyer Elite Gold has its uses too. It’s not quite white-glove service, but if it makes Economy Class travel less painful, I’d certainly take it.
|✈️ Overview: KrisFlyer Elite Silver & Gold|
|KrisFlyer Elite Silver||KrisFlyer Elite Gold|
|Elite Miles Req.|
(in 12-mth period)
|Advance Seat Selection||✅|
(Forward and Standard)
|20kg Extra Baggage||✅|
|❓ KrisFlyer Elite Gold Guide|
|❓ PPS Club Guide||❓ KrisFlyer Elite Silver Guide|
KrisFlyer Elite Gold requires accumulating 50,000 Elite miles within a 12-month period.
- If this is the first time you’re qualifying for KrisFlyer Elite Gold, your membership year starts immediately upon hitting 50,000 Elite miles. Any Elite miles earned subsequent to this will count towards next year’s requalification
- If you are an existing KrisFlyer Elite Gold, any Elite miles earned in excess of requalification are not carried over
Alternatively, AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend and AMEX HighFlyer Cardholders can enjoy a fast-track to KrisFlyer Elite Gold when they spend at least S$15,000 on Singapore Airlines ticket purchases made at singaporeair.com within the first 12 months of card approval.
Crucially, these tickets need not be flown by the cardholder. Think about the scenario of someone who often buys air tickets for his entire family. He can’t accrue the Elite miles on their tickets (only the person whose name is on the ticket can), but can nonetheless achieve KrisFlyer Elite Gold through his total card spending.
Fast Track T&Cs: AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend
American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Ascend Credit Card Members who charge S$15,000 or more on eligible Singapore Airlines ticket purchases made directly online at singaporeair.com to their Card within the first 12-months upon Card approval, will be upgraded to the KrisFlyer Elite Gold membership tier within 6 weeks from the time that you meet the spend criteria. Eligible ticket purchases are for travel originating from Singapore only and must be purchased in Singapore Dollars.
For Card Members who are already KrisFlyer Elite Silver members, you will be upgraded to the
The Elite Gold status is valid for one (1) year from date of upgrade only. Requalification is based on standard requalification terms under the KrisFlyer programme. For information on the benefits of being an Elite Gold member and requalification into Elite Gold status, please visit:
KrisFlyer and Singapore Airlines terms and conditions apply. Singapore Airlines reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions or terminate this benefit without prior notice at their own sole discretion
Fast Track T&Cs: AMEX HighFlyer Card
American Express Singapore Airlines Business Credit Card Members who charge S$15,000 or more on eligible spend with the Singapore Airlines Group within the first 12 months of Card Membership, will be eligible for an upgrade to the KrisFlyer Elite Gold membership tier (“Upgrade”) or to nominate a registered corporate traveler to receive the Upgrade.
The Upgrade will not be available to nominees of Card Members who are existing PPS Club or KrisFlyer Elite Gold members, or who have previously qualified for the Upgrade on the Card. If there is more than one basic American Express Singapore Airlines Business Credit Card Member (as determined with reference to your unique business or company registration number), only the first basic Card Member who meets all the required eligibility criteria will be entitled to receive the Upgrade (or nominate a registered corporate traveller to receive the Upgrade).
The KrisFlyer Elite Gold status will be valid only for the first qualification and shall take effect from the date of successful redemption. You must comply with the redemption instructions, Terms and Conditions stipulated failing which the Upgrade may lapse. Subsequent re-qualification shall be in accordance with Singapore Airlines Terms and Conditions for KrisFlyer Elite Gold membership qualification. For current information on the benefits of being KrisFlyer Elite Gold member and re-qualification towards KrisFlyer Elite Gold membership, please visit: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/ppsclub-krisflyer/krisflyer/krisflyer-elite-gold/.
Singapore Airlines reserves the right to vary these Terms and Conditions or terminate this benefit without prior notice at their sole discretion.
This benefit is only valid for the first year of membership; subsequently, you’ll have to requalify by flying at least 50,000 Elite miles in a 12-month period, just like everyone else. Also, this benefit cannot be used to renew KrisFlyer Elite Gold; if you’re already a KrisFlyer Elite Gold, the fast-track offer does not apply to you.
I suppose the other way to qualify for KrisFlyer Elite Gold is to soft-land from PPS Club! PPS Club members who have held their status for at least two years will be soft-landed to KrisFlyer Elite Gold, should they fail to requalify for PPS Club status (those who have held their status for one year are soft-landed to KrisFlyer Elite Silver).
KrisFlyer Elite Gold members who fail to requalify are downgraded immediately to KrisFlyer basic status; there is no soft-landing to KrisFlyer Elite Silver.
Elite miles are KrisFlyer’s status credits; unlike KrisFlyer miles, they cannot be redeemed for award flights (though accumulation does grant KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards, which we’ll address later).
Elite miles can be earned when flying on:
- Singapore Airlines
- Star Alliance partners
- Juneyao Air
- Virgin Australia (for SIA codeshare flights operated within Australia, Trans-Tasman, and between Australia and the Pacific Islands)
- Vistara (for SIA codeshare flights operated within India)
Here’s how many Elite miles you’ll earn for Singapore Airlines flights:
|✈️ Elite miles Accrual on SIA Flights|
|Cabin||Fare Class||Accrual Rate|
|Suites / First||A,F||200%|
|Business||Flexi: Z, C, J||150%|
|Premium Economy||Flexi: S, T||125%|
|Standard: L, P||100%|
|Economy||Flexi: B, E, Y||100%|
|Standard: M, H, W||75%|
|Value & Lite: Q, N, V, K, G||50%|
When flying on Scoot, the accrual rate is 2.5 Elite miles for every S$1 spent on base fare, excluding taxes.
If your itinerary has a mix of Singapore Airlines and Scoot sectors, you will earn Elite miles for the Singapore Airlines sectors based on the table above, and on Scoot sectors based on a percentage of the actual miles flown and your Scoot booking class.
|✈️ Elite Mile Accrual on Scoot Flights|
|Cabin||Fare Class||Accrual Rate|
|ScootPlus||C, D, I J, U, Z||25%|
|Economy Class||A, F, P, R, S, Y||20%|
|B, H, M, W||15%|
|N, O, X||10%|
When flying on Star Alliance and other eligible partners, Elite miles are based on fare code and distance flown. Refer to this chart for more information.
Do note that Elite miles can only be earned by the person whose name is on the ticket. Also, you will not earn any Elite miles for award tickets. If you mix KrisFlyer miles and cash for payment, the number of Elite miles earned will be in proportion to the amount paid with cash (excluding taxes).
During the pandemic, Singapore Airlines made it possible to earn Elite miles from on-ground activities like credit card points transfers or KrisShop/Kris+ shopping, but now that things are back to normal, the only way to earn Elite miles is butt-in-seat flights.
KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards
To reward KrisFlyer Elite Gold members who go above and beyond requalification, SIA offers the KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards programme.
|🏆 KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards|
|Elite Miles||KrisFlyer Milestone Reward|
|1,000||1,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles on next Scoot flight|
|2,500||20% discount voucher on Scoot|
|5,000||1,500 KrisPay miles (equivalent to S$10)|
|10,000||S$20 KrisShop Promo Code|
|20,000||25% Bonus KrisFlyer Miles|
|25,000: Qualify/Requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Silver|
|30,000||50% Bonus KrisFlyer Miles|
|40,000||5,000 KrisFlyer Miles Redemption Discount|
|50,000: Qualify/Requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Gold|
|60,000||Double KrisFlyer Miles|
|75,000||Short-haul Advance Upgrade|
|100,000||Premium Economy Class Advance Upgrade|
KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards are awarded based on Elite miles accumulated with a given calendar year (not membership year!). Do note that while Elite miles can be accrued when flying on Star Alliance or other Singapore Airlines partners, only Elite miles accrued on Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights will count towards the attainment of KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards.
For more on KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards, refer to the post below.
25% Mileage Accrual Bonus
Every time KrisFlyer Elite Gold members fly with Singapore Airlines or Scoot, they’ll earn a 25% bonus KrisFlyer miles on all fare classes except:
- Economy Lite (V, K)
- Economy Value (Q, N)
This applies on top of the booking class bonus, as illustrated below:
|Cabin||Fare Class||Accrual Rate|
|Suites / First||A,F|
|Business||Flexi: Z, C, J|
|Premium Economy||Flexi: S, T|
|Standard: L, P|
|Economy||Flexi: B, E, Y|
|Standard: M, H, W|
|Value & Lite: Q, N, V, K, G||50%|
The 25% bonus applies to KrisFlyer miles only, not Elite miles or PPS Value.
For example, if a KrisFlyer Elite Gold were to buy a return Economy Class ticket in fare class H from Singapore to San Francisco (8,440 miles distance each way), he would earn:
- 12,660 base miles (8,440 miles x 2 x 75%)
- 4,220 bonus miles (8,440 miles x 2 x 25%)
- 12,660 Elite miles (8,440 miles x 2 x 75%)
When flying on Scoot, the 25% bonus is applied to the usual rate of 1 mile per S$1 of base fare and add-ons (excluding e-Visa, travel insurance or Scoot protect), i.e. 1.25 miles per S$1 spent.
For passengers travelling on a mixed itinerary containing both Scoot and Singapore Airlines sectors, you’ll earn KrisFlyer miles for the Singapore Airlines sectors based on the table above, and for the Scoot sectors based on a percentage of actual miles flown on Scoot with a 25% bonus.
Priority Reservation Waitlist
In theory, KrisFlyer Elite Golds should have higher priority than KrisFlyer Elite Silver or KrisFlyer members when it comes to clearing waitlists, be it revenue or award tickets.
In reality, it’s hard to quantify just how big of a benefit this is. It may be a useful tiebreaker, but if you’re hoping to score 2x Suite Savers on the JFK or LHR route by virtue of your Elite Gold status, you’re likely to be disappointed.
My unscientific opinion is that there isn’t much of a difference.
KrisFlyer Elite Gold members can check-in at Business Class or specially-designated Star Alliance Gold counters whenever they fly on Singapore Airlines, Star Alliance, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia or Vistara.
This benefit is valid both in Singapore and overseas, and also applies to your travelling companions on the same itinerary (although the “same itinerary” requirement isn’t always strictly enforced; I’ve booked separate award tickets in the past but always managed to check-in with my travel companion at the Business Class desk).
Additional Baggage & Priority Handling
KrisFlyer Elite Gold members enjoy an additional 20kg of baggage allowance on top of their usual cabin/fare entitlement, whenever they fly on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance carriers.
The relevant allowances for Singapore Airlines are shown below:
|🧳 Weight Concept|
|Regular Allowance||KrisFlyer Elite Gold|
|Suites & First Class||50kg||70kg|
|Premium Economy Class||35kg||55kg|
Where the piece concept is applied (i.e. on flights to and from Canada/USA), KrisFlyer Elite Gold members enjoy one additional piece on top of the existing allowance.
|🧳 Piece Concept|
(Flights to/from Canada/USA)
|Allowance||KrisFlyer Elite Gold|
|Suites & First Class||2x 32kg||3x 32kg|
|Business Class||2x 32kg||3x 32kg|
|Premium Economy Class||2x 23kg||3x 23kg|
|Economy Class (all fare types)||2x 23kg||3x 23kg|
While this benefit generally applies across all Star Alliance partners, it does not apply to:
- “Light” fares offered by Austrian, Lufthansa and SWISS
- “Check&Go” fares offered by Brussels Airlines
- “Go light” fares offered by SAS
- “Seat” fares offered by Air New Zealand
KrisFlyer Elite Gold members also receive priority baggage handling tags, which means your bags should be among the first to come out on the belt. In my experience this happens most of the time, but there could be that rare instance (especially with connecting flights) where priority isn’t observed.
KrisFlyer Elite Golds enjoy lounge access every time they fly on Singapore Airlines, Star Alliance, Virgin Australia, and Virgin Atlantic, together with a guest (except on Virgin Atlantic).
|Singapore Airlines||+1 guest1|
|Star Alliance||Star Alliance Gold Lounge||+1 guest2|
|Virgin Australia||Virgin Australia Lounge||+1 guest3|
|Virgin Atlantic||Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse||No guest|
|1. Must be departing on same flight|
2. Must be departing on the same flight
3. Must be departing on same-day Virgin Australia flight
While KrisFlyer Elite Golds can access SilverKris lounges outside of Singapore, when flying from Changi they will be directed to the (much inferior) KrisFlyer Gold Lounge instead. They may use either the Terminal 2 or Terminal 3 facility- definitely go with the latter.
Outside of Singapore, at airports where no SilverKris Lounge is available, KrisFlyer Elite Golds generally receive the same lounge access entitlement as a passenger travelling in Business Class.
However, some exceptions apply. For example, PPS Club, First and Business Class passengers flying out of Mumbai Airport enjoy access to the Adani First & Business Class lounge, which features table service and complimentary spa treatments. KrisFlyer Elite Golds get the very basic Loyalty Lounge.
On the flip side, there are some airports where KrisFlyer Elite Golds get a better lounge than Business Class passengers. That’s the case for the Lufthansa Group, where Star Golds get access to the Senator Lounge, the same lounge that non-Lufthansa Group First Class passengers use. Business Class passengers get access to the Business Class Lounge instead.
This creates a strange situation in airports like Frankfurt, where a Singapore Airlines Suites passenger will be occupying the same lounge as a KrisFlyer Elite Gold member in Economy, while the Business Class passenger without status gets sent elsewhere!
As far as I know, these are the Singapore Airlines destinations where Business Class and KrisFlyer Elite Golds have different lounge entitlements:
|Airport||Business Class||KrisFlyer Elite Gold|
|Frankfurt||LH Business Lounge or AC Maple Leaf Lounge||LH Senator Lounge or AC Maple Leaf Lounge|
|Houston||Polaris Lounge||United Club|
|Istanbul||TK Business Lounge||TK Miles&Smiles Lounge|
|Manchester||1903 Lounge||Escape Lounge|
|Mumbai||Adani Lounge||Loyalty Lounge|
|Munich||LH Business Lounge||LH Senator Lounge|
|San Francisco||Polaris Lounge||United Club|
|Zurich||LX Business Lounge||LX Senator Lounge|
As Star Gold members, KrisFlyer Elite Golds can enjoy fast-track security clearance at selected airports worldwide, every time they fly on a Star Alliance member airline (regardless of cabin).
Gold Track lanes are available more than 100 airports at the time of writing, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brisbane, New York JFK, Osaka, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, and Zurich.
While the benefit is, strictly speaking, for the Gold member only, in practice I’ve received fast track vouchers for my non-Gold companion as well.
When the time comes to board, KrisFlyer Elite Golds can get a jump on overhead storage space by boarding before the rest of Economy Class.
The boarding order for Singapore Airlines is:
- Passengers who require special assistance, as well as those with infants and toddlers
- Suites and First Class passengers
- Business Class passengers and PPS Club members
- Premium Economy Class passengers, KrisFlyer Elite Gold and Star Alliance Gold members
- Economy Class passengers
Other Star Alliance carriers may have a different order of priority.
Just like fast-track security, priority boarding is meant to be for the Gold member only but in practice companions are accepted too.
Complimentary Seat Selection
While seat selection is complimentary for Singapore Airlines First/Suites and Business Class passengers, Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers may be required to pay.
|Fare Type||Fare Code||Seat Selection|
|Economy Lite||V, K||Chargeable|
|Economy Value||Q, N||Chargeable|
|Economy Standard||M, H, W||Complimentary (Standard)|
|Economy Flexi||Y, B, E||Complimentary (Forward Zone & Standard)|
|Premium Economy |
|L, P, R, S, T||Complimentary (Standard)|
|Note: Premium Economy passengers on all fare types can select standard seats for free, but must pay for Extra Legroom or Solo Seats|
|💺 Seat Selection Fees|
|Standard||Forward Zone||Extra Legroom|
|Band 1: Between Singapore and Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam; between Denmark and Italy, between Spain and Italy.|
Band 2: Between Singapore, Bangladesh, Hong Kong SAR – China, China, India. Japan, Korea, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan – China and U.A.E.
Band 3: Between Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Band 4: Between Singapore and Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom; between United States and Germany, Hong Kong SAR – China, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom and Taiwan – China.
Band 5: Between Singapore and United States
If you’re a KrisFlyer Elite Gold member, you can choose any Forward Zone or Standard seat in Economy Class for free, regardless of fare type. This saves you between US$8 to US$50, depending on route.
KrisFlyer Elite Golds are still required to pay for:
- Extra Legroom seats (US$25-120)
- Solo seats (US$140; only available on the A350-900 ULR flights to the USA)
However, they will receive a 15% discount off the cost. Travelling companions booked on the same itinerary will receive a 10% discount off advance seat selection.
For example, if a KrisFlyer Elite Gold makes a booking for himself and his wife in Economy Lite and selects Extra Legroom seats, he will save 15% off his seat selection fee, and 10% off her seat selection fee.
Don’t forget that all Singapore Airlines seats can be selected for free by any passenger at the T-48 hours mark, i.e. when online check-in opens.
Complimentary seat selection does not apply when flying on other Star Alliance carriers.
Double Miles Extension Duration
Singapore Airlines has ended its COVID-era miles extension policy, and from July 2023, KrisFlyer miles (except those earned by Solitaire PPS and PPS Club members) expire at the end of three years once again.
While I highly advise against it, KrisFlyer members can pay a service fee of 1,200 miles or US$12 (~S$16) per 10,000 miles to extend their miles by a further six months. KrisFlyer Elite Silver & Gold members enjoy double the extension period, i.e. 12 months.
|✈️ Extending KrisFlyer Miles|
|KrisFlyer||KrisFlyer Elite Silver & Gold|
(per 10,000 miles or part thereof)
|1,200 miles or US$12||1,200 miles or US$12|
|Extension Period||6 months||12 months|
Should you pay the extension fee in cash or miles? It boils down to how much you value a mile:
- If your value per mile is below 1.34 cents, pay with miles
- If your value per mile is more than 1.34 cents, pay with cash
Perhaps a better question is whether you should pay to extend miles in the first place, and I lean towards no. This merely kicks the can down the road, and even if you can’t fly in the near future, there’s still ways of getting some value out of them.
Waived Service Fees
KrisFlyer Elite Gold members will receive a waiver of the usual fees required to change redemption nominees for KrisFlyer awards.
|Tier||Change of Redemption Nominee|
|KrisFlyer||US$30 or 3,000 miles||US$55 or 5,500 miles|
|KrisFlyer Elite Silver||US$15 or 1,500 miles||US$40 or 4,000 miles|
|KrisFlyer Elite Gold||Waived||US$25 or 2,500 miles|
|PPS Club & Solitaire PPS Club||Waived||Waived|
|Can only be done six months after a nominee is added|
However, they will have to pay the usual service fees for making changes to award tickets- even top-tier Solitaire PPS Club members aren’t exempt!
KrisFlyer Elite Gold (and Silver) members enjoy the following benefits on Scoot:
- BoardMeFirst (priority check-in and boarding at selected airports)
- Additional 5kg baggage allowance with a minimum purchase of 20kg
- Automatic assignment of best available standard seat
Unfortunately, there’s no lounge access or free checked bag. And beware- the automatic standard seat selection is a perk you might be better off not having!
Benefits (except baggage upgrade) are also extended to companions on the same booking reference.
Shangri-La Circle Jade Fast Track
Thanks to the Infinite Journeys partnership between Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, KrisFlyer Elite Gold members can register and earn Jade status with one single night at any Shangri-La Hotel and Resort, Kerry Hotel, Traders Hotel or Hotel Jen worldwide. This status normally requires 20 nights or 6,000 tier points a year to qualify.
The tier upgrade will take place within 6-8 weeks after meeting the upgrade criteria.
Shangri-La Jade members enjoy perks including free breakfast, room upgrades, and priority for early check-in (11 a.m) and late check-out (4 p.m), subject to availability.
Heathrow Express Upgrade
Star Alliance has a partnership with Heathrow Express, that provides Solitaire PPS Club, PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Gold members with a free upgrade to Business First Class by virtue of their Star Gold tier.
According to the T&Cs, Star Gold members must purchase a full fare standard class ticket, and show their Star Gold frequent flyer card when prompted by the conductor. In practice, however, there’s no need to purchase full fare; I’ve received this benefit many times when riding on a discounted ticket as well (which can cost as little as £5.50 one way, if purchased 90 days ahead).
Frankly, it’s a modest little upgrade, since the ride is a grand total of 15 minutes. But hey, why not?
KrisFlyer Elite Golds will forever be second class citizens to the PPS Club, but perks like lounge access and additional baggage can help ease the pain of travelling. You’ll also enjoy priority baggage handling and boarding, plus a (theoretically) better shot at award seats!
I probably would not go out of my way to earn this, but in reality a lot of readers may already hold KrisFlyer Elite Gold status courtesy of Singapore Airlines’ COVID-era “earn on the ground” campaign. Some may have earned sufficient Elite miles via credit card points transfers to retain their status all the way till January 2025.
So yes, there’s no harm enjoying the perks in that case, and if it can make Economy Class travel a little more tolerable, why not?
Any other KrisFlyer Elite Gold perks worth highlighting?