Complete Guide: KrisFlyer Elite Silver benefits

KrisFlyer Elite Silver is the lowest rung on the SIA elite ladder, and while members should keep expectations in check, it isn't completely devoid of perks!

Does KrisFlyer Elite Silver even warrant a guide? 

That’s a fair question. Singapore Airlines’ lowest elite tier is a far cry from KrisFlyer Elite Gold, much less the rarefied air of the PPS Club. The list of benefits is shorter than a pair of Daisy Dukes, though I’m ashamed to admit that in my younger and more vulnerable years, I once pulled a DYKWIA, believing my mighty KrisFlyer Elite Silver status should warrant additional compensation for a malfunctioning IFE system.

But since I’ve already written comprehensive guides for the PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Gold, I might as well complete the trifecta.

So here goes: the complete guide to KrisFlyer Elite Silver benefits, woohoo!

✈️ Overview: KrisFlyer Elite Silver & Gold
 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 
❓ KrisFlyer Elite Silver Guide
❓ KrisFlyer Elite Gold Guide❓ PPS Club Guide
DetailsDetails

Qualification

KrisFlyer Elite Silver requires accumulating 25,000 Elite miles within a 12-month period.

Upon meeting 25,000 Elite miles, your status will be upgraded within the next day, and your membership will last for a 12-month period. Do note that any Elite miles earned in excess of the 25,000 required for qualification before the upgrade takes place will not count towards membership renewal.

Unlike qualification for KrisFlyer Elite Gold, your Elite miles total will not reset to zero upon qualification for KrisFlyer Elite Silver. Instead, you’ll continue to earn Elite miles above and beyond the 25,000 mark until the end of the membership year. 

  • Should you accumulate 25,000-49,999 Elite miles, you will requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Silver in the following membership year
  • Should you accumulate 50,000 Elite miles or more, you will qualify for KrisFlyer Elite Gold
❓ Example

John has 24,500 Elite miles and completes a flight that awards him 2,000 Elite miles. He will be upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Silver the following day, with a balance of 26,500 Elite miles.

However, the 1,500 “extra” Elite miles will not count towards requalification for Elite Silver (they’re deemed to be earned in the previous membership year), though they will count towards qualification for Elite Gold.

KrisFlyer UOB Credit Cardholders can also enjoy a fast-track to KrisFlyer Elite Silver if they spend at least S$5,000 on SIA Group transactions (Singapore Airlines, Scoot, KrisShop) within the first card membership year. 

Review

Even though it’s called a “fast track”, in reality it’s anything but! Qualifying cardholders will receive their status upgrade within 6 weeks from the last month of the first membership year. You could hit the qualifying spend on your first day, and still have to wait 13+ months to get your status!

💳 Fast Track T&Cs
Cardmembers, with card opened date from 1 May 2022, who meet a minimum Singapore Five Thousand Dollars (S$5,000) Singapore Airlines Group Related Card Transaction on the Card within the first Card Membership Year, will be upgraded to the KrisFlyer Elite Silver membership tier within six (6) weeks from the last calendar month of the first Card Membership Year

This benefit is only valid for the first year of membership; subsequently, you’ll have to requalify by flying at least 25,000 Elite miles in a 12-month period, just like everyone else.

Also, this benefit cannot be used to renew KrisFlyer Elite Silver. If you’re already a KrisFlyer Elite Silver, the fast-track offer does not apply to you. 

Elite Miles

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
  • Scoot
  • 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
CabinFare ClassAccrual Rate
Suites / FirstA,F200%
Business
Flexi: Z, C, J150%
Standard: U125%
Lite: D125%
Premium Economy
Flexi: S, T125%
Standard: L, P100%
Lite: R100%
EconomyFlexi: B, E, Y100%
Standard: M, H, W75%
Value & Lite: Q, N, V, K, G50%

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
CabinFare ClassAccrual Rate
ScootPlusC, D, I J, U, Z25%
Economy ClassA, F, P, R, S, Y20%
B, H, M, W15%
N, O, X10%

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

KrisFlyer Elite Silver members are eligible to earn KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards, per the table below. On the road to qualification (or requalification), you’ll pick up some freebies like a 20% discount voucher on Scoot,  S$10 worth of KrisPay miles, and a S$20 KrisShop promo code.

🏆 KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards
Elite MilesKrisFlyer Milestone Reward
1,0001,000 bonus KrisFlyer miles on next Scoot flight
2,50020% discount voucher on Scoot
5,0001,500 KrisPay miles (equivalent to S$10)
10,000S$20 KrisShop Promo Code
20,00025% Bonus KrisFlyer Miles
25,000: Qualify/Requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Silver
30,00050% Bonus KrisFlyer Miles
40,0005,000 KrisFlyer Miles Redemption Discount
50,000: Qualify/Requalify for KrisFlyer Elite Gold
60,000Double KrisFlyer Miles
75,000Short-haul Advance Upgrade
100,000Premium 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.

Complete Guide: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Milestone Rewards

25% Mileage Accrual Bonus

Every time KrisFlyer Elite Silver 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:

CabinFare ClassAccrual Rate
Suites / FirstA,F200%
225%
Business
Flexi: Z, C, J150%
175%
Standard: U125%
150%
Lite: D125%
150%
Premium Economy
Flexi: S, T125%
150%
Standard: L, P100%
125%
Lite: R100%
125%
EconomyFlexi: B, E, Y100%
125%
Standard: M, H, W75%
100%
Value & Lite: Q, N, V, K, G50%
(no bonus)

The 25% bonus applies to KrisFlyer miles only, not Elite miles or PPS Value. 

For example, if a KrisFlyer Elite Silver 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 Silver should have higher priority than KrisFlyer members when it comes to clearing waitlists, be it revenue or award tickets.

In practice, it’s really hard to tell, since you’re so low down the pecking order anyway. 

Complimentary Seat Selection

Extra legroom seats on B737-8

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 TypeFare CodeSeat Selection
Economy LiteV, KChargeable
Economy ValueQ, NChargeable
Economy StandardM, H, WComplimentary (Standard)
Economy FlexiY, B, EComplimentary (Forward Zone & Standard)
Premium Economy
(all types)
L, P, R, S, TComplimentary (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
 StandardForward ZoneExtra Legroom
Band 1US$8US$15US$25
Band 2US$10US$20US$60
Band 3US$15US$25US$80
Band 4US$20US$40US$100
Band 5US$25US$50US$120
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 Silver member, you can choose any Standard seat in Economy Class for free, regardless of fare type. This saves you between US$8 to US$25, depending on route.

KrisFlyer Elite Silvers are still required to pay for:

  • Forward Zone seats (US$15-50)
  • Extra Legroom seats (US$25-120)
  • Premium Economy Solo seats (US$140; only available on the A350-900 ULR flights to the USA)

However, they will receive a 10% discount off the cost. Unlike KrisFlyer Elite Gold, there is no discount on seat selection fees for travelling companions booked on the same itinerary. 

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
 KrisFlyerKrisFlyer  Elite Silver & Gold
Fee
(per 10,000 miles or part thereof)
1,200 miles or US$121,200 miles or US$12
Extension Period6 months12 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. 

What to do with expiring KrisFlyer miles

Discounted Service Fees

KrisFlyer Elite Silver members will receive a discount on the usual fees required to change redemption nominees for KrisFlyer awards. 

Tier
Change of Redemption Nominee
OnlineOffline
KrisFlyerUS$30 or 3,000 milesUS$55 or 5,500 miles
KrisFlyer Elite SilverUS$15 or 1,500 milesUS$40 or 4,000 miles
KrisFlyer Elite GoldWaivedUS$25 or 2,500 miles
PPS Club & Solitaire PPS ClubWaivedWaived
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!

Scoot Perks

KrisFlyer Elite Gold members enjoy additional benefits on Scoot (no, not upgrades)

KrisFlyer Elite Silver (and Gold) 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.

Conclusion

KrisFlyer Elite Silver is the entry rung of the Singapore Airlines status ladder, and it shows. Members don’t really have much to look forward to, except perhaps a 25% mileage accrual bonus, complimentary standard seat selection, and some additional perks when flying Scoot. 

If you want priority check-in, additional baggage or lounge access, you’ll need to work your way up to KrisFlyer Elite Gold, where benefits start becoming more substantial. 

What’s your favourite KrisFlyer Elite Silver perk?

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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Leo

My gold just expired . Any way to buy gold or get from credit card? Or are fewer miles required to qualify for good on other star alliance carriers?

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