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A few months ago, Singapore Airlines announced that it was offering 1-year elite status extensions to all its KrisFlyer and PPS Club elites whose membership year ends between March 2020 and February 2021. Now the airline has gone further and announced that it is bringing in a measure to help its elites retain their status for a further year.
Singapore Airlines Elite Bonuses
To help its elite members retain status for a further year (i.e. the year after their extended status runs out), Singapore Airlines is depositing 50% of the Elite Miles/PPS Value required to earn the status that each member currently has into their accounts. So, someone who currently has KrisFlyer Gold status (which requires a flyer to earn 50,000 Elite Miles in a year to retain) will be receiving 25,000 Elite Miles into their account leaving them needing to earn just 25,000 Elite Miles to retain their status for another year.
Here’s what this looks like for all the elite status tiers:
Things to note:
- The bonus KrisFlyer Elite miles will not count towards the Elite miles required to achieve the various Elite Gold Rewards.
- The bonus PPS Value will not count towards the tracking of PPS Value required to achieve the various PPS Rewards.
- All bonus KrisFlyer Elite miles and bonus PPS Values will be based on membership tier and tier renewal end-date information as of 8 September 2020.
It’s always nice when a loyalty program makes it easier to retain status (especially when travel is as restricted as it currently is) and what Singapore Airlines has done here is, essentially, follow the model that Marriott Bonvoy adopted earlier this year. To date, a number of airlines have announced ways in which their helping members retain their status once this crisis is over but not many have been so generous as to offer a 50% cut to a flyer’s status target.
American Airlines has reduced its status requirements for 2020 by 40%, Delta is allowing medallion qualifying miles from this qualifying year to be rolled over into next year and British Airways has cut its Tier Point targets by 25%, so the only airline that I can think of that has matched the 50% cut that Singapore Airlines has announced is United.
Singapore Airlines is in the process of crediting all of its elite members with 50% of the miles/value their require to retain the status they hold on 8 September 2020. No action is required on the part of KrisFlyer/PPS elites and the credits will be deposited automatically.