Singapore Airlines is now offering 1 elite mile for every 5 miles converted from bank points to miles. The promotion is valid from today through 2/28/22.
You must transfer at least 10,000 miles to earn elite miles. It can take up to 7 business days for the elite miles to post to your account. There’s no limit to how many transfers you can make to earn the bonus.
- Singapore Silver elite status/Star Alliance Silver status requires 25,000 elite miles, or a transfer of 125,000 redeemable miles from a bank with this promotion.
- Singapore Gold elite status/Star Alliance Gold status requires 50,000 elite miles, or a transfer of 250,000 redeemable miles from a bank with this promotion.
US bank transfer partners include:
- AMEX (1:1 ratio)
- Capital One (2:1 ratio)
- Chase (1:1 ratio)
- Citibank (1:1 ratio)
Status lasts for just 12 months from the date that you qualify, so don’t transfer over miles until you have a need for the status.
If you do transfer over 250,000 miles to earn Gold status now, you can to renew that status for another 12 months by earning another 50,000 elite miles during your membership year. In another words if you transfer over 250,000 miles now and the elite miles posted on 4/15/21, you would get Gold status through 4/15/22. If you transfer over another 250,000 miles after that, your status would be extended through 4/15/23.
Star Alliance Silver status doesn’t really have meaningful benefits, but Star Alliance Gold status does.
Star Alliance Gold status allows you and a guest access to Star Alliance lounges worldwide when flying on any Star Alliance carrier. Incredibly, non-United Star Alliance Gold status also works to get access to United Clubs even when flying on domestic itineraries. United doesn’t even allow their own 1K Star Alliance Gold elites to access United Clubs on domestic first class tickets unless they have a paid United Club membership!
Unfortunately, many United Clubs are still closed due to the pandemic. The ones that are open have reduced food options and United has removed their showers in all non-Polaris lounges. You can’t access Polaris lounges with just Star Alliance Gold status, though all Polaris lounges are closed due to the pandemic.
Star Alliance Gold status comes with a free checked bag, but it doesn’t stack on top of the free bag that United credit cards come with.
Star Alliance Gold status also comes with priority baggage handling, priority boarding, priority Gold Track security and immigration lines, priority waitlisting, and upgrades to business first class on the Heathrow Express.
United does not give economy plus seats or upgrades to partner Star Alliance Gold members, though they do offer free same day confirmed flight changes.
Singapore Gold status also gives you:
- Access to Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses when flying Virgin Atlantic
- Access to Virgin Australia lounges with a guest when flying Virgin Australia
- 3 free 50 pound bags on Singapore US flights in economy or 70 pound bags in business/first class.
- Singapore normally only allows you to redeem miles for 5 designated individuals and charges a $30 fee to change your redemption list. That fee is waived for Gold elites.
Is it worth transferring 250,000 points to Singapore to get Star Alliance Gold?
That will depend on how you value lounge access, as that’s the primary benefit.
One major caveat is that Singapore miles expire after 36 months and they can’t be extended with activity, so you need to use them or lose them.
Another caveat is that earlier this year Singapore was giving a 15% bonus on mileage transfers. Had you transferred 250,000 miles then, you would have received 37,500 bonus miles, which you won’t get now.
Singapore only makes long-haul premium cabin awards available to their own members, so having Singapore miles is not a bad thing.
- Sample one-way Singapore redemptions:
- JFK to Frankfurt or Houston to Manchester in business class: 72K
- JFK to Frankfurt or Houston to Manchester in first/suites class: 86K
- JFK/Newark to Singapore in business class: 99K
- San Francisco to Hong Kong in business class: 89K
- San Francisco to Hong Kong in first/suites class: 104K
- Sample one-way Star Alliance redemptions:
- JFK to Los Angeles in business class: 23K
- Newark to Maui in business class: 34.5K
- Newark to Tel Aviv in business class: 76.5K
The Star Alliance rates are decent, but you can do better with partner miles from airlines like ANA or Turkish. Then again you get Gold status just for transferring over miles. If you’re redeeming for a ticket and the redemption makes sense, that can be worthwhile.
If Singapore miles didn’t have a hard expiration date or if Singapore elite status lasted longer than 12 months, I’d be a lot more excited about this offer. As it stands now, it can be worth pursuing if you have a redemption that makes sense or if you really want Star Alliance Gold status now and are sure you’ll use the miles within 36 months. Otherwise, wait and see what happens until the offer expires next February.
Will you take advantage of this offer?
- You can transfer AMEX, Chase, Or Citi points to Singapore at a 1:1 ratio or Capital One to Singapore at a 2:1 ratio and you’ll earn elite miles through 2/28/22.
- Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card has a limited time 100K signup bonus, earn 2 miles per dollar spent (good for 2% back on paid travel or transferable into 1.5 airline miles). Get free Global Entry/Pre-Check Membership. Read more here.
If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred has a limited time highest ever 80K signup bonus+$50 grocery credit, earns 2 points per dollar on dining/travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Sapphire Reserve has a limited time 60K signup bonus, earns 3 points per dollar on dining/travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.5 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($550 annual fee with $300 travel credit). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Preferred has a 100K signup bonus and earns 3 points per dollar on shipping, advertising, and travel, can transfer all Chase points into miles, and points are worth at least 1.25 cents each for paid travel or pay yourself back categories ($95 annual fee). Read more here.
Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- Chase Ink Cash has a record high 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Ink Unlimited has a record high 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus and earns 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
- Chase Freedom Unlimited has a 20K signup bonus and earns at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points to Virgin Atlantic include:
- AMEX Blue Business Plus
- AMEX Platinum Business
- Earn 1.5 points per dollar on eligible $5K+ transactions, $200 in annual airline fee credits, $200 in annual Dell credits, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, 35% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
- AMEX Gold Business Card
- 25% points rebate on paid airfare redemptions, earn 4 points per dollar on your most common spending categories each billing cycle.
- AMEX Platinum Consumer Card
- Earn 5 points per dollar on airfare, $200 in annual airline fee credits, up to $200 in annual Uber credit, Uber Eats pass, up to $100 in annual Saks credit, Marriott and Hilton Gold status, Global Entry/Pre-check, AMEX Global lounge collection access.
- AMEX Gold Consumer Card
- $10 monthly Grubhub credits, $10 monthly Uber credits, Uber Eats pass, earn up to 4 points per dollar.
- AMEX Green Consumer Card
- $100 in annual CLEAR credit, earn up to 3 points per dollar.
- AMEX Everyday Preferred Consumer Card
- Earn between 1.5-4.5 points per dollar everywhere with 30+ monthly transactions.
- AMEX Everyday Consumer Card
- Earn between 1.2-2.4 points per dollar everywhere with 20+ monthly transactions.
If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:
- Citi Premier offering 60,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee.
- Citi Prestige offering 50,000 points for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 5 points per dollar on airfare and dining, and 3 points per dollar on hotels. $495 annual fee.
Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:
- The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee.
- The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 15,000 points for spending $1,000 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee.