Krisflyer, the frequent flyer programme of Singapore Airlines (SIA) now supports members earning miles when they fly with low-cost carriers (LCC) Scoot and Tigerair.
Both Scoot and Tigerair are subsidiaries of the SIA group. The development follows a move earlier this year (see here) allowing members to use their miles to redeem for cash vouchers that can be used to offset the cost of fares, or to purchase products or upgrades in-flight.
By purchasing a Plus Perks or Flexi Combo fare for their flights with Scoot or Tigerair, respectively, Krisflyer members can earn miles, as well as a number of additional perks including preferred seating and booking flexibility.
So how do the accrual rates measure up? First, the amount of miles earned on the LCCs is less than one would receive when flying with SIA or its sister carrier, Silk Air.
As noted above, Tigerair is offering a maximum earn rate of 100 miles for one-way flights to destinations such as Bengaluru, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. This compares to the standard economy earn rates on SIA of 1,971, 1,631 and 1,594 miles to those three destinations, respectively.
To put this into perspective, Krisflyer members travelling on Tigerair will earn roughly 5 per cent of the miles they’d receive when flying with SIA or Silk Air.
As Scoot does boast its premium cabin ScootBiz, it isn’t surprising that earn rates for the carrier are higher than those on Tigerair. Meanwhile, economy rates are based on the individual fare classes.
A one-way flight from Singapore to Tokyo Narita will earn Krisflyer members a maximum of 600 miles in economy and 1,000 miles in ScootBiz. In comparison, the standard economy fare on SIA will earn members 3,329 miles, while those in business will earn 4,162 miles. This Scoot rate equates to roughly 20 per cent of the miles one would earn flying with the full-service carrier.