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Yes, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles do expire after 36 months from the month of their accrual. Per Singapore Airlines terms and conditions page:
A member's KrisFlyer miles will expire after three years at the end of the equivalent month in which they were earned. For example, miles credited to a member's KrisFlyer account in July 2006 will expire on 31 July 2009.
The above policy only applies to regular KrisFlyer members. If you are a PPS Club Member or a Solitaire PPS Club member, your miles will never expire. If you fail to renew your PPS Club status, your miles will revert to the 36-month expiration policy!
COVID-19 Mileage Extension
It will come as no surprise to hear that — like so many other airlines — Singapore announced an extension to members expiring miles. However, instead of a simple policy, Singapore has come up with a complex system of extending expiring miles by six months at a time.
To give you an idea of how complicated this situation is, here's the extension chart for miles expiring through March 2022:
Then, here's the extension chart for KrisFlyer miles expiring in 2022:
And now, here's the extension chart for KrisFlyer miles expiring in 2023:
So, if you had miles due to expire in March 2021, their validity has been/will be extended five times: first to September 2021, then to March 2022, September 2022, March 2023, and finally to September 2023!
Extending Your Singapore Miles Validity
If your miles are on their last legs and are about to expire, you can pay to extend their validity. KrisFlyer members can pay $12 or 1,200 miles to have their mileage expiration extended for six months. KrisFlyer Elite Silver and Gold elites receive a 12-month extension for the same $12 / 1,200 miles.
Historically, you used to book an award with your miles, change the date, and then cancel and redeposit your miles for a fee to reset the clock on those miles. This avenue is no longer available! Any miles that would have expired will be lost and would not be redeposited!
Earning Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
Earning Singapore KrisFlyer miles is relatively straightforward; you can earn miles in any of the following ways:
- Earn miles when you fly with Singapore, any of its Star Alliance members, including Lufthansa and Avianca. You can also earn miles when flying Scoot, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, and more.
- Earn miles for hotel stays, including IHG, Accor, and Hilton.
- Earn miles for your next car rental from Avis, Budget, and more.
- Earn miles for shopping around the world, including at the Bicester Village Shopping Collection.
If you are based in Asia, there is a much more comprehensive range of options for you to earn KrisFlyer miles, including multiple co-branded credit cards in various countries.
Boosting Your KrisFlyer Miles Account
If you are a few points shy of a redemption you have plenty of options. Fortunately, Singapore is one of the few airlines that partners with every major credit card point currency out there. You can transfer the following currencies to KrisFlyer.
- American Express Membership Rewards transfer at a ratio of 1:1
- Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer at a ratio of 1:1
- Citi ThankYou points transfer at a ratio of 1:1
- Capital One miles transfer at a ratio of 1:1
- Marriott Bonvoy points transfer at a ratio of 3:1
A fixed expiration policy is a big downside to the Singapore program, although 36 months is relatively generous. On the bright side, there are many point transfer partners, and you can pay to extend the validity of your KrisFlyer miles. It should be a breeze with proper planning to stay on top of your balance and always ensure that you use your miles before they expire.
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