United Airlines - Mileage Plus
Member since 11 Feb 2018
Total posts 6
Hi all. I'm moving to Singapore soon. Any advice on the best cards for a Star Alliance flyer based there? I think I probably don't want to be locked into KrisFlyer, because redemption is so bad, but it would be good to have the option. Might transfer my Amex card, but don't want to miss out on any signing bonuses that I could get with Amex there. Welcome advice.
(Also, any forums like this that you'd recommend?)
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 11 Dec 2017
Total posts 124
If you’ve got status in another program United may still be running their status match which I found very easy to take advantage of.
Member since 17 Jul 2015
Total posts 18
Citi PremierMiles Visa is good here. Citi points don't expire and can be transferred to a number of airline programs. Fairly decent earn rates compared to others on the market. Plus its eligible for those on an Employment Pass, which some local cards are not.
Member since 10 May 2017
Total posts 55
What about Amex? Platinum Charge.
Member since 20 May 2016
Total posts 33
Hi, I moved to Singapore a few years ago and I have the UOB Privi Miles MasterCard. I find this card to be really good - 1.2 miles per $ in SG and 2.4 miles per $ overseas. Credit card market in Singapore is really competitive with many locals holding multiple cards.
If you travel overseas a lot the points add up really quickly with UOB. They also consistently waive the annual fee each year through an automated phone process. The miles can be converted into Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific / One World) or KrisFlyer (Singapore / Star Alliance).
Thanks, these suggestions are helpful. Two follow-on questions:
1) Does anyone have any experience transferring an Amex from one jurisdiction to another? Are there any advantages to doing so? Wouldn't I give up any initial MR bonus that I would otherwise get by opening a new Amex card in Singapore?
2) Are there any bonus offers on at the moment that are particularly notable? I've been using a lot of points lately, so need to restock.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
Summary of options (some already mentioned) for FF programs:
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,112
I've looked into it, mainly just because I saw the option online and was curious how it worked, and what happens is that your card isn't really 'transferred', as such: more so that your Australian credit history and your existing customer profile are taken into account when assessing your new application - so rather than applying cold as a brand new customer with zero credit history in the new country (which makes things tricky), the fact that you've been a cardholder for X years, have a good repayment history and don't have any red flags on your Australian credit report could help your chances of approval overseas. Your Australian card isn't automatically closed when you open a new one overseas, so you can choose to close it or keep it open (or for a credit card, perhaps move it to a no-annual-fee card to keep your Australian credit limit alive if you plan on returning). Not financial advice, of course, but just what seemed to be the case!
Member since 09 May 2013
Total posts 346
I transferred my Amex from the US into australia. They cancelled my American Amex and gave me a new one, but with a lot lower credit limit (Which i was able to increase every 6 months). The membership origin year is maintained, membership points were transferred over. However, this was in 2004. They used to provide discounts on redemptions based on history (lesser points for long term members, but i have’nt seen this recently).
SilkAir - KrisFlyer
Member since 07 Dec 2017
Total posts 16
Good morning Fogg
Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles
Member since 05 Jun 2017
Total posts 3
I've recently moved to Singapore from Australia and also looked into it and was told slightly different information.
I should mention that I'm already Gold on United, and was 1K the previous four years. My plan is to stick with United and go back up to 1K, in order to take advantage of the GPUs on their trans-Pacific flights to San Francisco. (Family is in the US). But I will probably mostly fly on Singapore within the region and back to Australia.
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