Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Gold: the unofficial guide

By Brandon L., March 20 2019
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Gold: the unofficial guide

This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel.

KrisFlyer Elite Gold is the highest tier of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flyer program and equivalent to Star Alliance Gold, which unlocks over 1,000 lounges across its partner airlines.

There are also perks when flying with Virgin Australia domestically, making KrisFlyer Elite Gold status useful for travellers darting mainly around Asia and Australia.

How to earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold status

Whereas Qantas and Virgin Australia use status credits to determine tiers, Singapore Airlines uses Elite miles to do the same, which is more closely tied to the actual distance you fly.

You’ll need to earn 50,000 Elite miles within any 12-month period to qualify for Elite Gold status, and continue to reel in another 50,000 Elite miles every year thereafter to retain your status.

The KrisFlyer miles calculator will help you check how much your next trip will earn. Usually, you’ll earn the same amount of KrisFlyer miles (for spending) and Elite miles (for status) from each flight.

Travel Class Earning Rate Actual flown miles needed for Elite Gold
First/Suites (F, A) 200% of flown 25,000 miles
Business Flexi (Z, C, J) 150% of flown 33,334 miles
Business Standard (U)
Business Lite (D)
Premium Economy Flexi (S, T)
125% of flown 40,000 miles
Premium Economy Standard (P)
Premium Economy Lite (R)
Economy Flexi (Y, B, E)
100% of flown 50,000 miles
Economy Standard (M, H, W) 75% of flown 66,667 miles
Economy Lite (Q, N, V, K) 50% of flown 100,000 miles

Status-seeking travellers will need to fly at least 33,334 to 40,000 real-life miles in business class to earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold, making it a fairly difficult status level to attain.

Using Sydney to Singapore one-way as an example (actual distance 3,912 miles), you would have to fly the route at least 7 times in first class, 9 times in business class (11 on Business Standard and Lite fares) or 26 times in Economy Lite to reach KrisFlyer Elite Gold.

Sydney to London via Singapore return clocks in at 21,152 miles, so even if you flew first class both ways (earning 42,304 Elite miles), you still won't quite make the cut to Elite Gold yet without a few more trips.

Lounge access for KrisFlyer Elite Gold members

Elite Gold frequent flyers have access to Singapore Airlines' and SilkAir’s network of lounges with one guest in tow, even when flying economy. However, the quality of lounges can vary significantly.

In the home port of Singapore, the disappointingly sub-par KrisFlyer Gold Lounge is offered for Elite Gold members travelling in economy or premium economy, while the swankier SilverKris lounge remains open for business class and PPS Club guests only.

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport T3
Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore Changi Airport T3

In all other cities where Singapore Airlines offers a SilverKris business class lounge, Elite Gold members will have access with one guest.

The Star Alliance network provides access to hundreds more lounges worldwide, including Lufthansa’s ‘better than business class’ Senator Lounges, which are only accessible to Star Alliance Gold members.

AusBT review: Lufthansa Senator Lounge, London Heathrow Airport T2

In Australia, the doors are open to Virgin Australia domestic lounges along with one guest who has to also be travelling.

Rounding up the list is access to Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses when flying with Virgin Atlantic but without any guests, plus the Vistara lounge in New Delhi along with one guest also flying Vistara.

Checked baggage allowance for KrisFlyer Elite Gold members

An extra 20kg can be checked in when flying Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Virgin Atlantic and Star Alliance members and connecting partners. Where the piece concept applies, you’ll get one extra bag instead. Vistara offers an extra 10kg (22 pounds).

On Virgin Australia, Elite Gold members get one extra bag of 23kg in economy, or 32kg for business class and premium economy.

Perks for KrisFlyer Elite Gold members

Complimentary economy seat selection is available for Forward Zone and standard seats, where the fare would normally charge for seat selection.

Priority airport check-in, boarding and baggage delivery comes as standard when travelling with Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Star Alliance (members and connecting partners) and Virgin Australia.

Also handy: waivers or reductions for most KrisFlyer service fees such as changing your redemption nominees, which normally attracts a US$30 (AU$43) or 3,000 miles penalty.

On the hotel front, you can also be boosted to Shangri-La Jade membership – providing complimentary breakfast, room upgrades and more at hotels like Shangri-La and Hotel Jen – after linking your KrisFlyer and Golden Circle memberships and staying for just one night at a participating hotel.

All this is in addition to Elite Silver benefits, including a 25% tier bonus on actual miles flown, and priority reservation waitlist and airport standby.

Elite Gold Rewards

As an incentive to keep flying with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir rather than partner airlines, Elite Gold Rewards offers extra bonuses when you earn miles solely from those two airlines.

When 60,000 Elite miles have been earned from these flights during a membership year, you’ll get a Double KrisFlyer Miles Reward which allows you to earn twice the KrisFlyer miles for a single flight segment.

At 75,000 Elite miles, a short-haul Advance Upgrade becomes available, allowing a one-class upgrade at the time of booking for short flights, including from Singapore to most of south-east Asia.

Finally, at 100,000 Elite miles, you’ll unlock a premium economy Advance Upgrade which is valid at the point of booking for any flight sector with premium economy, including longer legs between Singapore and either Australia or Europe.

AusBT review: Singapore Airlines premium economy, Sydney to Singapore

Brandon L.

Based in Perth, Brandon enjoys tucking into local delicacies, discovering new cocktails, and making aeroplane food look good on camera.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Sep 2011

Total posts 83

As an occasional flyer in SQ Business Class I had to laugh at the description of the BC lounges at Changi as “swankier”. IMHO VA’s domestic lounges in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane leave them for dead

Can't agree there. Yes, SQ's Changi business class lounge can get rammed with passengers and has seen better days but I'd rather spend an hour or two before my flight there, compared to the VA lounges. The SQ business lounge has a much better and broader selection of food and drink.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Jun 2018

Total posts 14

Describing the Krisflyer gold lounges in Changi as "sub-par" is flattery indeed! In all respects they are not worthy of a visit. The terminals themselves offer far more comfort and higher quality food and beverages (although they come at a cost).

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 601

Previously I've just gone in there long enough to eat the free food and drink and leave

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

12 Nov 2017

Total posts 18

I agree, the Gold Lounges do not even have a toilet, let alone a shower. However, I do think the food has improved in recent times.

21 Apr 2017

Total posts 35

Moved all of my travel from SQ to CX around 3 years ago and haven't looked back. DM with CX is a far better value proposition than PPS/KF Gold across the board because it rewards loyalty irrespective of which cabin you happen to be in on a given day. There's also the superior lounges, better all round treatment of elites etc. PPS works well if you happen to be Singapore based and travel only in J/F. KF Gold is a joke in terms of accrual rates and benefits.

04 Dec 2019

Total posts 5

In fairness, making 50K for GO is much easier on SQ than 150K with LH. It's where you're coming from...


29 Feb 2016

Total posts 24

This is a very timely article, thank you.. Hv a LHR trip in suites coming soon which would get me over the Gold 50k miles for this year but there's otherwise really not a lot of incentive for Aust residents.

As the principled Bernoulli notes above you cant get into SIN Silver Kris lounge with even a top weight SQ or VA status card, Golden Kris SIN lounge is embarrassingly poor (not even a shower IIRC), Gold benefits are apparently not extensive, except when flying other *A partners, and if you are flying J then you hv the run of the Silver lounges everywhere else anyway.. Think I'll continue to credit VA instead.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

15 Jan 2015

Total posts 2

I am a Qantas Platium one flyer and also managed to achieve gold Kris flyer (sad I know) - I found no advantage of the kris flyer status especially compared to the benefits of PLTO. For example flying business you couldn’t use the first lounge which you can on Qantas. Gold is also very hard to achieve and keep. Anyway just my thoughts.


29 Feb 2016

Total posts 24

One can complain about the regular 8-10pm crush in the Silver SIN lounge, but I have the impression the next door F/PPS lounge is rarely more than 50% full and mostly comprised of top lvl *A pax rather than SQ pax? Thats only a rough opinion based on a few walks to the Private Room, so it would be useful to hear from any heavyweight PPS/Star All pax if thats the case. Maybe is just a Singaporean thing - keep the best for the very very few ?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Jan 2015

Total posts 601

I found it more like the 8pm to midnight crush but outside of those times the silverkris J lounge is pretty good

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

22 Sep 2017

Total posts 4

Being SQ gold means you can use other airlines business lounges(ie air NZ in Christchurch or even their own lounge in Heathrow). These make the Singapore Air lounges at Changi airport, look Shabby. Why would you have such poor lounges in your flagship airport Singapore Air?.

04 Dec 2019

Total posts 5

Captive audience.. Lufthansa Germany lounges are a good example of giving nothing if you don't have to. Lufthansa LHR is an example of what they could do...

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

09 Dec 2015

Total posts 8

Status-seeking travellers will need to fly at least 33,334 to 40,000 real-life miles in business class to earn KrisFlyer Elite Gold,

But if you do fly 40k miles in J you probably have enough to attained PPS so KF Gold really is tough to accept for all the hard Y bum work

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2017

Total posts 87

I'd like to see the Official Guide please

07 Jul 2015

Total posts 1

No worries, it's here.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

01 Nov 2016

Total posts 134

Agree with the comments on the SQ gold lounge. Very poor and average for an airline that prides itself on a level of service even other airlines "used" to talk about. Being lifetime gold on both star alliance and oneworld and living in Australia we are very lucky in what Qantas provides and to the same extent CX in Hong Kong.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

Total posts 8

I'm Singapore based and was PPS for some 6 years before relocating for a short period so swiftly I lost my PPS. I'm back in Singapore now and despite many J flights in the region I will not even achieve KF Gold. Ironically, I will achieve PPS again due to $ spend before doing enough miles for KF Gold!

One world has picked up most of my spend recently and I managed to retain etihad Platinum (sigh!) . SQ is still amazing for points redemption though.


Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

15 Nov 2017

Total posts 58

Does the tier bonus of 25% contribute to status?

04 Dec 2019

Total posts 5

Yes, it's only applied on SQ metal.

04 Dec 2019

Total posts 5

Sorry, I am incorrect. I just checked. The bonus on SQ metal Is airmiles only, no status miles.

04 Dec 2019

Total posts 5

Previously PPS and SG resident I have recently re-rolled into a regional role based o/s SG with a Y policy. The ridiculously mean upgrades policy and tiny tiny tiny single leg upgrades “benefits” from SQ will mean I'm going to go with BA or CX and OW. BA offers a lifetime GO status which I would have qualified years ago if I had stayed with them from the get go, hopefully there is still time before I retire!

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