The best Singapore Airlines credit card sign-up deals this July

By Chris Chamberlin , July 13 2016
The best Singapore Airlines credit card sign-up deals this July
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Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity aren’t the only players in the Australian credit card market – many savvy spenders instead lean towards Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program for its advantageous reward rates, particularly for business class and first class travel.

What’s more, a number of credit card issuers are temping shoppers with generous bounties of bonus points which can be converted straight into KrisFlyer miles, with up to 100,000 miles up for grabs from a single card application.

We’d not suggest applying for credit cards purely to earn these bonus points, but if your wallet could use with a spruce-up this July, take a look at five great sign-up deals on the table now.

1. American Express Platinum Charge Card

American Express leads the pack with an offer of 100,000 Membership Rewards points alongside a new American Express Platinum Charge Card, which you can convert into 100,000 KrisFlyer miles on a 1:1 basis.

To qualify, apply by August 1 2016 and spend at least $1,000 on the card within the first two months, in addition to a $1,200 annual card fee.

You’ll also earn the equivalent of 3 KrisFlyer miles per dollar spent at most local restaurants, 2 miles per dollar when abroad and on most travel-related spend in Australia, 0.5 miles per dollar with government bodies, insurance companies and utilities, and one mile per $1 elsewhere.

2. Citi Rewards Visa Signature credit card

An offer much more down-to-Earth comes from the Citi Rewards Visa Signature card, promising 75,000 Citibank Rewards points that you can convert into 37,500 KrisFlyer miles on a 2:1 basis.

Those miles come after your first spend within 90 days of opening the card and against a $199 annual fee in the first year, after which you’ll earn the equivalent of 0.75 KrisFlyer miles per dollar spent – up to $20,000 per monthly statement period within Australia but uncapped abroad.

3. Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card

In a similar style, the Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card serves up 70,000 bonus Citibank Rewards points aside your first purchase within 90 days, exchangeable for 35,000 KrisFlyer miles.

There’s a higher annual fee to pay of $700, but in return you’ll collect the equivalent of one KrisFlyer mile per dollar spent in Australia and 2.5 KrisFlyer miles per Australian dollar spent overseas, both of which are uncapped.

4. ANZ Rewards Black American Express + Visa

Reel in 25,000 KrisFlyer miles with a new ANZ Rewards Black American Express + Visa credit card combo, earned as 75,000 ANZ Rewards points and converted across to Singapore Airlines on a 3:1 basis.

(If you're really clued-in, you could increase that to 27,777 KrisFlyer miles by first converting your ANZ Rewards points into 37,500 Velocity points at a more favourable 2:1 ratio, and then converting those points into KrisFlyer miles on a 1.35:1 basis.)

This one’s as simple as making an eligible purchase within the first three months and paying a total annual fee of $375, after which you’ll earn the equivalent of one KrisFlyer mile per dollar spent on the AMEX and 0.416 KrisFlyer miles per dollar on the attached Visa via the ANZ Rewards program.

5. Westpac Altitude Black, Platinum & basic

Apply for a new Westpac Altitude, Altitude Platinum or Altitude Black credit card and you could earn 50,000 bonus Altitude Rewards points, also equal to 25,000 KrisFlyer miles when exchanged on a 2:1 basis.

You’ll need to spend a tad more than with ANZ to earn that bonus – at least $2,500 within 90 days of card approval – although you’d then earn the equivalent of 1.5 KrisFlyer miles per dollar spent on the $395/year Altitude Black American Express card, and 0.625 via the attached MasterCard.

Opting for the Westpac Altitude Platinum or basic cards also nets the same 25,000-mile sign-on bonus, but with a lower KrisFlyer earning rate per dollar spent thereafter.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

qff

26 Nov 2013

Total posts 8

Four of these cards have pretty low yields when you factor in the conversion rate and annual fees, and of course the big one (AMEX Plat Charge) comes with a whopping $1200 annual fee.  

Definitely worth mentioning that you can convert Velocity to Krisflyer 1.35:1, so there is merit in looking at the best Velocity sign up deals.   The AMEX Velocity Platinum ($349 annual fee and currently with 100,000 points when you sign up with a referral link) is in my view much better than most of these cards as it can yield you over 74,000 Krisflyer points.

Hi TruffleQueen, we don't include deals that are only available via private referral (instead those open to general application), although converting Velocity points into KrisFlyer miles is certainly a great option and even can be used to boost the bonus from the ANZ cards up to 27,777 KF miles, as ANZ applies different conversion rates when transferring points to Velocity and KrisFlyer.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

06 Feb 2014

Total posts 71

Not worth it. They get you if you keep the card

you end up spending 1200 dollars per yr so eventually it costs you what you would pay  

for a commercial ticket anyway.

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

Total posts 245

if you are referring to the Amex, might be $1200, but it nets you 100k points, which could technically translate to a First Class flight on Singapore airlines to Europe! 120k through private referrals as well.


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