One good part about earning miles neutrally is the choice of transfer partners offered, and the bonuses they run sometimes. For the past two years, we have seen transfer bonuses from Etihad & British Airways on Citibank products, and Jet Airways as well, for Citibank credit cards ex-PremierMiles.
Just yesterday, Citibank and Singapore Airlines have begin to offer a 20% bonus on conversion of Citibank points/miles to your Singapore KrisFlyer frequent flyer account. Now while I won’t be able to post a full review of the KrisFlyer program at this moment, but like most programs in Asia, they charge fuel surcharges, and lots of them. However, the Singapore Airlines product is usually top notch, and you get access to a wonderful Suites Class product as well. To top it up, you need to spend 15% less miles if you book your mileage rewards online on krisflyer.com.
Under the promotion, which is valid till January 31, 2014, you can transfer 1 PremierMile for 1.2 SQ mile, or 1 Ultima mile for 6 SQ miles. Miles usually post within 24 hours, while Citibank will tell you that it would take upto 3 weeks to transfer the miles.
While travelling east from India, I think SQ is one of the best products out of India, and I indeed used some 80K PremierMiles earlier this year to travel back to India from the USA on SQ’s second longest flight from LAX – BOM.