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In 2015 United switched its MileagePlus loyalty program over to a revenue-based earning system in which miles are awarded based on how much you spend rather than how far you fly. Since then, a popular alternative for flyers has been to credit United flights to Singapore’s KrisFlyer program instead. Unlike United or other major Star Alliance partners, Singapore not only awarded miles for United flights based on distance instead of dollars, but also gave 100% mileage credit for all tickets regardless of fare class.
Unfortunately that has come to an end. Effective Sunday, October 1, Singapore has put a new earning chart into effect for United flights:
As you can see, more than half of the United fare buckets are being severely cut on the mileage earning side, with two of them now earning as little as 25% of flown miles and United’s Basic Economy fare (booking class N) earning nothing at all. That’s actually worse than other Star Alliance partners, including Air Canada’s Aeroplan which awards a minimum of 50% of flown miles in all classes (although Basic Economy fares do not earn Altitude Qualifying Miles and therefore don’t count toward elite status):
There’s no new obvious place to credit United flights going forward, but if you have a flight booked in the G, K or N fare buckets, Singapore KrisFlyer is definitely no longer the program to use, as you’ll do better with Aeroplan. Of course, you can always credit to United itself and get 5 points per dollar spent on your ticket as a non-elite, or more if you have elite status. But either way, the days of getting a full redeemable mile for each mile flown are slowly dying.
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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees