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Here’s a little Monday morning treat for you – free Star Alliance Silver status in 30 seconds, courtesy of Singapore Airlines Krisflyer and Shangri-La Golden Circle!
All you have to do is head to this page here and link your SIA Krisflyer account with your Shangri-La Golden Circle account. If you haven’t already signed up to one or both of the programmes, you can sign up through the link above too and then link them.
It’s only supposed to be Golden Circle Jade (mid-tier) and Diamond (top tier) members that get given Singapore Krisflyer Silver, but it works for anyone.
Krisflyer Silver Status doesn’t actually get you much (25% Miles bonus, priority waitlist, priority standby, waived or discounted service fees) – but any status is always better than no status, particularly if it’s free and takes 30 seconds!
The discounted service fees are actually well worth knowing about if you ever redeem Krisflyer Miles (which you should, because you can transfer Amex MR to Krisflyer at a 1:1 rate, and there are lots of great redemption sweetspots!).
With Silver status you only have to pay $15.00 rather than $30 to cancel an award booking and get all the Miles back, and you can change any of your 5 free redemption nominees for $15.00 rather than $30.00 too.
Krisflyer Miles expire after 3 years (regardless of activity) but a non-elite member can extend that for 6 months by paying $12.00 per 10,000 Miles. Silver members can keep their Miles alive for 12 extra months for the same fee.
Star Alliance Silver is also pretty underwhelming most of the time, but can be extremely useful if you find your travel plans going wrong due to bad weather or other issues. Being a bit higher up the priority list than you otherwise would, can be the difference between getting rebooked onto the last flight of the day on Christmas Eve when your original flight had been cancelled, or spending Christmas by yourself at an airport (we’ve all seen the films!).
You mentioned a Gold fast-track?
The rules of the promotion state that Golden Circle Jade members get Krisflyer Gold (and therefore Star Alliance Gold) status after just 3 flights with Singapore Airlines or SilkAir within 4 months.
The thing is, I don’t have Golden Circle Jade status – but that didn’t stop me being granted free Krisflyer Silver status, which suggests that the coding is probably tagging everyone as having Jade status. If that’s true, then 3 eligible flights should get anyone Gold, but of course if it didn’t work you’d have no way to legitimately complain, so it’s a risk.
If you happen to have some Singapore/SilkAir flights coming up anyway though, or are in the region and can spend a few quid more to fly SIA rather than Air Asia then I think I’d give it a go.
If you have an American Express Platinum Card, you can get instant Shangri-La Jade status as one of the perks so can definitely take advantage.
Krisflyer Gold is great because not only does it give you Star Alliance Gold (so lounge access, extra luggage allowance etc when travelling on 28 different airlines), it also allows you to use Virgin Australia lounges and Virgin Atlantic’s awesome Clubhouses when flying Economy.