Reminder To Apply For The Singapore Airlines & Shangri-La Gold Status Match Before Status Years End

Reminder To Apply For The Singapore Airlines & Shangri-La Gold Status Match Before Status Years End

We have previously reported on the option to receive a rare fast track to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold through the Shangri-La Circle Infinite Journeys partnership, and many members’ Jade/Diamond status will soon come to an end.

Those who currently have Jade or Diamond status with Shangri-La are entitled to enroll in the Match&Fast Track campaign and will receive instant KrisFlyer Silver Status plus Gold Status after 1 (Diamond) or 3 (Gold) flight segments within four months after signup.

Last year, Shangri-La Circle made it possible to extend the tier status for one additional year by having just one transaction on the account, which could be as easy as buying a coffee at a Shangri-La hotel or having a meal.

Just like many other members, I extended my Jade status that way until December 31, 2023 which means that I’ll soon drop from that tier as I didn’t renew it (I had zero stays with Shangri-La in 2023).

I had never used the KrisFlyer Status promotion through Infinite Journeys before and decided that I’d sign up this time before I lost my easy chance for SQ Gold.

You can access the Infinite Journeys website here to activate the Fast Track.

Once the fast track and match are activated, it takes approximately 24-48 hours before the KrisFlyer account is upgraded to Silver status, and the counter starts for members to credit their SQ flight segments to the account in order to get it going.

Keep in mind that you may only register for the membership status match benefit once. A renewed registration (with the same account/s) would fail. You can, of course, try to do it with a new account, but I’m confident the system would catch it.

These flights can be in any regular ticketed cabin, even the cheapest Economy fare, in order to count.:

If you are a Shangri-La Circle Jade member, you can enjoy an accelerated upgrade to KrisFlyer Elite Gold simply by flying three times on Singapore Airlines in any booking class except ‘G’ (Group fares) within four months of registration. Award and codeshare flights are not eligible for this accelerated upgrade. Miles earned from the qualifying flights must be credited to your KrisFlyer membership account first to be eligible for the accelerated upgrade.

If you are Shangri-La Circle Diamond member, you can enjoy an accelerated upgrade to KrisFlyer Elite Gold by simply flying once on Singapore Airlines in any booking class except ‘G’ within four months of registration. Award and codeshare flights are not eligible for this accelerated upgrade. Miles earned from the qualifying flight must be credited to your KrisFlyer membership account first to be eligible for the accelerated upgrade.

The flights must be operated by the SIA mainline and be revenue-based (no award flights). The only exception is tickets in booking class G, which apparently stands for group tickets.

After successfully crediting a sufficient amount of segments, KrisFlyer will send an email acknowledging the new status (usually within 48 hours), and from then on, the status is valid for one year (365 days). SQKF is one of the few programs that run after an accurate, revolving timestamp and not a calendar-year-based membership scheme from JAN-DEC.

The program is especially popular for members who like to redeem for the luxurious First Class Suites on the A380. Also, many awards are waitlisted and having Gold status definitely helps clearing the waitlist.

Conclusion

If your Shangri-La Circle Jade or Diamond status ends on December 31st, just like mine, you might want to consider signing up for the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Track via Infinite Journeys.

This unique partnership is definitely great for status and very rare as Singapore Airlines usually doesn’t match status. If it makes sense for the individual member in the long run to credit miles to SQ KrisFlyer, it depends on the travel profile. I have done some lucrative redemptions with SQ in the past, but I’m heavily invested in the South East Asia region, where SIA offers many routing options.

For obvious reasons, this fast track is only viable for those who can easily hop on a SIA flight and clock in the required segments. The fact that the Jade/Gold match requires three segments doesn’t make it much easier, meaning a simple round trip Frankfurt-New York or Los Angeles-Tokyo isn’t sufficient.

I’m trying to push my registration out as long as possible, but I won’t leave it until the last minute in case of technical issues. Maybe around December 20th is a good date.

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