Singapore Airlines has been working hard in the last few months to bring its subsidiaries to become a part of the lucrative KrisFlyer program. Even though earlier this year in April, Singapore Airlines had made available redemption possibilities on these two carriers and also on its India partnership Vistara, but its low cost cousins were not part of the earning group. That is going to change now that Singapore Airlines will allow you to earn Krisflyer miles when you fly on Scoot and Tigerair. The catch here like all other programs is that they are only earned on premium bundles for their flights known as Scoot’s PlusPerks or Tigerair’s FlexiCombo bundles respectively.
As per the airlines website- Scoot’s PlusPerks bundles give passengers benefits like ticket flexibility (the ability to make one date or name change with administrative fees waived), priority check-in and fast boarding privileges, as well as the choice for a preferred seat with extra legroom. While the FlexiCombo on Tigerair gets you a 15kg check-in baggage, free upfront seat selection, and one-time fee waiver on date change.
Well most of the times I have used low cost airlines is for short hops where it doesn’t make sense to go for full service model and I have rarely ever needed to buy a full premium package on any of the LCC’s. That being said it’s a good move to bring all the subsidiary airlines under one frequent flyer umbrella as in the current times there is more money to be made in the frequent flyer programs itself compared to running the airline. Etihad has been a forerunner in this space and has added quite a lot of muscle by adding Jet Airways, Air Berlin programs under its fold. With the growing Low Cost market in Singapore Airlines home base it will be interesting to see how much more revenue does this bring for them.