This month, Kris+ has an on-going new dining promotion called Miles Rush, which runs from now till 28 February 2023. Through this promotion, Kris+ users can earn up to 16 mpd by paying for meals at 13 participating restaurants:
665°F at Andaz Singapore, COCA, Dope Teatro, Honolulu Cafe Singapore, JU95, LeVel33, Mrs Pho, OverEasy, Paper Rice, Perch, QIN Restaurant & Bar, Sarai, The Coconut Club.
The Kris+ app gives you access to 12 mpd instead of the usual maximum of 9 mpd which the app typically offers; further, you can earn up to 4 additional mpd if you pay with selected cards such as HSBC Revolution, DBS Woman’s World Card, UOB Lady’s Card, and UOB Lady’s Solitaire. Payments using these cards via Kris+ are logged as online dining transactions, and thus the 4mpd can be applied.
For the uninitiated, Kris+ is a lifestyle rewards app from the KrisFlyer folks which offers good miles-earning rates (usually up to 9 miles per S$1 spent) simply by making payments with your Apple Pay/Google Pay-linked credit card through the app across various F&B and retail transactions, with over 1,500 participating merchants in Singapore. The Kris+ app currently has various new functionalities under beta testing, including a restaurant reservation programme launched in collaboration with Chope called Makan+ which gives you 100 KrisPay miles per fulfilled reservation (some of the participating restaurants on Miles Rush are bookable under Makan+, although tables allocated to Makan+ appear much less than what is available on the Chope platform itself) as well as the ability to book CDG taxi rides through the app which gives you a bonus 3 mpd on the taxi rides up till 31 March 2023 and 0.33 mpd thereafter. (The “additional 4 mpd by using selected credit cards” strategy outlined above also applies for the taxi bookings.)
You earn miles from paying via the app on top of the miles you would have ordinarily earned through the use of your relevant credit card. The miles you earn on the Kris+ app are always KrisPay miles at first instance (which you can use to offset payments/pay for transactions in-app), but at the end of each transaction, you are always invited immediately to convert these miles to KrisFlyer miles at the same rate (i.e. 1 KrisPay mile = 1 KrisFlyer mile). This conversion has to be done within 7 days of the transaction.
Over the weekend, I dined at two of the participating restaurants under the Kris+ Miles Rush promotion: Perch at Jewel Changi Aiport as well as Mrs Pho at Takashimaya. While my previous experience with accelerated mile promotions (hello, Mileslife) tended to involve merchants which, shall we say, you may not ordinarily visit under normal circumstances, I was pleasantly surprised by my experiences at both restaurants.
Despite it being Valentine’s Day weekend and bustling with mostly couples in visible love (i.e. bouquets of flowers or gift bags are usually somewhere on the table), I managed to make a reservation at Perch and score a booth seat. Aside from the texturally fun Tiger Prawn & Sakura Ebi Capellini and the well-cooked Steamed Baby Seabass with Tom Yum Broth being fairly tasty, the staff were generous with their wine pours and even offered to extend the Happy Hour promotion (1-for-1 for house wines and selected cocktails) beyond the usual 7pm cut-off. I will have to commend one of the female service staff who was super attentive and even went the extra mile to ensure my orders qualified for the Happy Hour deal. My good spirits and satisfaction with their service were probably why I ended up going for four glasses of booze – one red, one white, a Negroni and an Old Fashioned. (I can buy myself flowers, etc.) After applying a Kris+ 10% privilege (yes, discount somemore), my S$178.79 bill netted me 2,136 KrisPay miles which I promptly converted to KrisFlyer miles. (Let’s not forget this excludes any mileage accrued under my DBS Woman’s World Card used to pay for the meal – it’s not just for women!) It was satisfying that a meal I enjoyed and happily paid for earned me almost half of the 5,950 miles I spent redeeming my recent economy flight to Bali under KrisFlyer’s Spontaneous Escapes for February – crikey.
While Mrs Pho was less boozetastic with its menu, their comforting Crab Bisque Spicy Hotpot played like a cross between lobster bisque and XO Fish Soup which went down great with the “Chef Recommended” seafood and vegetable hotpot ingredients set, and I left being tempted to return for their non-hotpot offerings.
Aside from these two restaurants, I also have my eye on COCA, Qin Restaurant, LeVel33 and The Coconut Club, venues where I have dined before and enjoyed. Who says you can’t have your (delicious) miles cake and eat it too?