Asked on 03 Feb 2020
Any pros and cons? Which would you recommend? Any special tips and hacks?
I prefer to keep my miles as currency on the bank side and transfer only when I have a redemption in mind.
Both KF and AM have their uses, and some of the redemptions can be cheaper on AM than KF, and vice versa. With many OneWorld airlines flying out of Singapore, you can also expect to find award space, rather than have to content with the SQ waitlist (unless you insist on flying by SQ Business)
So in the end it's quite a tie. However, with AM, which has now introduced activity based expiry, I think SQ needs to up their game. I'm all too aware of friends who had miles expire as the 3 year expiry date hits them.
Star Alliance does have a slightly bigger network than OneWorld, but most airlines fly to the popular destinations anyway.
I won't call it a hack, but there are sweet spots for the Krisflyer award charts, such as flying to South Africa one way for 49000 miles. That's 10 hours in a very solid business class seat. I'm sure such sweet spots should exist for Asia Miles, but my knowledge is lacking on this end.
Depends where u like to go and redeem
i keep a small balance in both accounts enough for a j redemption to my fave cities and if KF is full, i redeem on AM.
usually one or the other woud be available
Krisflyer miels is the best for those lviing in Singapore. This is because the flights using Singapore as a base and utilising SIA as the airlines, yields cheaper airmiles as compared to redeeming on asia miles.
In short, always choose the airline program whose "headquarter airport" is where you stay. SIA uses Changi Airport as its hub and it is an advantage for those lviing her to use SIA because it is a cheaper option