Singapore Airlines and Air India begin a new bilateral frequent flyer program agreement on September 15.
Under the agreement, frequent flyer programme members of both airlines are able to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by either carrier. This means members of Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program can now earn KrisFlyer miles when they fly with Air India, or choose to redeem their miles for flights with the Indian carrier.
Likewise, members of Air India’s Flying Returns program have the option of using their miles on Singapore Airlines flights or earning miles when they fly on Singapore Airlines.
“The addition of Air India as a KrisFlyer partner boosts the number of carriers we have such agreements with to 28. Those who fly frequently with Singapore Airlines and Air India now have more opportunity to increase their frequent flyer miles, and more choice in deciding how best to use their miles,” says Huang Cheng Eng, Singapore Airlines’ executive vice president marketing and the regions.
Singapore Airlines operates 42 times a week to 6 destinations in India. With the inclusion of subsidiary carrier SilkAir, the Singapore Airlines route network covers 93 destinations in 38 countries.
Singapore Airlines is a member and Air India has been announced as a future member of the Star Alliance, which was established in 1997 as the first global airline alliance.
Its members are Air Canada; Air China; Air New Zealand; ANA; Asiana Airlines; Austrian; BMI; Egyptair; LOT Polish Airlines; Lufthansa; Scandinavian Airlines; Shanghai Airlines; Singapore Airlines; South African Airways; Spanair; Swiss; TAP Portugal; Turkish Airlines; Thai International; United; and US Airways.Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines are regional member carriers.
In addition to Air India, Aegean Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members of the Star Alliance, with Continental set to join the alliance on October 27. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 17,000 daily flights to 916 destinations in 160 countries.