Do you have an Amex Platinum or Amex Centurion card? If so, you can earn instant Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Silver status and benefit from a fast-track to KrisFlyer Gold status!
KrisFlyer Gold status not only comes with benefits when you fly with Singapore Airlines. You'll also enjoy Star Alliance Gold benefits when flying on any of the other 26 Star Alliance airlines, including Air New Zealand and Thai Airways, as well as benefits such as lounge access with Virgin Australia.
Here's how the instant KrisFlyer status match for Amex cardholders works…
Shangri-La Jade Status for Amex Platinum, Centurion Cardholders
One of the benefits of holding an American Express Platinum or Centurion charge card is instant status with several different hotel loyalty programs.
One of the participating hotel programs is Shangri-La's Golden Circle program. Amex Platinum and Centurion cardholders are eligible for instant Shangri-La Golden Circle membership as a standard benefit.
Singapore Airlines & Shangri-La Infinite Journeys Tie-Up
As it happens, Shangri-La and Singapore Airlines have a joint loyalty partnership through their Infinite Journeys program. This is similar to the relationship between United Airlines & Marriott, or American Airlines & Hyatt.
As part of the Infinite Journeys promotion, it's possible to convert Golden Circle Award Points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles (and vice versa). Singapore Airlines also offers instant KrisFlyer Silver status to Shangri-La Jade and Diamond members.
In addition, KrisFlyer members that receive Silver status through this promotion can upgrade to Gold status by taking a minimum number of Singapore Airlines or SilkAir flights. Members with Shangri-La Jade status, which is what Amex provides, would need to take at least 3 Singapore Airlines or SilkAir-operated flights within 4 months of registration. This is fairly easily achievable with a return trip from Australia to anywhere in Asia via Singapore.
Note that "G" class group fares and reward tickets do not count towards the instant KrisFlyer status upgrade. All flights must be both marketed and operated by either Singapore Airlines or SilkAir. Codeshare flights (such as Singapore Airlines-operated flights with a "VA" flight number) do not qualify.
To take advantage of this offer, you would need to be a member of both KrisFlyer and Golden Circle, and register for the promotion before taking the qualifying flights. The tier match takes around 6-8 weeks to come through after registering or meeting the upgrade criteria.
Once upgraded, you will enjoy KrisFlyer Gold status for 12 months. After this, you would need to meet the usual KrisFlyer qualification criteria to keep your Star Alliance Gold status. The status match can only be used once.