Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program is one of our favourites here at Point Hacks – and it might be one of yours too. You might want to book a great Business, First or Suites Class redemption for a friend or family member.

Unfortunately, KrisFlyer is also the target of unscrupulous ‘miles brokers’ who attempt to buy miles cheaply from users and on-sell them as ‘cheap Business Class tickets’ with a hefty markup. To combat this, KrisFlyer has a ‘redemption nominee’ system that still lets you redeem your miles for specific people, but with some restrictions in place.

How do I use KrisFlyer miles for other people?

You can add up to five people as your redemption nominees and they can be anyone – such as friends, family or colleagues. It’s free to add nominees and you can do so online.

But you can only have five nominees at a time and they must stay there for at least six months. For most members, it’ll also cost money to delete nominees and start fresh.

An example of redemption nominees in an account.

Here are the main rules to keep in mind:

  • After adding someone, you can’t remove them for six months.
  • A child or infant counts as a nominee.
  • Removing a nominee online will cost US$30 or 3,000 KrisFlyer miles for most members
    • Or US$15/1,500 KrisFlyer miles for KrisFlyer Elite Silver members,
    • Or free of charge for KrisFlyer Elite Gold, PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club.
  • The fee to remove a nominee is the same, regardless of how many people you delete.
  • Once you delete nominees, you can’t do so again for your other nominees for another six months.
  • Newly added nominees can only be booked on flights departing more than 72 hours after being added.
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How do I add a redemption nominee to your KrisFlyer account

  1. Log in to your KrisFlyer account.
  2. Click on ‘Profile‘ (you’ll likely get a 2FA code request at this stage).
  3. Click on ‘Redemption nominees‘.
  4. Select ‘+ Add nominee‘.
  5. Enter their name, date of birth and passport number.
  6. Choose whether they will be an ‘authorised nominee’.

An authorised nominee can make redemption bookings and changes on your behalf. This is optional.

IMPORTANT: The form to add a nominee asks for the title and LAST NAME initially, not the first name.

Summing up

The good news is that you can use your hard-earned KrisFlyer miles to book travel for other people. However, there is a limit of five people as redemption nominees at any one time. Furthermore, you need to pay cash or miles to remove anyone from your list unless you’re an Elite Gold frequent flyer or higher.

Remember that KrisFlyer miles have a hard expiry of three years from when they were earned. That means that if you have some miles expiring soon and can’t travel yourself, it might be worth adding someone as a redemption nominee and gifting them a trip.

Can you use KrisFlyer miles to book a ticket for someone else? was last modified: January 30th, 2024 by Brandon Loo