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How To Earn Miles With Food Delivery Now That FoodPanda Ends Partnership With KrisFlyer

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foodpanda has terminated its partnership with KrisFlyer, but there’s still plenty of ways to earn miles on your food delivery orders.

On 7 July 2021, foodpanda ended its partnership with Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, removing the ability to earn KrisFlyer miles when ordering food or groceries through the platform.

This tie-up was first launched in March 2019, and foodpanda customers could earn 1 mile per S$1 with a minimum spend of S$35. The earn rate was sometimes boosted to 2 miles per S$1 and the minimum spend sometimes reduced to S$20, but eventually foodpanda decided that the cost no longer justified the incremental growth in business, and pulled the plug altogether.

The good news is that even though foodpanda no longer awards KrisFlyer miles, there’s still plenty of ways to earn them through your food delivery orders

Earn miles from credit cards

The most straightforward way of clocking miles on food delivery is to simply use the right credit card. The following cards earn you up to 4 mpd (miles per dollar) on food delivery:

CardFood Delivery Earn RateRemarks
Citi PremierMiles4 mpdUntil 31 August 2021, no cap
Citi Rewards 4 mpdCapped at S$1,000 per statement month
DBS Woman’s World Card4 mpdCapped at S$2,000 per calendar month
UOB Preferred Platinum Visa4 mpdCapped at S$1,000 per calendar month
HSBC Revolution4 mpdCapped at S$1,000 per calendar month
UOB Lady’s Card4 mpdCapped at S$1,000 per calendar month. Must select dining as quarterly bonus category
UOB Lady’s Solitaire Card4 mpdCapped at S$3,000 per calendar month. Must select dining as quarterly bonus category
KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card3 mpdMust spend at least S$300 on SIA Group transactions in a membership year. No cap

Do take note of the monthly caps. For example, the Citi Rewards Card will earn 4 mpd on all online spend (including food delivery) capped at S$1,000 per statement month. But spend beyond this, and the earn rate drops to a dismal 0.4 mpd.

Also take note of other conditions that may need to be met. For example, the KrisFlyer UOB Credit Card will earn 3 mpd on food delivery, but you’ll need to spend at least S$300 on SIA Group transactions (defined as Singapore Airlines, Scoot and KrisShop) in a membership year. 

As a general point, you should also refer to the individual card’s T&Cs to see how each bank defines food delivery. GrabFood, Deliveroo, foodpanda and WhyQ are all safe bets, and you should be able to earn 4 mpd on any of these platforms.

Earn miles from GrabRewards

If you order food delivery via GrabFood, it’s possible to earn additional airline miles on top of those from your credit card. 

That’s thanks to the GrabRewards programme. GrabFood users currently earn GrabRewards points according to the following chart:

GrabRewards Points Per S$1 Spent on GrabFood

Pay with credit cardPay with GrabPay wallet
Member13
Silver13
Gold1.54.5
Platinum26

GrabRewards points can be redeemed for airline miles at the following rates:

  • 500 points = 50 KrisFlyer miles
  • 1,000 points = 100 KrisFlyer miles
  • 5,000 points = 500 Krisflyer miles

In other words, 10 points = 1 mile, and therefore users earn miles at a rate of 0.1 to 0.6 mpd when they spend with GrabFood. Once again, remember that this is in addition to whatever you receive from your credit card, so if a Platinum member pays with a DBS Woman’s World Card, he or she will earn 4.2 mpd (4 mpd from the card, 0.2 mpd from Grab).

KrisFlyer Miles Per S$1 Spent on GrabFood

Pay with credit cardPay with GrabPay wallet
Member0.10.3
Silver0.10.3
Gold0.150.45
Platinum0.20.6

GrabRewards does not charge any conversion fees when transferring points to airline miles. Transfers take up to three business days, and only one conversion can be done at a time.

Earn miles from Air Asia Food

While this technically isn’t KrisFlyer, AirAsia Food might be a useful option for some people. The platform launched in Singapore in March this year, and AirAsia BIG members can earn BIG points when ordering through the platform.

Customers currently earn 1 BIG point for every S$0.30 spent, and can redeem 405 BIG points for S$1 off their order. It should be noted that BIG is more akin to a cash rebate programme than a traditional frequent flyer one, however, so it doesn’t make sense to compare 1 BIG point to 1 KrisFlyer mile. 

Conclusion

foodpanda’s decision to end its partnership with KrisFlyer is no doubt disappointing for miles collectors, given its relatively generous earn rate. On the bright side, it’s still possible to earn at least 4 mpd on such transactions by using the right credit card and/or ordering through GrabFood. 

It also seems like foodpanda will be expanding its own in-house loyalty programme, introducing challenges for users to earn vouchers and other prizes. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this in the months to come, so stay tuned. 

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