Get a Status Match or Fast Track with Marriott Bonvoy – KrisFlyer Partnership

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Marriott Bonvoy and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has strengthened their partnership with new status match and accelerator challenge.

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Marriott Bonvoy to KrisFlyer

Marriott Bonvoy members can get their status matched to KrisFlyer, with a fast track option:

Current
Marriott
Status
Match to
KrisFlyer
Status
Fast Track to
KrisFlyer
Status
GoldNoneSilver
(2 flights in 6 months)
Platinum,
Titanium,
Ambassador
SilverGold
(4 flights in 6 months)

Additional notes:

  • Award flights are excluded
  • Fare class ‘G’ is excluded
  • Codeshare flights are excluded
  • Matched and fast tracked status are valid for 12 months
  • Terms & conditions
  • FAQs
My KrisFlyer benefits as a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member

How to register?

IMPORTANT: Do not rush to register. As matched statuses are only valid for 12 months, time your registration right, to maximize the benefits.

Here’s how to register:

  • Visit this page and sign in to your Marriott Bonvoy account
  • You will see an option to link the Marriott account to KrisFlyer

Is KrisFlyer Silver/Gold status worth it?

Frequent flyer statuses have very specific use-cases, and it really depends on what type of traveller you are. But, for most people, no, it is not worth it.

tl;dr: As these benefits are usually already-included for Business/First Class travel. They are most useful only if you fly in Economy/Premium Economy Class a lot, with Star Alliance airlines.

Let’s have a look at the key benefits of KrisFlyer Silver and Gold statuses. These benefits can only be used when flying with a Star Alliance airline, regardless of the class of travel, award flights included.

KrisFlyer
Elite Silver
KrisFlyer
Elite Gold
25% bonus miles
on paid flights
25% bonus miles
on paid flights
Free seat selectionFree seat selection
Airport lounge access
(regardless of class of travel)
20kg extra
checked baggage
Priority check-in
Priority boarding

In my opinion, the KrisFlyer Silver status is not worth any effort in qualification, while the Gold status may be useful for some travellers with specific travel patterns.

Frequent flyer status benefits are not useful for me because of my travel pattern, preferences and budget:

  • I hold the Citi Prestige credit card, which comes with unlimited airport lounge access worldwide (+1 guest), regardless of airline and class of travel
  • When flying short haul in Economy Class, I want the best value. I have no problems flying in budget airlines (~50% – 70% cheaper than Singapore Airlines)
  • When flying long haul in Economy Class, I prefer flying in full-service airlines, and I want the freedom to choose the airline that offers the best value. Other good airlines like Qatar Airways and Emirates are often cheaper, and it simply doesn’t make sense (for me) to splurge on Economy Class
  • I’m a light traveller, never needed more than the checked baggage allowance

Cheapest ways to clock 4 flights on SQ

As mentioned above, Marriott Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador members can get KrisFlyer Gold status after registering and taking 4 Singapore Airlines flights within 6 months.

If you feel that KrisFlyer Gold status is useful for you, here are some cheap ways to clock 4 flights on Singapore Airlines (you only need to complete one of these):

  • 2x Roundtrip Singapore – Kuala Lumpur: S$356 (S$178 x2)
  • 1x Roundtrip Jakarta – Penang/Kuala Lumpur: S$257
  • 1x Roundtrip Surabaya – Penang/Kuala Lumpur: S$234
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KrisFlyer to Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy members can get their status matched to KrisFlyer, with a fast track option:

Current
KrisFlyer
Status
Match to
Marriott
Status
Fast Track to
Marriott
Status
Gold,
PPS,
Solitaire PPS
GoldPlatinum
(10 nights in 6 months)
SilverNoneSilver
(3 nights in 6 months)

Additional notes:

  • Award nights are included
  • Matched and fast tracked status are valid for the current year, till February on the following 2 years (e.g. complete Fast Track in Jan 2024, enjoy status till Feb 2026)
  • Terms & conditions
  • FAQs

How to register?

IMPORTANT: Do not rush to register. As matched statuses are only valid for current year, till February on the following 2 years, time your registration right, to maximize the benefits.

Here’s how to register:

  • Visit this page and log in to your KrisFlyer account
  • Navigate to “Profile”, followed by “Partner programmes”
  • From the drop-down menu under “Category” and “Partner”, select “Non-airline partner” and “Marriott Bonvoy” respectively
  • Enter your Marriott Bonvoy membership account number and click “Add”
  • Click “Register” to participate in our status match and/or accelerator offer

Is Marriott Silver/Gold/Platinum status worth it?

Let’s have a look at the key benefits of Marriott Bonvoy Silver, Gold and Platinum statuses. These benefits can only be enjoyed when staying in Marriott Bonvoy-affiliated hotels, including award stays.

Marriott
Silver
Marriott
Gold
Marriott
Platinum
10% bonus
points on
paid stays
25% bonus
points on
paid stays
50% bonus
points on
paid stays
Priority
late checkout
2pm late
checkout
4pm late
checkout
Room
upgrade
Room upgrade
(incl. suites)
Club lounge
access
Breakfast for 2
(most hotels)

In my opinion, the Marriott Bonvoy Silver and Gold statuses are not worth any effort in qualification. The Platinum status, however, is pretty awesome and has given me some amazing experiences over the years.

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Cheapest ways to clock 10 Marriott nights

If you are based in Southeast Asia, the cheapest Marriott Bonvoy hotels can be found in Malaysia and Indonesia, where rates go for as low as US$50 per night.

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Bottom line

Marriott Bonvoy and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer are offering a reciprocal status match and fast track program.

In my opinion, the best status that can be received through this program is easily Marriott Bonvoy Platinum. KrisFlyer Gold can be useful to those with specific travel patterns.

As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium member who is a KrisFlyer Silver member, I have the option of spending around S$356 (and a day of my life) for a mileage-run to achieve the KrisFlyer Gold status.

While it may sound attractive to some, I honestly do not see any use for it, based on my travel patterns.

I’ve had a recent opportunity to match my Marriott status to United Gold (Star Alliance Gold) and visited the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge in Changi Airport Terminal 3. If anything, it further confirmed my point that a Star Alliance Gold status is not useful to me. Disappointingly, food served in the lounge was of a similar standard to what is served in Priority Pass lounges in the terminal.

6 thoughts on “Get a Status Match or Fast Track with Marriott Bonvoy – KrisFlyer Partnership”

  1. Hi, I am Marriott Gold Elite (lifetime silver elite) and Krisflyer Elite Gold (expiring Apr 2024). I’m likely unable to accumulate the required KF Elite miles by Apr to keep my gold status. So should I let it run its course, then after, aim to clock 4 SQ flights so that I can get KF Elite Gold status again?

    Reply
  2. Hi,

    After reading I realized that Dec is a bad time to register and I have registered yesterday.. is there anyway I can unregister and do it again in Jan 2024

    Reply
  3. IMPORTANT: Do not rush to register. As matched statuses are only valid for current year, till February on the next 2 years, time your registration right, to maximize the benefits. (Dec 2023 is a bad time to register)

    is it suitable for member who want to stay as Gold Member? how about member who want to accelerate to Platinum with 10 night stay, is it ok if i matched to MB Gold today, but achieve 10night stay to platinum in 2024?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hi Sufyan, I don’t see it covered in the T&C, but would personally play it safe by registering and clocking the nights from Jan 2024.

      Reply

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