MilesLife - Earn EXTRA Miles on Paying for Restaurant Bills in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, China

MilesLife - Earn EXTRA Miles on Paying for Restaurant Bills in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, China

Summary/TL;DR

MilesLife currently have a few promotions going on. The primary one is one where you'll earn 100 miles pretty much instantly if you register through a specific link and check-in through the app (not Facebook).

MilesLife is basically like FavePay/GrabPay, but instead of earning cashback or GrabRewards points, you're earning Frequent Flyer Miles. What type of miles? It depends on the program you're enrolled into within MilesLife. These points are earned in addition to points you'd ordinarily earn on your Credit Card expenditure.

MilesLife - Earn EXTRA Miles on Restaurant Bookings

Disclaimer: This deal contains a referral bonus for signing up through my referral link. The amount of miles depends on which link you click through and your activity after registering.

For those with an Indonesian(+62)/Malaysian(+60)/Singaporean(+65) phone number, sign up through here. You and I will earn 100 miles each.

If you're one of my Australian readers, don't stop reading. However, any non-Singaporean/Indonesian/Malaysian readers will only be able to register through this link. Go straight to the "Check-in Bonus" section of this post for the only part that is likely to be of relevance to you.

There are four sections to this post:

  1. 100 Miles for Checking In (only for those with Indonesian/Malaysian/Singapore numbers)
  2. Check-In Bonus
  3. "Health" Bonus for your steps
  4. Top up $300/$1000 and get 600/2500 Miles

Deal Rating: 6/10 - it's a very easy, low effort deal that earns you miles. Miles are fun. Even non-frugal people find miles exciting - because they're "free flights", so it's a "versatile" deal in that way. However, the value of the miles you're going to earn from this? Not very high.

100 miles for you (and me) for checking in - only for those with a Indonesian/Malaysian/Singaporean Mobile Number

100 miles is objectively not much, but it's pretty easy to take advantage of this deal!

Requirements:

  • Having the MilesLife app
  • Having Frequent Flyer Membership with one of the listed partners (scroll halfway down the page). As at 22 Aug 2018:
    • Air China - Phoenix Miles
    • ANA
    • Avianca - LifeMiles
    • British Airways
    • China Eastern
    • China Southern
    • Emirates Skywards
    • EVA Air
    • Hainan Airlines
    • Iberia Plus
    • Lufthansa - Miles & More
    • Qatar Airways
    • Sichuan Airlines
    • Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
    • United - MileagePlus
    • Xiamen Air

Step-by-Step Instructions:

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  • You'll be asked for your email address and name, and the referral code will be autofilled, assuming you've clicked from the link above.
  • You'll then be asked to add your Frequent Flyer Membership. You don't need to add it now, but that's the point of this deal right? So.. add the one you wish to add, so make sure you've got your Freqent Flyer Membership number handy.

 The screen prompting you to add your Frequent Flyer membership. You don't have to do it now, but you're here to get miles right?

The screen prompting you to add your Frequent Flyer membership. You don't have to do it now, but you're here to get miles right?

 Ignore the 3 white dots. It's the gesture for taking screenshots on this phone :)

Ignore the 3 white dots. It's the gesture for taking screenshots on this phone :)

 Add your Frequent Flyer Number. By the way, you can't add the same Frequent Flyer number to more than one MilesLife account. I tried :)

Add your Frequent Flyer Number. By the way, you can't add the same Frequent Flyer number to more than one MilesLife account. I tried :)

  • Next is a payment method, which you do not need to add now. Tap "Maybe Later".
 Payment Method - which you can add later

Payment Method - which you can add later

  • Go to "Account", and then tap "Check-in Bonus". In the middle of the screen, tap the orange "Check-In" button below the calendar view.
  • A pop-up will appear saying, "Congratulations! You have won 100 Miles"

Done. 100 miles for that.

Remember to repeat this everyday. After 7 consecutive days of checking in, you get between 10-200 miles. I'll talk a little bit more about the check-in feature below.

This is a one-off, and cannot be repeated.

There are actually 2 additional promotions as part of this, which can earn you an additional 900 Miles.

  1. Spend $10+ through MilesLife, get 400 miles
  2. Spend $29+ through MilesLife, get 500 miles

These are valid from one month from the time of registering. Although Indonesian and Malaysian numbers are allowed to participate in this promotion, this deal is only relevant for usage in Singapore as MilesLife, at present, has no presence in Indonesia/Malaysia.

Check-in Bonus (for all readers, including Indonesians/Malaysians/Singaporeans)

There is a feature within the Mileslife app that lets you get a "check-in bonus" for when you check-in on 7 consecutive days. Using the check-in bonus allows you to earn up to 200 miles in the program of your choosing. For Australians, this is actually an indirect way for you to earn Virgin Australia's Velocity points.

Again, I wish to remind you that the miles you earn is of very little value. However, it's free and it does not take much effort.

The steps for this are actually identical to the 100 miles deal above, except for step 1, you'll have to register from a different link.

Here's my record so far from 9 weeks of checking in. As you can see, getting 200 miles is pretty rare.

 Average over 9 weeks suggests an average of 31 miles per week for daily check-ins

Average over 9 weeks suggests an average of 31 miles per week for daily check-ins

As I said above, it's not much, but hey, if you consider as an average that it's $1 = 1 mile/point, getting 80 miles per week "free" is 80 miles that you otherwise would've had to have spent $80 for. Well, that's one way to put it..!

Steps for Miles

  • 5000 steps = 2 miles
  • 10000 steps = 4 miles
  • 20000 steps = 8 miles

Ok, again, barely anything. But using my logic above, 8 miles would've otherwise only been able to be accrued from $8 spend!

On the main MilesLife screen (under "Local"), there's a little icon in the bottom right corner, just above "Account". It says, "MILESLIFE HEALTH". This feature allows you to "trade in" your steps for miles. Sounds cool? Yea, it sorta is. Again, more free miles.

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I haven't figured out if you can link this to a fitness tracker, but given the steps are taken from Google Fit, I presume as long as you have a fitness tracker connected to Google Fit, you're basically counting all steps while wearing your fitness tracker.

In summary:

  • You have until midnight every night to trade these steps in and there's a weekly counter
  • I haven't figured out what the weekly counter does, but I think if you hit a certain threshold, it doubles the miles you earn from trading in your steps in the following week
  • My tip: Set an alarm on your phone for 23:55-23:58 every day to remind yourself to:
    • Trade your steps in
    • Check-in everyday
  • Your phone must have recorded a minimum of 5000 steps for you to be able to trade in the steps
  • MilesLife picks up your steps from Google Fit

Top up $300 or $1000 SGD, and get 600 or 2500 miles until 26 August 2018

If you're a frequent MilesLife user, either of these promotions could be quite attractive. You're basically putting money in your account upfront to get a fixed amount of miles, in addition to the miles you'd get for spending at merchants through the MilesLife program anyway.

  • $300 top-up gets you 600 Miles
  • $1000 top-up gets you 2500 Miles
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Notice it says, "up to 50,000 miles"?

You actually earn miles for every top up you make, up to a total of 50,000 Miles. Mind you, it'd require a $20k top up to get that amount of miles. Funnily enough, clause #2 is "Each MilesLife user can only top up a maximum S$20,000 Mileslife Credits during campaign period." I don't see why you'd top up any more than that, given that there's no inecntive to anyway...!

I definitely won't be topping up. I say this because the market is competitive, and I know that I'll be using FavePay and GrabPay just as often, if not more. Furthermore, MilesLife is not a digital wallet like GrabPay - you are not required to have a balance in your account to be able to make purchases.

Closing Comments

Bit of a long one and I apologise. Bit of detail to get through in this one!

Anyway, keep an eye out for MilesLife promos. I've been paying attention to them and they do have some decent promos. MilesLife seem to be a little more upper class. Merchants that accept MilesLife almost always accept FavePay and GrabPay, and the earn rate is often no more than 3 miles per dollar. Personally, I'd rather get 10% cashback through FavePay than 3 miles per dollar.

Again, it always comes back to how you value a mile, so you'll have to do your own calculations!

Also - side comment. If you live overseas, but have access to a +65/+60/+62 number, you can probably still take advantage of the instant 100 miles deal. Just keep in mind that if you log out of your phone, or if you change phones, you can only login to MilesLife by entering a SMS verification code to your registered number. Keep this in mind if you're intending to borrow a friend's phone to take advantage of this deal!

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