Mileslife is an app that was started by Mr Troy Liu, a Chinese who studied in the US and perfected the art of travel hacking. He realised how multiple apps were required when people travel – for food, accommodation and recreation and hence came up with Mileslife. Mileslife users could earn miles when they ate at a restaurant, went to a spa, or booked a hotel, and Singapore has been selected as the first city out of China to launch the English version of this app.
The good thing about this app is that it allows you to credit miles to 12 different airline programmes. More people in Singapore would definitely have a Singapore Airlines Krisflyer account, and some would have United MileagePlus, Eva Air Infinity MileageLand, Qatar Privilege Club etc. However, some prominent names that I hope will appear in time to come would be Cathay Pacific’s Asiamiles, Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus, Asiana Club and ANA Mileage Club.
So how does this app work?
This is the first page that you will see when you logon to the app. The english and chinese versions have different content. At the top left hand corner, you can click on Singapore to switch cities – for the English version, there is Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. Switch to the chinese version, and you will see Suzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen in addition to the 2 mentioned earlier.
If you want to check out the Dining section, click on the Dining icon and there will be a list of restaurants showing how many miles you will earn per $1. For now, the restaurants earn between 1-3 miles per $1, and as part of the Singapore Pre-launch promotion, there is a pre-launch 3X miles promotion – meaning a total of up to 9 miles per $1 spent! All you need to do is to click on the restaurant when you want to make payment, key in the amount inside and pass the order number generated by the app to the waiter. Of course, you need to key in your credit card details prior to this 🙂
So I went to Cassia and spent $234.80, and it was supposed to earn 3 miles per $1. As such, the points of 598 is for the bill of $199.50 excluding service charge and GST. As part of the pre-launch promotion, there is a 3x miles bonus earn (till 21 Jun), so instead of 598 miles, it was tripled to 1794 miles (i.e. 9 miles per $1)! And I was pleasantly surprised that this was credited the following day when I was told it would take up to 3 days for the miles to my credited to my KF account!
Of course, when I first used the app, there was a minor hiccup and I was charged twice by the app due to some connection problem the first time and since there was no confirmation, I tried to pay again and ended with the double charge. However, if you go the accounts page and click on the top left hand corner (headphone icon), there’s a contact us section, where you can either send an email or have a live chat with their staff! I tried the latter option and was immediately connected to a friendly officer who allayed my fears, looked into the matter and gave me a call shortly after to reassure me that the refund was in place and the double charge would be erased. True enough, this was updated on the app a couple of days later!
As part of the Singapore launch, Mileslife is running a series of bonus miles promotions that I’d like to share with you-
Sign up bonus for Cheaponana readers
The regular signup bonus for Mileslife is 1,000 miles after a spend of S$39 (take note that you need to sign up through a referral link and not just download the app – you will get NO BONUS MILES). However, if you use the referral code CHEAPONANA (to enter in the Account-Voucher section), you’ll earn 50% more miles, or 1,500 miles after a S$39 spend. Just key it in before you make any purchases or add in your frequent flier account
If you sign up using this link, you will get a bonus 100 miles after you link one of the FFP accounts! (on top of the 1500 miles once you add the referral code and spend $39)
Start accruing your miles now and plan for your next trip!