Can you really earn over 400 airline miles from a $40 dinner? Mileslife promises that your meals and travel spending will help you earn award flights more quickly. This Mileslife app review shows how it’s worked for me.
I was quite the skeptic when I first heard about the Mileslife app.
“Is this for real?” I asked James, eyebrow raised. He’s an early adopter who likes to try every new product and service he finds. But earning miles just from eating out? It sounded too good to be true. How much could I possibly earn when most rewards programs (outside of credit cards) offer a measly 0.5 miles per dollar spent?
“Just download and try it,” he coaxed, so I did…and now I highly recommend it for all travelers. Read on for my experience with Mileslife, from skeptic to convert.
In this review
What is Mileslife?
Quite simply, Mileslife is an app that lets you earn airline frequent flyer miles from your dining, lifestyle, and travel spending. Eat at a restaurant? Miles. Visit a spa? Miles. Get a portable WiFi router in Japan or visit the DMZ in South Korea? Yep…miles. All on top of your usual credit card miles and rewards.
The Mileslife app works by partnering with restaurants, hotels, attractions, and other retailers to become a mobile payment gateway. When you patronize these retailers and pay via Mileslife, you earn airline miles that are allocated to your preferred airline frequent flyer program.
Right now, Mileslife only has brick-and-mortar merchants in some Asian cities: Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and bigger cities in China. If you’re traveling to other cities in Asia, you can still use the Mileslife app to purchase attraction tickets and tours (jump to the details).
Using the Mileslife app
Before going into further detail, you should download the Mileslife app to follow along with my screenshots. Don’t worry, it’s free!
Once you’re signed up, you’ll need to add your frequent flyer program accounts as well as your credit card details. Why does it need your credit card details? Because all transactions go through the app, as I’ll explain in just a bit.
If you’ve already downloaded the app and created your account before reading this guide, click Account > Promo Code. Here, you can add my Mileslife promo code ROAMSCAPES to get 1,000 bonus miles on your first transaction (minimum spend S$49) on Mileslife.
Disclosure: I’m not paid to promote Mileslife, but I do get 1,000 bonus miles when you use my promo code on your first purchase. You’ll get the same when you invite your friends to use Mileslife.
Mileslife helps you earn miles from your everyday lifestyle and travel spending, so it’s not going to hand you enough miles to redeem a plane ticket instantly. However, it goes a long way in building your miles stash because it’s even more generous than many credit cards: it gives, on average, 1-3 miles per dollar spent.
The best mile-earning deals on Mileslife are the dining deals, which offer 1-3 miles per dollar spent. I first used the app at The LoKal, a café in Singapore. Here’s what I ended up with:
The LoKal rewards Mileslife users with 3 miles per dollar spent. There was a promotion going on for 2x KrisFlyer miles, so I earned 6 miles per dollar on my bill, for a total of 498 miles. There are always multiplier promotions going on, and I even earned 432 miles on a S$36 meal during a Black Friday promo. That’s 12 miles per dollar spent!
What I really enjoy about the Mileslife app, however, is that the partner merchants aren’t just expensive restaurants. You’ll also find casual eateries off the tourist trail (like in neighborhood coffee shops) and a wide range of prices for any budget.
Paying with the Mileslife app
When it came time to foot the bill for my dinner at The LoKal, I expected to have to fumble with some QR code on the Mileslife app or key in some receipt details. Instead, Milelife’s payment process is surprisingly smooth:
- Select the restaurant you’re dining at. Click “Pay At Store”
- Enter the bill amount as presented by the waiter/cashier. Payment will be deducted from the credit card you’ve added to the app
- Read out to the waiter/cashier the transaction number that appears
Since payments go through the Mileslife app, I wondered if credit card companies (in my case, Citibank) would turn it into a non-rewards earning merchant. I’m happy to report that after checking my credit card statement, I’ve earned my usual reward miles from Mileslife transactions!
Booking hotels, attraction tickets, and tours across Asia on Mileslife
While the “Local” dining and lifestyle deals offer impressive mileage returns, they are only available in the specific cities that the Mileslife app supports. But here’s the good news: you can also earn miles from Mileslife when booking hotels, local activities, and more. Just look at this neat GIF I made!
Most of these give you a fixed number of miles rather than a per-dollar reward. The luxury hotels on Mileslife are an exception, giving 2-9 miles/dollar. However, I would not recommend booking hotels through the Mileslife app as you should either work with your preferred hotel loyalty program or try Kaligo (non-affiliate link), which awards up to 10x miles on a wider range of hotels.
Which airlines are on Mileslife?
Since the Mileslife app is based in Asia, it’s currently partnered with 16 popular frequent flyer programs. The biggest ones are: All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines.
If you’re not a member of any of these FFPs yet, choose the one that you fly most often and/or is part of your preferred airline alliance. Star Alliance passengers have an advantage here!
Making the most of the Mileslife app
The mileage game is quite tough to play in Asia, but Mileslife is now making it easier for leisure travelers. While I used to buy overseas attraction tickets and travel passes from platforms like Klook or directly upon arrival, I’m now more likely to get them through the Mileslife app.
While I’ve yet to encounter any bugs or issues with Mileslife and can’t comment on the quality of customer service, I did get my miles without a hitch and it’s definitely a legitimate business. So download the Mileslife app now to get your bonus 1,000 miles on your first purchase!
Have you tried Mileslife? Share your experience and any other airline miles-boosting tips in the comments!
Prices listed are in Singapore Dollars (SGD), which means more miles per US dollar.