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Singapore has announced a devaluation to its Star Alliance partner award chart. The change will come into effect starting December 7, 2017. On the plus side of the changes, Singapore has also introduced the option of booking Star Alliance partner awards online. The new chart is as follows:
With a quick glance it is quite a devaluation from its previous Star Alliance award chart below:
Key Changes From The US
The good news is that there is no change on awards from the Continental US to Hawaii, which can be booked on United metal. Round trip award tickets to Hawaii will still set you back the following:
- 35,000 miles in Economy
- 60,000 miles in Business
- 80,000 miles in First
This still holds great value and is cheaper than booking an award on United using your United Mileage miles. Per the United award chart, the cheapest roundtrip flights will set you back:
- 45,000 miles in Economy
- 80,000 miles in Business
- 100,000 miles in First
The rest of the routes from the United States have been hit hard, with significant price hikes across the board. The only routes that have not changed are to/from two regions:
- Southeast Asia 1: No change to Economy and Business awards, First class increased by 22,500 miles
- Southeast Asia 2: No change to Economy and Business awards, First class increased by 22,500 miles
The addition of online booking is good news since it will greatly simplify the process, which previously required you to make a phone call. One drawback is that while you can still make a phone booking, there is a $25 fee unless the award you are booking is unavailable online.
Options For Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
Fortunately, Singapore is one of the few airlines that is partnered up with all three major credit card issuers and Marriott Rewards. You can transfer points from the following programs:
- American Express Membership Rewards: transfer points earned from The Platinum Card® from American Express at a ratio of 1:1
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: transfer points earned from your Chase Sapphire Reserve® or Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card at a ratio of 1:1
- Citi ThankYou: transfer points earned from your Citi Prestige® Card or Citi Premier℠ Card at a ratio of 1,000:1,000
- Marriott Rewards: transfer points earned from Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card at a ratio of 3:1. Remember, Marriott has an inbuilt transfer bonus of 5,000 airline miles when you transfer 60,000 Marriott Rewards points.
Although no one ever likes a devaluation, there is still some value to be had with the new chart, especially on flights to Hawaii with United. In addition, Singapore has not devalued its own award chart, which still has some excellent sweet spots. Furthermore, there is no change to its award chart for Alaska flights, which also has some value on flights to Hawaii. Overall despite being a devaluation, it might not work out as bad as it first seems.
Source: Straight To The Points
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