Singapore Devalues Star Alliance Award Chart And Introduces Online Bookings

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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:

Singapore KrisFlyer Star Alliance Award Chart Starting December 7 2017

With a quick glance it is quite a devaluation from its previous Star Alliance award chart below:

Singapore KrisFlyer Star Alliance Award Chart Through December 6 2017

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.

Our Take

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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