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Singapore KrisFlyer has announced a devaluation to its Star Alliance partner awards. The new award chart will come into effect on April 16, 2019, so there is still time to book an award with the old pricing before the change takes effect.
- The new pricing comes into effect on April 16, 2019.
- The devaluation only impacts Star Alliance partner awards.
- Pricing for flights operated by Singapore Airlines are not changing; these were adjusted in January 2019.
- There are no changes for economy award prices.
- Business- and first-class awards are increasing by 5-15%, depending on the route.
The devaluation affects flights operated by a host of Star Alliance partners, including United, Avianca, Lufthansa, Swiss, TAP Portugal, LOT, Austrian, Asiana, EVA, Thai, and ANA. Changes to pricing on routes from North America include:
Business Class from North America
- Round-trip awards within North America increase from 40,000 to 46,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to Hawaii increase from 60,000 to 69,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to Europe increase from 130,000 to 144,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to North Asia increase from 210,000 to 230,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to South America increase from 100,000 to 115,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to the Middle East and North Africa increase from 138,000 to 153,000 miles.
First Class from North America
- Round-trip awards to Europe increase from 190,000 to 215,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to North Asia increase from 250,000 to 280,000 miles.
- Round-trip awards to South America increase from 140,000 to 161,000 miles
- Round-trip awards to the Middle East and North Africa increase from 180,000 to 198,000 miles.
While it is disappointing to see Singapore devalue its Star Alliance partner awards, this shouldn't make a huge difference in the best uses of KrisFlyer miles. Historically, partner awards with Singapore are a relatively poor value. If you have Singapore miles or are transferring points to Singapore, your best option is likely booking awards on Singapore’s own flights.
Source: One Mile At A Time
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