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When you think of Singapore Airlines, the first thing that might come to mind is the extravagant Suites Class featured on their Airbus A380. While Singapore's Suites are indeed fabulous, as is their standard first class product and their business class product on most aircraft, Singapore offers an equally attractive award chart. Today, we'll review five of Singapore's top sweet spots within the KrisFlyer rewards program.
Before we dive into the sweet spots, it's important to note that Singapore KrisFlyer recently made some changes to award rates and redemption T&C's. You can catch the full details in our post on the loyalty program shakeup, but a watered down version is:
- Lots of award rates went up
- Singapore removed the 15% discount for booking on Singapore.com
- On the flip-side, they removed fuel and insurance surcharges on all Singapore and SilkAir operated flights.
Let's take a look at the award charts published by Singapore Airlines. First up is the new KrisFlyer award chart for Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.
While the KrisFlyer award chart for Singapore and SilkAir is priced for One-Way Saver Awards, the Star Alliance partner award chart is priced as round-trip awards.
Singapore updated the award pricing and redemption options on December 7, 2017, devaluing the Star Alliance award chart but also making online bookings possible. Booking over the phone will now incur a US$25 or 2,500-mile fee.
Award Pricing: You can book one-way awards for half the price of roundtrips.
Regarding Award Availability: When searching for partner redemptions, you'll want to make sure the lowest priced award availability exists in the partner program. For example, United calls their lowest level Saver, and with Air Canada, you search under Fixed Mileage Flight Rewards to find flights you could purchase with KrisFlyer miles.
Premium Cabin Travel Within North America
United and Air Canada are both partners of Singapore Airlines through Star Alliance. Interestingly enough, if you want to book a premium cabin award for travel within North America with either of these partner airlines, the redemption rates are better if you do so with Singapore. A one-way business class/domestic first class award with Singapore would require 20,000 miles. With United and Aeroplan, the same award would require 25,000 miles each way. For aircraft offering business class and first class service (three-cabin), the award rate for a first class award with Singapore is 30,000 miles, which is 5,000 miles fewer than required by either Air Canada or United.
North America and Hawaii
Here is one that should interest a lot of people. With KrisFlyer you can book awards between North America and Hawaii for only 17,500 miles in economy class, 30,000 miles in business class and 40,000 miles in first class each way. In all cases, these rates are lower than what partners United (22,500/40,000/50,000) and Air Canada (22,500/40,000/55,000) require. Remember, you're cashing in your KrisFlyer miles to fly United or Air Canada.
You can also book direct flights to Hawaii on Alaska from select West Coast locations using KrisFlyer miles for just 12,000 miles one-way. While this redemption offers some of the best-value awards to Hawaii, it's tempered by the fact you can't make connections and the flight must be direct. If your Alaska flight requires a connection, you'll get better value redeeming for 17,500 miles each way on United.
Singapore Airlines/Silkair Travel Within Southeast Asia
Despite the short distances in many cases, traveling within Southeast Asia by land or sea is not a comfortable option. Fortunately, air travel is incredibly cheap within this region, which renders many award options less than ideal — the value just isn't there. One notable exception is KrisFlyer. Awards with Singapore Airlines/SilkAir within Southeast Asia start at just 7,500 miles in economy class, 17,500 miles in business class and 25,000 miles in first class. These rates may allow you to try a Singapore Airlines premium cabin product that would otherwise be difficult to book on the cheap even if only for a short flight.
Europe and the Middle East
If you want to combine travel to Europe and the Middle East, it's worth booking your Europe-Middle East leg with Singapore as only 17,500 miles are required for economy class awards, 25,000 miles are required for business class awards and 35,000 miles are required for first class awards each way. These rates also apply for travel between Europe and North Africa. You'll find plenty of award availability with Singapore's partners for travel between these regions.
Singapore Airlines/SilkAir Travel between Southeast Asia, South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and Australia
Award availability between Southeast Asia, South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and Australia is usually exceptional on Singapore's flights. At 20,000 miles in economy class, 32,500 miles in business class and 47,500 miles in first class each way to Darwin and Perth and 28,000 miles in economy class, 45,000 miles in premium economy class, 58,000 miles in business class and 80,000 miles in first class each way to other Australian cities. The last four rates also apply for travel between to New Zealand, although availability is a little harder to find for those flights.
When you think of 8+ hours of travel, this is a great value for a long-haul, intercontinental flight!
These are five of the most attractive sweet spots in Singapore's award chart. Keep in mind that Singapore is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Rewards, so even if you have never flown Singapore, you likely have easy access to plenty of Singapore KrisFlyer Miles.
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