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Singapore Airlines Krisflyer is a transfer partner of:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card offers 50,000 points after $4000 spend within 3 months of account opening. The card’s annual fee is $0 the first year then $95, and it earns double points on travel and dining.
- Citi ThankYou Rewards: Citi Prestige Card offers 50,000 points after $3000 spend within 3 months as a signup bonus. (Offer expired) It offers triple points on air and hotel spending and double points on dining and entertainment.
- Starwood Preferred Guest: Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express earns the the single most valuable points currency.
- American Express Membership Rewards: Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card
Singapore has long been one of my favorite transfer partners of American Express, and also for Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints. Last year Chase added Singapore as a transfer partner. And then Citibank did as well. That means you can transfer points to Singapore Airlines from all the best major transferrable points currencies.
What’s more, even though United now awards miles for travel based on the cost of a ticket rather than distance flown, you can still credit United flights to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer instead and still earn a minimum of one mile for every mile flown in almost every fare class regardless of ticket price.
That makes them one of the easiest to get mileage currencies. Krisflyer miles are also one of the best.
Singapore A380 Suites
Depending on when you transfer points it can take a few hours or up to two days for points to show up in your account, it is not instant.
Outstanding Availability for Premium Cabin Awards ON Singapore Airlines
Singapore offers really outstanding award availability to their own Krisflyer members.
While you can’t generally get long haul Singapore Airlines business and first class award space using partner airline miles (such as United miles), you can if you’re using Singapore’s points. Sure, availability goes in cycles and getting Suites class seats between the US and Singapore has been tough lately. But it’s the only way to get those seats at all.
And of course they have a great inflight product, I consider Singapore to have the best meals.
Here’s the award chart for travel on Singapore Airlines (.pdf).
Awards aren’t the cheapest of any award chart, but in many cases they are reasonable. If you book on the Singapore website you get a 15% discount of the prices on the award chart. So, for instance:
- San Francisco – Hong Kong is 70,125 miles one-way.
- Houston – Moscow in first class is 57,375 miles one-way.
- New York JFK – Frankfurt in suites class is 57,375 miles one-way.
You can have one enroute stopover on a roundtrip award.
Singapore Airlines 777
Singapore adds fuel surcharges to awards (whatever the cost of a fuel surcharge would be on an equivalent paid ticket).
If you want to fly Singapore Airlines, which really has one of the world’s best first class products, the way to do it is with Singapore’s own miles.
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites
Strong Values Redeeming on Partner Airlines
Singapore’s partner award chart is here. The chart lists roundtrip award prices, but one-way awards are half the cost of roundtrip. These awards have to be booked over the phone.
- US – Hawaii costs 35,000 miles roundtrip in coach, 60,000 miles roundtrip up front (in ‘business class’ — United classifies their domestic first class as business class for award purposes, for experts out there that means United’s domestic first class awards book into “I class”.)
- North America domestic first class awards cost just 40,000 miles roundtrip (again, because United books their domestic first class into “I” which is Star Alliance business).
- North America – Europe is 130,000 miles roundtrip in business class; 160,000 miles roundtrip in first.
- North America – Middle East is 115,000 miles roundtrip in business class, 150,000 miles roundtrip in first.
- South Africa is 145,000 miles roundtrip in business class.
There are no fuel surcharges on US domestic awards.
A Great Place to Pool Your Points for an Award
Effectively the addition of Singapore Airlines Krisflyer as a transfer partner for all of the major transfer currencies puts Star Alliance first class awards to several destinations back in the realm of possibility even after the United devaluation.
It also makes Singapore an even more useful transfer partner because you can pool points from Chase, American Express, Citibank and Starwood all into the same account.
Two Major Downsides to Singapore’s Program
First, Singapore Airlines adds fuel surcharges to awards. That’ll vary by destination, they add what a paid ticket would have included, and some destinations like Hong Kong are cheaper than others. And of course US domestic awards won’t have fuel surcharges.
Second, Singapore’s miles expire three years after they are earned. So if you transfer points now, you need to use those points within three years. Note that this is not like United where an account forfeits points after three years of inactivity and any earning or redemption extends the life of the points. Rather, each chunk of points will expire after three years and there are limited options to extend those points (and then only briefly and at a cost). So Singapore Airlines Krisflyer is not a store of value it’s a place to earn and burn.