Singapore Airlines is eliminating fuel surcharges and increasing redemption prices when you use Krisflyer miles to book awards on Singapore itself.
Singapore’s Krisflyer program has separate award charts for travel on their own flights and for travel on partners.
Traditionally it’s been more miles to travel on partner airlines than to travel on Singapore itself.
With the devaluation, that no longer holds for first class awards between the US and Singapore.
- The Star Alliance redemption chart will be cheaper starting March 23.
- While Singapore will still add fuel surcharges to Star Alliance partner redemptions, they won’t add fuel surcharges to Singapore Airlines flights — because Singapore will no longer be filing fuel surcharges with their fares.
- So you want to redeem for travel on Singapore Airlines while pricing using the Star Alliance chart.
Reward Flying points out that first clsass awards between the US and Singapore will be cheaper on the Star Alliance chart than the Singapore-only chart. US-Europe (New York JFK – Frankfurt) will be the same cost in business and only incrementally more in first.
Here’s his analysis:
All you have to do to get the partner redemption chart pricing is to include Singapore Airlines and a Star Alliance partner.
Traditionally it made sense to book a Singapore Airlines-only award, and then buy a domestic positioning flight to and from Houston, New York JFK, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (where Singapore flies from).
Now you want to include the US domestic flight, grab a United domestic flight to the international gateway city. Adding the flight in your award not only saves you the cost of buying the ticket to your Singapore Airlines departure city, it saves you miles. And you still don’t pay fuel surcharges because:
- There will be no fuel surcharges going forward on Singapore Airlines flights
- There are no fuel surcharges on US domestic flights
Singapore Airlines premium cabin awards from the US are among the most challenging ones to get (though business is easier than first). But it’s worth pointing out that the presumption in favor of not booking a Star Alliance connecting flight with your Singapore Airlines award may no longer hold now that Singapore-only redemption prices have gone up with Krisflyer’s Star Alliance redemption prices staying the same.