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Singapore KrisFlyer Devalues Its Award Chart…Again!

Singapore KrisFlyer Devalues Its Award Chart…Again!
Anya Kartashova

Singapore Airlines has announced changes to KrisFlyer, its loyalty program, and another devaluation is coming on Jan. 24.

The devaluation will affect award flights on Singapore’s own metal. This is disappointing because KrisFlyer oftentimes limits premium-cabin award space to its own members, which means you can’t book these coveted flights with another program’s miles.

Having said that, Singapore KrisFlyer partners with all major banks, and it’s rather easy to obtain these points by combining them all into one account. Perhaps, that’s the reason for devaluation?

You might remember that a similar change touched the program less than two years ago, and Saver Awards were negatively affected. Back then, online discounts were eliminated as well as fuel surcharges on Singapore’s own award flight. This time, the award chart is the main victim, and premium-cabin redemptions suffer the most.

Singapore KrisFlyer Award Chart Devaluations

You can compare the current award chart with the new award chart and view the changes for yourself. In three weeks, the new chart will be all she wrote. However, economy redemptions will remain unchanged.

USA West Coast to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

  • 65,000 miles to 68,000 miles in premium economy
  • 88,000 miles to 95,000 miles in business
  • 118,000 miles to 130,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

  • 70,000 miles to 73,000 miles in premium economy
  • 92,000 miles to 99,000 miles in business
  • 120,000 miles to 132,000 miles in first

USA West Coast to South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

  • 60,000 miles to 63,000 miles in premium economy
  • 82,000 miles to 89,000 miles in business
  • 92,000 miles to 104,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to South China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

  • 85,000 miles to 90,000 miles in premium economy
  • 100,000 miles to 110,000 miles in business
  • 135,000 miles to 150,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to North China (Beijing and Shanghai)

  • 90,000 miles to 95,000 miles in premium economy
  • 110,000 miles to 121,000 miles in business
  • 145,000 miles to 160,000 miles in first

USA West Coast to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh

  • 83,500 miles to 88,500 miles in premium economy
  • 98,000 miles to 109,000 miles in business
  • 138,000 miles to 153,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh

  • 88,500 miles to 93,500 miles in premium economy
  • 110,000 miles to 121,000 miles in business
  • 145,000 miles to 160,000 miles in first

USA West Coast to Japan and South Korea

  • 63,000 miles to 66,000 miles in premium economy
  • 85,000 miles to 92,000 miles in business
  • 95,000 miles to 107,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to Japan and South Korea

  • 90,000 miles to 97,500 miles in premium economy
  • 115,000 miles to 126,000 miles in business
  • 150,000 miles to 165,000 miles in first

USA West Coast to Australia (Perth and Darwin)

  • 85,000 miles to 90,000 miles in premium economy
  • 102,000 miles to 113,000 miles in business
  • 148,000 miles to 160,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to Australia (Perth and Darwin)

  • 90,000 miles to 95,000 miles in premium economy
  • 110,000 miles to 121,000 miles in business
  • 145,000 miles to 160,000 miles in first

USA West Coast to Australia (except Perth and Darwin) and New Zealand

  • 90,000 miles to 95,000 miles in premium economy
  • 110,000 miles to 121,000 miles in business
  • 154,000 miles to 167,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to Australia (except Perth and Darwin) and New Zealand

  • 95,000 miles to 99,000 miles in premium economy
  • 118,000 miles to 129,000 miles in business
  • 152,000 miles to 167,000 miles in first

USA West Coast to Africa, Middle East and Turkey

  • 90,000 miles to 95,000 miles in premium economy
  • 102,000 miles to 113,000 miles in business
  • 143,000 miles to 158,000 miles in first

USA East Coast and Houston to Europe

  • 45,000 miles to 47,000 miles in premium economy
  • 65,000 miles to 72,000 miles in business
  • 76,000 miles to 86,000 miles in first

In Conclusion

Although nothing is changing for economy flyers, all premium redemptions are going up. The hike in redemption rates sure is unwelcome, especially when you consider round-trip bookings. Each 10,000- to 15,000-mile increase amounts to 20,000 to 30,000 extra miles per person, and for a family, or even a couple, it adds up quickly. Not to mention, KrisFlyer’s rates are already on the steep side, so this is unfortunate news.

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2 Comments

  1. rosege

    January 4, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Time for FF programs to pay interest on balances to balance out this inflation

  2. florin

    January 8, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Carrying a balance of FF points/miles is rarely a good idea. The mistake, IMO, is to assume that it’s a currency that behaves like money.

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