Singapore Airlines has finally revealed the new award redemption charts on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. You will now be able to redeem for Premium Economy cabin and there are also a bunch of changes that will take effect from 24 May 2016! Read on to find out exactly what these changes are:
1. Premium Economy Now Available for Redemption
You will now be able to redeem for Premium Economy (PY) award tickets (on Saver and Standard) on eligible flights. I am looking at the new chart very briefly and it seems that the redemption for PY is closer to Business (J) than Economy so it probably makes sense to just save a little more for J anyway?
2. Only Saver and Standard - No More Full Awards
Singapore Airlines is finally getting rid of the Full Awards from 24 May 2016 - if you have a Full Award flight departing from 24 May 2016, you will be refunded with a difference in KrisFlyer miles as your award ticket will now be rebooked into a Standard one. Will there be less availability now that Full Awards are gone? Only time will tell.
3. More Miles Required Now for Europe (Zone I) - Amsterdam, Athens, Copenhagen and Rome
The previous Europe (Zone I) countries have been consolidated with the existing Europe (Zone II) countries - they are now collectively known as Europe. You still have until 24 May 2016 to book under the old redemption chart so if you are thinking about going to one of the following countries, you should definitely consider booking them now:
|Comparison of New Singapore Airlines Redemption Chart (One-Way) for Europe (Zone I)|
|Cabin Class (Saver)||Previous Chart
(before 24 May 2016)
(after 24 May 2016)
If you have been saving for an award ticket to Amsterdam, Athens, Copenhagen and Rome, now is the best time to redeem them before the new redemption chart comes into effect on 24 May 2016.
Apart from the devaluation of miles to certain European destinations (Amsterdam, Athens, Copenhagen and Rome), the new redemption charts is actually comforting to most of us. Many of us expected Singapore Airlines to adjust the required miles for Business and Suites award tickets upwards when they introduce Premium Economy but thankfully this did not happen. So hold on to your credit cards and start saving up because your next adventure is only a few thousand miles away!
Purchase Mileage Plan Miles between 15 May 2017 and 01 July 2017 and get up to 50% more! As a quick reminder, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles are great for usage on Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific even intra-Asia where a flight will cost only 25,000 and 22,500 miles respectively. I have mentioned previously how it is possible to travel from within Asia in Business Cabin of Japan Airlines for just 25,000 miles (with a complimentary stopover in Tokyo).
I chanced upon the Singapore Airlines HighFlyer programme today which is basically a frequent flyer program for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for up to 30 traveling employees. The HighFlyer programme does not replace the KrisFlyer Program (find out more about KrisFlyer and PPS HERE!) and it is simply a free program that translates business travel expenses into cost savings.
The new UOB Rewards portal is beautiful and it is a huge step-up from the older UOB Rewards Plus portal. While trying to redeem some KrisFlyer Miles however, I realised that the new portal only allows you to redeem up to a maximum of 9 units - obviously with a per-transaction fee of S$25, I would want to maximise the number of miles that I am redeeming for to suit my travel requirements.
If you have been following the website long enough, you would notice that I stay in hotels quite a bit - I see it as a platform to earn more miles (since most of the payments happen online) and more importantly, it is a way to retain my loyalty status(es) each year. What a lot of people do not realise however is that most credit cards (with the exception of Citibank) in Singapore allow you to convert your points into Asia Miles (read about the program HERE!) and KrisFlyer Miles only. I have recently fallen in love with the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan account - you can fly on Japan Airlines' Business Class from Singapore to Tokyo, have a complimentary stopover, and then continue to somewhere else in Asia (e.g. Bangkok or Jakarta).
There is currently a limited-time offer for purchasing Mileage Plan (Alaska Airlines) Miles. For the first 2,500 members only, you can purchase 10,000 miles and get 4,000 bonus miles (total of 14,000 miles) for just US$295.63 (approx. S$412).
Through a new partnership between Singapore Airlines and UOB, a unique Savings Account (KrisFlyer UOB Savings) will be introduced to the market to enable customers to earn KrisFlyer miles based on how much they save and spend (on the dedicated Krisflyer UOB debit card). The rate of mile accrual depend largely on the total account balance and customers will also receive special benefits on Scoot and Tigerair.
Earn miles on hotel stays when you book them via Kaligo. Between 01 April 2017 to 31 May 2017, enjoy up to 24 KrisFlyer Miles per Dollar whenever you make a reservation on Kaligo and stay before the end of year (31 December 2017). Kaligo offers a great way to rake up miles (especially if you do not chase hotel loyalty statuses) quickly through hotel stays - if you travel a lot for business and pleasure (or if you are simply a big spender), you can easily earn enough miles to fly on First Class for free!
A couple of months ago, I wrote about the opportunity to earn bonus miles from lifestyle spending (e.g. dining, hotel stays and spa packages) whenever you use Mileslife. As the company is preparing to make its debut here in Singapore (great news for all mile chasers!), it is seeking for a handful of people to be part of its focus group to learn more about the product and also to share thoughts and ideas regarding the platform - all attendees will also receive bonus miles (to be credited into one of six frequent flyer program of choice) for attending.
As I was researching on some flight prices this evening, I noticed something a little different on SingaporeAir.com - apparently you are now able to earn KrisFlyer miles by booking hotels or renting cars on the website itself. In case you do not already know this, you can easily earn 10 miles per dollar when you book hotels via Kaligo.com (the prices are a little higher sometimes but if you factor in the value of miles you get, it is actually quite decent).
If you are not too concerned with hotel loyalty programs and you simply want to earn the most miles on hotel stays, Kaligo is truly the way to go (so long the price difference between Kaligo and a bigger OTA is not too drastic) to chalk up those valuable miles. If you are based in Singapore and have been put off by the upcoming KrisFlyer Miles devaluation, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are something worth looking into.