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!
Last month, I shared how easy it is to basically earn money for each fulfilled dining reservation that you make via Chope. If you are the kind that enjoys making dinner reservations for yourself (or even for your family and friends), you should check out Chope since it is essentially a free service that rewards you with 100 Chope-Dollars (equivalent to S$3 in dining credit) each time you make an eligible booking. In fact, for a limited time only, earn up to 300 Chope-Dollars (equivalent to S$9) when you sign-up and use Chope for the first time.
The Citi Rewards Card is one of the best Singapore credit card (in my opinion) to have in 2017. When you charge the right type of transaction to this credit card, you can earn up to 10X Citi Dollars (equivalent to 4 miles per S$1). While there are ways to verify whether or not a transaction will earn you 10X points thanks for crowd-sourcing, I recently realised that you can check on the number of points awarded per transaction (after it has been posted) which really helps to verify and mitigate some risk in those large purchases.
While I am still trying to grasp all the amazing features on ExpertFlyer, I wanted to feature a small piece on searching for award and upgrade redemptions using this pretty impressive tool. I have to mention from the start that ExpertFlyer requires a paid subscription for more robust and advanced queries - there is however a free account where you can sign-up for seat alerts but you will require a Basic or Premium account to search for award redemptions (there is a free trial that you can sign-up for though!).
Remember that amazing deal where you can get up to 9% off in cashback via ShopBack and 6 miles per dollar on Expedia using an eligible Citibank credit card? Well, that promotion is dead but the good news is that there is now the opportunity to earn 6 miles per dollar on Citibank when you use a specific landing page - the only caveat is that you can't use ShopBack as it needs to be booked directly below.
If you are thinking about checking out the First Class Cabin of Garuda Indonesia, you can save up to 90% off the required miles (that's right, you only pay 10% of what is generally required!) on all domestic and international routes for bookings made between 22 December 2016 and 31 December 2016 - you will have to travel between 01 February 2017 and 31 May 2017 though!
While looking on KrisFlyer Spree, I realised that ZEN Rooms Singapore is currently offering (up to 31 December 2016) a whooping 106 KrisFlyer Miles per US$10 on eligible transactions - this is on top of whatever you earn with your credit card. Therefore if you were to charge it to your DBS Woman's World MasterCard (click here to find out which credits cards to have in 2017), you can essentially earn up to 162 KrisFlyer Miles per US$10 of eligible spend.
There are only ten days left to take advantage of the bonus Citibank miles offer on Kaligo - until 30 November 2016, you will be able to earn 12 miles per dollar on all hotel bookings made on Kaligo. If you spend around S$10,000 a year on hotels, this is around 120,000 miles that you can use on free premium cabin travel - almost enough for a return flight in Suites to New Zealand!
In a world-first partnership between Qantas and Airbnb, Qantas Frequent Flyer members are now given the opportunity to earn Qantas Points whenever they book their Airbnb accommodation via qantas.com. All 11.4 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn one Qantas Point for every AUD that they spend on any one of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
Here's how you get 12 Miles or 18 Hilton HHonors Points per dollar each time you book a hotel on Kaligo. Every traveller and staycation lover has got to read this!
Five days ago, I wrote about the new arrangement between Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts - the interesting bit is finally out! This brand new partnership will see opportunities in status matching, points and miles conversions as well as double-dipping in both programs every time you make an eligible stay at any participating Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property around the world. Here's a summary of five things you need to know about this partnership!