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!
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!
Before anyone asks the question, I am going to say this and hopefully only once - you can redeem Virgin America (VX) Elevate Points on Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights (you are however subjected to a smaller inventory and getting Suites on VX Points is actually impossible). With that being said, you may be saving a lot of your precious miles if you use VX points (and money too!) to redeem for short-haul flights. To put things into perspective, consider the differences in points (and miles!) required to get from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali) on Singapore Airlines via the VX Elevate and SQ KrisFlyer programmes.
When I wrote about the possibility to fly on the highly-acclaimed Suites class on Singapore Airlines to Hong Kong for free last week, I received a number questions via emails on what is the best routes to redeem Suites class on. While there is no "best route" per se, here are the cheapest Suite Class redemptions (in ascending order of required miles) that you can do on Singapore Airlines from Singapore at the moment.
I feel like I have a moral obligation to reiterate this point every now and then to make sure that people are indeed making the choice that will benefit them most so in this short article, I will show you how spending S$3,200 on Kaligo can give you a free flight in the famous Singapore Airlines Suites cabin to Hong Kong (worth S$2,800) for free - yes that's almost 88% cash back so take that cash back cards!
The Citibank Rewards Card is one of my favourite credit cards in Singapore - it offers up to 10X Rewards (equivalent to 4 miles per S$1) for up to S$12,000 each year. Yes, this means that the total number of bonus miles (10X) you can get each year from this card is 120,000 Citi Dollars (which converts into 48,000 Miles). To get around this problem, most of us hold both the Visa Signature and WORLD MasterCard versions to double this limit (you do have to charge them separately though). Between now and 31 October 2016, enjoy 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per S$1) when you charge retail purchases on these two cards.
Between now and 27 August 2016, enjoy 20% off eligible Qantas and Jetstar Classic Flight Rewards for travel between 27 September 2016 to 12 August 2017 (for Qantas) or up to 30 June 2017 (for Jetstar) - register for the offer now!
After deciding that it was time to ditch my ANZ Optimum World MasterCard in May this year, I left my ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card alone as well - the card itself isn't bad but if you look at it from where it was and where it currently is, it is a little bit of a disappointment. Still, 1.4 Travel$ (or miles) per S$1 isn't particularly bad for things that do not qualify for bonus miles. I do believe in paying the annual fees for some credit cards in Singapore in order to "buy" miles - find out which ones to buy now - and the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card offers 10,000 Travel$ (equivalent to 10,000 KrisFlyer miles) each year for S$200. Last week, I got an SMS notifying me that I "have been exclusively selected to get up to 2.8 bonus air miles for every $1 spent on [my] ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card".
If you have extra cash that you do not need and you are a couple of thousand miles away from your free flight on Singapore Airlines (or an alliance partner), check out Standard Chartered's SGD Miles Time Deposit. Deposit fresh funds into the special account (6 months) before 31 July 2016 and earn up to 60,000 KrisFlyer Miles on your investment - you may also be eligible for a priority banking account with the bank.