Following the devaluation of KrisFlyer Miles on Star Alliance Redemption Tickets today, KrisFlyer members are now able to redeem their KrisFlyer miles for award tickets on Star Alliance and other partners on singaporeair.com or via their mobile applicable from 07 December 2017 (which is today!). If you login to your KrisFlyer account and try to make a redemption booking, you will notice that there are three buttons located on the search results page and you will be able to sort through flights that are operated by Singapore Airlines/SilkAir, Star Alliance Airlines and Other Partner Airlines respectively.
While I am personally quite excited to be given this option, keep in mind that award tickets redeemed on other airlines apart from Singapore Airlines and SilkAir will probably attract a much higher fuel cost now that the Fuel and Insurance (YQ) Surcharges on SQ/MI Operated Flights have been removed.
I have not had any luck with getting any availability to show up on the site and will continue to try but I am interested to hear if anyone out there has a different experience with the site.
One of the many perks with traveling on Business Class is the airport lounge access that you get before your flight - some of these are impressive like The Private Room in Changi Airport (when you fly First Class or Suites with Singapore Airlines) or the Cathay Pacific Lounge in Haneda Airport. On the other hand, some airport lounges are disappointing and lacklustre - the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is one such example.
Even though I was very tempted to head back to the Cathay Pacific Lounge (and get a double serving of that delicious Wanton Noodles) in Haneda Airport, I decided to check out the JAL Sakura Lounge Skyview this time. Read my review of this beautiful oneworld alliance airport lounge here in Haneda Airport (HND)!
After spending two weeks in the United States, I made my way back to Singapore with a flight from Orlando to New York on Delta Air Lines. This was the second time (my first was from JFK to TPA) that I was flying on the airline in Domestic First Class so I was pretty clear on what to expect. I returned the car at the airport before making my way to the main building in Orlando International Airport (which is in no way as nice as Tampa International Airport) - getting through security took a while and there was no premium lane for passengers traveling in First Class (only Sky Priority check-in). Check out my review of Delta Air Lines’ First Class product!
The American Express and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer suite of co-branded credit cards launched back in 2016 but it was fairly unimpressive to earn its spot in my wallet (click HERE to check out which credit cards I physically hold in my wallet). While I was booking a flight this morning, I realised that there is currently a tender exercise for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Co-brand & Corporate Co-brand Credit Cards. The closing date for this tender is 22 June 2018 and according to the request for proposal, 'the targeted launch date of the new products is in early 2019'.
In collaboration with fast-food chain giant, MOS Burger, Japan Airlines (JAL) will be launching the latest item on the collaboration menu on 01 June 2018 on select flights from Japan to Europe, North America and Australia - AIR MOS Cream Cheese Teriyaki Burger.
Singapore Airlines has just officially announced Bali as the next scheduled destination to be served by Singapore Airlines’ new Boeing 787-10 fleet, with services to begin on 2 July 2018. The Boeing 787-10s will initially operate SQ942 and SQ943 daily.
After much speculation in recent months, Singapore Airlines has officially announced that it will be launching the world's longest commercial flight with non-stop services between Singapore and New York (EWR) on the new Airbus A350-900ULR. Flights are scheduled to be launched on 11 October and the route will initially be served three times a week, departing Singapore on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.
I will be flying to Bali again in September and when I logged in to my KrisFlyer account today to select my seats (even though I have already booked this flight a long time ago), I realised that the seat map in Business Class has now been replaced with a 1-2-1 configuration (as opposed to a 2-2-2 one that I have previously taken). Since Singapore Airlines is planning to replace the older A330-300s with the new 787-10 Dreamliners, this can only mean one thing (I think!) - my flight in September is going to be on the brand new Regional Business Class product!
Asia Miles will be introducing some new changes to the way miles are being earned and redeemed on 22 June 2018 - everything stays the same until then. If you are unfamiliar with the differences between Asia Miles and The Marco Polo Club, feel free to check out my primer on this subject. Asia Miles is a particularly important subject for Singaporean consumers since most credit card points convert either into KrisFlyer or Asia Miles - this article aims to list the top few changes that would probably affect you the most.
I first wrote about how lucrative Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are back in May last year when there was a fascinating 50% bonus on all purchased miles for eligible accounts but ever since then, the maximum bonus that I have seen is 40%. In any case, that very same promotion is back and you can now purchase Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles and get a 40% bonus if you purchase at least 30,000 miles at one go.