Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program is the only program that is partnered with all the major flexible currencies – Chase Ultimate Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, Citi ThankYou Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards.
From March 23, 2017, Singapore Airlines has announced changes to its Krisflyer redemptions.
- We will no longer get 15% discount for redemption’s done through online channel.
- There is a revision (upside) to the number of miles required for all saver awards
- There are no changes to the partner redemption’s
Here are a few examples
Mumbai to Singapore:
Per the current award chart, you would need 42,500 miles (after 15% discount for online redemption’s) and INR 11,108 , which includes INR 9,051 in carrier surcharges for a one way award ticket in Suite.
From March 23, this route would require 50,000 miles + INR 2,057 in Airport/Government taxes. An increase of 7,500 miles (17.6% increase) and a saving of INR 9,051.
Mumbai to Sydney:
Per the current award chart, you would need 87,125 miles (after 15% discount for online redemption’s) and INR 22,728, which includes INR 18,102 in carrier surcharges for a one way award in Suite class.
From March 23, this route would require 108,000 miles + INR 4,626 in Airport/Government taxes. An increase of 24% in miles and savings of INR 18,102
Is this a good thing?
Given that it is easy to collect the KrisFlyer miles, it may not be a bad change after all. You could save money at the expense of some additional miles.
In some instances, the saver awards have gone up by over 30%, but given that we can save some cash is the icing on the cake.
Effective March 23, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is introducing changes to its award chart, Fuel surcharges will no longer be added, while the saver levels awards would require more miles along with the 15% discoount for online redemption’s.
If you have huge stash of KrisFlyer miles, this may be a good change as you could save cash. If you are not a KrisFlyer member, you could receive 500 KrisFlyer miles when you register with the code JOINKF2017 by April 14, 2017.
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