New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

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There’s a new way to use Chase Ultimate Rewards points.  You can now transfer your points to Singapore Airlines!

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Singapore Airlines Is Now a Chase Ultimate Rewards Points Transfer Partner

Transferring your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Singapore Airlines can save you 10,000 miles on a round-trip flight to Hawaii on United Airlines in coach.

There are some other smart ways to use your new rewards partner.  But in other cases, you’ll need to watch for fuel surcharges!

Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance which means you can use Singapore Airlines miles to book flights on airlines like United Airlines, Lufthansa, and Avianca.

Having Singapore Airlines as a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner doesn’t benefit most folks because Singapore Airlines has fuel surcharges.  But there are some positives such as being able to book First Class suites and discounted flights to Hawaii which I’ll explain!

Which Chase Ultimate Rewards Cards Transfer to Singapore Airlines?

Link:   Chase Ink Bold

Link:   Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa

Link:   Chase Ultimate Rewards 

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

You Can Now Transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to Singapore Miles

You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Sapphire Preferred card to Singapore Airlines in a 1:1 ratio.

You can get 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points on the Chase Ink Bold and Chase Ink Plus cards after you spend $5,000 within 3 months.  But the 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points offer ends on June 1, 2014.

And you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Freedom card to Singapore Airlines IF you have a Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.  Here’s my step-by-step guide to transferring your Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Freedom card to your Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, or Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

Note:  It can take up to 48 hours for your Chase Ultimate Rewards points to transfer.  Because award seats constantly change there’s no guarantee that the award seats will be still there in 48 hours.

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

Chase Ultimate Rewards Point Transfers to Singapore Airlines Can Take up to 48 Hours

Are the Fuel Surcharges Worth It?

Link:   Singapore Airlines Award Chart

Link:   Singapore Airlines Award Chart for Star Alliance Partner Airlines

You get a 15% discount for booking online.  For 1-way awards from the US (West Coast) to Singapore on Singapore Airlines, you will pay (including the discount):

  • 29,750 miles each way in economy
  • 68,000 miles each way in Business Class
  • 91,375 miles each way in First Class

For 1-way awards from the US (East Coast & Houston) to Singapore, you will pay (including the discount):

  • 31,875 miles each way in economy
  • 72,250 miles each way in Business Class
  • 93,500 miles each way in First Class

You’ll pay fuel surcharges when you use Singapore Airlines miles to fly on Singapore Airlines and their partners.  So it might not be worth it for coach, but it could be for Business Class or First Class.

For example, for a round-trip coach award ticket from San Francisco to Hong Kong on October 23, 2014, to October 31, 2014, you would pay 51,000 Singapore Airlines miles (after the 15% discount for booking online) and ~$290 in fuel surcharges and taxes.

Although, this could be worth it if there are more award seats using Singapore miles.

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

Flying Coach on Singapore Airlines Might Not Be Worth the ~$290 Fuel Surcharges

However, for a round-trip First Class Suites award ticket from San Francisco to Hong Kong on October 23, 2014, to October 30, 2014, you would pay 140,250 Singapore Airlines miles (after the 15% discount for booking online) and ~$290 in fuel surcharges and taxes.

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

You Pay the Same ~$290 Fuel Surcharges Flying First Class as You Would Flying Coach

Because you pay the same amount of fuel surcharges flying in a First Class Suite as coach, it might be worth it to redeem the 89,250 extra Singapore Airlines miles (140,250 Singapore Airlines miles for round-trip First Class Suites – 51,000 Singapore Airlines miles for round-trip coach).

Good Uses of Singapore Airlines Miles

Although Singapore Airlines charges fuel surcharges when you use Singapore Airlines miles, they do NOT charge fuel surcharges on United Airlines flights.  So you can use your Singapore Airlines miles on United Airlines flights and avoid fuel surcharges.

And you get a better value using Singapore Airlines miles on United Airlines instead of using United Airlines miles for certain flights.

For example, a round-trip saver award ticket from the US to Hawaii in coach costs 45,000 United Airlines miles.

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Coach Class to Hawaii Costs 45,000 United Miles

But it only costs 35,000 Singapore Airlines miles!

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You’ll Only Pay 35,000 Singapore Miles for a Round-Trip Coach Class Hawaii Ticket (a Saving of 10,000 Miles Compared to United)

And from the US to Hawaii in Business/First Class you’ll pay 80,000 United Airlines miles.

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United Charges 80,000 Miles for Business / First Class to Hawaii

But you’ll only pay 60,000 Singapore Airlines miles.

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A Business Class Award Ticket to Hawaii Costs 60,000 Singapore Miles

To book partner awards you have to call Singapore Airlines at 800-742-3333.

Getting the Most Out of Singapore Airlines Miles

1.   15% Discount for Booking Online

You get a 15% discount when you book your Singapore Airlines award tickets on the Singapore Airlines website.

In my examples above, I included the 15% discount.  But let’s look at what it would cost without the 15% discount.

For a round-trip coach award ticket from San Francisco to Hong Kong on October 23, 2014, to October 31, 2014, you would pay 60,000 Singapore Airlines miles and ~$290 in fuel surcharges and taxes.

This is compared to the 51,000 Singapore Airlines miles you’d use by booking online.

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

You Will Save 9,000 Miles Booking Your Award Ticket on the Singapore Airlines Website

2.   1-Way Award Tickets

You can pay fewer Singapore Airlines miles by booking 1-way award tickets.

So for a 1-way First Class Suites award ticket from San Francisco to Hong Kong on October 23, 2014, you would pay 70,125 Singapore Airlines miles and ~$112 in fuel surcharges and taxes.

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

You Can Book 1-Way Award Tickets Using Singapore Airlines Miles

3.   Cheap Award Tickets From the US to Europe

It costs 20,000 Singapore Airlines miles for a 1-way award ticket from the US East Coast and Houston to Europe.  And if you book online, it’s only 17,000 miles.  You can fly from New York JFK to Frankfurt, or from Houston to Moscow on Singapore airlines!

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17,000 Miles and ~$182 Will Get You From New York to Frankfurt on an A380, the World’s Largest Passenger Airline

You’ll pay ~$182 in fuel surcharges, but there are lots of award seats available.

To compare, you’d pay at least 30,000 miles 1-way using United Airlines miles, but the surcharges would be much less.

Other Singapore Airlines Transfer Partners

1.   American Express Membership Rewards Points

You can transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Singapore Airlines in a 1:1 ratio in 1,000 point increments.

New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

American Express Membership Rewards Points Can Take 3 Business Days to Transfer to Singapore Airlines

Because you’re transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to a foreign airline, you do NOT pay an excise fee as you would if you transferred to a US airlines.

2.   Starwood Points

You can transfer Starwood points to Singapore Airlines in a 1:1 ratio.

The minimum transfer requirements depends on your Starwood elite status:

When you you transfer in increments of 20,000 Starwood points, you get a 5,000 point transfer bonus.

So you can transfer 25,000 Starwood points to Singapore airlines and get a 5,000 point bonus, giving you 30,000 Singapore airline miles.

But if you transferred 15,000 more Starwood points (i.e. 40,000 Starwood points) you would get 50,000 Singapore airline miles (i.e 10,000 more miles).

Bottom Line

You can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points from your Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, and Chase Sapphire Preferred card to Singapore Airlines at a 1:1 ratio in 1,000 increments, but it can take 48 hours to transfer.  So you might lose your seats while waiting.

You’ll pay fuel surcharges when you use Singapore Airlines miles on Singapore Airlines and their partners.  But when you will NOT pay fuel surcharges when you use your Singapore Airlines miles to fly on United Airlines.

You’ll pay only 60,000 Singapore Airlines miles to fly round-trip First Class to Hawaii instead of 80,000 United Airlines miles.  And in coach, you’ll pay 35,000 Singapore Airlines miles instead of 45,000 United Airlines miles.

You get a 15% discount on the cost of an award ticket when you book on the Singapore Airlines website.  But you can’t book partner awards online.

American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood points also transfer to Singapore Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.

It’s nice that you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Singapore Airlines and have more options for award tickets, but it’s not earth shattering news.  Although, I might have to convince Emily we need to redeem some Chase Ultimate Rewards points…

Which Singapore Airlines awards are you going to redeem your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for?

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31 Responses to New Chase Ultimate Rewards Partner: Singapore Airlines

  1. Just read your latest piece on SQ being the latest UR partner and I am so glad we have another option. I had transferred lotsa of my UR points to UA in the hope to redeem for awards on SQ 61 or 25 to SIN. But now I can no longer redeem for that online on UA.com and I am wondering if I can redeem my UA MP Points on SQ award at all.

  2. Daraius,
    I tried looking up some trip on Kris/Singapore Air today, however I didnt see the Points option, only cash. I did sign up for the new account and logged in. Maybe because points not cover on my trip? 1 way Hochiminh City SGN to ORD on Aug 15…

  3. Hi, I am new from here and would like to know more about credit churning.
    I am from Asia and I am wondering if I can start my credit churning from today? I do not have any US Credit Card. Am I above to get one? Is it necessary to have a US credit card in order to start credit churning?

    Looking forward your relpy!

  4. So, I would search on Singapore’s website for flights. and regardless which airline is flying, I can pay with the points I transferred to their program and save? is that correct.

  5. Very useful information. I’ll keep the 17K to Europe in the back of my mind for the future. I also like the one-ways to SIN….from there I might use the discount airline Scoot to hop to Australia. Thanks so much!

  6. @Reb – There is more availability on Singapore airlines when you book with Singapore miles than with United miles.

    @DaveL – You should be able to search without the miles.

    @ Ken – I write about US credit cards, so I can’t help if you can’t apply for a US card.

    @ Hilde – It depends on which partner airlines and destination you want to book. Singapore Airlines is not cheaper for all awards!

    @ Lively – Glad you found it useful.

  7. Daraius,
    Correct me if I am wrong.
    On the Award list of Singapore Airlines, a RT Coach ticket from San Francisco to Hongkong costs 60K (without 15% discount booking online) for Savers Awards, or 120K for Standard Awards or 160K for Full Awards.
    But on the Award list of Singapore Airlines within Star Alliance, it lists only North America, and the RT Coach ticket to Asia would be 110K (SE Asia)) or 90K (North Asia). It does not show the difference between Savers, Standard or Full.
    Therefore, the cheapest way to book is through Singapore Airlines and flying with Singapore Airlines. Isn’t it correct? It seems a little bit confusing.
    Thanks in advance for your info.

  8. @ThuTuan – There are different rates for the different award charts.

  9. Daraius-If I were to Fly JFK-FRA how many miles would be required in business or F R/T? If I were to add domestic and inter-Europe flights ie CLT to JFK FRA to MXP (Milan) would this affect the mile cost? Trying to figure if just better to use positioning flights. Thanks for the great post.

  10. For Travelling to India on Business Class/First class, would it be worth transferring Chase points to Singapore OR United to book in Lufthansa or Thai airways? Also, can you post another article on how to search for awards on Singapore airlines site with screen shots (like you always do – Very helpful). I have created a Krisflyer account. Do we need some miles to search for award space?

  11. @Chad – It is 57.5 or 67.5 in Biz or FC less the 25% discount for 1-way awards. This is only for flights on Singapore airlines, so you can’t add extra flights fr the same rate.

    @RK – You could go with either option. If you transfer to Singapore, you do get more availability on their flights, but have to pay fuel surcharges. United doesn’t charge fuel surcharges so you get more options.

  12. @Reb – There is more availability on Singapore airlines when you book with Singapore miles than with United miles.

    Yes, Daraius, but you do pay a pretty fuel charge as well right? And with UA MP, there is no fuel charge. So it will be better to book SQ award flight with UA MP if possible and if not available, then fall back on using SQ Krisflyer miles to book SQ award flight.

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  14. @Reb – True, and that’s what you should check 1st. But there is extremely limited awards on United for Singapore.

  15. Dumb question — I don’t see the Caribbean listed in this award chart. I know United has flights from Wasington, DC to St. Maarten. Will I be able to book those using Singapore points? How many points will it cost?

  16. @Scott – I believe they are all lumped into the “Central America” category.

  17. Hi, do I call United to book the Hawaii flights as the dates I need is not showing in the UA site but is showing in the Star Alliance as available?
    Thank you.

  18. Darius,
    Would we not avoid fuel surcharge on a flight to Europe by booking United flight through Singapore Air, plus saving 15% in miles?
    Also would they let you do stop overs just like United (2 per segment)?
    Thanks a lot.

  19. @Alex – You can’t book United on the Singapore website, so you wouldn’t get the 15% discount.

    @Jocelyn – If you are using Singapore airlines miles, you have to call Singapore Airlines.

  20. Can we book tickets on United between California (SF) & India?

    If so – I am planning to transfer my MR points to Singapore and book the tickets on United….could you throw some light on what options I might have, while minimizing the costs in doing this, please?

  21. @Srini – That’s possible, but you’d pay fuel surcharges.

  22. @Darius,
    Thanks a lot for your response.

    So – almost all the options are ruled out for me so far…

    I’ve some AAdvantage miles – which I can probably use to book a ticket on Cathay (as far as what I read, that is an option where I can avoid the fuel surcharges?)

    I see that Iberia Airlines is an MR transfer partner & also a One World partner. Do you know if they charge fuel surcharges for bookings on Cathay?

    By the way — I am looking for flights between BLR-SFO or BLR-SJC.

    Thanks a lot in advance for your kind inputs/advice.

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  25. @Lively: Thank you for the mention of Scoot. I happen to be researching my options for getting from Europe in mid-November (after I do the Athens & Istanbul marathons) to S.E. Asia. SQ FRA-SIN in F on an A380 (Suites!) is my long-haul preference, but now that I know of Scoot, I have a good, cheap option for hopping from SIN to BKK. I like how this is coming together!

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  27. Hi Daraius,

    If I book United domestic flight using Singapore airlines, can I avoid paying the close in award fee (for booking within 21 days of travel) and is there any phone booking fee for booking the award ticket? And can I book 1 way award tickets for 12.5k miles?

    Thanks for all the info on ur site!

  28. Does anyone have any experience with how long it takes in actual practice for transferred UR points to post to a KrisFlyer account? When I sent some AmEx MR points over, it took a few days. A little more than 48 hours, maybe 72. Since the Citi ThankYou transfer partnership is so new, I suspect no one will have transferred yet with receipt on the KrisFlyer side, but it’d be nice to hear anecdotes of transfer times there too.

    P.S. Re: my own post above. I’ve opted to get back from Morocco after my EU marathon runs to Hawaii on a new AA award, and will do LAX-NRT-SIN early next year on SQ F (Suite). I’ve found some availability (not Waitlist, woohoo!) that fits my timeframe. Just need to decide which points currency to transfer from and get them on their way to KrisFlyer. I have 50K’ish SPG, 150K or so UR, 25K left in AmEx MR, and 45K or so Citi TY. Need 34K in fresh KF miles to top off for the award. Any suggestions from other readers?

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  30. Just transferred 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points to my Singapore Airlines account. According to them it takes 6-8 weeks before the miles can show into the account. Anyone has similar experience? Help! I am trying to book a ticket to HK and I am running out of time…

  31. @Capri – It should take only a few days.

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