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Will you be flying on JetBlue but would rather collect miles you can use to go to Europe or Asia?
You can now earn Singapore Airlines miles on JetBlue flights! Or earn JetBlue points on Singapore Airlines flights.
Singapore Airlines miles are handy because you can use them to book flights on Singapore Airlines, plus any of Singapore Airlines’ Star Alliance partners, like United Airlines, Air Canada, or Lufthansa.
And on some routes, like to Hawaii, you’ll pay fewer Singapore Airlines miles than you would for the same flight if you used United Airlines or other partner miles.
Let’s look at this new partnership and see when it makes sense to credit JetBlue flights to Singapore Airlines.
What’s the Deal?
JetBlue and Singapore Airlines are now partners. This means you can choose to earn Singapore Airlines miles on JetBlue paid flights, and vice versa.
This arrangement is very new! The JetBlue representative I spoke with said their website hasn’t been properly updated yet, and some reservations agents might not know details about the partnership.
Here’s how it works.
1. Earn Singapore Airlines Miles on JetBlue Flights
This option will be the most interesting to folks in our hobby, because you can do much more with Singapore Airlines miles than you can with JetBlue points.
You’ll soon be able to select Singapore Airlines as your frequent flyer program when you book a JetBlue flight online. For now, they haven’t updated their systems.
To collect Singapore Airlines miles for your JetBlue flight, make your booking online. Then call JetBlue at 800-538-2583 to add your Singapore Airlines frequent flyer number to the reservation.
Note: If you have an existing JetBlue booking for travel after September 1, 2015, JetBlue can also add your Singapore Airlines frequent flyer number to your reservation if you call.
You’ll earn Singapore Airlines miles based on the fare you paid and the distance flown, according to this chart. I’ve included the earning rates on United Airlines as well.
This is different from earning JetBlue points when you fly JetBlue. JetBlue has a revenue-based frequent flyer program, which means you’ll earn points based on what you paid for the ticket.
Note: If you’re collecting Singapore Airlines miles and have a choice between flying United Airlines and JetBlue (everything else being equal), keep in mind the cheapest fares on JetBlue will only earn 50% of the miles flown.
All United Airlines coach fares earn 100% mileage. So for deeply discounted tickets, you’ll earn more Singapore Airlines miles on United Airlines flights.
2. Earn JetBlue Points on Singapore Airlines Flights
If you’re a big JetBlue enthusiast, you might consider crediting your Singapore Airlines flights to JetBlue instead.
I would only do this if you truly have no use for Singapore Airlines miles.
When you book your Singapore Airlines ticket online, select JetBlue as your frequent flyer program, and enter your account number.
And you’ll earn JetBlue points on Singapore Airlines flights based on the class of service and distance flown.
Again, if you have an existing booking for travel after September 1, 2015, you can call Singapore Airlines at 800-742-3333 to add your JetBlue frequent flyer number to the reservation.
A Good Deal for Infrequent JetBlue Flyers
If you don’t collect JetBlue points, or only fly them occasionally, this is a great way to ensure your miles don’t go to waste!
You may not earn enough JetBlue points for a free ticket if you don’t travel with them regularly. By crediting your JetBlue flights to Singapore Airlines, you’ll have many more options for using your miles!
And it’s easy to earn lots of Singapore Airlines miles. That’s because they’re a partner of all 4 transferable points programs – American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Plus, there are sweet spots on the Singapore Airlines award chart. In some cases, you’ll pay fewer miles on certain routes than you would using other Star Alliance airline miles.
1. Example: United Airlines to Hawaii
You’ll use fewer Singapore Airlines miles to book award flights on United Airlines between the mainland US, Alaska, & Canada and Hawaii.
For a round-trip award flight, Singapore Airlines charges:
- 35,000 Singapore Airlines miles in coach
- 60,000 Singapore Airlines miles in Business Class
- 80,000 Singapore Airlines miles in First Class
To compare, United Airlines charges (round-trip):
- 45,000 United Airlines miles in coach
- 80,000 United Airlines miles in Business Class
- 100,000 United Airlines miles in First Class
So on a round-trip flight to Hawaii, you’ll save 10,000 miles in coach and 20,000 miles in Business or First Class when you use Singapore Airlines miles to book your United Airlines award ticket.
2. Singapore Airlines First Class New York to Frankfurt
If you’ve always dreamed of flying Singapore Airlines First Class suites, you can get a terrific deal booking flights between New York and Frankfurt.
A 1-way flight costs 57,375 Singapore Airlines miles plus ~$200 in taxes and fees.
That’s a very reasonable price to experience 1 of the world’s highest rated First Class suites!
Remember, because Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner of all 4 flexible points programs, you can easily earn a lot of Singapore Airlines miles with cards like:
- The Platinum Card From American Express
- Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express
- Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Ink Plus
- Citi ThankYou Premier
- Citi Prestige
JetBlue and Singapore Airlines are now partners. This means you can fly JetBlue and earn Singapore Airlines miles, and vice versa.
This is an excellent option for folks who don’t regularly fly JetBlue, and would prefer to credit their miles to a more useful frequent flyer program.
You can use Singapore Airlines miles for award flights on Singapore Airlines or on their Star Alliance partners, like United Airlines.
I like Singapore Airlines miles because they’re easy to earn! They’re a transfer partner of all 4 flexible points programs.
And there are some good values in their award chart where you’ll save miles compared to booking through other airlines’ frequent flyer programs.
Will you credit your JetBlue flights to Singapore Airlines? What’s your favorite use of Singapore Airlines miles?