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We’re big fans of United Airlines miles at MMS because you can redeem them for award flights pretty much anywhere. But what we love even more is the ability to book the same award flights for fewer miles on certain routes using Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines miles instead!
You can book many of the same award flights that United Airlines offers with Singapore Airlines miles for a LOT less – including sweet spot routes like the mainland US to Hawaii or Europe!
And unlike United Airlines, Singapore Airlines is a direct transfer partner of the 5 major transferable point programs: Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, Capital One, and Marriott Rewards. So you can transfer points earned from the best travel credit cards like the Ink Business Preferred Credit Card to Singapore Airlines and spend less!
I’ll show you when it makes sense to book United Airlines award flights using Singapore Airlines miles instead of United Airlines miles.
How to Transfer Flexible Points to Singapore Airlines
You can also find our recommendations on earning points within each program right here:
- All the Ways to Earn Chase Ultimate Rewards Points
- All the Ways to Earn AMEX Membership Rewards Points
- Citi ThankYou Premier Review
- Now Available: Capital One Transfer Partners
- All the Ways to Earn Marriott Points
As with all direct transfer partners, moving flexible points to Singapore Airlines is NOT reversible. Additionally, Singapore Airlines miles expire 36 months from the date you earn or transfer them, so make you’re able to use any points transferred within that time frame. It shouldn’t be too hard with all the great sweet spots below 🙂
Sweet Spot Redemptions by Booking With Singapore Airlines Instead of United Airlines Miles
Singapore Airlines has a zone-based award chart, meaning the miles required for an award flight depend on the regions you’re flying between (or within). United Airlines uses a similar method to pricing their awards.
The good news is that in many cases, it’s cheaper to book an award flight from the mainland US to Hawaii, South America, or Europe using Singapore Airlines miles than it is with United Airlines miles.
Within North America in Business Class
You can book domestic flights within the US on United Airlines using Singapore Airlines miles. However, you can only book these domestic award flights over the phone.
Round-trip domestic flights will only cost you 40,000 Singapore Airlines miles in Business Class, instead of 50,000 United Airlines miles for the exact same flights.
You can follow the steps below for a relatively painless booking process:
- Find available Saver award seats on the United Airlines website (flights must be operated by United Airlines)
- Call Singapore Airlines at 312-843-5333
- Press 1 for Krisflyer Members
- Enter your 10-digit Singapore Airlines frequent flyer number, followed by #
- Enter 6-digit account PIN followed by #
- Press 2 for award booking with partner airlines
- The representative will ask for origin, destination, date of travel, number of passengers, and one-way or round-trip
- The representative will check availability and help you book if the flight is available
You may be put on hold after step 6. My wait time was ~4 minutes. The representative was very nice and was willing to find another booking when my first date wasn’t available. She even suggested routes that she could search like Los Angeles to Denver or Chicago.
While it’s a little inconvenient that you can’t book these awards online, it’s still nice you can book them over the phone and at a great price!
Note: As with most phone bookings, if the representative tacks on a booking fee, ask them nicely to remove it because this redemption is not available to book online.
North America to Southern South America in Business Class
Flights from mainland North America to Southern South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) is another great way to save when you book using Singapore Airlines miles.
When you book one-way from Miami to Chile, you’ll only pay 50,000 Singapore Airlines miles for Business Class. The same itinerary using United Airlines miles will set you back 60,000 miles!
Round trip surcharges are very comparable, at ~$60 with Singapore Airlines and ~$50 with United Airlines.
From the US to Europe in Coach (Plus Save Even More Flying New York to Germany and Houston to the UK)
For United Airlines coach flights from the US to Europe, you’ll only pay 55,000 Singapore Airlines miles compared to 60,000 United Airlines miles.
But if you’re flying certain routes, you can save even more by redeeming Singapore Airlines miles on Singapore Airlines’ own flights between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt, or Houston and Manchester, UK.
For example, booking this Singapore Airlines flight between New York and Frankfurt one-way costs 22,500 Singapore Airlines miles in coach. But the same flight will set you back 30,000 United Airlines miles!
Here’s the booking on the same flight using United Airlines miles:
Mainland US to Hawaii
It wouldn’t be a post about Singapore Airlines without mentioning the steal of a deal you can get by booking United Airlines award flights to Hawaii. This is one of our favorite ways to save with Singapore Airlines miles.
You’ll only pay 17,500 Singapore Airlines miles in coach between the mainland and Hawaii. But the same itinerary from United Airlines will set you back 22,500 miles!
This is one of the best ways to use your Chase Ultimate Rewards points for a trip to Hawaii, especially now that Korean Air is no longer a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards. Team members Keith and Jasmin have each used this technique to save 10,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per person round-trip on flights to Hawaii!
This can translate to significant savings when you’re traveling as a family or group!
You can often save by booking United Airlines award flights with Singapore Airlines miles instead of United Airlines miles.
And Singapore Airlines is a direct transfer partner of the 5 major transferable point programs, including our favorite Chase Ultimate Rewards points. So Singapore Airlines miles are easier to earn than United Airlines miles.
Our favorite sweet spots include United Airlines flights between the mainland US and Hawaii, Europe, and Southern South America where you can save a lot of miles depending on the class of service you book.
Do you have any other favorite ways to save by booking United Airlines flights with Singapore Airlines miles?