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Earlier this year Singapore Airlines devalued their award chart for redemptions on their own flights. And now they have announced a devaluation effective April 16, 2019, for their Star Alliance partner award chart too. These coming changes won’t impact Economy awards, but the price of Business and First Class partner redemptions will be increasing.
Singapore Airlines is a useful Star Alliance partner because their miles are some of the easiest to earn through earning credit card miles. You can transfer points to Singapore Airlines miles from any of these flexible points programs:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- AMEX Membership Rewards
- Citi ThankYou
- Marriott (3:1 ratio)
- Capital One (2:1 ratio)
Use Your Singapore Airlines Credit Card Miles for These Redemptions Soon
Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance which includes other airlines like United Airlines, Air Canada, LOT Polish, Thai Airways, ANA, and many more. Singapore Airlines has separate award charts for flights on their own planes and flights with Star Alliance partners. Only the Star Alliance award chart is changing. And the only prices that are increasing are Star Alliance partner Business and First Class awards.
They also partner with a handful of non-alliance airlines, like Virgin Atlantic and Alaska Airlines. They have a different award chart for each of these non-alliance partners, and those prices are staying the same.
So the only awards you’ll want to book before April 16 are Star Alliance partner award flights in Business or First Class.
Here is what the current Star Alliance partner award chart looks like (valid until April 15, 2019):
And here is what you’ll pay going forward from April 16, 2019:
One of the most useful Star Alliance partners to book with Singapore Airlines miles is United Airlines. Especially if you’re flying to Hawaii. United Airlines charges 45,000 miles round-trip in coach from the mainland to Hawaii. But you can book the exact same seat for only 35,000 Singapore Airlines miles round-trip. This is an especially good deal from the Mid-West or East Coast. If you’re flying from the West Coast to Hawaii you’re better off booking Alaska Airlines round-trip coach flights for only 24,000 Singapore Airlines miles.
Star Alliance Awards to Book Before April 16th
Here are some of the better Singapore Airlines Star Alliance awards to book before the price increase. These changes aren’t catastrophic, but if you can save yourself a few miles, you should:
- One-way Business Class from the mainland US to Hawaii increasing from 30,000 miles to 34,500 miles
- One-way Business Class flights within the US increasing from 20,000 miles to 23,000 miles
- One-way First Class from the US to Europe increasing from 95,000 miles to 107,500 miles
- One-way First Class to South America increasing from 70,000 miles to 80,500 miles
Singapore Airlines does pass on fuel surcharges (aka carrier-imposed surcharges) on Star Alliance partner awards. But if you’re flying within North America on United Airlines or Air Canada, you won’t have to worry about fuel surcharges. Neither Avianca or Copa Airlines add fuel surcharges, so they are good options for getting to South America. And if you’re flying LOT Polish Airlines to Europe the fees will generally be reasonable.
On most partner Business and First Class awards, you’ll want to pay close attention to the fuel surcharges, although sometimes it can be worth paying a bit for the experience. But because Singapore Airlines doesn’t add fuel surcharges to their own award flights and they have an amazing First Class, you’re generally better off booking premium cabin flights with Singapore Airlines if you can.
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Hat tip: Mile Lion