Maximizing the value of Singapore KrisFlyer points

Singapore Airlines is another Star Alliance member which means that they have access to the same award flights as United Airlines. They are also transfer partners with all three of the major points currencies, Chase, Amex, and Citi. This means that they are a pretty easy miles currency to collect. The trick with Singapore miles is usually going to be to redeem for award flights that would cost you less than what United would charge for the same route with their own miles.

Highest Value Uses of Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Miles:

  • Singapore Suites Class

    At the beginning of 2019, Singapore Airlines starting flying their new First Class product: Singapore Suites, which in addition to Emirates new First Class has revolutionized the way that we perceive luxury in First Class. These two new products are simply by far and away the most amazing First Class products to ever exist. Unfortunately, award availability is often quite poor on Singapore Suites considering how badly everyone wants to fly the product; but, if you do happen to find availability, using Singapore’s own Krisflyer miles is going to be the best way to book the award.

    How to book: search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: NYC-SIN 132,000 miles, NYC-FRA 86,000 mies, NYC-SYD 167,000 miles

  • Singapore First Class from the US to Japan & Korea

    While Singapore’s old First Class product is nowhere near as amazing as Suites Class, it is still one of the most comfortable First Class products on which to cross the pacific. Also it represents pretty good value using Krisflyer miles.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 107,000 miles from Los Angeles to Tokyo/Seoul

  • US Domestic Premium Class tickets on United

    Transcontinental flights in First and Business Class booked on United Airlines with Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles are actually cheaper than those booked with United MileagePlus miles.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 23,000 miles in Business (2,000 cheaper than United), 34,500 miles in First (5,500 miles cheaper than United)

  • Domestic flights in Australia on Virgin Australia

    Both Economy and Business Class flights within Australia on Virgin Australia are very good value with Krisflyer miles.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 11,000 miles in Economy, 21,000 miles in Business

  • Travel within the South Pacific

    i Singapore Airlines already offers great award pricing for flights within the entire South Pacific region, but the icing on top is that they also allow stopovers on round trip itineraries. Your first stopover is free, and all additional stopovers (up to 3) are $100 each. Considering how expensive flights can be around the South Pacific, this is a fantastic way to see several destinations for very few miles and a couple hundred dollars.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 12,500 miles in Economy, 30,000 miles in Business, 40,000 miles in First

  • Flights from the US to Hawaii in all Classes

    Perhaps the most famous use of Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles is subverting United’s award prices to get to Hawaii. In any cabin, Singapore’s award prices will beat United’s in the same cabin. This means that if you are booking a trip to Hawaii on Star Alliance, Singapore Krisflyer miles will pretty much always be your best option.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 17,500 miles in Economy (5,000 miles cheaper than United), 34,500 miles in Business (5,500 miles cheaper than United), 46,000 miles in First (4,000 miles cheaper than United)

  • Alaska Airlines Economy Flights within the West Coast or to Mexico and Costa Rica

    Using Krisflyer miles on Alaska Airlines flights within the West Coast or on Alaska flights to Mexico and Costa will both get you great value.

    How to book: search and book on singaporeair.com i

    Cost: 7,500 miles within the West Coast, 12,000 miles to Mexico/Costa Rica

  • Economy Class on Singapore Airlines or other Star Alliance Carriers from US to Europe

    Singapore Airlines actually operates several Fifth Freedom flights between the US and Europe. The Economy award rate on these flights are excellent compared with what United would charge for the same flight. If your travel plans don’t line up with these flights however, you can still save a couple thousand miles off of United’s price by book any Star Alliance Economy flight to Europe. This can be a great method to book peak season Economy class award tickets to Italy or Greece.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 22,500 miles on Singapore metal, 27,500 miles on any Star Alliance carrier

  • Virgin Atlantic Upper Class US to Europe

    Virgin Atlantic has one of the best Business Class products between the US and Europe, and using Krisflyer miles to book it can be a good value. There are however 2 catches. The first is that you must book a roundtrip ticket which will cost 100,000 Krisflyer miles. This is 50,000 miles cheaper than if you were to try to book the same ticket with Delta miles and 30,000 miles cheaper than if you were to try to book a different Business Class product to Europe with Krisflyer miles. However, this booking with come with around $820 in fees; so it is up to you to decide if the miles saved is worth the money spent.

    How to book: Search and book on singaporeair.com

    Cost: 100,000 miles roundtrip