Singapore devalues some, adds online partner booking

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Singapore Airlines has announced that as of December 7th, partner awards will be bookable online. That’s exciting news as it means you will no longer need to call in to Singapore Airlines for partner awards. However, along with that news comes a devaluation on a number of partner awards without much notice. Thankfully, most of the changes aren’t massive — and Singapore KrisFlyer miles are pretty easy to come by since they are transfer partners with all of the major transferable currencies. Awards on Singapore Airlines are not changing at this time.

Old Chart vs New Chart

For reference, here is a look at the chart for bookings made through December 6th, 2017:

And here is the new chart from December 7th:

A few key changes

As first pointed out by Monkey Miles, here are the key changes (prices for one-way flights):

Region Class Old Price (through 12/6/17) New Price from 12/7/17
North America to Europe First 80K 95K
North America to Southeast Asia First 112.5K 135K
North America to North Asia Business 87.5K 105K
North America to North Asia Economy 45K 54K
North America to Middle East First 75K 90K
Europe to South America First 92K 117.5K
North America to Southwest Pacific Business 97.5K 117K
North America to Southwest Pacific First 127.5K 152.5K

While the chart above doesn’t represent all of the changes, it does highlight some of the changes likely to be of interest to North American readers. As you can see, a number of business and first class awards are going up in price. Also note that there will continue to be a phone booking fee of $25 / 2500 miles for making any bookings/changes over the phone that could be done online. The phone booking fee is waived for bookings/changes that can’t be made online.

Bottom line

In terms of percentages, a number of those price changes may look fairly significant. That said, Singapore KrisFlyer is a transfer partner with Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou points, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest. It’s pretty easy to amass Singapore miles, making this devaluation sting a bit less. For a more in-depth evaluation on these changes, see this One Mile at a Time post.

H/T: Monkey Miles

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