Singapore Airlines has published an award chart for flying their newest partner Alaska Airlines, and there are a lot of excitingly low prices. This is especially exciting as Singapore miles are one of the easiest to collect. Singapore Krisflyer is a 1:1 transfer partner of all four major transferrable point currencies:
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Citi ThankYou Points
- SPG Starpoints
Singapore now has the cheapest mileage price in economy to Hawaii from the west coast of the United States (12,000 one way) as well as other appealing prices within the continental 48 states.
The Award Chart
Prices below are for one-way awards, in thousands of Singapore Krisflyer miles. The green column reflects economy prices and blue domestic First Class.
Here are the Zone definitions for looking up your origin and destination.
One important (and bit of a bummer) condition Singapore has set for their awards flying Alaska is that transfers and stopovers are not permitted…so it seems as though all prices in the chart above are per segment.
It’s not totally clear that a transfer and a connection (i.e. layover) are the same thing, but I can’t imagine what else they would be. For now I’m going to assume that any award longer than one segment will price as a separate award as that is what seems most logical to me considering some of these cheap mileage prices. Otherwise the amount of steals on the award chart would be, well, unrealistic.
I’m going to test a few routes in the coming days on the phone with Krisflyer to see if we can achieve some clarity on that point.
All of that being said, there are still plenty of cheap awards to get excited about even if they do price per segment–again, especially considering that Singapore miles are easy to come by as you can transfer them in from the four big point types.
Sweetspots on the New Chart
All sweetspots discussed below, unless otherwise noted, are referencing economy flight prices.
West Coast to Hawaii
The cheapest mileage price booking Alaska Airlines award flights to Hawaii from the west coast was previously with 12,500 Avios. Now you can fly between all of these west coast cities and Hawaii for 12,000 Singapore miles:
- Anchorage, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego to Honolulu, Oahu
- Anchorage, Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, and San Diego to Kahului, Maui
- Anchorage, Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego to Kona, Big Island
- Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego to Lihue, Kauai
Granted, we value Singapore miles higher than Avios, so I’d rather spend 12,500 Avios than 12,000 Singapore miles if I had the option. But if you don’t have access to Avios, then this new option is a really good one.
Across the Country
You can fly between the east and west coast (remember, direct flights only) for 12,000.
For example, you could fly from New York City (various airports) to Seattle, Portland (as of November 6, 2017), San Jose, and San Diego for 12,000 Singapore miles.
You can book the same Alaska award space with 12,500 American miles, which, if I had American miles, I would because I value them less than Singapore miles. But if you don’t, again, this is a great option to get from coast to the other. I value Alaska and Singapore miles pretty much the same, and the cost in Alaska miles for this award space will vary from 12,500 to 20k–so using Singapore miles is the better option if you have a choice.
You’ll notice another direct route Alaska offers (via WestJet) from New York City to Dallas. That award is only 7,500 Singapore miles. That would cost 12,500 American miles or 7.5k to 20k Alaska miles.
Between Cities in the West (Zone 1 to 1 or Zone 1 to 2)
For long distance flights like Seattle to San Diego, 7,500 Singapore miles one way is a great deal. You’d pay the same amount of Alaska miles or 12,500 American Airlines miles for the same award space.
Between the West Coast and Midwest (Zone 1 to 3)
You could fly from Portland to Dallas for just 9,500 Singapore Airlines miles. That would cost somewhere between 10k and 20k Alaska miles or 12,500 American Airlines miles to book the same Alaska award space.
Developments with Singapore & Alaska’s Partnership
At the end of August, Singapore and Alaska announced their new partnership. At the time only Alaska announced earning rates flying Singapore. Yesterday, September 27, was the first day you could earn Alaska miles flying Singapore.
Alaska has yet to publish award prices for to fly Singapore, nor has Singapore published earning rates flying Alaska. We’ll update you when they do!
You can now redeem Singapore Krisflyer miles on Alaska Airlines flights. Take a look at the award chart here. You can also earn Alaska miles flying Singapore as of yesterday.
Have you noticed any sweetspots I’ve missed? What do you make of the new award chart?
Hat tip Travel Codex