Singapore Star Alliance Award Devaluation

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Singapore Krisflyer, loyalty program of Singapore Airlines, increased the price of various partner award prices on April 16, 2019. These changes weren’t without notice, as they announced in March the impending devaluation. Devaluations always suck but are inevitable.

Singapore devaluations sting in a special way as they are by far the easiest mile to earn. Every major transferrable point currency–Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You Points, Capital One miles and Marriott Rewards–transfer to Singapore Krisflyer, so they are the sweetheart of foreign loyalty programs.

Thankfully the changes weren’t drastic. Economy award prices didn’t change, but Business and First Class prices did. According to Milelion, Business Class prices have increased between 8 and 12%, and First Class prices between 6 and 10%.

For your own reference:

To be clear, the award chart price hikes I’m talking about today are those redeeming Singapore miles on Star Alliance partner airlines. Singapore has a different award chart for flying its own planes, and that did not change on April 16. Singapore award prices flying Singapore did increase back in January of this year, however. That devaluation was similar in that economy prices mostly stayed the same and premium cabin prices increased.

Singapore’s award chart flying Alaska, a non-allied partner, has not changed.

This devaluation does not affect Singapore award prices flying Singapore or Silkair.

Awards that Got More Expensive

All prices listed below are one way. I picked these as examples either because they are popular routes, I use them often, or they represent a very big percentage increase in price. The table is for awards touching the US.

From Canada & Continental US to/from:Old Award Price (pre-April 16)Current Award Price   
Elsewhere within Canada, the Continental US, and Alaska 20,000 23,000
Hawaii in United Business30,000 34,500
South America in Business50,000 57,500
South America in First Class70,000 80,500
Europe in Business65,000 72,000
Europe in First 95,000 107,500
Central/South Asia in Business110,000122,000
Central/South Asia in First 145,000160,000

Here are some others outside the Continental US that I’m sad to see get pricier…

From Hawaii to South America in Business:

  • was 40,000 miles
  • is now 46,000 miles

Within South America in Business

  • was 20,000
  • is now 23,000 miles

A Couple Devalued Award Prices That Remain Competitive

Continental US to Hawaii for 34.5k: Singapore’s new price to Hawaii is still one of the best options to redeem on United Business award space to Hawaii. ANA’s is a touch better at 34,000 miles one way, but require roundtrip bookings. Asiana’s is the best at a crazy 27.5k, but not many people have Asiana miles or tons of access to them (only Marriott Rewards transfer, 3:1).

Hawaii to South America for 46k: Due to the fact that Singapore lumps Hawaii and Central America into the same award region, it costs less miles to get from Hawaii to South America than it does from the continental US to South America. Even though you need to fly through the 48 to get there.

Aside from Asiana which charges just 35k one way to fly Business between Hawaii and South America, which I wouldn’t consider a viable option for most, I don’t know of a better price.

Good Value Economy Awards (That Did Not Change in Price)

Musings

I’m guessing the Singapore award US based travelers utilize the most is to Hawaii in Business, and that only went up 4,500 miles. I don’t see that as a game-changer.

The trip goal people tell me about most often through my Free Credit Card Consultation Service is Business Class to Europe. The jump of Singapore’s price from 65,000 to 72,000 doesn’t really matter when most of these people have or end up collecting Ultimate Rewards and would utilize United MileagePlus in that instance instead (60k one way on United, 70k one way on any other Star Alliance carrier).

Personally, I’m the most bummed about the jump from 50k to 57.5k to fly United Business to South America from the US. While not a great deal to northern South America, it’s one of the best–at least with easily accessible miles–to southern South America. I split my time between Buenos Aires and the US so I utilized that award relatively often.

The previous price to fly Business Class to between the US and South America, 50k Singapore miles, was a good one that I utilized often. Sad to see it jump to 57.5k.

I will say though that necessity is the mother of invention… or in this case, incentive to research. I realized earlier this afternoon that I can fly Delta One between the US and Buenos Aires for 45,000 Virgin Atlantic miles one way and that it doesn’t have to be booked roundtrip for 90k. Up until today I was under the impression that Virgin Atlantic awards flying Delta had to be roundtrip, but a Flying Club rep put a one-way Delta One award on hold for me today, Atlanta to Buenos Aires, and quoted 45,000 Flying Club miles + $5.60 in taxes. More on that to come.

ANA’s 88,000 mile price to fly United roundtrip between the US and South America is a great potential award to look towards booking in the future as well, as I see more United Business award space than any other alliance’s to Buenos Aires. ANA does require roundtrip bookings though, which in my opinion isn’t ideal. To most I imagine that’s not as big of a downer, and should be a top option for booking United Business to the bottom of South America.

Bottom Line

Singapore awards flying Star Alliance partners now cost more miles than they did earlier in April. Thankfully the devaluation wasn’t a gruesome one and they at least gave some notice. There’s still plenty of value to be had redeeming Singapore miles, especially when they are the easiest to accrue.

Which awards were you sad to see get pricier? What will you book anyways?


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7 COMMENTS

  1. S
    I feel sorry for all the people who do MS I don’t I flip .They work really hard then they get devalued and back to square one . I have 70K now lets hope they have opening for the EU(anywhere) in June for next May .It’s their Bat and Ball so ” Game On ”
    CHEERs

    • I just looked again Oh my God I never used Singapore points for ORD>EU yes they have Flts 55k but $265 each way for fees Useless !!!
      CHEERs

  2. Great article, as always! So happy to see you back these months and hope all is well.
    I was investigating a Singapore award for Europe to the US, but the only thing I can’t solve is if you can add a US domestic leg and or European leg? Would it be same number of miles or is it per segment? So far a partner award on United or LOT is working best but it’s completely flexible.
    Thank you again for your wonderful work! Cheers

    • Thanks for your kind words! You are very welcome.

      Adding a Star Alliance partner segment, event if it’s not the longest segment, will switch pricing over to the Star Alliance award chart. So you can definitely add a segment on United or LOT to a Singapore award, but the award will price according to this chart. Does that answer your question?

      • It absolutely does! Thank you so very much!! I was almost pulling my hair out trying to see if a domestic connection was possible and what mileage it would fall under. Looking at Europe to the US and then a US domestic connection to final destination, so should be 27.5k one way, loving that. I may give them a call to confirm my precise routing is possible. Thank you once again for this great article, your kind response, and the emails and articles!
        P.S. I’m sure you might be aware of this option already, but I recently was quoted either 25k or 27.5k one way economy from EZE to the US on Delta metal, booking through Virgin Atlantic. Just in case a business fare doesn’t work out for you some time. Unfortunately though, adding a domestic connection makes it too expensive, but EZE-ATL, for example, is not bad at all at that price and very low taxes.

        • Kev
          Ur Right Thanks ORD>EZE or ORD>HNL $5.60 each way on Singapore points great deal . I have flown to EU 20x and fees were always under $100 rt trip @ any city . I looked all over those are the only places worthwhile for me .
          CHEERs

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