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Only a couple of months ago, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer made some changes to its award chart for flights on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir – predictably, those changes generally meant that redemptions now require more miles than they previously did.
KrisFlyer uses a completely different award chart for booking award flights on Singapore’s Star Alliance partners though, and that chart escaped the devaluation until now. Note that the existing Star Alliance award pricing is still in force until 15th April 2019 (and you can check that chart out here), so there is at least a few weeks notice,
The new award chart (live from 16th April 2019) can be found here.
Existing award chart:
New award chart:
What are the changes like?
Actually not too bad, overall.
Nothing changes for Economy redemptions whatsoever. Remember that although KrisFlyer doesn’t charge surcharges when using miles on Singapore Airlines itself, it does pass on partner surcharges, so Economy redemptions only usually make sense on those airlines that have no (or very low) surcharges.
Business Class and First Class awards are going up pretty much across the board, but the changes aren’t hugely dramatic.
For example, the popular Europe-Middle East award is going up from 25,000 miles one way, to 29,000 miles. That’s a 16% increase, which in percentage terms is one of the biggest, but it’s still a good price. Similarly, Intra-North America Business Class awards are rising from 20,000 miles one way to 23,000 miles – which is still lower than most of the alternatives.
Devaluations are never nice to see, but this is a relatively minor adjustment really. That said, if you were thinking of booking one of the affected awards, obviously try to get it done by 15th April if at all possible!