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Singapore Airlines devalues KrisFlyer miles from 5 July 2022

KrisFlyer redemptions will cost you around 8-15% more from 5th July 2022, as the airline devalues its miles for the post-COVID era.

Here's how it looks.

Navigating our way through COVID-19 without a devaluation of the KrisFlyer programme was a nice relief for most of our readers, but unfortunately the happy concept of no increases to miles rates since January 2019 was inevitably never going to last.

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Around three and a half years after the last devaluation, Singapore Airlines will increase its miles redemption rates across the board for those locking in awards from 5th July 2022.

There’s a general increase from around 8% to 15% across all four cabin classes, though as before you’re afforded some breathing room when booking over the next four weeks, with current rates still available until 4th July 2022.

This also allows you to lock in current award rates for travel over the next year, right through to late June 2023, provided you have reasonably firm travel plans in mind.



 


 

Key points

Here are the main devaluation headlines this time round.

  • Economy Class Saver redemption rates have increased, despite remaining untouched in the last devaluation of January 2019.
  • Premium Economy, Business and First Class Saver awards have also increased, like they did in the last devaluation round.
  • Revised mileage rates come into effect for bookings made on or after 5th July 2022, so you still have four weeks to book at current rates.
  • Waitlist awards that clear and are booked prior to 5th July 2022 will be charged at the current rates. Those that clear on or after that date will attract the higher rates.
  • SIA partner airline award redemption rates are staying the same, for now at least.
  • Advantage awards remain the same, except for Business and First Class redemptions on longer Zone 10-13 trips to and from Singapore (i.e. Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Europe and the USA).
  • Star Alliance awards will increase.
  • Upgrade charts, both for SIA and Star Alliance partners, also see a rate increase.
  • Only Advantage awards will be eligible for a complimentary stopover of up to 30 days from 1st August 2022. US$100 paid stopovers on other awards will be scrapped and longer stopovers on Advantage awards won’t be allowed.
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Based on flights to and from Singapore:

  • Economy Saver awards are increasing for the first time in years, by around 8% to 16%.
  • Premium Economy Saver awards will also set you back around 8% to 16% more miles than before.
  • Business Class Saver awards will cost roughly 10% to 15% more. This is the biggest hit in our opinion.
  • First Class and Suites Saver awards suffer a 10% to 13% higher redemption rate.
  • Star Alliance awards increase by around 8% to 16%.
  • Pricing for Star Alliance round-the-world award tickets using KrisFlyer miles remains unchanged, for now.
The sun will set on existing KrisFlyer award rates on 4th July 2022, but you can still lock in future trips at current pricing until then. (Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

Saver Award Rate Increases

All Saver award redemptions booked on or after 5th July 2022 will increase in cost. The following tables show the increases for one-way redemptions to and from Singapore.

Economy

Economy Class Saver awards were spared from the January 2019 KrisFlyer miles devaluation, but there’s no such luck this time round, with increases of 7.5% to 16.0% in place for redemptions made on or after 54th July, based on the redemption zone from Singapore.

Economy Class
Saver Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 2
Malaysia, Indonesia & Brunei
7.5 8.5 +13.3%
Zone 3
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos
12.5 13.5 +8.0%
Zone 4
South China, Hong Kong & Taiwan
15.0 16.5 +10.0%
Zone 5
Beijing & Shanghai
20.0 21.5 +7.5%
Zones 6
India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh
18.5 20.0 +8.1%
Zone 7
Japan & South Korea
25.0 27.0 +8.0%
Zone 8
Perth & Darwin
20.0 21.5 +7.5%
Zone 9
Other Australia & New Zealand
28.0 30.5 +8.9%
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
25.0 29.0 +16.0%
Zones 11 & 12
Europe, Canada & USA West Coast
38.0 42.0 +10.5%
Zone 13
USA East Coast & Houston
40.0 44.0 +10.0%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

Zone 10 is a big hit here, with the ability to effectively get to Europe (Istanbul) for 25,000 miles now costing 4,000 miles more per person in each direction for a saver award.

Istanbul redemptions using KrisFlyer miles on SIA were a fantastic ‘sweet spot’, springboarding you to Europe

The same rate to and from South Africa, especially Cape Town which involves two SIA flights, suffers similarly.

Premium Economy

Premium Economy Saver award rates, already a poor value redemption anyway, are increasing from 7.8% to a whopping 16.2%, depending on the zone.

2018W A350ULR Seats 31AC.jpg Premium Economy
Saver Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 4
South China, Hong Kong & Taiwan
24.5 26.5 +8.2%
Zones 5 & 6
Beijing & Shanghai
India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh
32.0 34.5 +7.8%
Zone 7
Japan & South Korea
34.5 37.5 +8.7%
Zone 9
Australia & New Zealand
47.0 51.0 +8.5%
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
37.0 43.0 +16.2%
Zone 11
Europe
64.5 71.0 +10.1%
Zone 12
Canada & USA West Coast
68.0 75.0 +10.3%
Zone 13
USA East Coast & Houston
73.0 80.5 +10.3%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

As our regular readers will know, we already don’t recommend redemptions in Premium Economy due to the painful proximity these rates have to Business Class Saver awards, for a comfort factor that’s simply worlds apart.



 


 

Business Class

This is the biggest hit in our opinion – those valuable Business Saver award rates are suffering an increase ranging from 10.3% to 15.3%, depending on the zone.

SQ 77W J (MM).jpg Business Class
Saver Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 2
Malaysia, Indonesia & Brunei
19.0 21.0 +10.5%
Zone 3
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos
21.5 24.0 +11.6%
Zone 4
South China, Hong Kong & Taiwan
30.5 34.0 +11.5%
Zones 5 & 6
Beijing & Shanghai
India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh
39.0 43.0 +10.3%
Zone 7
Japan & South Korea
47.0 52.0 +10.6%
Zone 8
Perth & Darwin
36.5 40.5 +11.0%
Zone 9
Other Australia & New Zealand
62.0 68.5 +10.5%
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
49.0 56.5 +15.3%
Zone 11
Europe
92.0 103.5 +12.5%
Zone 12
Canada & USA West Coast
95.0 107.0 +12.6%
Zone 13
USA East Coast & Houston
99.0 111.5 +12.6%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

For a Singapore – London Business Class redemption that means forking out 11,500 more miles from 5th July, the first time Europe has seen 100k+ Saver rates in this cabin using the KrisFlyer programme.

The fact that you can fly to Europe on Finnair for 70,000 Asia Miles with no fuel surcharges in their well-regarded brand new Business Class cabin certainly shines a light on increasing disparity here, especially if you are connecting to your final destination anyway.

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Even for shorter routes like Singapore – Sydney, a Business Saver will set you back an additional 6,500 KrisFlyer miles each way.

Saver awards in the Business Class cabin will be where most of our readers feel the biggest pinch in this latest KrisFlyer miles devaluation. (Photo: High Tech Flight)

The most significant hit is for Zone 10 redemptions, which will hike the cost of Business Class savers to the likes of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Istanbul from 49,000 miles (currently a relative ‘sweet spot’) to 56,500 miles.

Nonetheless, with a Europe Business Class Saver award increasing to 103,500 miles, this still looks like a decent rate in relative terms.

First Class & Suites

First and Suites Saver redemptions also suffer some sharp increases, rising by 10.0% to 12.8% depending on the zone.

1F Overview Low.jpg First Class & Suites
Saver Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 2
Malaysia, Indonesia & Brunei
27.5 30.5 +10.9%
Zone 3
Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia & Laos
32.5 36.0 +10.8%
Zone 4
South China, Hong Kong & Taiwan
40.5 45.0 +11.1%
Zones 5 & 6
Beijing & Shanghai
India, Sri Lanka, Maldives & Bangladesh
53.0 58.5 +10.4%
Zone 7
Japan & South Korea
70.0 77.0 +10.0%
Zone 8
Perth & Darwin
52.0 57.5 +10.6%
Zone 9
Other Australia & New Zealand
85.0 93.5 +10.0%
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
75.0 86.5 +15.3%
Zone 11
Europe
125.0 141.0 +12.8%
Zone 12
Canada & USA West Coast
130.0 146.5 +12.7%
Zone 13
USA East Coast & Houston
132.0 148.5 +12.5%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

There’s certainly some pain to and from Europe here, with 141,000 KrisFlyer miles now required to secure a one-way Saver award, 16,000 miles more than before.

Advantage Award Rate Increases

Advantage award rates are also increasing for trips between Singapore and Zone 11 to Zone 13 locations in Business Class and First Class / Suites, and for Zone 10 in Economy, Business and First.

There are no changes to Advantage rates for shorter flights in any cabin, or in Economy Class across the network (except for Zone 10).

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Here’s how the Advantage award rates will increase from 5th July 2022.

Economy

Economy Class Advantage awards are only increasing in cost between Singapore and Zone 10 (Africa, the Middle East and Turkey), though the rise is a substantial 15.5%.

Economy Class
Advantage Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
55.0 63.5 +15.5%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

Business Class

Business Class Advantage awards are rising to and from Europe and the USA by around 2-3%, but again the big hit here is for Zone 10 redemptions, which see a 15% hike.

SQ 77W J (MM).jpg Business Class
Advantage Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
90.0 103.5 +15.0%
Zone 11
Europe
120.0 123.0 +2.5%
Zone 12
Canada & USA West Coast
125.0 128.5 +2.8%
Zone 13
USA East Coast & Houston
140.0 143.5 +2.5%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

First Class & Suites

In First Class and Suites it’s the same story as we see in Business Class when it comes to Advantage awards, which increase by 2-3%, with the exception of Zone 10 at 10%, though there is no such cabin currently offered on the airline’s Zone 10 routes, so this is a rather moot point.

1F Overview Low.jpg First Class & Suites
Advantage Awards
Current Rate New Rate Change
Zone 10
Africa, Middle East & Turkey
135.0 148.5 +10.0%
Zone 11
Europe
220.0 225.5 +1.6%
Zone 12
Canada & USA West Coast
222.0 228.0 +2.7%
Zone 13
USA East Coast & Houston
237.0 243.0 +2.5%

Redemption rates are shown in thousands of KrisFlyer miles

Upgrade awards devalued

It will also cost you around 10% more on average to use your KrisFlyer miles to upgrade to a higher cabin class on Singapore Airlines or on Star Alliance partners from 5th July 2022.

This is generally a poor use of your miles, which we don’t recommend anyway.

New award charts

You can compare the award rates on Singapore Airlines, including for zone combinations we haven’t mentioned here, by downloading SIA’s current and future award charts via the following links.

Here’s the ‘before and after’ for upgrade awards on SIA:

The Star Alliance redemption charts are:

You can also view (unchanged) partner award charts via this page.

The ‘stopover trick’ will be removed

Only recently we were writing in detail about the value you can achieve from utilising SIA’s ‘stopover trick’ on award bookings, typically by combining two separate trips at different times of year together in a single booking by paying an additional US$100 fee.

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Unfortunately this benefit will be removed for bookings made on or after 1st August 2022.

“Complimentary stopovers up to 30 days may be added on singaporeair.com on eligible award redemption ticket types. For bookings issued on or after 1 August 2022, complimentary stopovers exceeding 30 days and paid stopover of any duration will no longer be offered.”

Singapore Airlines

That’s a big shame for this excellent way to minimise miles costs on more inventive routings or over two separate holidays.

The good news is you’ll still be able to lock these in until 31st July 2022 (though at higher miles rates from 5th July 2022), so do check out our comprehensive guide to see how it can work for you and try to come up with some plans to capitalise on this over the next few weeks is you can.

Singapore Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX Business Class. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Only Advantage awards will be eligible for a complimentary stopover within 30 days for bookings made from August 2022, which is unlikely to yield any great options.

Partner award rates will be increased

Singapore Airlines has not increased the number of miles you’ll need to redeem for partner award flights (e.g. on Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia) at this stage, but has said that “upward revisions will be made to Award Levels for flights on partner airlines and will be implemented progressively”.

Expect some (negative) changes here in the coming weeks!

Avoiding (or postponing) the increases

Effectively your only solution to avoid these KrisFlyer rate increases (for the time being) is to lock in your redemptions now – or at least before 5th July. That way you’ll still obtain the existing rates.

If you have to make changes later to your redemption ticket, with the exception of date changes, you will unfortunately have to pay the additional miles in this case. That’s a shame, and means you’ll want to have relatively certain travel plans, which can be difficult a year in advance.

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It also means if you hold an award redemption ticket now (even one issued in 2020) and make changes on or after 5th July 2022, you’ll also be asked to stump up any applicable miles difference, which seems a little unfair.

If you do want to lock in some advance awards however, remember from our KrisFlyer College Part 1 guide that award tickets are loaded 355 days before departure date just after midnight Singapore time (SGT).

That means you can be locking in redemptions right up to late June 2023 at current rates, provided you have sufficient miles (transfer them in now to take advantage!), and of course assuming you’re able to make travel plans so far in advance.

For our readers from around the globe wanting to jump on award seats as they are released, SGT is GMT+8 and you can check the current SGT date and time here.



 


 

Summary

Singapore Airlines hasn’t increased mileage redemption rates since January 2019, though in fairness that would have been a very unpopular move over the last two years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nonetheless it’s a disappointing trend to see yet another programme devaluation so soon after travel began to rebound for most of our readers.

We’re less concerned by increases in Economy and Premium Economy cabins, which are rarely a good redemption option with the programme, but Business and First Class awards are the heart of KrisFlyer’s value and these are sadly going to set you back 8% to 15% more miles, with relatively little notice given.

At least we will still have the monthly ‘Spontaneous Escapes’ discounts to take the edge off, for those last-minute travel plans.

Another significant downside to this news is the removal of the ‘stopover trick’ for award bookings from 1st August 2022, which was a great way to combine two (or more) different trips and save thousands of KrisFlyer miles in the process, but was almost inevitably on the radar to be culled eventually. It was good while it lasted.

There is a silver lining of course – you can lock in as many redemptions as you like (or are able to) up to a year in advance at the current rates, provided you book by 4th July at the latest, giving you four weeks to act. We will certainly be doing this – and you should too!

(Cover Photo: Plane’s Portrait Aviation Media / Malcolm Lu)

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25 comments

  1. It’s time for SIA to recoup losses…Hope the monthly promo of 30% saving in redemption which has been offering last few months would continue…