KrisFlyer Singapore Airlines Star Alliance

Last 2 days: Lock in KrisFlyer redemptions at pre-devaluation award rates

There are only two days left to book Singapore Airlines award tickets at current redemption rates, for travel right through to June 2023.

As you’re probably aware, back in early June Singapore Airlines announced that it was devaluing its KrisFlyer miles, hiking award and upgrade rates in all cabins for new redemption bookings made from 5th July 2022 onwards, both on its own ‘metal’ and on Star Alliance carriers.

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Time flies, and there are now only a couple of days left to lock in awards at existing rates, for travel up to 355 days from now.

That’s something you should definitely consider if you have a reasonably firm idea of your upcoming travel plans, especially for the first half of 2023, which boasts better award space.

The devaluation

Here’s a reminder of the extent of this devaluation, which sees rates for KrisFlyer saver awards hiked by 8% to 16%, depending on cabin class and routing.

KrisFlyer 2022 Devaluation
Key Points

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% moreThis is the biggest hit in our opinion.
  • First Class and Suites Saver awards suffer a 10% to 13% higher redemption rate.
  • Some longer Advantage awards will cost 2% to 16% more miles.
  • 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.

Here’s how the damage looks more specifically, for Saver, Advantage and Star Alliance award redemptions (click to expand).

Economy

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

Premium Economy

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

Business Class

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

First Class & Suites

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

Economy

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

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

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

Economy Class Star Alliance Awards
(one-way, in thousands of miles)
Singapore to/from Current rate New rate Change
SE Asia 1 7.5 8.5 + 13.3%
SE Asia 2 12.5 13.5 + 8.0%
N Asia 1 15 16.5 + 10.0%
N Asia 2 25 27 + 8.0%
SW Pacific 32.5 35 + 7.7%
N America
Hawaii
C America
55 60.5 + 10.0%
S America 67.5 74.5 + 10.4%
Europe 45 49.5 + 10.0%
ME / N Africa 35 40.5 + 15.7%
C & S Africa 37.5 43.5 + 16.0%
C & S Asia 25 27 + 8.0%

Business Class Star Alliance Awards
(one-way, in thousands of miles)
Singapore to/from Current rate New rate Change
SE Asia 1 19 21 + 10.5%
SE Asia 2 21.5 24 + 11.6%
N Asia 1 41.5 46 + 10.8%
N Asia 2 47.5 52.5 + 10.5%
SW Pacific 74 81.5 + 10.1%
N America
Hawaii
C America
105.5 119 + 12.8%
S America 119 134 + 12.6%
Europe 92 103.5 + 12.5%
ME / N Africa 71 82 + 15.5%
C & S Africa 60 69 + 15.0%
C & S Asia 47 52 + 10.6%

First Class Star Alliance Awards
(one-way, in thousands of miles)
Singapore to/from Current rate New rate Change
SE Asia 1 27.5 30.5 + 10.9%
SE Asia 2 32.5 36 + 10.8%
N Asia 1 51.5 57 + 10.7%
N Asia 2 70 77 + 10.0%
SW Pacific 98 108 + 10.2%
N America
Hawaii
C America
148.5 167.5 + 12.8%
S America 151.5 170.5 + 12.5%
Europe 140.5 158.5 + 12.8%
ME / N Africa 91 105 + 15.4%
C & S Africa 80.5 93 + 15.5%
C & S Asia 66.5 73.5 + 10.5%

Upgrade awards are also taking a hit, though these were rarely good value in the first place, even at current rates.

For the time being, rates for partner airline awards and Star Alliance round-the-world awards are not increasing (but watch this space, since this is also likely soon).

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.

Avoiding the increases

Provided you lock in your redemption booking on or before 11.59pm Singapore Time on Monday 4th July 2022, you’ll still be paying the existing award rates, regardless of your travel date.

Remember you can book up to 355 days before departure, with Singapore Airlines adding a ‘fresh day’ of availability each morning at midnight GMT (which is 8am Singapore Time).

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That means from the morning of Monday 4th July, your last day of redemption at current rates, you can book travel up to and including Saturday 24th June 2023.

Here’s what you need to know about booking at existing award rates.

Booking at existing KrisFlyer rates

  • Bookings made on or before 11.59pm Singapore Time on Monday 4th July 2022 will attract the current award pricing, regardless of your departure date.
  • Date and / or flight number changes on the same route made to award bookings secured under pre-devaluation rates on or after Tuesday 5th July 2022 will not attract the new (higher) award rate, but the change fee will apply as usual.
  • Under SIA’s Complimentary Rebooking policy, the US$25 fee for date changes to a Saver award ticket is waived. You can make unlimited free date changes by 31st July 2022, and one complimentary date change after that.
  • Even after you have exhausted your free date change allowance, the US$25 fee for date changes to a Saver award ticket can be used an unlimited number of times, without affecting the miles rate.
  • There is no fee for date changes on Advantage award tickets.
  • A change of routing, cabin class or award type (i.e. between Saver and Advantage) made on or after 5th July 2022 will require your ticket to be reissued, which will then attract the new award rates, and therefore require a miles top-up.

For example, you can currently lock in the following Business Class Saver redemption from Singapore to Munich and back for two passengers in May next year at the current award rate.

This award will set you back 414,000 miles (46,000 miles more!) if booked from Tuesday 5th July 2022 onwards.

Even if this isn’t your perfect date for a Munich trip, you may be able to make a free change to a preferred date under the complimentary rebooking policy, provided award space is available on your new dates.

In the worst case, if you have to abandon the trip, you’ll only be on the hook for KrisFlyer’s US$75 miles redeposit fee per person.

Pro Tip: SIA regards two or more airports which fall under the same IATA city code (e.g. TYO covers both NRT and HND in Tokyo