KrisFlyer Singapore Airlines

What’s the best KrisFlyer redemption per minute of flight time?

We've crunched the numbers on how many KrisFlyer miles you're spending per minute on Singapore Airlines Saver award redemptions by route in 2022, and some of the results may surprise you.

Back in early 2018 we analysed how many KrisFlyer miles per minute you were spending on Singapore Airlines routes to and from Singapore by cabin class. While the analysis was really a bit of fun (‘value’ is based more closely on money saved than time spent), the article turned out to be a lot more popular than we expected.

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Following the devaluation of the KrisFlyer scheme in 2019 we repeated the analysis, and with another unfortunate hike in award rates taking effect back in July, here’s the updated version for 2022.

The analysis

It’s pretty simple – how many KrisFlyer miles does it take to redeem a round-trip ‘Saver’ award flight from Singapore per minute of scheduled flight time, by cabin class?

Head for Points in the UK ran a very similar article in February 2017 relating to the British Airways Avios frequent flyer scheme, and we effectively replicated the analysis for the KrisFlyer program.

Methodology

Where flight times differ slightly between Singapore Airlines services on the same route, we’ve assumed the shortest flight is chosen in both directions for fairness, based on flight schedules for the northern winter 2022/23 schedule.

For example on Bali the shortest flight is scheduled at 02:40 on the SIN-DPS sector (even though most are 02:45), and 02:35 is the shortest scheduled time on DPS-SIN (even though most are 02:40 or 02:50). We’ve therefore used 05:15 as the shortest round-trip timings you can get for that route.

It becomes more important on long-haul east-west routes where flight times can differ significantly, such as Singapore to Amsterdam which is 13:50, while Amsterdam to Singapore is 12:30, so using a total of 26:20 takes account of the difference on a round-trip redemption.

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For routes with a stopover, such as Singapore to Cape Town where the aircraft stops in Johannesburg for an hour, the time spent on the ground in both directions has been deducted from the total – since you usually have to get off the plane anyway during these stops, and even if you can stay on board there is little or no service offered.

Flight schedules were sourced from the GDS timetables, but can also be found on the Singapore Airlines website. KrisFlyer saver award miles requirements were sourced from the latest 2022 redemption chart at the Singapore Airlines website.

Of course average or cheapest fare is the true determining factor of the ‘value’ you are getting from your miles – this article does not attempt to do this and simply analyses the time-based redemption costs. If you’re interested in our analysis of the cash value of your miles see our guide here.

Economy Class

Economy Class redemption rates increased by around 8 – 16% in the 2022 KrisFlyer devaluation.

Here’s how the miles per minute calculation works out for Economy Class saver round-trip redemptions from Singapore, the average across all routes being 66 miles per minute.

Economy Class
Route Total
Duration
Miles Miles per
Minute
Houston 46:20 88,000 32
New York (SQ26) 42:05 88,000 35
Cape Town 25:20 58,000 38
Los Angeles (SQ12) 36:10 84,000 39
Los Angeles (SQ36/38) 33:00 84,000 42
Istanbul 21:55 58,000 44
San Francisco 32:05 84,000 44
Chengdu 12:20 33,000 45
Seattle 30:55 84,000 45
Vancouver 31:05 84,000 45
Johannesburg 21:00 58,000 46
Barcelona 28:20 84,000 49
Auckland 20:30 61,000 50
Chongqing 10:55 33,000 50
Christchurch 20:30 61,000 50
Xiamen 10:55 33,000 50
Manchester 27:20 84,000 51
London 26:30 84,000 52
Amsterdam 26:20 84,000 53
Cebu 08:30 27,000 53
Davao 08:30 27,000 53
Paris 26:35 84,000 53
Bali 05:15 17,000 54
Frankfurt 25:35 84,000 54
Zurich 25:45 84,000 54
Copenhagen 25:30 84,000 55
Milan 25:05 84,000 56
Munich 24:55 84,000 56
Rome 25:05 84,000 56
Beijing 12:40 43,000 57
Delhi 11:45 40,000 57
Shenzhen 09:40 33,000 57
Taipei 09:30 33,000 58
Ahmedabad 11:20 40,000 59
Manila 07:20 27,000 61
Mumbai 10:55 40,000 61
Surabaya 04:40 17,000 61
Kathmandu 10:35 40,000 63
Tokyo (NRT) 14:15 54,000 63
Sydney 16:00 61,000 64
Brunei 04:20 17,000 65
Dubai 14:55 58,000 65
Hanoi 06:55 27,000 65
Tokyo (HND) 13:55 54,000 65
Brisbane 15:20 61,000 66
Shanghai 10:50 43,000 66
Melbourne 15:05 61,000 67
Hong Kong 08:00 33,000 69
Nagoya 13:05 54,000 69
Seoul 13:05 54,000 69
Osaka 12:55 54,000 70
Perth 10:10 43,000 70
Fukuoka 12:25 54,000 72
Adelaide 14:00 61,000 73
Male 09:10 40,000 73
Yangon 06:10 27,000 73
Cairns 13:35 61,000 75
Bengaluru 08:45 40,000 76
Darwin 09:25 43,000 76
Da Nang 05:45 27,000 78
Dhaka 08:25 40,000 79
Kolkata 08:20 40,000 80
Jakarta 03:30 17,000 81
Chennai 08:10 40,000 82
Cochin 08:00 40,000 83
Colombo 07:50 40,000 85
Bangkok 05:00 27,000 90
Hyderabad 08:50 50,000 94
Penang 02:55 17,000 97
Medan 02:50 17,000 100
Siem Reap 04:30 27,000 100
Ho Chi Minh 04:15 27,000 105
Phnom Penh 03:45 27,000 120
Phuket 03:40 27,000 123
Kuala Lumpur 02:00 17,000 142

The longest routes come out best for economy saver redemptions at around 30 to 35 KrisFlyer miles per minute – Houston and New York, while the shortest flight to Kuala Lumpur is by far the worst at 142 miles per minute. That’s close to the average Business Class miles per minute rate.

Airbus A380 Economy Class from Singapore to New York on SQ26 will set you back only 35 KrisFlyer miles per minute, plus taxes and fees of around S$116. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Close-by destinations like Penang, Phuket, Medan and Ho Chi Minh also come out particularly poorly at around 100 – 125 miles per minute, owing to their proximity to Singapore and high redemption rate.

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It’s not all bad news for closer destinations though, Bali is a very respectable 54 miles per minute, 20% below the network-wide average by this metric.

Premium Economy Class

The average Premium Economy redemption cost came out at 88 miles per minute (formerly 82 miles per minute, before the 2022 devaluation).

Premium Economy Class
Route Total
Duration
Miles Miles per
Minute
Cape Town 25:20 86,000 57
Houston 46:20 161,000 58
New York (SQ26) 42:05 161,000 64
Istanbul 21:55 86,000 65
Johannesburg 21:00 86,000 68
Los Angeles (SQ12) 36:10 150,000 69
New York (SQ24) 36:20 161,000 74
Newark 36:20 161,000 74
Los Angeles (SQ36/38) 33:00 150,000 76
San Francisco 32:05 150,000 78
Vancouver 31:05 150,000 80
Seattle 30:55 150,000 81
Auckland 20:30 102,000 83
Christchurch 20:30 102,000 83
Barcelona 28:20 142,000 84
Manchester 27:20 142,000 87
Tokyo (NRT) 14:15 75,000 88
London 26:30 142,000 89
Paris 26:35 142,000 89
Amsterdam 26:20 142,000 90
Tokyo (HND) 13:55 75,000 90
Beijing 12:40 69,000 91
Zurich 25:45 142,000 92
Copenhagen 25:30 142,000 93
Frankfurt 25:35 142,000 93
Milan 25:05 142,000 94
Rome 25:05 142,000 94
Munich 24:55 142,000 95
Dubai 14:55 86,000 96
Seoul 13:05 75,000 96
Delhi 11:45 69,000 98
Mumbai 10:55 69,000 105
Shanghai 10:50 69,000 106
Sydney 16:00