Yesterday, I looked at some hotel choices that looked pretty nice in Southeast Asia, now I just have to identify options for getting around. Since I’ll be flying into and out of Singapore, the logical choice is using Singapore’s KrisFlyer program.
The Krisflyer program determines the cost of the award by zones (15 of them). As you can imagine, with 15 zones, the chart is pretty big, so I’ve got a snipped subset below.
If you want to look at the full award chart, you can find it here.
I did a brief search with KrisFlyer’s calculator, and had to beef it up to Business class to narrow it down to just 35 destinations costing 20,000 (or 7,500 or 12,500 miles in economy) or fewer KrisFlyer Miles. This is at the saver level, but I think it really shows the value if you are originating in Singapore.
But wait! It gets better! If you book it all online, you can save 15% the miles!
How to get Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
The KrisFlyer program is one of the easiest to transfer miles to, as you can move points from all three major “transferable points” programs, that is, Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR), American Express Membership Rewards (MR), and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Rewards. I’ve tested transferring points from all three programs, and noticed no lag transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards or American Express Membership Rewards points to KrisFlyer. SPG on the other hand has had a delay.
So really, the question isn’t necessarily how to get KrisFlyer miles so much as it is about getting UR, MR, or SPG points (Update: You can also transfer Citi Thank-you points!). I think the chart below underscores why transferable points are so great.
This was just a quick overview of Singapore’s KrisFlyer program’s cool uses when you’re in Singapore. There are other benefits to flying Singapore Airlines if you’re visiting Singapore (such as discounted hop-on-hop-off bus tickets), I’ll try to cover that after I return, so I’ll have the freshest information. I’m sure the savvier of you are already thinking that there has to be some sweet spots on the KrisFlyer chart – I’ll start looking through and see if I can find anything fun to write about and hopefully have something next week.
Note: Kenny at Miles4More has a great series for sweet spots across a variety of airline programs.