Singapore Airlines premium economy awards will become available to KrisFlyer members May 24 and mileage upgrades to premium economy will become available June 1. This is for Singapore flights only, and not for Star Alliance partner flights.
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Since only one category upgrade is possible, that means on flight which offer premium economy it will no longer be possible to upgrade from coach to business. And premium economy cabins are small, those upgrades could be tough to get. There are separate award charts for economy to premium economy and for economy to business upgrades (.pdf).
These upgrades aren’t cheap. Singapore charges 30,000 miles one-way between Los Angeles and Tokyo or between San Francisco and Seoul. Of course there are no cash co-pays. Oddly the chart shows only 32,500 miles between the US West Coast and Singapore and 38,000 between the US West Coast and Sydney.
Singapore’s Premium Economy is a quality product which offers:
- noise-cancelling headphones
- seat power and 2 USB ports
- designated storage for water bottle, mobile phone and laptop
- 18.5 or 19.5 inch width, 38-inch pitch, 8-inch recline, and a 13.3-inch HD screen.
- retractable aisle seat armrest that can be pushed down at the touch of a button, so that it is completely flush with the seat bottom for greater spaciousness
- amenity kit
- champagne and ‘book the cook’ pre-order meal service
For award tickets, I’d consider booking business class rather than premium economy.
A one-way saver award between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Singapore is 65,000 miles in premium economy or 80,000 miles in business class. Houston or New York JFK to Singapore is 70,000 miles in premium economy or 85,000 miles in business class. Business class is only a 15,000 mile premium in each direction.
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Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, which has had a three tier award chart (saver, standard, and full awards), is eliminating the ‘full’ category. That’s the category which offers provides last seat availability at appallingly high pricing. The appallingly high pricing goes away, and I have to assume last seat availability does as well though I’ve asked Singapore to clarify.
Anyone with ‘full’ awards May 24 onward will be reticketed as ‘standard’ and get a refund in miles. Meanwhile the two award zones for Europe are being combined into a single zone.