Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer has been one of my favorite frequent flyer programs for awhile. You can transfer points from Citi, Chase, and American Express. They offer decent award space in premium cabins on their own flights when using KrisFlyer miles. And there are some good redemption values.
Sure miles do expire after 3 years (not 3 years of inactivity) and they add fuel surcharges to many partner awards, but it’s a very useful program.
And one of its unique features is that ever since United went revenue-based, awarding miles based on the cost of ticket rather than distance-flown, you could still earn 1 mile per mile flown by crediting most United fares to a Singapore KrisFlyer account.
Unfortunately that’s changed without any notice, Singapore’s partner earning chart (.pdf) has new rates for United tickets:
The cheapest fares now only earn 25% of miles flown when credited to Singapore, and only the more expensive United fare buckets earn full mileage.
Many Star Alliance partner programs award 50% of flown miles for the cheapest United tickets, meaning that Singapore just went from the best place to credit those discount United flights to among the worst.
Of course Singapore has a new dance partner in the States these days — Alaska Airlines — and has never seemed to get on well with United in any case.
(HT: Jeremy C.)