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Singapore Airlines Krisflyer is a super useful program. They offer their own members much better award space on Singapore flights than are offered to partners. They have access to awards across Star Alliance. And you can transfer points from all the major currencies into Singapore Airlines.
That means your points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, Citi ThankYou Premier and they myriad American Express Membership Rewards cards transfer to Singapore Airlines generally in 12-48 hours.
Singapore Airlines is now a partner with Alaska Airlines and there are some real redemption opportunities with the partnership.
I’ve written about my five favorite ways to get to Hawaii. Others liked Virgin America awards or British Airways coach awards from the West Coast at 12,500 points each way.
Now that Singapore Airlines has partnered with Alaska Airlines and published their partner award chart for Alaska travel we have a new best award.
Here’s the award chart:
The award chart is based on zones. California, Oregon, and Washington are zone 1 and Hawaii and Alaska are zone 5.
Short hops start at just 7500 points each way for economy and 17,500 for first class. Hawaii starts at 11,500 miles each way in economy with California, Seattle and Portland to Hawaii for 12,000 miles one way. Hawaii in first class is ‘not a deal’.
You have to take a direct routing, “backtracking is not permitted” so you’re not going to be able to create circuitous routes to make awards work (Singapore actually does generally enforce this for partner award travel).
The rules also say that “[t]ransfers and stopovers are not permitted” — no stopovers is clear but no transfers would suggest that the award chart is for non-stop flights only. That doesn’t make sense for two reasons:
- the rules also say that “[i]f an award itinerary includes different classes of service, the award level corresponding to the highest class will apply.” That line only makes sense if connections are allowed because it’s the only way a one way award could have segments in different classes of service.
- they publish pricing between zones that Alaska doesn’t have non-stop service for and they do not publish pricing between all zones suggesting that this is intentional rather than for completeness.
I called Singapore and they told me that transfers are permitted however they weren’t yet seeing the majority of Alaska Airlines saver award options I peppered them with so the degree of availability and actual rules in practice may take some hours to sort out.
The key caveats with Singapore Airlines Krisflyer is that miles expire after 3 years (not 3 years of inactivity) and they add fuel surcharges onto partner awards but those don’t apply in the case of Alaska. You have to call to redeem miles on partners.