Singapore Airlines offers much better award availability to people using their own KrisFlyer miles than to people using miles from partner frequent flyer programs like United.
Fortunately it’s easy to get KrisFlyer miles because Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is a transfer partner of Chase, American Express, and Citibank. Fun fact: It’s no surprise that Singapore Airlines and Air France, two of the better transfer partners of bank programs, are linked up with all three of the major bank transferable currencies because both charge less for their points than most other airlines.
Right now Singapore Airlines is offering discounts on awards for their non-stop flights between the US and Singapore: business for the price of premium economy, and premium economy for the price of coach, which means up to 43% off.
Singapore Airlines is re-launching the world’s longest flight, Newark – Singapore, next month. Then on November 2 they’re re-launching Singapore – Los Angeles non-stop (a route that United is walking away from). And December 7 they’re adding a second (3x weekly) San Francisco non-stop. They’ll be flying Airbus A350-900 ultra long range aircraft outfitted with premium economy and business only on these new flights.
These discounted awards are bookable online. They initial show regular price but click through and they’ll show the discounted pricing automatically. When flights were first loaded into the schedule business award space was fantastic now it’s more modest though premium economy space remains good.
Redemptions must be made online with all tickets issued by September 30. No changes are cancellations permitted. Singapore Airlines no longer adds fuel surcharges to awards for travel on their own flights.
(HT: God Save the Points)