17 Best Ways to Redeem Singapore KrisFlyer Miles for Max Value [2018]

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Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s most beloved airlines. The iconic uniforms of Singapore Airlines flight attendants symbolize the airline’s exemplary customer service.

As a member of Star Alliance, Singapore Airlines has an extensive network of partners, in addition to its ownership of Silk Air for Asia regional flights.

Singapore Changi Airport is lauded as one of the best airports in the world, and it is a 24-hour destination in its own right. Many travelers deliberately book long layovers in Singapore to explore, shop, play, and most of all eat!

From the U.S. West Coast, Singapore Airlines flies from Los Angeles to Seoul and Tokyo, with both flights continuing onward to Singapore. In October 2016, Singapore Airlines expanded its operations with a new nonstop that joined the existing flight to Hong Kong.

Heading the other direction, those in the know fly Singapore Airlines to Europe: New York JFK to Frankfurt and Houston to Manchester, U.K. Both flights continue onward to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles can be earned many ways, and KrisFlyer is one of the most versatile frequent flyer programs for smart travelers. Let’s learn the best ways to use KrisFlyer miles for awesome travel around the world!

Boost Your Singapore KrisFlyer Miles!

KrisFlyer is Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyer mileage program. Members can earn miles with Singapore Airlines and its 200+ partners, including airlines, hotels, car rental agencies, and more.

Credit cards are a fast way to earn Singapore KrisFlyer miles. American Express, Chase, and Citi all partner with Singapore Airlines.

Below are all of the credit cards you can use to earn KrisFlyer miles.

Chase Ultimate Rewards

Chase is a KrisFlyer partner, which means your Chase Ultimate Rewards points can transfer directly to the KrisFlyer program.

1,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer evenly to 1,000 KrisFlyer miles. You must transfer in increments of 1,000, and transfers are typically processed same-day.

Here are the Chase credit cards you can use to earn points that can easily be transferred to your KrisFlyer account:

Recommended Chase Cards (Personal)

Recommended Chase Cards (Business)

Bottom Line: Our #1 recommended strategy to accrue (lots of) Singapore KrisMiles is by collecting Chase points because they’re so easy to earn, and can also be transferred to many other airline and hotel partners.

American Express Membership Rewards

American Express Membership Rewards points convert to KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 ratio, and transfers take 1-2 days. Earn Membership Rewards points with the following Amex credit cards:

Recommended Amex Cards (Personal)

Recommended Amex Cards (Business)

Marriott-SPG Credit Cards

You can earn Marriott points and transfer those to KrisFlyer at a transfer rate of 3:1. Plus, for every 60,000 Marriott points that you transfer, you’ll receive an extra 5,000 KrisFlyer miles bonus.

Citi ThankYou Rewards

The Citi Prestige Card and Citi ThankYou Premier Card can transfer ThankYou points to KrisFlyer at a 1:1 ratio (in blocks of minimum 1,000 points = 1,000 bonus miles). If you have a Citi ThankYou Preferred Card, you cannot transfer to airlines unless you have at least one of the other 2, and combine points in your ThankYou account.

The 17 Best Ways To Use Your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles

1. Fly Singapore Suites Class on the A380

Looking for the most romantic flight experience out there? Don't miss Singapore Suites on the A380 with your special someone.
Looking for a luxury experience? Don’t miss Singapore Suites on the A380. Image courtesy of singaporeair.com.

One of, if not the best ways to use Singapore miles is with Singapore Suites: one of the world’s premier airline experiences. With a companion, this is the mile high double bed!

Only the A380 has Singapore Suites Class. Not that first class on other aircraft is shabby, but make sure you know what you are getting before you book!

Here are some fun options:

  • New York to Frankfurt: 76,000 miles
  • New York to Singapore (via Frankfurt): 120,000 miles
  • New York to Sydney (via Frankfurt and Singapore): 152,000 miles

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Singapore Suites First Class using points.

Hot Tip: If you are connecting, having a card like The Platinum Card® from American Express can be useful for offering lounge access while you wait!

2. Singapore Airlines First Class From Los Angeles to Tokyo or Seoul

A great first class product on Singapore Airlines’ 777. Image courtesy of singaporeair.com

Fly first class from Los Angeles to Tokyo or Seoul for 95,000 bonus miles one-way. It’s not Suites Class, but it should certainly do!

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Singapore Airlines first class.

3. Singapore Airlines Business Class From San Francisco to Hong Kong or Singapore

Business cass on Singapore Airlines is so nice, you'll think you're in first class. Image courtesy of singaporeair.com
Business class on Singapore Airlines is so nice, you’ll think you’re in first. Image courtesy of singaporeair.com

From San Francisco, your options on Singapore Airlines are Hong Kong and Singapore. In business class, that’s 82,000 miles for Hong Kong or 88,000 miles for Singapore.

The SFO>SIN route actually makes the list as one of the longest nonstop flights in the world!

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Singapore business class.

4. United Domestic Business or First Class

KrisFlyer is a better value for U.S. transcontinental flights on United than United’s own MileagePlus program.

Business class one-way is 20,000 KrisFlyer miles, and first class is 30,000. United MileagePlus charges 25,000 and 40,000!

5. United Airlines to Hawaii

Hawaii is ever-popular. Flying United, you can get there in economy, business, or first class for 17,500, 30,000, and 40,000 KrisFlyer frequent flyer program miles, respectively.

United MileagePlus charges more, coming in at 22,500 miles, 40,000 miles, and 50,000 miles.

Waikiki Oahu Hawaii
Use your Citi ThankYou points to travel to Hawaii for vacation! Options are available in economy, business, and first class if you transfer your points to KrisFlyer.

6. U.S. West Coast on Alaska Airlines

The KrisFlyer Alaska Airlines award chart has some sweet spots. One-waly flights within the U.S. West Coast in economy are only 7,500 miles.

7. U.S. West Coast to Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico on Alaska Airlines

Flying for 12,000 miles one-way from U.S. to Mexico is cheap compared to major U.S. airlines. There are often cheap cash fares, though, so be sure to shop around.

8. Fly Singapore Airlines From the U.S. to Europe

Want to fly to Europe on a carrier with service that puts U.S. carriers to shame? Yep, that’ll work!

The two routes are:

  • New York (JFK) – Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
  • Houston (IAH) – Manchester, England (MAN)

One-way Saver Award prices for each are:

  • Economy – 22,500 miles
  • Premium Economy – 45,000 miles
  • Business – 65,000 miles
  • First – 76,000 miles

If Saver Awards are not available, the new so-called Advantage Awards are 40,000 in economy, not offered in premium economy, 80,000 in business,  and 130,000 in first.

Need help booking? See our step by step guide for booking Singapore business class.

9. Star Alliance Flights to Europe

KrisFlyer charges 27,500 miles in economy class from U.S. to Europe on United and other Star Alliance carriers. The major U.S. carriers start at 30,000 miles in their programs. Fuel surcharges on some partners (including United) are either not assessed or modest.

frankfurt germany
Use Star Alliance partners with your Singapore miles to get great value redemptions, such as traveling to Frankfurt, Germany (pictured). Take a look at this beautiful architecture in person!

10. Star Alliance Flights to the Middle East or North Africa

Like U.S. to Europe, using your KrisFlyer member miles from the U.S. to the Middle East and North Africa is solid value at 45,000 miles in economy class, 69,000 in business, and 90,000 bonus miles in first.

Surcharges vary by airline and route.

Next time you want to visit the Middle East, fly Lufthansa’s new business class product to get there! Image courtesy forbes.com.

11. Star Alliance Business Class to Central or South Africa

Getting to Central and South Africa is expensive, especially in premium cabins. A one-way ticket in economy is 52,000 miles, business class is 87,000 miles, and first class is 132,000 miles. Star Alliance has the most extensive Africa network with EgyptAir, Ethiopian, and South African all having flights from the U.S. This is one award where with the increase in KrisFlyer award prices should take extra time to shop around with other Star Alliance programs for their rates.

Star Alliance carriers in Europe, and Turkish in particular have many Africa routes that often mirror former colonial ties. Example: TAP Portugal flights to Angola or São Tome & Principe.

ethiopian business class
Check out Ethiopian’s business class the next time you redeem Singapore miles to travel to Central or South Africa. Image courtesy ethiosports.com

12. Fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to Europe

The KrisFlyer award chart for Virgin Atlantic requires round-trip travel. Party in Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class for only 100,000 miles round-trip. On a Star Alliance carrier, business to Europe would be 130,000 miles.

The catch? About $410 in surcharges each way. If you want to conserve cash instead of miles, use Delta SkyMiles to book Virgin Atlantic instead.

Need Help Booking? Check out our step-by-step guide to booking Virgin Atlantic Upper Class.

Use your Singapore Airlines miles to fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to Europe and save 30,000 miles over flying Star Alliance Partners in business class. Image curtesy of virgin-atlantic.com.
Use your KrisFlyer miles to fly Virgin Atlantic Upper Class to Europe. Image courtesy of virgin-atlantic.com.

13. Lufthansa First Class to Europe

Use your KrisFlyer Miles to book a seat on Lufthansa's luxurious A380 in First Class.
Use your KrisFlyer miles to book a seat on Lufthansa’s luxurious A380 in first class.

Lufthansa first class is another luxury travel dream. 95,000 KrisFlyer miles gets you from the U.S. to Europe one-way.

Make sure to book a long connection in Frankfurt to check out the First Class Terminal…the lounge experience of a lifetime!

Note that the fuel surcharge is around $425.

Need help booking? See our step by step Lufthansa first class booking guide.

14. South Pacific Island Hopping on Star Alliance

If you have an extended Pacific trip planned, KrisFlyer has a fantastic offer. Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific encompass a huge geographic region.

For just 12,500/28,000/40,000 bonus miles each way in economy/business/first class, you can fly within the Pacific. A round-trip flight can add a stopover, and up to 3 additional stopovers are available for $100 each.

To compare, in the same region United MileagePlus charges 12,500/30,000/40,000 miles each way in economy/business/first.

Availability can be tough to find for many of these routes, but Air New Zealand domestic and Australia flights have decent award availability. Pacific flights are tough or nonexistent for islands with no other service, such as Niue and Norfolk.

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15. South Pacific Island Hopping on Virgin Australia

With separate Star Alliance and Virgin Australia award charts, you can’t mix Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia on the same award. The good news is Virgin Australia can do it alone with excellent award availability on many routes.

Of the options to book awards on Virgin Australia (Delta SkyMiles, Etihad Guest, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic), KrisFlyer and Etihad Guest rival each other for the best value on short flights. KrisFlyer’s free stopover on a round-trip gives it an edge.

Booking up to 3 additional stopovers at $100 each is tempting! Unlike Star Alliance awards, the stopover can be wholly within one country.

Australia 1 (Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria) to Papua New Guinea & the Pacific Islands (Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu) is only 20,000 miles one-way. These flights could easily cost you hundreds of dollars!

16. Australia Domestic Flights on Virgin Australia

Australia 1 includes Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and many of Australia’s premier tourist attractions: from Cairns and Hamilton Island for the Great Barrier Reef down to Tasmania. All of those are only 11,000 miles in economy class or 21,000 in business.

Virgin Australia domestic business is a great experience with dedicated valet and check-in, and international-level airport lounges. At 21,000 miles it may be worth the splurge to order your flat white and press your own breakfast melt!

17. Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands!

These Australian islands in the Indian Ocean are some of most isolated inhabited islands in the world. Famed for the annual red crab migration on Christmas Island, magnificent beaches, diving, and hiking, these are dream islands you can visit before word spreads.

Virgin Australia is the only regular airline service to both with twice-weekly flights from Perth.

Amazingly, they all sit in Australia 3, meaning you’ll use just 15,000 miles in economy and 29,000 in business. These flights often top $700!

Note: Singapore KrisFlyer award space on Virgin Australia is inconsistent and not always as good as other partners of Virgin Australia. As alternates, try booking with Delta SkyMiles or Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

Because the flights are operated by Virgin Australia Regional, Etihad is unable to book awards on this route.

Details for the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Program

The great values of KrisFlyer come from 3 features:

  1. Access to Singapore Airlines premium cabin awards. These are rarely made available to partner airlines.
  2. Star Alliance network of airlines, which is the largest airlines alliance. Awards are competitively priced for travel around the world.
  3. Distinctive airline partners. Airlines such as Silk Air and Virgin Australia that are not part of an airline alliance have fewer options for travelers to book awards on their flights.

Hot Tip: Singapore Airlines uses a practice called “journey control” on its own flights. This means the same flight segments may or may not be available depending on your origin and destination. For instance, New York-Singapore may not be available, but New York-Kuala Lumpur connecting through Singapore on the same flights may be available. Be flexible in your searches!

Singapore Airlines Suites Class

The dream award for many travelers is Singapore Airlines Suites Class. You’ll only get it with KrisFlyer miles, not partner miles.

Flights from North America can be tough to snag, but searching Europe to Singapore is much better for award availability.

Our advice is to waitlist a bunch of awards and hope to get lucky!

Star Alliance Partners

KrisFlyer can be used to book awards on all Star Alliance member airlines:

UnitedUnited States
Air CanadaCanada
TAP PortugalPortugal
Brussels AirlinesBelgium
Croatia AirlinesCroatia
South African AirwaysSouth Africa
Air IndiaIndia
Air ChinaChina
Shenzhen AirlinesChina
EVA AirTaiwan (China)
AsianaSouth Korea
ANA JapanJapan
Air New ZealandNew Zealand

You can search awards for most of these airlines on the websites of United, Air Canada or ANA. The Singapore Airlines website only searches Singapore Airlines and Silk Air flights.

Additional Airline Partners:

KrsFlyer partners with the following regional and budget carriers. Silk Air can be searched on the Singapore Airlines website. For the other airlines, you’ll need to call KrisFlyer to search award space and book:

  • Scoot, based in Singapore
  • Tigerair, based in Singapore
  • Juneyao, based in China
  • Vistara, based in India

Krisflyer also partners with both Virgin airlines. Virgin Australia is especially useful because their own program is only open to members in Australia and certain other Pacific countries:

  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Australia

For Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia, you can check availability on the Delta website.

Virgin America has now been absorbed by Alaska Airlines – great thing that KrisFlyer rolled out a comparable award chart for travel on Alaska Airlines.

How Much Do KrisFlyer Awards Cost?

You can book economy class, premium economy, business, and first class awards with KrisFlyer.

Economy and business class generally offer competitive value.

Premium economy is only slightly less than business, so if you have sufficient bonus miles, business class is often the better value.

First class awards are priced high, so save them for the most spectacular redemptions such as Singapore Suites. You cannot redeem for Swiss First Class.

The award charts are here:

There is also a handy online Redemption Calculator.

New Online Search, New Offline Fees

KrisFlyer is progressively rolling out improved online award booking including partner booking.

For any ticket that can be booked, changed, or canceled online, there is a now a US$25 or 2,5000 miles offline fee if calling KrisFlyer to process the transaction. It if cannot be done online, make sure to ask that the $25 be waived.

Routing and Stopovers

Singapore is one of a dwindling number of airlines that still allow stopovers on awards. You can stop as long as you want within the one-year validity of the ticket, and can have a maximum of 6 segments:

  • Saver awards: no stopovers on one-ways, 1 stopover on round-trips
  • Standard and Full awards: 1 stopover on one-ways, 2 on round-trips
  • Star Alliance awards: 1 stopover on round-trips

Hot Tip: While you need to fly the most direct routing on awards, when flying Singapore Airlines that most direct routing can mean backtracking through Singapore…perfect if you have that Suites Class ticket and want to maximize your flying time!

There are some exceptions:

  • No stopovers in country of departure
  • No stopovers on a ticket entirely in 1 country or intra-Europe tickets
  • No stopovers on U.S.-Puerto Rico-U.S. Virgin Islands-Canada tickets

A single itinerary can have a maximum of 6 segments.

Hot Tip: Up to 3 additional stopovers may be purchased for $100 each on Singapore, Silk Air, and Star Alliance round-trip awards. This can be a huge savings over multiple award tickets!

Award Surcharges

KrisFlyer levies high cash surcharges on many awards, however, they have recently done away with surcharges for flights on Singapore Airlines.

Compared to other Star Alliance programs, the KrisFlyer miles price may be lower than the cash price.

The following airlines have no or low surcharges:

  • United (in the Americas)
  • Alaska Airlines (in the Americas)
  • Air Canada (in the Americas)
  • Avianca
  • Copa
  • Air New Zealand (but taxes can be high)
  • Virgin Australia (but taxes can be high)

Hot Tip: Use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® to get some of your surcharges refunded by the travel/airline credits certain cards offer.

Award Holds and Waitlist

Officially, there are no award holds on KrisFlyer. Over the phone, you may get lucky and be given up to 3 days, but don’t count on it.

If an award you want on Singapore Airlines or Silk Air is not available, you can waitlist it as long as you have the necessary amount of miles in your account.

You can waitlist multiple flights too, as long as you have enough bonus miles for the most expensive flight your are waitlisting.

Once your award becomes available, you are notified with 24 hours to book (though you are not obligated to book).

Round the World Awards

Round the world awards are an endangered breed. With KrisFlyer, you can book a trip to 7 cities for 180,000 miles in economy class, 240,000 miles in business, or 360,000 miles in first.

Assembling such a trip is a major research undertaking to find all the necessary award availability on Singapore Airlines and its partners, and you have to call to book.

Booking Class Upgrades

Upgrade awards from paid tickets are available on Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, and Star Alliance.

You can only upgrade one class of service. From economy to premium economy, only expensive Y, B, and E fares may be upgraded. This will generally be a poor award value.

The upgrade award charts are here:

Hot Tip: Singapore Airlines premium economy cash fares can often be significantly less than business, and can then be upgraded to business class at a reasonable miles price.

Miles and Cash

The KrisFlyer miles and cash option is almost always a poor value. A mile is valued at 0.7 cents/point, much lower than booking cash tickets using credit card points which are usually 1 cent/point at minimum.

Transfer and Family Booking

An area where KrisFlyer lags behind its competition is offering household accounts to pool miles…or even options that allow you to transfer miles for free.

You also cannot book award tickets for just anybody; you must nominate up to 5 people to book awards for.

To take someone off this list, they must have been on your account for 6 months. Then, the change costs 3,000 miles and $30 online, or 5,000 miles and $50 by telephone.

Elite members receive discount or waivers, depending on status. Big families beware!

Changes and Cancellation

KrisFlyer’s change and cancellation fees are among the lowest in the world. These are attractive to people with unpredictable travel schedules that seek to lock in awards when available.

Dates changes Singapore Airlines and Silk Air flights are free. Yes, free!

Other changes to awarda are only US $20 to change online. By telephone, in addition to $20 will be added a $25 or 2,500 mile offline fee (application only if the task can be completed online). Changes within 24 hours of departure or no-shows incur a fee of $75.

The cancellation (mile redeposit) fee is only $30, and Singapore Airlines’ elites pay $15. Again, among the lowest in the world!

Miles Expiration

KrisFlyer miles expire 3 years after they’re earned, regardless of account activity. So don’t hoard miles! If you are transferring from credit cards, don’t transfer to KrisFlyer until you are ready to book an award and have confirmed it is available.

Reviving expired miles for 6 months costs 1,200 miles and $12 per 10,000 miles. Elite members receive discount or waivers, depending on status.

Final Thoughts

You won’t have a problem finding a way to use your Singapore Krisflyer miles anytime soon! There are nearly unlimited ways to use them; those listed here just happen to be some of our favorites. The best ways to use Singapore miles will be up to you and your travel desires.

From economy class all the way up to Singapore Suites, Singapore Airlines is a great airline to fly!

For additional redemption options to Singapore (vs. KrisFlyer Miles), check out our article: The Best Ways to Fly to Singapore With Points and Miles [Step-by-Step]


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How can I earn miles on Singapore Airlines?

Start by signing up for the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer loyalty program. You can earn miles for flights on Singapore Airlines and its partner airlines, by booking with its hotel and car rental partners, online shopping, and more.

See How To Earn Tons of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles.

Is it possible to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles by using credit cards?

KrisFlyer allows you to transfer points from various credit cards and loyalty programs.

You can earn, American Express Membership Rewards with The Platinum Card® from American Express, and Chase Ultimate Rewards with the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card.

All of them will transfer to KrisFlyer miles.

Can I redeem KrisFlyer miles for Singapore Suites?

Yes, one of greatest uses of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles is redeeming for Singapore Suites Class. It is only available on the A380. Singapore does not release these awards to its partners, so you need to book with KrisFlyer.

Is there a Singapore Airlines award chart?

Yes, see here for Singapore Airlines and Silk Air and here for partner airlines.

Is Singapore Airlines part of the Star Alliance?

Yes, Singapore Airlines is part of the Star Alliance Network. Singapore also partners with airlines including Alaska Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia and budget carriers Scoot, Tigerair, Juneyao, and Vistara.


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  1. Is there a way to find out what the surcharges would be for traveling on partner airlines before calling in? I’m trying to price out traveling from US to Greece using Singapore miles on a Star Alliance partner, but don’t want to be blindsided by surcharges when talking to an agent.

  2. Nelson Amaya · June 27, 2018 · Reply

    So if I’m reading this correctly, if I want to book a flight from IAD to Honolulu, it would need to be a direct flight with no stopovers to get the 350k round trip price or 175k one way? Also can I purchase an economy saver using Krisflyer points and then upgrade to economy plus on United?
    “There are some exceptions:
    No stopovers in country of departure
    No stopovers on a ticket entirely in 1 country or intra-Europe tickets
    No stopovers on U.S.-Puerto Rico-U.S. Virgin Islands-Canada tickets”

    • Michael McHugh · June 28, 2018 · Reply

      Hi Nelson

      An economy flight from IAD-HNL will be 17.5k one-way or 35k round-trip. You are correct in the exceptions which are found in Section J.2.e,f,g,h,i,j in the terms and conditions

      Re: the award upgrade to economy plus, I am not showing Untied has economy plus/premium economy on this route. If you are interested in using miles to upgrade to a higher class, here’s the Singapore chart.

  3. Is it a good idea to combine Amex points and Chase Sapphire Preferred points in one place like KrisFlyer Singapore Airline Miles? I also have 56,000 United Mileage plus Miles. Thank you for your reply

    • Hi Robert – yes, you can certainly transfer from multiple sources (Amex, Chase, Citi, Marriott etc) if they share the same transfer partner…which they do in the case of Singapore Airlines! This is a common tactic, so go for it if you need to!

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