The best sweet spots in Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer loyalty programme

Oct 3, 2019

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The Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer programme can offer some great value if you have the miles and know how to use them. Following our guide to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer loyalty programme for UK flyers, here are our five favourite sweet spot ways to use your KrisFlyer miles for flights.

Europe to the Middle East on Star Alliance airlines

While Singapore Airlines itself does not fly from Europe to the Middle East, its Star Alliance partners like Lufthansa and Swiss do. You can fly from the UK to the likes of Dubai (DXB) for only 29,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way in business class, which is an incredible deal, especially as you can fly a long-haul product from Europe to the Middle East with lie-flat seats, allowing you to fit in a quick nap.

Middle seats in the forward business class section
Swiss A330 Business Class. (Photo by Christian Kramer / The Points Guy)

Singapore Airlines’ fifth-freedom route from Manchester to Houston

Think you have to fly either a British or American carrier between the US and the UK? While Singapore Airlines flies from Singapore (SIN) to Manchester (MAN), the cool thing about this route is that the plane then also continues on to Houston (IAD) and you can choose to fly just the MAN-IAD route if you wish. The flight is operated on the carrier’s Airbus A350 aircraft. As the only direct service between these two cities, it can be a great use of miles — for a one-way flight, you’ll pay:

  • Economy — 22,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • Premium economy — 47,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • Business — 72,000 KrisFlyer miles

The business-class rate is lower than British Airways charges for the same route.

Singapore Airlines A350. (Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy)

First class within Asia

If you’ve never flown first class before, Singapore Airlines is a great way to start. While you’ll need a healthy KrisFlyer balance to fly first class on long-haul routes, the airline also offers first class on several shorter routes within Asia, which require far fewer miles. The best way to do this is originating in Singapore so you can try out The Private Room, Singapore Airlines’ exclusive first-class lounge. The airline offers first class on the following short-haul routes:

  • Brunei — 27,500 KrisFlyer miles one-way
  • Jakarta — 27,500 KrisFlyer miles one-way
  • Manila — 32,500 KrisFlyer miles one-way

Hong Kong to Australia on Singapore Airlines

Flying to cities like Hong Kong (HKG) can be a great use of a British Airways 2-4-1 Companion Voucher. But if you want to continue on all the way to Australia, using KrisFlyer miles to get from Hong Kong to the likes of Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL) and Brisbane (BNE) via Singapore is a great sweet spot. You’ll pay the following miles one-way, and there’s first class available on many flights:

  • Economy — 28,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • Premium economy — 49,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • Business — 65,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • First — 88,000 KrisFlyer miles

Why is this such a good deal? Because it’s about the same number of miles as flying from just Singapore to Australia in each class, so you’re effectively scoring the additional HKG to SIN leg for free.

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites. Photo by Brian Kelly / The Points Guy
Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites. (Photo by Brian Kelly / The Points Guy)

Mainland North America to Hawaii

Hawaii is a very popular destination for American tourists, but less popular with British tourists, as it can be very expensive — and, of course, it takes a long time to get there from the UK. If you are already in the mainland United States, there’s a great way to the Hawaiian Islands with KrisFlyer miles.

While other programmes like United, Avianca LifeMiles and Air Canada’s Aeroplan charge 45,000 miles to fly from the US to Hawaii in economy class and 80,000 miles for business class, Singapore only charges 35,000 and 69,000 miles for these United-operated flights, respectively, which can be a great saving.

Getting KrisFlyer miles

Getting KrisFlyer miles in your account is easier than you may think. Because the KrisFlyer programme is a direct transfer partner of American Express UK Membership Rewards, you can transfer your points to KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 rate.

Membership Rewards points can be earned quickly through cards like The Platinum Card from American Express UK and The Preferred Rewards Gold Card from American Express UK.

You can read our full guide to the Singapore KrisFlyer programme for UK flyers here.

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