Alaska Mileage Plan Adding Singapore Airlines Earning and Redemptions
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Update 8/31/17: Singapore Airlines has confirmed that all flights originating in the US are eligible for mileage accrual — the below referenced exception had been posted on Alaska’s site in error.
Come this time next month, you’ll be able to credit your Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights to Alaska’s Mileage Plan program, earning redeemable miles for most first class, business, premium economy and coach travel. Miles earned on Singapore flights will also count towards elite status on Alaska, which makes this partnership even more appealing if you’re working toward MVP or above.
As of September 27, 2017, you’ll be able to earn miles at the following distance-based rates — note that Suites (“R”) class is oddly excluded:
Besides Singapore’s own KrisFlyer program, United MileagePlus is probably the most obvious (current) pick for US-based travelers looking to credit Singapore Airlines travel. Assuming your SQ ticket was not issued by United, you’ll earn MileagePlus credit at the following rates:
You can also earn credit toward United elite status, but unfortunately all flights earn just 1 Premier Qualifying Mile (PQM) per mile flown, even in Suites and full-fare first class. Additionally, the fare classes listed under “No Mileage Credit” above do not earn elite credit. Generally, unless you’re more interested in earning United miles, crediting Singapore flights to Alaska will generate a greater return.
Meanwhile, Alaska’s new accrual chart lists an odd/annoying eligibility restriction — flight number restrictions do not apply with United.
According to the above, flight numbers below 100 are not eligible for accrual. Airlines typically reserve single and double-digit numbers for their most prestigious routes, though, and Singapore does the same. That means all of the airline’s US flights technically aren’t eligible, including SQ11 from Los Angeles to Tokyo, SQ25 from New York to Frankfurt and SQ31 from San Francisco to Singapore, while many other international flights are, such as Singapore to Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and more. I’m hoping this is simply a typo that will be adjusted before mileage accrual begins on September 27. We’ve reached out to Alaska to clarify. Update: US flights are eligible for mileage accrual.
Redemptions will be available sometime down the line, but given that Singapore only releases long-haul Suites, first and business-class awards to its own KrisFlyer members, this new partnership will be of little use when it comes to premium-cabin travel. Additionally, this new partnership will enable through baggage checking and codesharing, including the ability to include travel on both airlines on a single ticket.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
- Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees