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In 2015 United switched its MileagePlus loyalty program over to a revenue-based earning system in which miles are awarded based on how much you spend rather than how far you fly. Since then, a popular alternative for flyers has been to credit United flights to Singapore’s KrisFlyer program instead. Unlike United or other major Star Alliance partners, Singapore not only awarded miles for United flights based on distance instead of dollars, but also gave 100% mileage credit for all tickets regardless of fare class.
Unfortunately that has come to an end. Effective Sunday, October 1, Singapore has put a new earning chart into effect for United flights:
As you can see, more than half of the United fare buckets are being severely cut on the mileage earning side, with two of them now earning as little as 25% of flown miles and United’s Basic Economy fare (booking class N) earning nothing at all. That’s actually worse than other Star Alliance partners, including Air Canada’s Aeroplan which awards a minimum of 50% of flown miles in all classes (although Basic Economy fares do not earn Altitude Qualifying Miles and therefore don’t count toward elite status):
There’s no new obvious place to credit United flights going forward, but if you have a flight booked in the G, K or N fare buckets, Singapore KrisFlyer is definitely no longer the program to use, as you’ll do better with Aeroplan. Of course, you can always credit to United itself and get 5 points per dollar spent on your ticket as a non-elite, or more if you have elite status. But either way, the days of getting a full redeemable mile for each mile flown are slowly dying.
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