Singapore Airlines devalues KrisFlyer loyalty program, raises award prices by 10%+ across the board

Jun 7, 2022

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.

Editor’s note: After we published this story, we added a note about what happens if a waitlisted award clears on or after July 5.

Singapore Airlines awards are about to get more expensive.

Today, the airline announced a handful of “revisions” to its award charts and stopover feature. This includes raising the price of some award tickets by more than 12% effective July 5, 2022. Likewise, its stopover feature will become more restrictive on August 1, 2022.

Let’s take a closer look at this devaluation and what it means for you.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Singapore Airlines to raise award rates

Let’s start with the worst news first. Effective July 5, 2022, award rates for Singapore Airlines flights, upgrades and partner flights will increase by approximately 10%. Other partner award charts — including Alaska Airlines — will remain the same for now, but, according to Singapore Airlines, “upward revisions will be made to Award Levels” which will be “implemented progressively.”

Singapore Airlines states that these changes are in response to higher costs and that they are “necessary to ensure the KrisFlyer programme remains sustainable.”

The updated Singapore Airlines award chart can be found on the airline’s website (PDF link). For U.S.-based travelers, the most notable changes include:

Route: Economy (one-way): Premium economy (one-way): Business class (one-way): First class (one-way):
New York and Newark to Singapore. 40,000 to 44,000 miles miles. 73,000 to 80,500 miles. 99,000 to 111,500 miles. 132,000 to 148,500 miles.
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver to Singapore. 38,000 to 42,000 miles. 68,000 to 75,000 miles. 95,000 to 107,000 miles. 130,000 to 146,500 miles.
Los Angeles to Tokyo. 35,000 to 38,500 miles. 66,000 to 73,000 miles. 92,000 to 103,500 miles. 107,000 to 120,500 miles.
San Francisco to Hong Kong. 33,000 to 36,500 miles. 63,000 to 69,500 miles. 89,000 to 100,500 miles. 104,000 to 117,000 miles.
Houston to Manchester, England and New York to Frankfurt. 22,500 to 25,000 miles. 47,000 to 52,000 miles. 72,000 to 81,000 miles. 86,000 to 97,000 miles.

While this is not the biggest devaluation we’ve seen over the years, this increase takes Singapore Airlines’ already higher-than-average award chart and makes it even more expensive.

For example, you’ll now pay 148,500 Singapore Airlines miles to fly Singapore Suites first class from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) via Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany on the airline’s flagship A380 aircraft. That represents a 12.5% increase over the airline’s existing award chart (PDF link).

A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told TPG if a waitlisted award clears on or after July 5, the new award rates will apply.

Star Alliance partner awards (PDF link) will also be more expensive come July 5. There are too many routes to list all of the changes, but some of the most notable devaluations for American travelers include:

Route: Economy (one-way): Business class/domestic first class (one-way): First class (one-way):
U.S. domestic 12,500 to 14,000 miles. 23,000 to 26,000 miles. n/a
U.S. to Europe 27,500 to 30,500 miles. 72,000 to 81,000 miles. 107,500 to 121,000 miles.
Mainland U.S. to Hawaii and Central America 17,500 to 19,500 miles. 34,500 to to 39,000 miles. n/a
U.S. to the Middle East and North Africa 45,000 to 52,000 miles. 76,500 to 88,000 miles. 99,000 to 114,000 miles.

The partner award devaluation is particularly difficult for those flying from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii. Historically, Krisflyer has offered one of the best award deals on these flights, letting members book flights on United for just 17,500 miles one-way. Now, you’ll pay 19,500 miles, which is still a solid deal but represents an 11.5% increase.

We’ll also see Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance upgrades go up in price on July 5. However, these awards were rarely a good use of miles already.

Related: Ultimate guide to Singapore KrisFlyer

Stopovers limited to 30 days

Singapore Airlines offers stopovers on its own award tickets, with some award types requiring a $100 stopover fee. Previously, you could stop over for as long as you wanted on these award tickets, effectively allowing travelers to book two trips for the price of one.

For example, you could book New York to Frankfurt in July and “stop over” in Germany for six months, resuming your ticket the following January and flying from Frankfurt to Singapore. (Of course, there are more creative ways to use Singapore’s stopover feature as well.)

However, this trick will go away come August 1. From that date forward, all stopovers are limited to 30 days. Thankfully, however, stopovers remain unchanged for those actually looking to stop over for a few days (or weeks) en route to another destination.

Related: How to plan a free stopover on your next trip abroad

Bottom line

This devaluation is unfortunate but, to me, expected. After over two years of handing out miles through co-branded partnerships and other promotions during the pandemic, airlines are starting to see the added weight of miles on their balance sheets. This, combined with rising fuel and operations costs, means the airlines need to reduce the value of miles on their balance sheets. The main way of doing this is by raising the cost of award tickets.

Regardless, this has a negative impact on Singapore Airlines’ frequent flyers and those hoping to transfer credit card points to Krisflyer to book high-end awards like Suites first class and business class on the world’s longest flight. Remember, Singapore Airlines partners with almost all of the major transferable points programs.

This serves as a reminder to consistently redeem points and miles as you earn them. They rarely increase in value, so the longer you hold them, the more likely they are to devalue.

Featured photo by Singapore Airlines via Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

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.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • 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 up to 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 in the U.S., 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 $80 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 PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • 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
Regular APR
17.24%-26.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.