How To Use Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles To Travel The World

How To Use Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles To Travel The World
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If you're a US-based frequent flyer, you've likely flown United Airlines. The airline has come into the news, ahem, a lot lately. They've "dragged" their mileage program down a lot, too, through devaluations that make award redemptions more expensive or harder to save up for. But, did you know there's another option? Singapore Airlines is a partner of United, and you can credit all your United flights to the airline! Here are the best uses for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles.

How To Use Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles To Travel The World

United Airlines now credits miles to your account based on the price of the ticket, and a multiplier based on your elite status with the airline. If you currently have no status, you'll earn 5x the miles per dollar spent on the ticket. In Singapore's KrisFlyer program, you'll earn 100% of mileage flown in economy. That can be a great deal, especially for long haul flights to Europe or Asia.

Singapore is also a transfer partner of numerous credit card programs, like Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and SPG. If you're looking to boost your balance quickly, the Chase Sapphire Preferred card currently has a 50,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in the first 90 days of card membership.

Airline Partners

Singapore Airlines partners with these airlines:

United
Air Canada
Copa
Avianca
TAP Portugal
Brussels Airlines
Lufthansa
Austrian
Swiss
LOT
SAS
Adria
Croatia Airlines
Aegean
Turkish
EgyptAir
Ethiopian
South African Airways
Air India
Air China
Shenzhen Airlines
EVA Air
Asiana
ANA Japan
Thai
Air New Zealand
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Australia
Virgin America

The Best Redemptions Using Singapore KrisFlyer Miles

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1. Flying in Singapore Suites

Flying first class is a bucket item for many, and it's totally possible with miles. Singapore Airlines' Suites class, though, is a cut above other first class products. For one, the two middle seats in the cabin can convert into a double bed, perfect for traveling couples. Other benefits include 5-star food (think caviar and Krug/Dom Pérignon champagne), first class lounge access, and amazing service. Only the A380 has this type of seat, so your options are even more limited if you want to fly the product.

These seats are only available to those booking with KrisFlyer miles (you won't be able to book these using United MileagePlus miles). From New York to Frankfurt (the only direct flight that has this seat from the US), you'll be paying 76,000 miles each way. New York to Singapore (via Frankfurt) is 120,000 miles.

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2. Flying Singapore First Class to Tokyo or Seoul

Similar to the above, just without the "suites" designation (so no closing doors or double beds), you can fly for 95,000 KrisFlyer miles. I recently flew the route to Seoul on my way to the Maldives in business class, and if you can live without caviar, business class may be a better deal, at 77,500 miles.

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3. Domestic Business Class Transcontinental on United

Yes, KrisFlyer is actually a better program to book United business class award tickets! You'll be able to fly from LA (or San Francisco) to New York for only 20,000 miles in business and 30,000 miles in first, each way, vs. 25,000 miles and 40,000 miles using United miles for the same flights!

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4. Fly to Hawaii

You can fly to Hawaii on United using KrisFlyer miles for 17,500, 30,000, and 40,000 miles for economy, business, and first class flights. That's 10,000 miles less for first class than what United charges!

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5. Virgin Atlantic Round Trip to Europe

You can fly to Europe in Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class for 100,000 miles round trip (this redemption requires round trip travel). You will be stuck with about $820 in fees for the trip, though.