Singapore Airlines announced a modest devaluation of its KrisFlyer loyalty scheme yesterday.
This is relevant because KrisFlyer is a transfer partner with American Express Membership Rewards, HSBC Premier and Heathrow Rewards. Singapore Airlines also restricts access to its premium seats to its airline partners, so your best of trying something like the amazing new A380 First Class Suite is via KrisFlyer.
(You can see our review of a tour of the new Singapore Airlines First Class Suite, including a video, in this HFP article. The official website highlighting the new A380 is here.)
Overall the news is not too bad from a UK perspective:
Star Alliance redemptions are unchanged. This means, in particular, that the ‘sweet spot’ redemption of 25,000 miles for a one-way Business Class ticket from the UK to the Middle East remains.
Premium redemptions between the UK and Singapore increase modestly. One-way Business Class redemptions increase from 85,000 miles to 92,000 miles. One-way First Class redemptions increase from 115,000 miles to 125,000 miles.
Premium redemptions on the New York to Frankfurt route increase modestly. One-way Business Class redemptions increase from 65,000 miles to 72,000 miles. One-way First Class redemptions increase from 76,000 miles to 86,000 miles.
Premium redemptions on the Manchester to Houston route increase modestly. One-way Business Class redemptions increase from 65,000 miles to 72,000 miles.
KrisFlyer is introducing some new features too:
It will be possible to upgrade from Economy to Business Class again. When Premium Economy was introduced, this functionality was removed as only ‘one category’ upgrades were possible.
The ‘last minute’ redemption deals which have been trialled recently have been made permanent, although those are of little use if you live in the UK unless European routes are included.
The website will be changed to show redemption availability +/- 3 days, instead of just for one day at a time
Waitlisting for redemptions will only be possible up to 14 days before departure. Unsuccessful waitlist applications will now be cancelled at this point. KrisFlyer is claiming that this is a positive change as it lets you have more certainty over your travel plans.
The KrisFlyer website is here although at the time of writing it has not been updated to include this new information.