Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer devalues its Star Alliance reward chart
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Singapore Airlines has announced some changes to its Star Alliance reward chart from 16th April 2019.
If you are wondering why you should care, it is because:
Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner from American Express Membership Rewards, HSBC Premier and Heathrow Rewards
There are some very attractive sweet spots in the Singapore Airlines scheme for travel on Lufthansa, SWISS, Turkish and Austrian, amongst others
Our favourite Singapore Airlines redemption is 50,000 miles return in Business Class between the UK and Middle East. This is an exceptional deal, given that British Airways wants 120,000 Avios on a peak-date for the same flight. You would probably route via Germany on Lufthansa or Switzerland on SWISS. Some other Star Alliance ‘sweet spots’ are covered in this HfP article.
Here is the current Star Alliance reward chart (PDF). The new chart, from 16th April, is here (PDF).
It isn’t a decimation. The Middle East deal goes from 50,000 miles return to 58,000 miles return, for example. This is not great but it is still less than 50% of the miles you need with Avios. If this means that the 58,000 miles rate is semi-guaranteed for the next 3-4 years then I will be happy.