If there is one award program that we didn’t want to get wrong, Singapore’s Krisflyer is it. It’s important because it’s one of only three programs in the world which is a transfer partner to all major transferable award currencies. The other two being Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club and Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue. Of these three, only Singapore is a Skytraxx 5-star airline. Considering this, and the fact that it has multiple daily service to multiple US gateways, Singapore’s Krisflyer is arguably the most important Asian frequent flyer program to a US based traveler.
Despite some fantastic redemption values, it’s with a bit of regret that we’re only assigning an ACRV of $0.0087 per mile. As is often the case, availability really takes it’s toll.
|Intro-Asia Non-zero Average||0.0126|
|International Non-zero Average||0.0223|
|Overall Non-zero Average||$0.0177|
Somewhat unique to Singapore Airlines is the ability to waitlist. Although potentially useful, we do not consider these in our calculations. It is our opinion that most flyers do not have the flexibility to plan a trip around flights that may or may not happen. Furthermore, one must transfer enough points for the entire leg from Chase, Amex, Citi or SPG in order to be placed in line. We simply do not believe the reward is worth the risk.
Despite average availability, there were some exceptional hypothetical redemptions. Our best for the month came from a first class award seat bookable on Air New Zealand for 152,500 Krisflyer miles + $111.13, the lowest price cash alternative was $10,148. This give us a redemption value of $0.0658.