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A few days ago I wrote about the award chart Singapore Krisflyer just published for flying their newest partner Alaska Airlines.

I noted that within Singapore’s list of conditions for the chart is a confusing line prohibiting “transfers”…

…which leads one to believe that awards will price per segment. It’s not totally clear, however, that a transfer and a connection (i.e. layover) are the same thing–most people don’t call layovers or connections transfers. There are prices on the award chart that seem just a little too cheap if “transfers” (layovers) were indeed permitted, though. Hence, I left my prior post with the assumption that Singapore awards flying Alaska are priced per segment.

For reference, here’s the award chart and zone definitions.

Obviously clarity is desirable over assumption, so I called Krisflyer with the intention of testing out a few multi-segment awards. Unfortunately, the agent told me the schedule for Alaska Airlines award availabiltiy was not yet open for them to view and that I should call back in a few weeks to try again. Below are the routes I plan on testing. Check them out, and let me know if there are any others you’d like to see tested in addition.

Test Routes

Boise > Seattle > Honolulu

You could not fly from Boise, Idaho (Zone 2) to Honolulu, Hawaii (Zone 5) non-stop on Alaska. You’d have to connect at least once.

If Boise to Seattle to Honolulu priced as one award, according to the chart it would cost 11.5k Singapore miles (to fly from Zone 2 to Zone 5). That would be odd considering flying from Washington, California, or Oregon (Zone 1) to Hawaii costs 12k Singapore miles, despite those states being closer to Hawaii than Idaho.

If they price separately, it will cost 19,000 Singapore miles (Zone 2 to Zone 1 for 7.5k + Zone 1 to Zone 5 for 11.5k)

This segment flying Alaska from Boise to Seattle on February 1, 2018 is the lowest level award space available on alaskaair.com (essentially Saver Level space), therefore it can booked with partner miles.

This segment flying Alaska from Seattle to Honolulu on February 1, 2018 is also the lowest level award space available on alaskaair.com and so can be booked with partner miles.

Dallas > Portland >Kahului, Maui in Hawaii (OGG)

You could not fly non-stop on Alaska from Dallas (Zone 3) to Hawaii (Zone 5). You would need to connect at least once.

If Dallas to Portland to Kahului priced as one award, according to the chart it would cost 12,500 Singapore miles.

If the segments break into two awards, it would cost 21,500 Singapore miles (9.5k miles for Zone 3 to Zone 1 + 12k miles for Zone 1 to Zone 5).

This segment flying Alaska from Dallas to Portland on May 1, 2018 is the lowest level award space available on alaskaair.com (essentially Saver Level space), therefore it can booked with partner miles.

This segment flying Alaska from Portland to Maui on May 1, 2018 is also the lowest level award space available on alaskaair.com and so can be booked with partner miles.

Seattle > Dallas (Love Field) > New York City

You could fly non-stop from New York City to Portland on Alaska as a direct flight does exist. But what if there was no Saver level award space on the direct flight? Could you break up your flight into two segments and still pay just 12,000 Singapore miles to fly from Zone 1 to Zone 4?

If the segments break into two awards, it will cost 17,000 Singapore miles (9.5k miles to fly from Zone 1 to Zone 3 + 7.5k miles to fly from Zone 3 to Zone 4).

This segment flying Alaska from Seattle to Dallas on January 9, 2018 is the lowest level award space available on alaskaair.com (essentially Saver Level space), therefore it can booked with partner miles.

This segment flying Alaska from Dallas to New York City on January 9, 2018 is also the lowest level award space available on alaskaair.com and so can be booked with partner miles.

Have a Request for Another Test Routing?

If there are other multi-segment routes flying Alaska Airlines you would like me to test price with Singapore Krisflyer in the coming weeks, let me know in the comments.

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