Singapore Devalues Star Alliance Award Chart; Best Awards Untouched


REMINDER: Singapore’s award prices to Europe in First Class and Africa, Asia, and Oceania in all classes are increasing in price as of December 7, 2017 (this Thursday). If you were planning on booking one of these awards, do so now to save. 

Effective December 7, 2017, Singapore Airlines is devaluing its award chart for awards booked on Star Alliance partners.

I am following this development closely because:

  • Singapore miles are so easy to get (transfer partner of Citi ThankYou, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards, and SPG Starpoints)
  • Singapore has a great award chart for booking Star Alliance awards that I have used frequently

The good news is that Singapore’s devaluation didn’t touch any of its best-value Star Alliance awards!

This is in contrast to its March 2017 devaluation of awards on Singapore flights, which made getting into Singapore Suites Class much pricier.

Singapore Suites on an A380

The Non-Changes

Click the links for expanded posts on those awards:

Those are the only Singapore awards on Star Alliance partners that interested me before the devaluation and none of them went up in price.

The reason only these awards interested me is because they are as cheap or cheaper than United awards on the same flight, they have no fuel surcharges (or can have no fuel surcharges), and I spend a lot of time in Hawaii and South America.

The Changes

Flights to Europe in First Class and Africa, Asia, and Oceania in all classes went up in price. Other than awards to Middle East/North Africa, these awards already weren’t a great deal between the mileage prices and the fuel surcharges.

Awards from the Continental US to Middle East/North Africa cost 37.5k/57.5k Singapore miles one way in economy/Business if booked now and 45k/69k if booked December 7 or later. If you book exclusively United flights, you’ll pay no fuel surcharges. If you book United to Europe, connecting to a partner to the Middle East, you’ll pay manageable fuel surcharges.

Book your Singapore awards to the Middle East and North Africa now if you had one in mind, but even after December 7, the price is still quite good in Business Class.

Bottom Line

Singapore devalued its Star Alliance award chart for awards booked December 7 or later. Luckily they left untouched all my favorite awards! Singapore miles remain an enormously valuable program for Americans. Read more about Singapore miles here:

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  1. EWR to HNL on United First is virtually non-existent, I have found no availability for the entire 2018. Am I wrong, or has anyone had other luck?

  2. Hi Scott/Sarah, I am confused about booking partner award flights with Singapore miles. I can find loads of information on booking United flights (and have done that in the past) but little to no information on how to book other partners. I am specifically interested in getting from upstate NY to Portugal (TAP, Air Canada, United, any other?). Where do I look for availability? How do I book the ticket if I find availability? When I logged in to my KrisFlyer acct I could not see any partner availability. Thanks!

    • Don’t look on singapore’s website for any other award space other than on Singapore’s own planes. It’s not on the site. Check, and call Singapore to book. Your’e probably going to incur expensive fuel surcharges unless you book flying United.


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