Singapore Airlines Krisflyer sent out emails this morning with changes for award tickets ticketed on/after 23 March 2017.
Revisions to Saver Award levels in the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir Award Chart have been made to ensure that flight rewards remain sustainable yet competitive. We had last made adjustments to award levels in various zones in 2012.
The 15% discount for redemption and redemption upgrade bookings made through our website and mobile channels will be discontinued, and the same redemption fare will be applied across all channels.
Fuel and insurance surcharges will be removed from all redemption award tickets on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir operated flights.
Here is the new award chart.
We have predicted many times (as late as earlier this week ) that Singapore Airlines is next to devalue their award chart. This can’t be a surprise for anyone.
If you have a redemption scoped out using the old award chart – make sure yo get these tickets booked before the deadline.
Singapore Airlines has a great product but has been recently changing their US-bound fleet a lot. Krisflyer is a member of both Citibank Thank You Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards Transfer program. So miles are easy to attain but seat availability was an issue.
It was rather easy to predict that award prices would go up by 30% or so. It’s sad to see the 15% online booking bonus go but really in 2017 – an online booking bonus? Everyone books awards online if you get a chance.
With the changes the awards to Hong Kong and Seoul from the West Coast are hit pretty badly in Business and especially First Class. However I rarely redeemed on these routes anyways since AAdvantage and Alaska make redemptions on Cathay Pacific so lucrative.
What is getting better are the very long haul routes to Africa – those were just around ~80,000 miles before but had $450+ fuel surcharges. These will go away and longer, multiple segment redemptions will now be much cheaper with Singapore Airlines. The company always added crazy fuel surcharges on segments to/from Singapore.
I think 102,000 miles with no fuel surcharges in Business Class to Cape Town, South Africa from San Francisco, CA all the way on their new A350 product is a great redemption!