- PremierMiles Devaluation w.e.f. February 1, 2015
- PremierMiles to Etihad Guest conversion
- PremierMiles to Air India Flying Returns conversion
Singapore Airlines is one of the first transfer partners I want to cover for your PremierMiles conversion options from outside of India. I’ve converted PremierMiles to KrisFlyer miles a couple of times, once to get on one of the Ultra Long Haul LAX-SIN flights by Singapore Airlines in Business Class (on their all business class product), before they discontinued those.
Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer is a great way to get award tickets on Singapore Airlines own metal, since availability is much more to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Members as compared to other Star Alliance member programs, who hardly get any availability for Singapore Airlines’ premium cabin (F specially). As one of the larger operators of an A380 fleet, and providers of an excellent First Class, Suites Class (F on the A380) and Business Class product, this should interest the premium cabin flyers.
Singapore Airlines operates the A380 from Mumbai and Delhi both, and you can further connect in Singapore to the US, Japan, Australia and other destinations across the world. The award chart looks expensive, but if you can book an award ticket online using Singapore Airlines’ website, you get a 15% discount on the number of miles required.
So, for instance, India to USA West Coast will set you back by 90,000 miles in Singapore J and 125,000 miles in Singapore F (saver awards). However, in reality, you will get the Singapore F for 106250 miles per head if you book it online. Here is the complete award chart. While transiting Singapore, you may also get access to The Private Room when flying F.
The same chart also talks about redemptions on Star Alliance carriers. If you want to mix and match on Star Alliance + Singapore Airlines, you will have to pay as per the Star Alliance chart. Charges to redeposit an unused ticket are USD 30.
Singapore Airlines charges a fuel surcharge for redemptions on their own metal as well as Star Alliance member carriers. I remember paying about 480 Singapore Dollars when I took my last ultra haul flight in Business Class with them.
I personally only transfer to SQ when I want to fly Singapore Airlines. But I’m sure there are other hidden nuggets that some of you may be able to contribute.
My rating for Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer as a transfer partner is 3.5/5. I take away 0.5 for tacking on fuel surcharges and 1 away for a sort of inflated award chart which can only be used largely with Singapore Airlines own metal (which I don’t complain about!)