Today I’d like to share one of the more lucrative mileage redemptions I’ve been able to secure this year, a Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer award in Suites Class from L.A. to Bangkok!
KrisFlyer miles can be hard to come by however there are some option. Those include the obvious, collecting flying activity mileage with KrisFlyer (even cheap United Airlines Economy flights earn 100% KF miles as of now) but also transferring of SPG Points and American Express Membership Rewards in some markets. A good way is also to book hotels through Rocketmiles (John wrote about the most recent promotion here).
What kind of award did I book exactly?
I stayed in Los Angeles and needed a one way ticket back to Bangkok. Since I’ve been collecting KrisFlyer miles for years and consider them as one of the most valuable mileage currency I decided to look into options to fly Singapore Airlines.
Going all the way to Bangkok requires a class of service mix, something you can unfortunately not book online. KrisFlyer offers 15% discount on awards for all tickets booked online, however if there is a technical reason why you can’t book the award online the call center is authorizes to honor this discount through the phone as well. You can however first waitlist the main segments online and later add a segment over the phone.
I have flown the A380 Suites before but not the new First Class on the Boeing 777-300 ER so I decided to go for the second connection offered which included an overnight in Tokyo-Narita where I just booked a night at the Hilton. Choosing the 777 for the connection also saves 150$ in YQ charges for some reason since the tax/surcharges amount for the LAX-NRT-SIN entirely in Suites would run 277 USD. The other downside of the A380 connection is that it arrives in Singapore at 3:30am which is an absolute mess in my opinion.
Anyway, after waitlisting these segments I called Singapore Airlines to add Singapore to Bangkok as a connection flight. It doesn’t change the required mileage (I checked this beforehand through searching for LAX-BKK in Business Class, the value did not change no matter if the final destination was SIN or BKK). The flights cleared the waitlist one by one and it’s imperative that you’re patient with this! I booked this on very short notice so if you need immediate certainty this is probably not for you. My experience however is that SQ clears these flights in a reliable fashion.
I could have added a Transfer of a day in Singapore as well without incurring the 100$ stopover fee which applied if you wish to include a real stop of longer than 24 hours. This time however I needed to get to Bangkok in a timely fashion so this wasn’t a consideration.
The total for the award ended up being 91,375 KrisFlyer Miles and 251,40 SGD/178 USD Tax/Fees.
Once the ticket is issued you are able to reserve your seats and order Book the Cook options which I always recommend. Another favorite of mine is to seat yourself in the middle compartments if the cabin is relatively empty so that the crew can prepare your double bed.
I think that this routing is one of the most valuable options especially due to the low surcharges involved to redeem the ticket. LoyaltyLobby will review this flight as part of a regular Flight Review series in the near future. Stay tuned!
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer might not be a mainstream program but it’s worthwhile looking into it to bank enough miles for such aspirational awards. The option of transferring SPG and Amex points to SQKF makes it possible to get your hand to a sufficient amount of miles relatively quick!