Singapore Airlines Revises Their Fares: Three Distinct Fare Types From 20 January 2018!

Singapore Airlines has sent out an email to their KrisFlyer Members today that they will be revising their fare structure for all bookings after 20 January 2018.

These changes include a fix amount for Krisflyer Miles earned as well restrictions in terms of seat reservations, and fee policies for all ticket types.

It might be interesting especially for mileage earners as Singapore Airlines in the past didn’t allow for any mileage accrual on their cheapest fares and then went to 10% for their classes W and V.

You can access the website outlining the changes and FAQ here.

From 20 January 2018, we will be offering new fare types to better suit your travel needs. Now with three distinct fare types, you’ll be able to select the combination of fares, privileges and flexibility that best meets your requirements, so you’ll only pay for exactly what you want.

Before 20 January 2018, all the current fare types and fare conditions you already know will remain the same. To find out how these changes will affect you if you haven’t ticketed your booking or need to make changes on or after 20 January 2018, you may refer to our FAQs.

The following charts show what this means in the different classes of service.

Most changes are coming to Economy Class passengers:

The new Lite fare will include chargeable seat reservations, no cancellation option but most remarkably a 50% earning rate for KrisFlyer miles. Standard fare classes which might be just that (and likely expensive) don’t have any remarkable features apart from a 75% miles earning ratio which I consider very low as I don’t expect those tickets to be cheap at all.

Flexi Fares undoubtedly will be the most expensive tickets and the only benefit is 5KG more in checked baggage. Apart from that even Flexi passengers have to pay for both changes and cancellations at a plain 100% base miles earning rate with KrisFlyer. Sounds like fleecing to me!

Furthermore, companies enrolled in the HighFlyer corporate frequent flyer program are advised that HighFlyer points cannot be accrued for Economy Class Lite fare type.

Here the chart for Premium Economy Class:

Pretty standard here as it seems with mileage earning ratio of 100% for Lite and 125% for Flexi but careful, lite fares are not eligible for mileage Upgrades even in Premium Economy.

This will be Business Class:

Again nothing exciting here except that it’s worthwhile to not that you can’t upgrade from the Lite Business Class fares and that even the Flexi customers are being charged to cancel and no-show. Flexi customers now earn 150% miles for their tickets (up from the previous flat 125%).

Nor for First Class & Suites:

First Class and Suites will earn a 200% Mileage Rate (up from the current 150%) and yes – even those customers will have to pay for Cancellations and No-Show’s. That’s a very weird approach, at least for those who book full fare First Class (F, R) and not the saver fares (A class code).

Conclusion

Very little is going to change to the advantage of passengers as so often but one positive thing is that now all Economy Class fares (even the cheapest ones) will earn a significant amount of miles. To be honest 50% isn’t bad as SIA has some very decent low priced fares in some markets. However, given the Standard fare passengers only 75% base miles and a simple 100% for Flexi Fares is out of touch and plain cheap. I’d always go for best price under such circumstances.

Full Fare First Class passengers now earn a more honest 200% rate with KrisFlyer and it was about time that earning value went up. I can’t see many benefits for passengers to pay for full fare as the flexibility options are attached to fees which sort of defeats the purpose of flexible tickets.

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