Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Program & Award Chart Changes Effective January 24, 2019

Singapore Airlines today announced multiple changes to its KrisFlyer program that will take effect early 2019.

Number of miles for premium awards ticker will raise by 3% to 8%, waitlist will close (clear or cancel) 14 days before scheduled departure and Spontaneous Escapes (discounted last minute awards) will be made permanent feature of the program.

You can access KrisFlyer’s page for these changes here.

Here’s the current award chart:

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Here the award chart effective January 24, 2019:

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Here’s the email that Singapore Airlines sent out:

As part of our ongoing review of the KrisFlyer programme, we will be introducing a series of enhancements to improve your redemption experience. Revisions will also be made to selected aspects of the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir Award and Upgrade charts.

More upgrade options

As part of our commitment to bring you more redemption options, upgrades from Economy Class to Business Class for flights with a Premium Economy Class cabin are available with immediate effect. The number of miles required for an Economy to Business Class Upgrade will be the same for aircraft with or without a Premium Economy cabin.

Greater convenience on redemption availability

From 31 January 2019, you will be able to view available redemption options across a seven-day window. Simply check the Flexible travel dates box during your redemption search to get an overview of the redemption availability and respective lowest redemption award levels, for flights three days before and after your selected date.

This will enable you to see relevant available redemption inventory at a glance and select alternative dates of travel more conveniently.

Certainty for waitlisted redemptions

To give you greater certainty for your waitlisted flight redemptions, you will be informed of the outcome of your waitlist 14 days before the flight.

At least two weeks prior to the flight, all successful waitlist redemptions will be confirmed, and unsuccessful ones cancelled.

This change is aimed at removing the uncertainty of being on a redemption waitlist, and to give more time to make alternative travel plans should your waitlist not be successful. It will come into effect in the second quarter of 2019.

Waitlists for redemption upgrades will continue to be available up to the point of departure.

Discounted redemptions for last minute travel

Due to popular demand, KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes will be made a permanent programme feature from February 2019. It offers significant discounts off regular redemption rates each month to selected destinations across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network, for travel the following month.

To commemorate the official launch of KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes, the February edition will offer never-before redemption deals to destinations in our network. Details will be made available on singaporeair.com/kfescapes on 15 February 2019.

Revisions to Singapore Airlines and SilkAir Award and Upgrade Charts

We have also reviewed our Award and Upgrade levels and will be making the following revisions:

Adjustments will be made to Award and Upgrade levels in First Class, Business Class and Premium Economy Class

Existing Economy Class Saver Award and Advantage Award levels, as well as Economy Class to Premium Economy Class upgrades, will remain unchanged

The revised Award and Upgrade charts apply to redemption and redemption upgrade bookings ticketed on or after 24 January 2019.

Conclusion

Singapore Airlines seems to have started to devalue their KrisFlyer award chart yearly. This most recent change “enhancement” raises the number of miles required for premium awards 3% to 8%.

What is the purpose of closing the waitlist at 14 days? I have had several redemptions that have closed later and I often ticket at the last minute too even when “waitlisting” is required (can clear almost instantaneously).

Last minute award discounts are good thing if Singapore Airlines genuinely opens up availability on routes with light traffic.

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