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It was recently announced that Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines were becoming partners. This means that, among other things, you will be able to use Alaska miles to fly Singapore Airlines operated flights and Singapore Airlines miles to fly Alaska operated flights. More options redemption are always good, but what really matters are the award charts prices and we can take a look at the just released Singapore Airlines award chart for Alaska Airlines operated flights.
This is super relevant for many of us even if you don’t normally fly Singapore Airlines because Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles can be transferred in from Chase Ultimate Rewards, the Citi ThankYou program, and American Express Membership Rewards Cards such as The Blue Business℠ Plus Credit Card and The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card. In other words, it is very easy to come up with lots of ways to earn KrisFlyer miles via bonuses and everyday spending.
New Five Zone Award Chart
The new award chart is a zone-based chart that cuts the United States and surrounding countries into groupings and it is neither all good nor all bad. There are some awards that will cost too much to be worth it, but some others that offer a pretty darn good opportunity. There are also still a few unanswered questions, especially when it comes to connections vs. nonstop flights.
There are five zones for the United States and surrounding countries with Zone 1 consisting of the three West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California. Zone 2 gets the western mountain states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, as well as all of Canada. Zone 3 gets the middle of the country including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Skipping ahead, Zone 5 gets Alaska and Hawaii. That means that Zone 4 gets all of the other states including Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C,. West Virginia, as well as Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico.
There are some good values here, but before you start getting too excited, keep in mind that the prices are per one-way of travel and transfers and stopovers are not permitted per the rules. That said, there are some rules that indicate that connections are permitted even though it says that “transfers” are not, such as the rule that says backtracking is not permitted and if an award itinerary includes different classes of service, the award level corresponding to the highest class will apply. However, it is possible that this award chart is only for nonstop flights, but I haven’t seen real life pricing examples quite yet to prove or disprove that thought. I plan to call and try to price out an award after they have this up and rolling for a day or two.
New Award Chart Pricing Opportunities
Still, here are some opportunities that will absolutely work:
- New York – Dallas for 7,500 miles
- Houston – Seattle for 9,500 miles
- California/Washington/Oregon – Hawaii for 12,000 miles
- Los Angeles – Costa Rica for 11,000 miles
- Alaska – Phoenix for 11,500 miles
Now if connections are allowed, the list of cool deals really grows to include things like Zone 3 that includes states in the middle of the country such as Texas, to Zone 4 that includes Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico for 7,500 miles each way.
Some zones, like Zone 4 (that includes New York) to Zone 5 (that includes Hawaii) aren’t connected at all on the award chart. It could be those awards require two zoning prices to be combined similar to how British Airways prices award flights with connections. I’m not sure yet, but at the very least we now have a rough idea of how pricing will work for Alaska operated flights via the Singapore KrisFlyer program.
To make bookings on Alaska operated flights you must call Singapore Airlines to book the award over the phone. Also of note is that Singapore Airlines has pretty low fees of $20 – $30 for changes and cancellations of partner awards. If you need a refresher course on where Alaska operates, here is a link to their route map.
While we still have some questions regarding connections, being able to fly from the West Coast to Hawaii and back on an Alaska operated flight for just 24,000 easy-to-earn miles is a really good opportunity!
What do you think of the new Singapore Airlines award chart for Alaska operated flights? Did you spot any awards that may work for your family?
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