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For a couple of years, it has made a lot of sense for some travelers to credit inexpensive and lower United fare classes to Singapore Airlines instead of United MileagePlus in order to earn 100% of the miles flown instead of the 5 redeemable miles per dollar spent on the base fare that United awards non-elites. When we flew to Europe on cheaper United fares a little while back we had the choice of earning a few hundred redeemable miles from United or a few thousand miles for crediting to Singapore Airlines, However, effective today, October 1st, that has all changed for the worse.
While Singapore Airlines was busy announcing the good news with their new partnership with Alaska Airlines, the bad news for United flyers wasn’t delivered with quite as much enthusiasm. Beginning today, those who want to fly on lower United economy fare classes and credit the flights to the Star Alliance partner Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program will no longer earn 100% of miles flown for lots of fare classes, but instead, will find themselves earning as few as 25% of the flown miles in eligible fare classes.
For those curious, Alaska Airlines operated flights that are credited to Singapore Airlines currently earn 100% of the miles flown.
- 150% A, F
- 125% C, D, J
- 100% P, Z, B, E, H, M, U, Y
- 75% Q, V, W
- 50% L,S,T
- 25% G, K
The United Basic Economy fare class, N, is not listed as earning any miles when credited to Singapore.
This is all bad news, but the fact that it kicked in with very little notice is probably the worst part as I know folks had planned to credit upcoming United flights to Singapore. If you are looking for a new place to credit your lower fare class United flights you could look to Air Canada that may award 50%, LifeMiles that bottoms out at 50%, or even to EgyptAir that offers an interesting path to Star Alliance elite status for families.
Of course do the math to make sure that crediting to United isn’t your best bet, especially for shorter or slightly more expensive flights. None of those other Star Alliance options are as good as getting credit for 100% of flown flights from Singapore Airlines, but at least they are better than getting just 25%.
United and Singapore don’t seem to have the best relationship given not only these new earning rates but also the reality that you can’t use your United miles to book many premium cabin Singapore awards at all, and even booking economy Singapore awards requires a phone call instead of just making the flights available online like most other partners.
How does this change impact you and where will you be crediting your inexpensive and lower fare class paid United flights?
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