If you have a decent KrisFlyer balance, or points that can be transferred to KrisFlyer, then 100,000 KrisFlyer Miles can get you far. We’ve outlined some of the best-value redemptions when it comes to using KrisFlyer miles at or around the 100k balance mark.
KrisFlyer offers some well-known redemptions on Singapore Airlines’ own flights, so in this guide we look at their partners too.
There’s also the current 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points sign-up offer on the American Express Platinum Charge card ending on 1st August – the sign up bonus is far from the only benefit for this card, but it helps justify the $1200 annual fee.
One key thing to note is that the best value redemptions are to be had by redeeming for Premium Economy, Business or First Class flights. To understand why, consider joining the Point Hacks ‘earning more points’ email course.
The current 100,000 point sign-up bonus on the American Express Platinum Charge ends on 1 August. Those miles can be transferred to KrisFlyer at a 1:1 transfer rate.
Note that the online redemption discount of 15% for Singapore Airlines flights has been included in all figures below.
1. First Class Suite between Sydney/Melbourne and Asia (63,750 one-way) or between Frankfurt and New York (57,375 one-way)
The Singapore Airlines First Class Suite is one of the best First Class products in the world and is available on routes serviced by the Airbus A380.
The only way to book an award seat in Suites is through KrisFlyer – booking through Star Alliance partners such as United MileagePlus or Avianca LifeMiles, or Virgin Australia’s Velocity program won’t cut it.
You’ll enjoy excellent customer service, delicious food and a wide beverage selection, including Dom Perignon and Krug. The lie-flat bed turn-down service is with Givenchy linens…swoon.
The A380 flies to Singapore daily from Sydney and Melbourne (from 30 October 2016 to 25 March 2017), and then onto Hong Kong (63,750 miles), Beijing and Shanghai (78,625), and Mumbai and Delhi (87,125).
It also flies to London, Paris, Zurich and Frankfurt. These trips all cost over 100,000 miles from Australia, but the Frankfurt flight also continues to New York, with a Suite on the Frankfurt-New York leg (9 hours there, 7 1/2 hours back) costing 57,375 miles.
2. Business Class to San Francisco via Singapore or Los Angeles via Singapore and Tokyo/Seoul (85,000 one-way)
With award space on direct flights from Australia to the US often hard to come by, if you have a little more time on your hands, and perhaps want a stopover on your way there (explained later on), this may be a good-value redemption for you.
For 85,000 miles from the East Coast/Adelaide or 80,750 from Perth/Darwin, you can fly Business Class to Singapore, and then choose between the new direct Singapore-San Francisco A350 service (starting 23 October 2016), or to Los Angeles via Tokyo or Seoul.
3. Business Class to South Africa (61,625 one-way)
If you are not going to fly on the direct Qantas Sydney-Johannesburg or South African Airways Perth-Johannesburg services, in taking a longer way round, you might as well do it in comfort.
For 53,125 miles from Perth/Darwin or 61,625 from the rest of Australia, you can fly to Singapore, and then onto Johannesburg on the new Airbus A350, the same aircraft that is being launched on the Singapore-San Francisco route above.
4. Air New Zealand Business Class anywhere in the South Pacific (35,000 return)
You can fly anywhere in the ‘South West Pacific region’ (encompassing Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu) in Business Class on Air New Zealand for only 35,000 return.
This could take you as far afield as Tahiti, which is a minimum nine-hour flight from the East Coast with a stop in Auckland, so that redemption represents good value.
Plus, you won’t be charged fuel surcharges on Air New Zealand flights.
Be aware that award space on Air NZ flights can be a little difficult to come by, so plan well ahead if possible.
5. United flat-bed Business Class from Los Angeles/San Francisco to New York (20,000 one-way)
United has upgraded its Boeing 757s operating 17 flights a day from San Francisco and 15 flights from Los Angeles to New York, with flat-bed seats now standard on these routes.
6. Tropical holiday to Hawaii and Mexico/Central America/Caribbean (60,000 return)
If you can make your own way to and from Hawaii, you can head from there to anywhere in Mexico, Central America (seven countries including Costa Rica, Panama and Belize) and the Caribbean in Business Class for 60,000 return (or 35,000 in Economy).
You’ll also get one free stopover, with additional ones just $100 USD each.
Plus, if you fly United, Copa or Avianca, you won’t pay fuel surcharges.
As you can do an open-jaw ticket within the same region, you could hypothetically do the following itinerary for 60,000 miles:
Honolulu – Houston (no stopover) – Havana (on United, with flights to Cuba starting October/November this year) // make your own way to // Aruba – Panama City (free stopover) – Los Angeles – Honolulu (on Copa and United)
7. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class between the UK and the US or Caribbean (100,000 return)
From its hubs at London Gatwick and Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic flies to a surprising number of destinations in the US, including New York, Boston, Washington, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and to Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Jamaica and St Lucia.
Plus, the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK is known one of the best lounges in the US.
8. Virgin Australia flat-bed Business Class from Sydney/Melbourne to Fiji (80,000 return)
Virgin Australia operates its new A330 with lie-flat Business Class seats on Saturdays between Sydney/Melbourne and Nadi, so if you want a week-long holiday to Fiji with a little more luxury on the way there and back, this is a good redemption.
9. Free stopover for roundtrip tickets, additional ones available for purchase for $100 USD each
One of our favourite things about KrisFlyer is that you can get a free stopover on roundtrip saver awards, or if redeeming a one-way award, you can just purchase stopovers for $100 USD each.
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