9 of our favourite ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles

GUIDE: Using Points
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: December 20, 2017
UPDATED: October 18, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
STATUS: The transfer rate between Velocity and Krisflyer is set to increase by about 15% from January 2019 onwards. Read more here.

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 an 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points on offer with the American Express Platinum Charge card which can be transferred to KrisFlyer at a 1:1 transfer rate – the sign up bonus is far from the only benefit for this card , but it helps justify the $1450 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.

Note that Krisflyer made some changes to their award pricing from 23 March 2017 onwards and Star Alliance redemptions from 7 December 2017, with a mix of both positive and negative changes. All figures below have been updated accordingly.

1. First Class Suites between Sydney/Melbourne and Asia (80,000 one-way) or between Frankfurt and New York (76,000 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.

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 (started on 30 October 2016 and except for May and June this year, the service seems to have been extended indefinitely), and then onto Hong Kong (80,000 miles), Beijing and Shanghai (98,000), and Mumbai and Delhi (108,000).

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 76,000 miles.

You can now also use Velocity points to book travel in First and Suites Class on Singapore Airlines.

2. Business Class to San Francisco/Los Angeles via Singapore, Tokyo or Hong Kong (110,000 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.

The points required has increased above 100,000 miles with the recent changes of Krisflyer award pricing but for 110,000 miles from the East Coast/Adelaide or 102,000 from Perth/Darwin, you can fly Business Class to Singapore, and then choose between the direct Singapore – San Francisco/Los Angeles A350 services, to San Francisco via Hong Kong, or to Los Angeles via Tokyo.

3. Business Class to South Africa (78,000 one-way)

SQ A350 livery

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 62,500 miles from Perth/Darwin or 78,000 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 (56,000 return)

Air NZ 777 Livery

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 56,000 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 as well.

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 Flat Bed

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, they also don’t charge 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)

KF 100K Hawaii Central America

7. Virgin Atlantic Upper Class between the UK and the US or Caribbean (100,000 return)

Virgin Atlantic Upper Class

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.

All images courtesy of Point Hacks and respective airlines.

Looking for more inspiration for how to spend your hard-earned frequent flyer points?

Here is a comprehensive list of all of our Best Uses of Points guides. There may be some overlap but each guide has its own twist.

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Velocity Frequent Flyer

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Etihad Guest

Emirates Skywards

American Express Membership Rewards

9 of our favourite ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles was last modified: October 18th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt
9 of our favourite ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles was last modified: October 18th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt