We love Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer program here at Point Hacks thanks to its great value redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights in Business and First Class.
One of the best ways to maximise a one-way or roundtrip award redemption through KrisFlyer is to add stopovers, usually in Singapore but also available in other cities in Asia and Europe as you make your way to your final destination.
With some savvy planning of a routing like Australia to New York via Singapore and Frankfurt, then returning from Los Angeles back to Australia via Tokyo and Singapore, stopovers in all of those cities could be possible.
Your stopover options originating from Singapore are:
- Tokyo on the way to/from Los Angeles
- Hong Kong on the way to/from San Francisco
- Frankfurt on the way to/from New York
- Manchester on the way to/from Houston
- Moscow on the way to/from Stockholm
In South Africa
- Johannesburg on the way to/from Cape Town (as Singapore Airlines does not have fifth freedom rights to transport domestic passengers between these two airports, this stopover is most probably not permitted)
All of these flights (except the Frankfurt – New York route) feature Singapore Airlines’ latest Business Class product on the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777-300ER fleet
Why consider adding a stopover?
A free stopover on a roundtrip allows you to visit more than one city for the same amount of KrisFlyer miles.
This is another handy reminder for Velocity members if you have a big Velocity points balance and want to book flights on Singapore Airlines as Velocity does not allow stopovers.
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER First Class flying between Los Angeles/San Francisco and Tokyo/Hong Kong
Let’s start with the basic stopover rules when flying on Singapore Airlines:
|One-way Saver Award||0 free, additional @ $100 USD each|
|One-way Advantage Award||1 free, additional @ $100 USD each|
|Roundtrip Saver Award||1 free, additional @ $100 USD each|
|Roundtrip Advantage Award||2 free, additional @ $100 USD each|
Singapore Airlines gives you one complimentary stopover on a roundtrip Saver award but you can add a maximum of two additional stopovers on any award for $100 USD each.
For example, you can fly return from Australia to New York and stopover in Singapore on the way there and Frankfurt on the way back for an extra $100 USD.
Ideally, you’ll want to book your ticket as a Saver Award because it is cheaper than an Advantage Award (but has less availability.)
Here’s my take on the most popular long-haul Singapore Airlines routes used by Australia-based travellers:
|Saver award route||First||Business||Premium Economy||Economy|
|Most Australia to US East Coast (New York or Houston)||152,000||118,000||95,000||60,000|
|Perth/Darwin to US East Coast||145,000||110,000||90,000||55,000|
|Most Australia to US West Coast (Los Angeles or San Francisco)||154,000||110,000||90,000||55,000|
|Perth/Darwin to US West Coast||148,000||102,000||85,000||51,000|
|Most Australia to Europe||148,000||105,000||87,500||53,000|
|Perth/Darwin to Europe||128,000||95,000||66,000||43,000|
Looking at the above table, some of the best value redemptions would be:
- Australia to East Coast US (New York and Houston) with a stopover in Singapore and/or Frankfurt/Manchester
- Australia to West Coast US (San Francisco and Los Angeles) with a stopover in Singapore and/or Tokyo/Hong Kong
- Australia to Stockholm with a stopover in Singapore and/or Moscow
Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class flying between Frankfurt and New York
Now, this is why KrisFlyer stopovers are so useful – reduced pricing versus booking independent flights between each of these cities.
Sydney to Frankfurt, one-way costs 105,000 KrisFlyer miles in Business Class and 148,000 in First Class.
If you redeemed Sydney to New York, one-way costs 118,000 miles in Business and 152,000 miles in First.
Using the free stopover, you could fly to New York via Frankfurt and use it as your European launch pad for just 13,000 miles more in Business Class. The difference is even less in First Class – only 4,000 miles difference!
Do remember that on a one-way Saver award, you would need to purchase this stopover for $100 USD; on a roundtrip Saver award, you’d get it for free.
Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites flies between Frankfurt and New York
Remember this is for a nine-hour flight which Singapore Airlines normally charges 65,000 miles in Business and 76,000 miles in First Class one-way for just that segment.
Not that we’d pay it but a roundtrip First Class retail fare between Frankfurt and New York starts at $6,500 USD.
How to book a stopover
If you are booking a return Saver award, the Singapore Airlines website will prompt you on your stopover preference:
However, multi-city/stopover KrisFlyer redemptions with more than one stopover are not available through the Singapore Airlines website. Furthermore, if you wanted to book a stopover on a one-way award, you’d need to call KrisFlyer.
How to earn KrisFlyer miles
In Australia, KrisFlyer is a transfer partner of American Express, Citibank, ANZ and Westpac, with American Express Membership Rewards Ascent cards like the Platinum Charge and Platinum Edge having the best conversion rate at 1 Membership Rewards point to 1 KrisFlyer mile (Amex Gateway cards are lower at 1:0.75).
Note that American Express is adjusting both earn rates and points transfer rates for most cards effective 15 April 2019. Here is our take on the changes and further information from American Express.
Another unique feature of the KrisFlyer program is also the ability to transfer your Virgin Australia’s Velocity points into KrisFlyer miles at a rate of 1.55 Velocity points = 1 KrisFlyer mile.
KrisFlyer is a great program for award redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights, and miles are readily available through a wide range of Australian credit card programs, as well as through the Velocity partnership.
Using stopovers to literally travel further with your miles is a great way to push the boundaries of what you can do with your KrisFlyer balance, with Singapore flying to a number of appealing mid-point cities, including Tokyo, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Milan.
You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to combine travel on Singapore Airlines and its partners to maximise stopovers.