What is better than a new Alaska Airlines partnership? I say cheaper award flights to Hawaii!
Singapore Airline’s KrisFlyer program finally launched their award chart (PDF) when flying solely on Alaska Airlines. There are some sweet-spots as well as some confusing language, let’s try to sort it out.
Hawaii for 11.5k one-way
If this chart is what we think, it will offer the cheapest award flights from the West-ish Coast to Hawaii one-way. The confusing language comes when the chart’s conditions state: “Transfers and stopovers are not permitted.”
Now, it would seem strange that the award chart would include the option for routing from Zone 2 to Zone 5 if transfers or perhaps “layovers” are not allowed (they don’t use the term layovers). There are ZERO non-stop flights from Zone 2 to Zone 5 on Alaska Airlines, so why would they even associate an award cost to it?
I’ll go out-on-a-limb and guess that you CAN layover and that “transfers” refer to switching airports. The reason this text could be included is that Alaska has many “hub cities” nearby. For example, you could fly on Alaska from Newark to San Jose and then catch a flight from Oakland to Maui also on Alaska. Is it possible those are the “transfers” they are referring to?
The other possibility is that ‘transfers’ refers to a flight with a layover greater than 24 hours, which could be referred to as a “transfer”. At the same time, if that is the case, they could have just stated “layovers longer than 24 hours are not permitted”. I hope I’m not wrong.
If they are not allowing layovers, most of this award chart has no relevance, but we shall see in the coming days.
Let’s assume that a layover is allowed, which makes sense due to how they configured the award chart. Zone 2, like Denver or Phoenix, would be able to fly to Hawaii for just 11,500 KrisFlyer miles one-way. You’d likely connect in Seattle, Portland, San Jose, or San Diego.
To book, you would need to find low-level award space on Alaska Airlines FIRST, then call Singapore Airlines to lock in your ticket over the phone, no way around it.
Zone 2 consists of; Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, and our friends in Canada. A one-way flight to Zone 5, Hawaii or Alaska, will run you 11,500 miles one-way from the Westerly states.
From those on the ~ true ~ West Coast, Zone 1, flights to Hawaii or Alaska clock-in at just 12,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way (why more than Zone 2?). This is like British Airway’s one-ways to Hawaii which runs you 12,500 Avios when riding on Alaska Airlines or American metal. Note, British Airways charges per segment so non-stop flights are where the value is found, not with connections.
How to get Singapore KrisFlyer miles
KrisFlyer is one of the most versatile programs thanks to a handful of transfer partners. If you hold Chase Ultimate Rewards, Amex Membership Rewards Points, or Citi ThankYou Points, you’re in luck. They all transfer to KrisFlyer in a day or two.
For those who’d prefer to send over Starwood SPG points, they can be transferred at a 1:1 ratio with a 5,000 point bonus for every 20,000 transferred. If you are going to transfer 40,000 SPG points, make sure to do so in TWO separate transactions.
Sending over 20,000 SPG points will net you 25,000 KrisFlyer miles, enough for a round-trip to Hawaii with some to spare. (if flying from Zone 1 or Zone 2)
This new award chart and partnership represent excellent new options and has me excited for Alaska’s new routes in the coming months. What I am really looking forward to is Alaska’s complete acquisition of Virgin America. Once Virgin America flights are operated by Alaska, we will have access to MANY more routes from San Francisco an Los Angeles.
If layovers are indeed permitted, Zone 3 flyers can reach Zone 4 countries such as Costa Rica and Mexico for just 7,500 miles one-way. That would allow Chicago or Minneapolis flyers, for example, to reach San Jose, Costa Rica for just 7,500 KrisFlyer miles one-way. (in theory).
H/T: View From The Wing