Singapore Airlines just sent out an email announcing that you can now redeem KrisFlyer miles on their new partner Alaska Airlines. Many are waiting to see if Alaska miles will be able to book business class and first class awards on Singapore Airlines, but today's announcement does bring some good news for those who want to visit Hawaii - unless you live in the eastern part of the U.S.
The new award chart is broken into five geographic zones. The rates for first class on Alaska Airlines aren't competitive, but it does provide an interesting option for some to visit Hawaii.
If you live in Zones 1, 2, 3, or 5, you can book a one-way flight on Alaska Airlines in economy class to Hawaii for less than 13,000 miles:
- Zone 1: 12,000 KrisFlyer miles
- Zone 2: 11,500 KrisFlyer miles
- Zone 3: 12,500 KrisFlyer miles
- Zone 4: 12,500 KrisFlyer miles
Currently, you can book economy class flights from the west coast to Hawaii for 25,000 Korean Air SkyPass miles (on Delta) or 25,000 British Airways Avios (on Alaska Airlines or American Airlines). Korean Air miles can even get you to Hawaii for the same rate from across the U.S.
However, using Singapore KrisFlyer requires 35,000 miles to book a round-trip on United. With this new development, you can now use between 23,000 and 25,000 KrisFlyer miles to fly to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines.
It's not a huge reduction in the miles required, but it gives us a new mileage currency to use at the lowest award rate on the market. Additionally, it's insanely easy to earn KrisFlyer miles as Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner of all four transferable points programs:
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Citi ThankYou Points
- Starwood Preferred Guest
With so many transfer options, you won't have any trouble earning the points necessary to book your next flight to Hawaii.
Now, for those of us who love to book award flights with Alaska miles, we would love to see Singapore Airlines allow business class and first class awards on their own flight to be booked with Alaska miles (unlikely). For now, we'll have to be happy that this new partnership is providing a new way for people to get to Hawaii at a better redemption rate.