Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is one of my favorite niche frequent flyer programs. Singapore Airlines has some of my favorite first class & business class products in the world, and for the most part the only way to book them is using Singapore KrisFlyer miles (that’s because they block the space for members of their partner frequent flyer programs).
Singapore Airlines A380 business class seat
I’ve written extensively about the KrisFlyer program, both when it comes to redemptions on Singapore Airlines metal, as well as for redemptions on Star Alliance partner airlines:
- Redeeming KrisFlyer miles for travel on Singapore Airlines
- Redeeming KrisFlyer miles for travel on Star Alliance partners
KrisFlyer stopover rules
KrisFlyer’s ordinary stopover rules are as follows:
- On a roundtrip saver award ticket, you can do one stopover and one open jaw
- On a one-way standard or full award ticket, you can do one stopover
Stopovers aren’t typically permitted on one-way saver level award tickets. Of course you want to do everything in your power to book a saver award ticket, given that it costs substantially fewer miles than a standard or full award ticket.
Add extra stopovers for $100
What most people don’t realize is that you can add stopovers to saver KrisFlyer awards for just $100 each. This means:
- You can add a stopover to a one-way saver award ticket for $100
- You can add an additional stopover on a roundtrip saver award ticket for $100
You can actually add up to three stopovers for $100 each, which has the potential to be hugely valuable. This applies both to travel on Singapore Airlines, as well as to travel on Star Alliance partner airlines. The routing rules remain the same, so you can’t plan a more circuitous routing just for the purposes of doing stopovers.
For example, here’s a chart with KrisFlyer’s redemption rates, factoring in the 15% discount for booking online:
San Francisco to Hong Kong
63,750 miles + $112.40
70,125 miles + $112.40
San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore
68,000 miles + $312.50
91,375 miles + $325.50
San Francisco to Seoul
65,875 miles + $205.50
74,375 miles + $218.50
San Francisco to Seoul to Singapore
68,000 miles + $312.50
91,375 miles + $325.50
Los Angeles to Tokyo
65,875 miles + $172.80
74,375 miles + $172.80
Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore
68,000 miles + $327.96
91,375 miles + $340.96
New York to Frankfurt
48,875 miles + $205.50
57,375 miles + $218.50
New York to Frankfurt to Singapore
72,250 miles + $340.81
93,500 miles + $353.81
Houston to Moscow
48,875 miles + $213.90
57,375 miles + $226.90
Houston to Moscow to Singapore
72,250 miles + $320.90
93,500 miles + $333.90
To give an example of the benefit of this in practice, a one-way saver first class award ticket from San Francisco to Singapore via Seoul Incheon would ordinarily cost you 91,375 KrisFlyer miles.
Say you want to have a stopover in Seoul for more than 24 hours. You’d ordinarily have to book two awards to do that.
You’d pay 74,375 miles for San Francisco to Seoul Incheon:
And then pay 51,000 miles for Seoul Incheon to Singapore:
That’s a total of 125,375 KrisFlyer miles, which is 34,000 KrisFlyer miles more than booking the trip without the stopover.
You could instead pay $100 for the stopover in addition to the 91,375 KrisFlyer miles. I’ll gladly pay $100 to save 34,000 miles, and I’m sure I’m not alone.
How to add extra stopovers
The “catch” here is that you can’t add the extra stopover for $100 online. You have to call the KrisFlyer call center:
- The good news is that the KrisFlyer agents are generally quite competent
- Not only will you have to explain you want a stopover for $100, but you also have to request that they honor the 15% online booking discount, since the award wasn’t bookable online (note that this only applies to awards on Singapore Airlines metal, since partner awards aren’t eligible for the online booking discount since they’re never bookable online)
Expect for it to not be the easiest phone call on earth, but it shouldn’t be too difficult, especially since KrisFlyer agents are generally quite competent.
KrisFlyer miles are easy to accrue
The best part is that KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all “major” transferable points currencies, so those points are quite easy to come by.
Here are some of the best ways to rack up those points through credit cards:
A KrisFlyer word of caution
As I mentioned above, KrisFlyer miles are about the only way to book Singapore Airlines longhaul premium cabins. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part you can’t redeem partner miles for Singapore’s premium cabins.
That being said, even availability using KrisFlyer miles has gotten worse over time:
- KrisFlyer no longer seems to release much Suites Class saver space to/from the US in advance (there’s plenty of space for markets outside the US, though)
- First Class/Business Class space continues to be quite readily available, though keep in mind Singapore Airlines will soon be halving the size of their 777-300ER First Class cabin, which will almost certainly have a direct impact on award availability
Singapore Airlines 777-300ER first class, which will soon be cut in half
Singapore KrisFlyer remains one of my favorite niche frequent flyer programs. If I could only have miles in one program would I choose KrisFlyer? Probably not. But the miles are incredibly valuable for redemptions on one of my favorite airlines.
And the above trick for adding stopovers for $100 adds even more value to their program, in my opinion given how few programs allow stopovers on one-way award tickets.
Have you ever paid $100 to add a stopover to a KrisFlyer award ticket?