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Is it a good idea to transfer Citi Thank You and Chase Saphire Reserve Points into Singapore KrisFlyer so that I can book Star Alliance flights with them? Of course I want to avoid fuel surchages, etc… Are all Star Alliance Flights bookable through Krisflyer (if you call)?
Is there a better option given that Citi doesn’t allow you to transfer to United? I want to pool both credit card bonuses together, if possible.
Citi Thank You points are also transferable to Thai Airways and EVA Airways mileage programs (both star alliance).
I’ve never used either program so I do not know whether there are fuel surcharges or whether the redemption rates are reasonable.
If you have large balances in both Citi and Chase, you could book a one way Mileage Plus award using your Chase points, and a further one way award through either of Thai or EVA’s program (if they allow one-ways, again I have no knowledge of either program).
Otherwise, Krisflyer can book Star Alliance flights if you call up. It also represents very good value for flights on Singapore Airlines, as they give you a 15% discount for booking online and make more seats available to Krisflyer members than other partners.
[USER=2814]@sberco1001[/USER] , yes all *A partners are bookable with KF points. To check for surcharges use ita matrix to search for pricing. [URL]https://matrix.itasoftware.com[/URL]
Pick a flight and carrier then examine the fare breakdown by clicking on the price, if you see YQ/YR fees then those are surcharges and you will pay them with KF.
As [USER=267]@aussiejosh[/USER] points out you can also book with Thai or Eva. Thai’s program is horrible while Eva offers some value for EVA flights but lacks connections.
Thank you very much! Would you conclude then that KrisFlyer is the best transfer option common to both cards? Any disadvantages to know about?
Thank you very much! Would you conclude then that KrisFlyer is the best option common to both cards? Any disadvantages?
Yes. SQ flights with 15% discount are very competitive assuming you can fly out of any of the 4 cities IAH, JFK, LAX SFO. And their *A chart is reasonable too as well as having low change / cancel fees. They also allow stopovers on R/T rewards.
Downside. Points expire 3 years from date earned. So you have 4 years to travel. I still wouldn’t transfer until you need them unless you must because you’re closing the card.
And [USER=2814]@sberco1001[/USER] – unless you’re about to close your card that earns TYPs, don’t transfer them until you need to. As [USER=2121]@MarkS[/USER] points out, SQ points expire so only transfer them when you need them.
No reason to transfer points speculatively — I would always check space before deciding where to move points. It could make sense to book a one-way with Singapore, and the other way with Korean depending on the trip, so you don’t have to pool the points into a single program in order to use them on a single trip.