Singapore Airlines is devaluing its Star Alliance redemption chart on December 07, 2017. The award chart was never very attractive in the first place, but every program has its sweet spots.
The good news is that Star Alliance redemptions will be available for online booking after the devaluation. The bad news is that there will be very few attractive redemptions after the devaluation on Star Alliance partners.
I want to focus on two particular first class redemptions.
- North America to Europe: currently 80,000 miles / 95,000 miles on 07 Dec 2017
- North America to Middle East/North Africa: currently 75,000 miles / 90,000 miles on 07 Dec 2017
If you are scratching your head, you’re not the only one.
Indeed, traveling to the Middle East typically requires transiting Europe. And when you transit Europe, you don’t pay the higher price. So by adding an extra flight, you currently save 20K miles (and will still save 5K miles after the devaluation).
But here’s what you might not know. Fuel surcharges may actually be cheaper to/from the Middle East (despite the extra segment) than to simply going to Europe.
I discovered this when I traveled to Jordan earlier this year.
Take a look at Lufthansa First Class to Amman:
and to Frankfurt:
Note the YQ line: $478 from LAX to FRA but only $197 if you fly from LAX to FRA and connect to AMM. It means you will pay much less in taxes/fees if you fly to the Middle East.
Connect the dots…if you’re just going to Europe, why not pay 5K less miles and half the fees by adding in a throw-away segment to the Middle East?
That sure makes sense to me. Just note that Lufthansa First Class typically does not open until a few days before (or less) before travel.
Food for thought this morning.
More details on the devaluation here.