Singapore Airlines introduced the Pay with KrisFlyer Miles option in 2013 and this is my review of what I think they are actually worth when you use KrisFlyer Miles in this way. If you are interested in what a KrisFlyer Mile is worth for standard redemptions then please check out my previous post on that topic.
I’m also keen for any views on this, do you value them differently? Leave a comment below!
Singapore Airlines Pay with KrisFlyer Miles
Up until 2013 you could only use KrisFlyer miles for a full award redemption on flights. Now you can mix cash and KrisFlyer Miles for Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot flights. More details on Pay With KrisFlyer Miles can be found here:
This was great news for those that only had small amounts of KrisFlyer miles, or those with expiring balances. It also puts Singapore Airlines and it’s KrisFlyer program on par with other frequent flyer programs.
How do you book with Pay with KrisFlyer Miles?
When Singapore Airlines released the details of this new offering it actually launched a specific website explain what it is and how to use it – but they’ve since removed it.
You need a minimum of 980 Miles to use the Miles and Cash option and it’s available right at the end of the booking process at the payment page. You’ll be able to use your full amount of miles up to the full cash value – this can be lucrative for short-haul economy flights where taxes and fees are paid for by the miles.
What’s a KrisFlyer Mile worth when using the Pay with KrisFlyer Miles Option?
You can read my previous post on what a KrisFlyer Mile is Worth for standard Singapore Airlines redemption here. When you use the Pay with KrisFlyer Miles option you are basically substituting the cash payment by paying with KrisFlyer Miles. But you aren’t getting the same value or worth a you might do from a regular award redemption, I’ll explain below.
Singapore Airlines Pay with KrisFlyer Miles Option – Is it Worth It?
Having a look at a few dummy bookings easily shows the value of paying with KrisFlyer Miles. I had a look at Singapore to Kuala Lumpur in Economy, Singapore to Sydney in Business and Singapore to London in First Class.
Economy flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
The cost of this flight was $S168 and so it gives us a value of 1 cent per KrisFlyer Mile. Note that using this option means I pay not fees whatsoever.
Business Class flight from Singapore to Sydney
This is the cost in terms of KrisFlyer Miles for a business class flight to Sydney:
The cost of this flight was $S4188 and taking off the amount I couldn’t pay with the Pay With KrisFlyer Miles option it came out again with a value of 1 cent per Mile.
Note that the 400K+ Miles required is significantly higher than the saver awards price which would be 116K return in business class (+fees).
First Class flight from Singapore to London Heathrow
This First Class example for a return flight to London really highlights the value discrepancy and works out at 1 cent per KrisFlyer Mile again.
Even worse for the First Class flight a return flight on a Saver Award would only cost 240K way below 1,517,384 Miles required for using Pay With KrisFlyer Miles!
Conclusions – Is Pay With KrisFlyer Miles Worth It?
Short-Haul Economy Redemptions can be worthwhile using Pay With KrisFlyer Miles if the cash ticket is relatively cheap and for short distance flights where taxes and fees are high.
- KrisFlyer Award Saver Value: 0.6 cents/mile (see this post for the calculation)
- Pay with KrisFlyer Miles 100% Value: 1 cent/mile
Because all other redemptions meant a value of over 1 cent per KrisFlyer Mile it means this is the only case where you are sure you’d be getting better value for your KrisFlyer Mile when a saver award is available.
The only other time when it may of better value is when you book a Advantage Award, where for Economy including Long Haul the value drops to below the 1 cent per KrisFlyer Mile mark.
For business class and First Class/Suites you should be using your KrisFlyer Miles for award redemptions rather than Pay with KrisFlyer Miles as they offer way above 1 cent per mile in all cases.
Remember as well even is you pay part with KrisFlyer Miles you can earn KrisFlyer and Elite miles if the fare is eligible to earn miles. KrisFlyer and Elite miles will be earned in proportion to the fare (excluding taxes), that you have paid with your credit/debit card.
KrisFlyer and Elite miles will not be earned if your ticket has been paid entirely with miles.
Final Summary – So When to Use Pay with KrisFlyer Miles?
These are the scenarios that you should be using Pay with KrisFlyer Miles:
- Expiring Miles – this is by far the best use for this option, if your KrisFlyer Miles are expiring then you might as well get some value back on your next booking
- Economy Short Haul – as you can see they are worth nearly double compared to an Award Saver redemption due to the cost of the taxes and fees (that you still pay for on an Award booking)
- Flexible Award Bookings on Economy (long or short-haul).
- Ease of use – I know that there are also those that may just want to use their KrisFlyer Miles up whenever they can and this is by far the simplest method to use your miles.
You can find more about the Pay with KrisFlyer option here on the Singapore Airlines website.