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Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Devalues

Singapore emailed members today to notify of some changes.

Namely, an approximately 10% increase across the board for redemptions. This will apply to all award redemptions ticketed on or after July 5, 2022. If waitlisted, you must clear the waitlist by then.

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Click here to view the Singapore Airlines Award Chart, effective from 5 July 2022. (Here’s the current chart)

Click here to view the Star Alliance Award Chart, effective from 5 July 2022. (Here’s the current chart)

Notably, those that just want to experience the new Singapore First Class Suites for the cheapest possible price will find the JFK-FRA (and vice versa) award rise from 86,000 miles to 97,000 miles. The NY to Singapore non-stop in Business goes from 99,000 to 111,500 miles.

The Star Alliance award chart gets the same treatment, but I will note that KrisFlyer has been one of the least favorable ways to book Star Alliance flights for some time, so few will be truly effected by this change if they are using transferable points. KrisFlyer miles are best used for Singapore Airlines First and Business Class longhaul flights as the KrisFlyer program is the only way to book them.

Also, notably, stopovers are getting devalued. Per the email “Stopovers for eligible redemption bookings ticketed on or after 1 August 2022 will be limited to a maximum of 30 days. Complimentary stopovers exceeding 30 days, as well as the paid stopover option, will no longer be available for tickets issued on or after 1 August 2022. ”

Singapore Airlines First Class
Singapore Airlines First Class (old style suite)

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100,000 Point Offers on Avios Credit Cards are (Probably) Expiring Soon

You may be more tempted to pick up one of the three cards, like the British Airways Visa Signature Card, Iberia Visa Signature Credit Card, or Aer Lingus Visa Signature Credit Card before their current bonus offers end. All are offering 100,000 bonus Avios after you spend $5,000 within the first 3 months. All are rumored to end June 30th, 2022. That may or may not be true, but the email from BA definitely says the offer is “ending soon.”

The BA card comes with 10% off BA flights.

You can have all three cards, but you can’t get a bonus on the same exact card if you hold it or got the bonus in the last 24 months. You can also transfer Avios to Qatar Avios to book QSuites as outlined in this post.

Citi Custom Cash – Bonus 4X Targeted Offer

The Citi Custom Cash already earns 5X on the category you spend the most on each month, up to $500.

Citi is sending out emails to cardmembers offering an extra 4X on one specific category. I got groceries, for example. I’ve also seen home improvement stores. The limit is 2,500 bonus points.

citi custom cash card
Citi Custom Cash Credit Card

You can activate via the email. Just keep in mind that the max spend you’ll earn it on is $625, so try to split that into two months to get all that spend at 9X total.

If you don’t have the Custom Cash already, know that it has a 20,000 point signup bonus (technically $200 in the form of 20,000 bonus ThankYou points when you spend $750 within 3 months) and that this bonus is separate from the restrictions on getting multiple ThankYou bonuses (i.e. you are limited to one bonus between all other consumer ThankYou cards every 24 months). For some reason, this one is specifically separate.

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I got "in the game" in 2003 and since then I've collected literally millions and millions of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. I've flown around the world in first class seats that would cost $29,000 using frequent flyer miles and a few bucks in tax. And I've stayed in some of the finest hotels - all for free! A few years ago I realized many of my friends actually thought I was paying for these!! So I started sharing my tips. It's long been a passion, but when I hosted a session on Miles and Points at the South by Southwest festival, my love of the game intensified and this blog was born.

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