KrisFlyer is the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines. It’s not as well-known as our local Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity programs, but it’s full of hidden gems! And it’s relatively easy to earn KrisFlyer miles in Australia through credit cards or by transferring points over from Velocity.
One of the best aspects of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program is the great value Star Alliance redemptions. KrisFlyer miles can be redeemed to fly on any Star Alliance airline, including Air New Zealand, and the award charts are full of sweet spots where redeeming points is exceptional value.
One such KrisFlyer sweet spot is award flights within the “Southwest Pacific” zone. KrisFlyer awards are priced based on geographical regions in the award charts. This means award flights are a fixed price when travelling from one region to another, or within a single region. Any award booking within the “Southwest Pacific” region costs a fixed price of 12,500 miles in Economy class or 28,000 miles in Business. This is interesting because the Southwest Pacific region is rather large! It includes Australia, New Zealand and most of the Pacific Islands including Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti.
With this in mind it costs just 12,500 KrisFlyer miles, plus $90.59 in taxes, to fly from Perth to Tahiti in Economy! That’s the equivalent of 16,875 Virgin Velocity points. This is a superb price for 9,442km worth of flying to a tropical paradise! A return trip would cost 25,000 KrisFlyer miles and $162.22 taxes. The flights in both directions would be via Auckland with Star Alliance partner, Air New Zealand.
The trip from Perth to Tahiti can be booked using KrisFlyer on the Singapore Airlines website, although you may need to call up for some flights that don’t show online.
The total trip time from Perth to Tahiti is 15 hours. The Perth-Auckland flight takes just over 6 hours and the onward flight lasts 5 hours. There’s a ~4 hour transit in Auckland. (The trip doesn’t actually take 29 hours; the Singapore Airlines website appears confused about crossing the International Date Line.)
Award availability to Tahiti is limited, but there are some seats available if you’re flexible with dates. Instead of Tahiti, you could also travel from anywhere in Australia to destinations including Rarotonga, Nadi, Apia and Queenstown for the same price. Plus, you can have a free stopover in Auckland if you book a return ticket with KrisFlyer miles!
The same trip in Business class would be theoretically possible for 28,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way. But Air New Zealand rarely releases any Business class award availability.
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This sweet spot in the KrisFlyer award charts is just one of many tips in the upcoming Frequent Flyer Solutions webinar on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer!
The KrisFlyer program is an outstanding alternative to Qantas & Virgin for Australians! It’s relatively easy to earn KrisFlyer miles in Australia, and award flights are great value. If you’d like to learn more about how you can benefit from using KrisFlyer, be sure to register for the webinar next Wednesday, 9 May.
Find out more about this upcoming webinar: KrisFlyer for Australians – A Star Alternative to Qantas & Virgin
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