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Just earlier this month, Singapore Airlines and Alaska Airlines teamed up to form a partnership. Starting this week, Alaska MileagePlan members will be able to earn miles when flying Singapore Airlines. While we have been anxiously awaiting redemption charts from both airlines, Singapore Airlines just released its award chart for redemption on Alaska Airlines. The chart presents some great values and the cheapest way to fly to Hawaii for free!
Singapore Airlines redemption chart on Alaska
Overall, this is a great chart and a lot of value could be found in economy awards. You can fly
- flights up and down west coast (Zone 1) and mountain states (Zone 2) for 7,500 miles one-way.
- flights across continental U.S. for just 12,000 miles each way.
- flights from central U.S. to east coast is just 7,500 miles each way.
- flights to Hawaii (Zone 5) and Alaska starting at 11,500 miles to 12,500 miles, excluding from the east coast.
- the only good redemption in first class are for flights within and between west coast states and mountain states.
Cheapest way to fly to Hawaii for free
Up until now, the cheapest way to fly to Hawaii for free included:
- Using 12,500 avios to fly Alaska or America from west coast cities each way;
- Using 17,500 Singapore miles to fly United each way;
- Using 25,000 Korean miles to fly Delta roundtrip;
- Using 12,500 – 15,000 Flying Blue miles to fly Delta one-way.
With the new SIngapore Airline redemption chart on Alaska, you can fly to Hawaii for as little as 11,500 miles each way. Here is the breakdown:
- 11,500 miles each way from West Coast cities.
- 12,000 miles each way from the Mountain West.
- and 12,500 from Midwest.
- Unfortunately no redemption from East Coast.
That means, you can fly from Midwest all the way to Hawaii for just 12,500 miles each way. But do keep in mind, while Alaska flies to all four major Hawaii islands, the nonstop flights are only from west coast cities. So if you live in any states in Zone 2 and Zone 3, you will have a connecting flight. While Alaska are busy expanding its network, some cities it serves only have one or two daily flights. Even If you are able to find saver-award seats for the cross country flight, you would need an overnight stay at the connecting city and continue to Hawaii the next day.
How good is Alaska releasing saver-level award seats? From my experience, Alaska typically release 2 coach seats and 1 first class seat as schedule opens. Near travel dates, especially for peak season, saver-level award seats to Hawaii are impossible to find. If you need more than 2 seats to Hawaii, you will have better luck flying out of Seattle, Portland, or Oakland.
To find available flights, search on Alaska website and look for one-way flights labeled 17,500 miles. When you are ready to book,
- Call Singapore Airlines North America Call center at 800-742-3333. The center is opened 24 hours.
- Provide the agent details of the flight you want to book (i.e. flight number, travel date, departure and destination) to speed up the process.
- Be sure to use a credit card without foreign transaction fees as the award taxes and fees are charged in Singapore dollars.
The new Singapore Airline award charts on Alaska are quite awesome. It presents the cheapest way to fly to Hawaii. Singapore Krisflyer miles are very easy to accumulate! It is a transfer partner with all four flexible rewards programs including Amex, Citi, Chase and SPG. But transfer is not instant and varies by program. From my experience, it takes anywhere between 24 hours to 3 days for the points to post into Krisflyer account and also keep in mind that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles expire in 3 years, regardless of whether you have activity in the account.
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