• KrisFlyer rewards increase by approximately 10%
  • Upgrades will require 10% additional miles
  • New stopover restrictions

Yes, it’s getting harder and harder to book a ‘reward’ seat with frequent flyer points – but if you’re sitting on a reserve of Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, now is the time to take the plunge, even if you have to book almost a year on the trail.

From July 5, Singapore Airlines will increase the number of KrisFlyer miles needed to reserve its Saver award seats as well as lock in an upgrade to premium economy class, business class or even first class.

Also up: the number of KrisFlyer miles for booking an award ticket on its Star Alliance partners.

Additionally, Singapore Airlines is ending an “extended layover” loophole with tighter restrictions on how long and how often you can interrupt your trip.

KrisFlyer rewards up around 10%

From July 5, you will need an average of 10% more KrisFlyer miles to get a Singapore Airlines “Saver” award seat.

Here’s a breakdown of one-way flights from Australia – which Singapore Airlines divides into zones based on distance from “Perth and Darwin” and effectively “the rest of Australia”.

Australia (except Perth & Darwin) to Singapore and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam)

  • saving: now 28,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 30,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • premium economy: now 47,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 51,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • company: now 62,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 68,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • first: now 85,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 93,500 KrisFlyer miles

Australia (except Perth and Darwin) to India and the Maldives

  • saving: now 40,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 43,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • premium economy: now 67,500 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 73,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • company: now 84,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 92,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • first: now 116,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5, increase to 128,000 KrisFlyer miles

Australia (except Perth and Darwin) to UK and Europe

  • saving: now 53,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 58,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • premium economy: now 91,500 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5 increasing to 101,000 KrisFlyer miles
  • company: now 116,000 KrisFlyer miles, from July 5, increase to 130,500 KrisFlyer miles
  • first: now 163,000 KrisFlyer miles, starting July 5, increasing to 183,500 KrisFlyer miles

Perth and Darwin travelers will also see an average increase of 10% in the number of KrisFlyer miles needed for award seats – click here to view and download New Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer rewards chart, valid from July 5, 2022.

You will also need more KrisFlyer miles for upgrades on Singapore Airlines and its Star Alliance partners (these fares have increased by approximately 10%), as well as for booking an award match with Star Alliance and other partner airlines . Here are links to view and download the relevant reward charts:

New stopover restrictions from Singapore Airlines

Incorporating a stopover into your KrisFlyer reward booking will also result in certain caveats for bookings made on or after August 1, 2022.

  • Free stopovers on KrisFlyer award journeys will be limited to a maximum of 30 days
  • You will no longer be able to pay $100 to make additional stopovers on your itinerary

As a reminder, KrisFlyer Saver reward round-trip bookings only include one free stopover (no stopovers are permitted within a one-way booking).

The most expensive KrisFlyer Advantage reward bookings include one free stopover on one-way trips and two stopovers on a round-trip booking.

What if I already have a KrisFlyer Singapore Airlines award booking?

Obviously, all current Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer award bookings and new bookings made until July 4, 2022 will escape this increase.

But if you change this premium booking after July 4, the new rates will come into effect.

Singapore Airlines confirms: “The revised reward levels will apply to any changes to your redemption bookings made on or after July 5, 2022. Members with existing redemption bookings who wish to modify their travel plans are encouraged to make the changes before July 5, 2022, for the current reward tiers to apply.

Will I need more Velocity Points to book on Singapore Airlines?

So what does this mean for the popular partnership between Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia?

Singapore Airlines has yet to reveal changes to rewards for non-Star Alliance partner airlines, including Virgin Australia, saying only that these will be “gradually implemented”.

Regarding the number of Velocity Points needed to book a Singapore Airlines flight: these fares are set by the Velocity Frequent Flyer arm of Virgin Australia and are not currently changing, but that does not mean an adjustment is not not on the way.