Which Frequent Flyer Program for flights to each region?

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If you are based in Singapore and do not want the extra work of maintaining miles on different Frequent Flyer Programs (FFPs), I recommend just sticking with Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer. If you are like me, always wanting to squeeze the most value juice out of your miles, read on!

I prefer redeeming my miles on medium to long haul flights only unless if there is a Spontaneous Escape deal between Singapore and Bali which only requires 5,250 miles each way. Most of the redemptions that are worth it to me, are on Business Class and I do not redeem my miles for a premium cabin for flights under 4 hours.

I wrote an article on miles redemption goals which may help if you are not sure about how long it will take for you to accumulate the miles required below.

In this article, I am sharing my preferred FFP on each popular route out of Singapore, along with the number of miles required for a round trip.


Cathay Pacific Business Class Cabin

Cathay Pacific Business Class Cabin

Singapore – North Asia

Economy
Mileage Plan: 25,000 miles on Cathay Pacific

Business
Mileage Plan: 45,000 miles on Cathay Pacific

Singapore – New Zealand

Economy
Krisflyer: 56,000 miles on Singapore Airlines

Business
Mileage Plan: 60,000 miles on Cathay Pacific (requires positioning to Hong Kong)

Singapore – Europe

Economy
Krisflyer: 50,000 miles on Singapore Airlines (to Istanbul, where you can get cheap Economy flights into Europe)

Business
Mileage Plan: 85,000 miles on Cathay Pacific (requires positioning to Hong Kong)

Singapore – North America

Economy
Mileage Plan: 60,000 miles on Cathay Pacific

Business
Mileage Plan: 100,000 miles on Cathay Pacific

Singapore – South Africa

Economy
Krisflyer: 50,000 miles on Singapore Airlines

Business
Krisflyer: 98,000 miles on Singapore Airlines

Conclusion

Some of these redemptions require you to take a second flight, either before or after the award flight. It is worth noting that round trip flights from Istanbul to London goes for about $200 on British Airways and Singapore to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific.

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