Cheapest ways to fly between Singapore and Europe using Miles/Points from Singapore cards

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Have you been accumulating a lot of miles/points by using the best cards for your spending? In this article, I’ll be ranking the cheapest award flights to/from Europe that you can redeem your hard-earned credit card miles/points for.

Have a look at the other versions of this article, for the cheapest award flights to/from:

  • North Asia (Japan, South Korea, China etc.)
  • US/Canada (New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver etc.)

Singapore Credit Card Transfer Partners

Miles/Points from most credit cards can be transferred to KrisFlyer and Asia Miles. However, as shown in the table below, Citibank cards have many more transfer partners than most others, giving cardholders fantastic flexibility when redeeming for an award flight.

In the Miles Game, flexibility is very important. For this reason, when deciding which card to transact with (between cards with similar earn rates), I recommend picking Citi and HSBC cards over the others.

P.S. Although AMEX has many transfer partners too, they do not have any good cards for earning miles/points.

Frequent Flyer
Program
Citibank HSBC OCBC DBS UOB Maybank American
Express
Standard
Chartered
Singapore Airlines
KrisFlyer
Cathay Pacific
Asia Miles
EVA Air
Infinity
MileageLands

         
Qatar Airways
Privilege Club

           
British Airways
Executive Club

       
Finnair
Plus


           
KLM/Air France
Flying Blue

         
Qantas
Frequent Flyer

       
Turkish Airlines
Miles&Smiles

           
Thai Airways
Royal Orchid
Plus

           
Etihad
Guest

         
Malaysia Airlines
Enrich
           
Vietnam Airlines
Lotusmiles
 
           
Air Canada
Aeroplan
 
           
United Airlines
MileagePlus
 
         
Hainan Airlines
Fortune Wings
Club
 
           
Vistara
Club Vistara
 
           
Japan Airlines
Mileage Bank
 
           
Emirates
Skywards
             
China Airlines
Dynasty Flyer
             
Marriott Bonvoy  

       
Hilton Honors              
Accor
Live Limitless
 
         
IHG
One Rewards

         
  = Poor transfer ratio
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Frequent Flyer Programs and Partner Airlines

These are the top 7 Frequent Flyer Programs (FFPs) that Singapore credit cardholders should consider, when booking award flights between Singapore and Europe:

Frequent
Flyer
Program
Alliance Booking
Link
Singapore Airlines
KrisFlyer
Star
Alliance
All airlines
Cathay Pacific
Asia Miles
oneworld All airlines
Qatar Airways
Privilege Club
oneworld Qatar Airways
EVA Air
Infinity
MileageLands
Star
Alliance
EVA Air
Star Alliance
British Airways
Executive Club
oneworld All airlines
KLM/Air France
Flying Blue
SkyTeam All airlines
Turkish Airlines
Miles&Smiles
Star
Alliance
Turkish Airlines
Star Alliance

Miles/Points from every airline’s FFP can also be redeemed for flights on partner airlines.

For example, miles in Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles can be redeemed for flights on its Star Alliance partners like Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Lufthansa.

Star Alliance

Here are some Star Alliance airlines that you can fly in, between Singapore and Europe:

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • EVA Air
  • SWISS
  • Lufthansa
  • Air India

oneworld

Here are some oneworld airlines that you can fly in, between Singapore and Europe:

  • Cathay Pacific
  • Qatar Airways
  • Finnair
  • British Airways
  • Sri Lankan Airlines

SkyTeam

Here are some SkyTeam airlines that you can fly in, between Singapore and Europe:

  • KLM
  • Air France
  • Garuda
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Cheapest ways to fly between Singapore and Europe

The award rates shown below are only for the lowest rates available on each FFP, ignoring low-value “Advantage”, “Flexi” or “non-promotional” rates that some FFPs offer.

Economy Class

Travellers are usually advised against redeeming miles/points for Economy Class flights as they can often get far better value on Premium classes. For example, Business Class flights from Singapore to Europe cost as much as 500% more in cash (vs Economy), but only require as little as 50% more in miles.

However, travellers who can only travel during peak holiday seasons (when Business Class availability is bad), or have a large family to redeem for can still get good value by redeeming their miles/points for Economy Class flights on some airlines/FFPs, especially when the cash fares are very high.

Here are the cheapest ways to travel between Singapore and Europe, in Economy Class, using miles/points from Singapore credit cards:

Frequent
Flyer
Program
Airline Miles
(one-way,
Economy)
Taxes/
Fees
(estimated)
Flying
Blue
KLM,
Air France
From
25k
~S$140
Asia
Miles
oneworld 27k –
40k
~S$290 –
S$350
Asia
Miles
Finnair 40k ~S$100
Executive
Club
Finnair 30k ~S$90
Executive
Club
oneworld 45k –
55k
~S$200 –
S$350
Privilege
Club
Qatar
Airways
37.5k –
45k
~S$200
KrisFlyer Singapore
Airlines
42k ~S$65
KrisFlyer Air India 49.5k ~S$65
KrisFlyer Star
Alliance
49.5k ~S$150 –
S$350
Miles&
Smiles
Singapore
Airlines,
Air India
50k ~S$65
Miles&
Smiles
Star
Alliance
50k ~S$180 –
S$350
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
EVA Air 50k ~S$180
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
Singapore
Airlines,
Air India
52.5k ~S$65
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
Star
Alliance
52.5k ~S$180 –
S$350

Premium Economy

This is a smaller list, as not all airlines have Premium Economy seats on flights to/from Singapore. On top of that, not all FFPs have the Premium Economy class listed in their award charts.

Here are the cheapest ways to travel between Singapore and Europe, in Premium Economy Class, using miles/points from Singapore credit cards:

Frequent
Flyer
Program
Airline Miles
(one-way,
Premium
Economy)
Taxes/
Fees
(estimated)
Flying
Blue
KLM,
Air France
From
40k
~S$240
Asia
Miles
Cathay
Pacific
50k ~S$300
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
EVA Air 55k ~S$180
Executive
Club
oneworld 65k –
89k
~S$400 –
S$500
KrisFlyer Singapore
Airlines
71k ~S$65

Business Class

Here are the cheapest ways to travel between Singapore and Europe, in Business Class, using miles/points from Singapore credit cards:

Frequent
Flyer
Program
Airline Miles
(one-way,
Business)
Taxes/
Fees
(estimated)
Executive
Club
Finnair 62.5k –
82.5k
~S$100
Executive
Club
oneworld 75k –
135k
~S$350
Flying
Blue
KLM,
Air France
From
70k
~S$280
Privilege
Club
Qatar
Airways
75k –
90k
~S$300
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
EVA Air 75k ~S$180
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
Singapore
Airlines,
Air India
80k ~S$65
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
Star
Alliance
80k ~S$180 –
S$350
Asia
Miles
Cathay
Pacific
84k –
110k
~S$290 –
S$350
Asia
Miles
oneworld 89k –
115k
~S$290 –
S$750
Asia
Miles
Finnair 89k ~S$100
Miles&
Smiles
Air India 90k ~S$65
Miles&
Smiles
Star
Alliance
90k ~S$180 –
~S$550
KrisFlyer Singapore
Airlines,
Air India
103.5k ~S$65
KrisFlyer Star
Alliance
103.5k ~S$150 –
S$350
Redeem miles for Qatar Airways Qsuite Business Class (read my review)
Redeem miles for Singapore Airlines Business Class (read my review)
Redeem miles for Finnair Business Class (read my review)

First Class

This is also a small list as not all airlines have First Class seats on flights to/from Singapore, and not all FFPs allow booking of First Class awards for partner airlines.

Here are the cheapest ways to travel between Singapore and Europe, in First Class, using miles/points from Singapore credit cards:

Frequent
Flyer
Program
Airline Miles
(one-way,
First)
Taxes/
Fees
(estimated)
Infinity
Mileage-
Lands
Star
Alliance
107.5k ~S$65 –
S$400
KrisFlyer Singapore
Airlines
141k ~S$65
Redeem miles for Singapore Airlines First Class (read my review)

Why are some taxes/fees so high?

The taxes and fees on award flights depend on a number of factors:

  1. Airport fees (United Kingdom airports charge over S$300 in “Air Passenger Duty” for long haul flights in a Premium cabin)
  2. Whether the airline carries fuel surcharges (e.g. Singapore Airlines, Finnair and Air India do not)
  3. Whether the FFP passes on fuel surcharges (e.g. KrisFlyer does not, but only on Singapore Airlines flights)
  4. The amount of fuel surcharges (e.g. EVA Air has fairly low fuel surcharges, but Qatar Airways has much more, for a similar flight distance)
  5. Other additional FFP/airline fees (e.g. Privilege Club charges additional fee per award segment, depending on cabin class)

Should you only aim for redemptions with low taxes/fees? The short answer is no.

In some cases, the FFP-airline combination that has lower taxes/fees, also has a much higher mileage requirement.

For example, a traveller can redeem 75k miles + ~S$300 in taxes/fees for Qatar Airways Business Class flights on Privilege Club. With KrisFlyer, the traveller would need 103.5k miles + ~S$62. In short, that’s S$238 less cash for 28.5k more miles (worth S$533)!

While Privilege Club may look like a clear winner here, there are other factors that can influence your decision, because everyone’s a different traveller:

  1. Is there award availability on your preferred route/date/airline/class?
  2. Do you only want to fly direct?
  3. Does the airline fly to your preferred destination?
  4. Do you care about the values of miles?
  5. Are you earning miles much faster than you have time to redeem them?
  6. Do you have miles that are expiring very soon?
  7. Are there any special transfer bonus or award discount offers?
  8. Do you prefer the seat/food/service on some airlines?
  9. Do you feel the need to “make good use” of your airline status by sticking to a particular airline/alliance?

How to search for award space

To check if there is award availability, travellers can visit the respective FFPs’ website. However, most of them are really slow, as they only allow users to search date-by-date or week-by-week.

Search faster with calendar views

For oneworld flights, travellers can search for partner award availability much faster through the calendar view on American Airlines’ website.

For Star Alliance, this can be done on Avianca Lifemiles’ website. However, I do not find the calendar view to be very accurate in displaying award availability.

Use these websites only as a guide and ignore the mileage requirements that are listed. When you see availability, repeat the search on the website of your preferred FFP.

Do note that some FFPs, like KrisFlyer and Infinity MileageLands, may release more award seats on their own airlines. This means that members will not be able to see the additional award availability on partner websites like AAdvantage or Lifemiles.

Independent award search engines

Travellers can also find near-term award availability across different FFPs, airlines or alliances through independent search engines like seats.aero and awardfares.com.

Again, use these websites only as a guide and repeat the search on the website of your preferred FFPs.

Get alerted when there is award space

Travellers can also receive alerts when there is award availability on their preferred date and route, with paid services from websites like expertflyer.com and seatspy.com.

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Bottom line

The “best” award redemption depends almost entirely on your preferences. There is no right answer.

Travellers who earn flexible miles/points through their credit cards will always have the upper hand in finding award availability across multiple FFPs.

I hope that this article gave you the required knowledge to make the best decisions to suit your travel needs, when redeeming miles/points for flights between Singapore and Europe.

7 thoughts on “Cheapest ways to fly between Singapore and Europe using Miles/Points from Singapore cards”

  1. How do you guys search for availability?

    seems like Avianca Lifemiles’ website is down.

    Whats the best free and paid service to search for flight availability ?

    Reply
  2. I am having difficulty in redeeming Qatar Airways flights on Asia Miles. They are available as shown on the AA web site and also on Qatar’s Privilege Club. And there is also an error message except when searching for flights out of Hong Kong!

    Reply
  3. Thanks for the very useful article. My own experience however is that this is true “on paper” but when trying to book a trip to a less travelled country, eg. Portugal, I was unable to find availability on ANY Staraliance airline… Not SQ, not Swiss, not Turkish, nothing of nothing. Not sure if that’s true all the time, but even 8 months ahead I couldn’t get anything on any Airline. On the other hand, I always get seats for my miles with Middle Eastern airlines.
    Will keep looking and keep trying!

    Reply

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