Going the distance

One question I often get is “How do I make the most out of my KrisFlyer miles?” An appropriate and reasonable interpretation of this question would be “what’s the furthest distance can you go per KrisFlyer mile redeemed?”

Not all destinations are created equal. For example, when Singapore Airlines collapsed Europe zones 1 and 2 into one years ago, it now doesn’t matter whether you’re flying to London or Rome, as both destinations require the same number of KrisFlyer miles redeemed. Even for those zones that have remained unchanged over the years, such as Australia (excluding Perth and Darwin) and New Zealand, you might say that you’re getting more out of your miles if you redeem them to Auckland instead of Brisbane.

And then there is the complication of the type of seats that you might get for certain routes, which have been covered by Milelion earlier.

But let’s just look at within and between zones for now. I have tabulated the number of KrisFlyer miles per nautical mile (KF/nm) travelled for First and Business Class redemptions, and you’ll find several sweet spots within zones, as well as between zones to get the best value out of your KrisFlyer miles. Of course, the lower the KF/nm the better, as it means you get to travel more with fewer miles. For the purpose of this computation exercise, I have picked the furthest destination from Singapore for each zone.

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As you can see from the table above, it generally isn’t worth it to redeem your KrisFlyer miles for premium class travel in zones 2 and 3. However, the sweet spots are really Cape Town and Houston, both of which are served by A350-900 aircraft, featuring the latest cabin products.

So, there you go. Make the most out of your KrisFlyer miles.