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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Posted (6 years 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5504 times:

I have quite a lot of mileage on my KrisFlyer account but as I now live in Europe I would like to use the miles to get an award ticket between European airports. The KrisFlyer website only gives the possibility to book award flights online on SIA flights. If you want book a flight on another Star Alliance carrier, you have to send a fax to their customer service.

My question is: how do I find out how many miles are needed for an award ticket on, say, Austrian Airlines for a flight from Vienna to somewhere else in Europe? Is the amount equal to whatever Austrian would request for a similar flight?

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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 5496 times:



Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
My question is: how do I find out how many miles are needed for an award ticket on, say, Austrian Airlines for a flight from Vienna to somewhere else in Europe? Is the amount equal to whatever Austrian would request for a similar flight?

The answer is "no" as per what is stated on http://www.staralliance.com/en/trave...benefits/star_alliance_awards.html

-HT



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User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5464 times:



Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
My question is: how do I find out how many miles are needed for an award ticket on, say, Austrian Airlines for a flight from Vienna to somewhere else in Europe?

Hi there. I am an SQ member and used to live in EUROPE and used their services a lot.

Best bet is to hop onto krisflyer.com and you can check the amount of miles need using the calculator - selecting Star Alliance carrier as the option. I don't know if it does for example London to Tel Aviv (as it would be 2 sectors - LHR VIE TLV or LHR ZRH TLV or LHR FRA TLVA... if you get what I mean, but it works well for point to point e.g. VIE to LHR.

So once you work it out, I find the best way is to speak to an agent direct. The numbers are here:
http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_U...service/contact.jsp??v=1567055761&

They usually need between 1 and 24 hours to confirm it as they have to request with the partner airline and get back to you with an email itinerary. The availability is usually brilliant - compared to trying to redeem QF points on oneworld airlines!

Good luck and let me know if you need anymore assistance


User currently offlineBigvince76 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5457 times:



Quoting Ansett767 (Reply 2):
Best bet is to hop onto krisflyer.com and you can check the amount of miles need using the calculator - selecting Star Alliance carrier as the option. I don't know if it does for example London to Tel Aviv (as it would be 2 sectors - LHR VIE TLV or LHR ZRH TLV or LHR FRA TLVA... if you get what I mean, but it works well for point to point e.g. VIE to LHR.

Just a small off topic point but BD fly direct LHR-TLV daily and they are *A.

Back to the point, a useful tool for finding out what award seats are available it provided by ANA. Go to their website and join the frequent flyer program. This gives you access to the neat search tool that tells you what you can and can't book. Just one more tip, with taxes and charges short haul flights are not really a good value way to use miles, it is often better to to use them for long haul in premium classes.

You will find a lot more info at www.flyertalk.com this is a forum dedicated to earning and spending miles. Have fun.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 days ago) and read 5448 times:



Quoting Bigvince76 (Reply 3):
Just one more tip, with taxes and charges short haul flights are not really a good value way to use miles, it is often better to to use them for long haul in premium classes.

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One only gets the basic fare for one's miles - all the fuel surcharges and taxes amount for considerable amounts of money.

LH's Miles&More offers the option to pay for surcharges & taxes with extra miles. It also gives discounts on miles needed if booking 2 weeks and less in advance for the outbound flight (but of course, there is the rsik that certain connection have become unavaillable by then of they are popular).
When booking one-ways as award flights you pay a penalty as you have to hand in more than 50% of the return air miles (AF/KL Flying Blue in contrast is based on oneways for no penalties).
-HT



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