Singapore Airlines offers a Cash + Miles option that allows KrisFlyer members to use their miles to offset the cost of a ticket.
This is not the same as redeeming an award flight, as the table below shows.
||Cash + Miles
||Redeem KrisFlyer Miles
||Any seat available for sale
||Award inventory only
|Taxes & Surcharges
||Can be paid with miles
||Must be paid in cash
|Accrue Miles & Status Credits
||Yes (on cash portion)
|Value Per Mile
With Cash + Miles, you can spend miles on any seat available for sale, regardless of cabin, route, or date. Miles can be used to pay taxes and surcharges, and you’ll earn miles and status credits on the portion paid with cash.
With award flights, you are limited to award inventory, taxes and surcharges must be paid with cash, and you cannot earn miles or status credit on the award ticket.
But before you go away thinking that Cash + Miles is the superior option, consider the value. With Cash + Miles, each mile commands a fixed value of just 0.95 cents. With an award flight, the value is typically much higher than that.
To give a simple example, suppose you wanted to fly to San Francisco:
- Redeeming KrisFlyer miles for a Business Saver award would cost 214,000 miles + S$84
- Paying with Miles + Cash would cost upwards of 651,000 miles (based on a fare of S$6,200)
Assuming you can find a Business Saver award, then a KrisFlyer redemption represents much better value. And even if you can’t, I’d much rather you wait for another opportunity instead of resorting to Cash + Miles.