Our top 10 ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles

GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 5 minutes
POSTED: February 5, 2019
UPDATED: February 5, 2019
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
STATUS: The transfer rate between Velocity and Krisflyer increased by about 15% from January 2019 onwards. Read more here.

If you have a decent KrisFlyer balance, or points that can be transferred to KrisFlyer, then 100,000 KrisFlyer Miles can get you far. We’ve outlined some of the best-value redemptions when it comes to using KrisFlyer miles at or around the 100k balance mark.

In this guide, I outline some of the best-value redemptions when it comes to using KrisFlyer miles, with most for Singapore Airlines’ own flights.

There’s also a 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points on offer with the American Express Platinum Charge card which can be transferred to KrisFlyer at a 2:1 transfer rate – the sign up bonus is far from the only benefit for this card , but it helps justify the $1250 annual fee.

One key thing to note is that the best value redemptions are to be had by redeeming for Premium Economy, Business or First Class flights. To understand why, consider joining the Point Hacks ‘earning more points’ email course.

Fly Singapore Airlines Suites Class between Auckland and Singapore for 85,000 miles one-way

Singapore Airlines Suites Class is one of the best First Class products in the world and is available on routes serviced by the Airbus A380.

You’ll enjoy excellent customer service, delicious food and a wide beverage selection, including Dom Pérignon and Krug.

There are two versions of Suites Class, with Auckland still featuring the older version. If you can find award space, you can book this redemption for 85,000 miles + under $100 taxes from Auckland.

The new version is super luxurious available from Sydney for the same price. We will let you know when the new product is featured on flights to New Zealand.

Read more: our guide to how to use points to book Singapore Airlines Suites Class

Fly Singapore Airlines Business Class from New Zealand to Southeast Asia for 62,000 miles one-way

Singapore Airlines is one of New Zealand’s largest international carriers and most (but not all) of its flights are on lie-flat seats.

You could get the latest A380 seat flying from Auckland over the summer peak period:

the second-generation long-haul 777-300ER product from Auckland for the remainder of the year, and from Christchurch:

or the regional 777-200 Business Class version, flying from Wellington (no lie-flat on these flights).

Read more: our guide to redeeming points on Singapore Airlines’ A350 long-haul aircraft

Get a free or cheap stopover

One of our favourite things about KrisFlyer is that you can get a free stopover on roundtrip Saver awards, or if redeeming a one-way award, you can just purchase stopovers for just US$100 each.

Your stopover options currently include:

  • Asia: Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo
  • Europe: Frankfurt, Manchester and Moscow

Our top 10 ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt

Read more: how to maximise KrisFlyer redemptions by using free or additional stopovers

Fly Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class to Europe or the US from 91,500 miles one-way

Singapore Airlines offers consistently high customer service and excellent food options, making it a good choice for long-haul travel. Plus, there are no fuel surcharges applied to redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights through KrisFlyer.

With a Premium Economy ticket, you’ll get a reclining seat, priority check-in and boarding and the opportunity to Book The Cook—without the price tag of a Business Class flight.

Note that you will not get lounge access as a Premium Economy customer, but if you have a Priority Pass membership with one of these credit cards, then you’re sorted.

Premium Economy is featured on A380, A350 and 777-300ER aircraft, which are the ones that fly to Singapore Airlines’ most far-flung destinations as well as more trafficked routes. Given the configuration is 2-4-2, the seats to aim for are the two closest to the windows on either side of the aircraft. If you are flying by yourself on the ultra-long-haul version of the A350 to Los Angeles or New York, try to grab one of the solo seats in the last three rows.

Here are some figures for common long-haul travel destinations for New Zealand-based travellers (all figures are for one-way travel):

OriginDestinationPremium Economy ClassBusiness Class
New ZealandEurope91,500116,000
US West Coast95,000121,000
US East Coast99,000129,000

Read more: top tips to help you secure an award seat to the US

Fly Singapore Airlines Business Class from Wellington to Melbourne for 62,000 miles return

Singapore Airlines offer a four-hour fifth-freedom flight between Wellington and Melbourne that is bookable using KrisFlyer miles. While the route features the older 777-200 Business Class product, it is still by far the best Business Class product on the route, with the alternative being 737 recliner seats on Qantas .

This route also frequently features in KrisFlyer’s monthly Spontaneous Escapes promotion, with the opportunity to redeem at a lower number of miles.

Fly Singapore Airlines Business Class to South Africa, Israel or The Maldives for 86,000 miles one-way

For 86,000 from New Zealand, you can fly to Singapore, and then onto Johannesburg or Cape Town on the modern A350.

It is also the same price to fly to Tel Aviv and slightly cheaper to fly to Malé.

Read more: how to use your points to get to South Africa

Fly two people in Air New Zealand Business Class anywhere in the South Pacific for 112,000 miles return

You can fly anywhere in the ‘South West Pacific region’—encompassing New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Norfolk Island, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga and Vanuatu—in Business Class on Air New Zealand for 56,000 return per person.

Air NZ 777 Livery

This could take you as far afield as Perth, which is a minimum seven-hour flight from Auckland, so that redemption represents good value.

Be aware that award space on Air New Zealand flights can be a difficult to come by, so plan well ahead if possible.

Read more: Air New Zealand 777 Business Class review

Fly five times between the US West Coast and New York in United lie-flat Business Class for 100,000 miles

United has upgraded its mostly Boeing 757 fleet operating 10+ flights a day from both Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York, with flat-bed seats now standard on these routes.

United Flat Bed

If you can, try to get on one of the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, which have the latest product.

Plus, you’ll get access to the excellent Polaris Lounges at each airport.

Read more: United 787 Business Class overview

Fly lie-flat between the UK and the US or Caribbean and get access to fantastic lounges for 100,000 miles return

From its hubs at London Gatwick and Heathrow, Virgin Atlantic flies to a surprising number of destinations in the US, including New York, Boston, Washington, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and to Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Jamaica and St Lucia.

Its onboard product is a bit squishy but still offers direct-aisle access. Here is a run-through of the entire travel experience:

The real attraction is the lounges! The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses at Heathrow, Gatwick, JFK, Newark, San Francisco and Los Angeles are the pick of the bunch, with modern finishings and à la carte dining.

Read more: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse San Francisco overview

Fly Virgin Australia Business Class from Dunedin to Brisbane for 70,000 miles return

Virgin Australia operates the only international flight from Dunedin, flying to Brisbane four-times weekly on their 737 with recliner Business Class seats. This could be a good redemption for those on the South Island who want to avoid the hassle of a domestic connection.

Read more: Virgin Australia 737 Business Class overview

Jet between the tropics in Hawaii, Central America and the Caribbean for 60,000 miles return

If you can make your own way to and from Hawaii, you can head from there to anywhere in Mexico, Central America (seven countries including Costa Rica, Panama and Belize) and the Caribbean in Business Class for 60,000 miles return (or 35,000 in Economy).

You’ll also get one free stopover, with additional ones just US$100 each.

As you can do an open-jaw ticket within the same region, you could hypothetically do the following itinerary for just 60,000 miles:

Honolulu – Houston (no stopover) – Havana // make your own way to // Aruba – Panama City (free stopover) – Los Angeles – Honolulu

KF 100K Hawaii Central America

Plus, if you fly United, Copa or Avianca, you won’t have to pay fuel surcharges.

Read more: our destination guide to Mexico

Summing up

KrisFlyer miles are some of the most valuable out there, with great-value redemptions on Singapore Airlines a notable highlight.

However, using your miles for travel on Star Alliance airlines and other partners such as Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic can also provide outsized value.

If you want to brush up on how to start your search for an award seat, then check out our beginner’s guide to the KrisFlyer program.

If you want to boost your KrisFlyer balance, you could get the equivalent of 40,000 Krisflyer Miles for signing up for the American Express Platinum Charge and also earn Membership Rewards Points on ongoing spend which is transferable to Krisflyer.

All images courtesy of Point Hacks and respective airlines.


Looking for more inspiration for how to spend your hard-earned frequent flyer points?

Here are some of our Best Uses of Points guides. There may be some overlap but each guide has its own twist.

Our top 10 ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt
Our top 10 ways to get the most out of 100,000 KrisFlyer miles was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt