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Asked on 09 Dec 2019

Are there any scenarios whereby it's worth it to redeem economy/ premium economy with miles?

What would justify redeeming economy/premium economy seats with miles? i know most miles junkies would be disgusted with this "wastage" of miles but are there scenarios where it's justified?

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Wallace Chai
Wallace Chai
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 12 Dec 2019

Hi, yes you are right. Usually people wont do it because the miles usage is usually very high. If there is an expiry date for your miles and usually you do not hit enough miles for business class, you can choose to redeem economy seats. Rather than just waste the miles away.

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Bjorn Ng
Bjorn Ng
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 12 Dec 2019

I honestly think it depends on individual. If you feel like redeeming some miles for your family, even if on economy, it will always be worth even more value. Personally, I would only redeem for business class, because it'll feel more "shiok". Generally speaking, I would be able to part with my money for Economy class, but don't know why I don't want to spend on business class, unless it is "free" (though I know technically it's not la haha)

It's all about perspective - If you feel it's okay then it doesn't really matter what other "mile junkies" think!

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I'd only do so if economy prices are very high, this would probably mean during peak travel seasons. Or if there are little or no taxes to be paid on an award ticket, and the revenue ticket cost is not cheap either.

Specifically for KF, spontaneous escapes are another good time to redeem economy, some value can be had from this.

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Choon Yuan Chan
Choon Yuan Chan
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 09 Dec 2019

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Sanchit
Sanchit
Level 6. Master
Answered on 24 Dec 2019

I would say 2 scenarios for me

  1. Miles are expiring anyways

  2. I dont have enough for business and I know I will not have enought by then

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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh, Director at Seniorcare.com.sg
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 24 Dec 2019

The only scenario i can think of that its worth to redeem economy class:-

  • you have miles that are expiring and you better use it before they are gone

  • and that is either you have only enough miles to use the economy, (or cash + miles for economy).

  • Or business class is full, and you can't wait any more because your miles are expiring​​​

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Keith Ng
Keith Ng
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 23 Dec 2019

I redeemed an economy ticket once, a week before christmas. The revenue price was almost $1k and Business Class was on waitlist. At $1K revenue price, redeeming for economy suddenly became worth it.

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Kc Ng
Kc Ng, Chief Geek at WTF Technology PTE LTD
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 13 Dec 2019

Redeeming miles for economy class will make sense if the ticketed prices are high, like holiday seasons or sectors like SIN - PVG for example.

If you want to use less miles, wait for SQ Spontaneous Escapes for a (usually 30%) discount. Take note that tickets for this promo is usually for travel in the next month after (with exception of USA flights which may be 2 months ahead at times).

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Brandon Ho
Brandon Ho

13 Dec 2019

Hey! I've dropped you an email to further discuss this— it's sent to the email linked to your Seedly account. Look forward to hearing from you soon! :)
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jiajing wang
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 12 Dec 2019

If It isn't long haul, fly for free with your family or whatsoever.. The memories are more worth than flying business class alone

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Jacob
Jacob
Level 6. Master
Answered on 09 Dec 2019

Hey there, everyone's perception of value may differ so definitely there is no definite answer to this. For one, choosing between 2x return Economy tickets (to Melbourne and Dubai) and 1x return Business class ticket (to Melbourne) is a good gauge of what you value more - quantity of flight experiences or the quality of these experiences. And these are provided you are flying alone.

If you have a company to enjoy these experience with and they are only flying Economy, then it could be worthwhile to fly Economy together with them in order to share the flying experience together.

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It depends on your needs.

Personally, if I'm single and travelling alone, it will be a lifestyle to travel in business class or first class.

However, if I'm married and travelling with partner or family, it will be a basic fulfilment to be able to travel via economy or even premium economy.

While the upfront value of miles may not justify the value of an economy ticket, I find more value in travelling with my family without paying for a flight. Hence, it is worth it. =)

Here is everything about me and what I do best.

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