Asked on 02 Dec 2019
This is one of the most important figures you'll need to play the miles game. I personally use 1.8 cents per KrisFlyer mile, down from 2 cents a couple year back. This isn't an exact science- I've based it off the prices I know miles can be bought for (e.g through CardUp, RentHero, annual fees) and the value I know I can get for them.
Since it's a personal figure, I'm curious to hear how others came to theirs.
I use 1.8 cpm personally, but there's no real mathematics behind that, other than reading the opinions of other and then deciding for myself what number would work for me. For citi miles, still 1.8cpm, but a little more valuable due to the number of transfer partners.
I value miles at 1.6 cents per mile - there is no right or wrong answer, nor a proper evaluation to it. This is merely my judgement based on my spending. =)
Also, I never purchase miles as these are unnecessary expenses incurred solely for the accumulation of miles and no other tangible or intangible benefits. Instead, I accumulate miles by the way of spending on a good or service.
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For me, I use the reasonable price/price I am willing to pay for a flight ticket as reference and compare this against the miles required to redeem an award seat. This would mean my valuation of a mile can range from ~1.6cents per KF miles for an economy saver redemption to 4 cents per KF mile for a business saver redemption.
I also take this as meaning I am getting a rebate as high as 16% on cards that generate 4mpd.
Like u said there is no exact science, it's really based on how u use your miles and that's how u'd value them
some people i know value them based on how much they'd have paid by buying from miles brokers while others from cc spend
I follow the conventional crowd wisdom which is 1.8 miles per dollar,. This nalysis is supported by Milelion analysis currently, he seems to be the authority in Singapore;s context of airmiles. If he devalues his perceived value of airmiles, I am likely to follow him based on his extensive research
I value miles at 0.5cpm because I wouldn't pay more for a ticket than what an economy class ticket for the same route or flight would cost.
i.e if a cash economy class return ticket to Bangkok costs $250 on SQ, I wouldn't value the 43k miles it cost me to fly SQ business class there at more than $250.
The Milelion's tagline is flying better for less but I believe that it should be "flying J or F for the cost of a Y ticket".
I'm still using the old 2.0 cpm for easy calculations, but MileLion gives the most accurate information imo.
Meanwhile, I'm squirreling away the miles, 1 transaction at a time (maximizing FCY on my OCBC 90°N @ 4MPD, while it lasts till 28/02/2020).
I would value my miles at 1.8 cents per mile based of citi miles, using that as a benchmark for easier calculation.
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