Asked on 02 Dec 2019
I'm new to this, someone please explain the differences! thanks so much :)
Different airlines have different miles requirement to go to a certain country, just like how different airlines have different price points to the same country. For a start, you can take reference from Krisflyer miles to Tokyo which is 94,000 miles for business class. From the SQ website, there is also a miles calculator where you can see how much miles you need to go to a specific country.
Here's a helpful analogy. Think of miles like currencies, just like SGD and USD. 1 SGD is not the same as 1 USD, in the same way that 1 KrisFlyer mile is not the same as 1 Asia Mile.
A trip to Japan may cost 94,000 miles with KrisFlyer in Business Class, but 122,000 miles with Asia Miles. 94,000 is less than 122,000, but you can't straight out say that KrisFlyer is "better" until you have some metric in your mind of how to value KrisFlyer miles and Asia Miles. It's just like how an iPhone may cost S$600 in Singapore but US$500 in the USA. You can't say it's cheaper in the USA (500 < 600) until you know how to value 1 USD vs 1 SGD.
Where the analogy breaks down is that USD/SGD can be easily converted, but miles cannot (there are exceptions, but the exchange rate is so poor you end up losing value).
Different companies set their miles reward differently.
I think Aaron said it the best when he said miles are like different currencies, like USD vs SGD.
Another point to note is that different mile programs have different partners. For example Krisflyer has a lot more working credit card partners than Asia Miles, so it is much easier to find a credit card that has krisflyer points than one for Asia Miles.
Different airline have different criteria for miles redemption & miles required for redeeming an airline ticket. Best is SIA as there miles can be redeemed in many ways like.
you can redeem them on Krishop
you can convert them to Kris Pay Miles & use them on many retail merchants
You can redeem them in buying scoot flights.
I believe most of the responses here would have shown that the miles differ across airlines. As a reference, here are the three examples on these airlines for your comparison:
I think most people have already answered this question and you have good enough information to get to a conclusion.
My only 2 cents would be - stick to the one loyalty program for as long as possible. I moved countries and its not very easy to restart so I would say, for as long as you can - try and stick to the same miles program.
One program has generally a bucket of airlines however if you are local in Singapore, SQ is the most obvious choice mainly because they have great connectivity to all (mostly all) major cities around the world.
You get to experience the luxury classes of top tier airlines you wouldn't have done using cash.
A bussiness class ticket to Japan costs 45k miles, on a 4mile per dollar card, it's equivalent to 11.25k SGD spend.
Yes it differes for differnet airlines as they have different award charts.
For Japan you will need at least 54k miles to redeem an return economy on SIA. Do take note miles needed keeps increasing over time like inflation so next time it won't be 54k miles.
The redemption of airmiles amount also differs across diferent airlines
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You will need to accumulate different amount of miles to travel to different countries in different seatings.
For example, you will need about 50k miles from Singapore to Tokyo via economy class and 130k miles from Singapore to Tokyo via First class.
If we work backwards and consider 1.2 miles per dollar, i.e. we will need to spend $41,667 and $108,334 respectively in order to fly to Tokyo.
Yes, different airlines may have different calculations.
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