SQ started making partner award space available for online redemption via Krisflyer on December 7, but the roll out was a mess and only two airlines, Lufthansa and Air NZ, were available on the day of launch.
I reached out to SQ on launch day and was told that:
We’d like to share that online redemption for Star Alliance carriers are being progressively rolled out. Please contact KrisFlyer Membership Services if your preferred Star Alliance airline does not appear in your search results. In such instances, service fees for Star Alliance redemptions done offline will be waived. Thank you.
Well, Matthew and I have been playing around with the booking engine in the days since and am pleased to report that we’ve found more partner airline awards now available for booking. Here’s what we found:
EVA is great at releasing award space to partner airlines, and you can finally find their seats on Krisflyer’s online booking engine. Here’s a sample routing to YVR via TPE in business class.
EVA has a very excellent full flat business class product that it operates on routes to Singapore, and should be your choice over SQ’s awful A330s.
Air Canada and Air China
This is a business class booking I found, also to YVR, combining Air China’s A330 and Air Canada’s 77W.
Don’t be so quick to pooh pooh Air China, they might not be an aspirational airline but they’ll at least give you a full flat seat on their A330s. Check out The Shutterwhale’s review here.
Air Canada has an excellent reverse herringbone business class product on their 77Ws and I’m looking forward to giving this a try in 2018.
Turkish Airline business class space was found between IST and JFK.
I’ve reviewed TK’s business class before and it’s one of the more interesting experiences you’ll get in the sky. Electronic candlelight dining in a darkened cabin with a personal chef? Yes please.
Intra-Europe business class might not be a dream redemption, but hopefully the fact that we could find this means there’s long haul space to be found too.
No point showing you photos of intra-Europe business class, but here’s SAS’s gorgeous long haul business class on the A330. I really, really need to figure out how to try this.
Again, not what you’d call a must-fly, but it’s good to know that Aegean space is appearing for online redemptions too.
Airlines we couldn’t find
We didn’t find any award space on the following carriers, but it doesn’t mean it’s not out there. If you find any give a holler on the comments below
- Air India (heh)
- South African Airways
- Swiss (but they hardly release award space to anyone)
- LOT Polish Airlines
- Brussels Airlines
- Thai Airways (surprising)
- Shenzhen Airlines
- TAP Portugal
- Ethiopian (what’s really interesting is that SQ’s online booking engine doesn’t even recognise the ADD airport code)
- Adria (ditto, SQ doesn’t recognise Ljubljana LJU)
- Copa (SQ doesn’t recognise PTY)
We’ll continue to monitor this and update this post as more partner awards come online.