Earn Singapore Miles For Travel On JetBlue

Revenue based frequent flyer programs — like those offered by JetBlue and Southwest — are popular with consumers because of how simple they are. Each point gets you a certain amount of “credit” towards the cost of a ticket, so no one is at an information disadvantage when it comes to redeeming points.

Meanwhile I love frequent flyer programs with award charts, since you can typically get disproportionate value out of your points if you know how to redeem them. In other words, those not well versed on the programs may get terrible value, while those in the know will be sleeping in a double bed at 35,000 feet. šŸ˜‰

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New KrisFlyer & TrueBlue partnership

ThisĀ brings me to the exciting new partnership between JetBlue TrueBlue and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, whereby members of both programs can earn miles for travel on one another.

In my opinion JetBlue offers the all around best domestic flying experience, and in many ways I find their main cabin product to be almost as good as domestic first class. But the lack of a lucrative frequent flyer program prevents me from flying with them more.

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While I’m not sure that will change overnight, it is quite exciting that it’s now possible to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for travel on JetBlue, and vice versa.

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JetBlue & SingaporeĀ accrual charts

Here’s theĀ Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer accrual chart for travel on JetBlue:

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As you can see, you earn KrisFlyer miles for travel on JetBlue at the following rates:

  • 125%: J, C, D, I (Mint Class)
  • 100%: Y, E, K, H, Q, B, L, V, R, W, M
  • 50%: Z, O, U, S, P

And here’s the JetBlue TrueBlue accrual chart for travel on Singapore Airlines:

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Meanwhile you earn TrueBlue miles for travel on Singapore Airlines at the following rates:

  • 1 Point PerĀ 1Ā Mile Flown: Z, C, J, D U
  • 1 Point Per 2 Miles Flown: S, T, P, Y, M, E, M, H, W, L

Should you credit JetBlue flights to KrisFlyer?

I consider the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program to be fantastic, given thatĀ Singapore only makes most of their premium cabin award space available to members of their own program. Add in the reasonable redemption rates and generally good availability, and it’s a winning program.

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Let’s focus mostly on earning KrisFlyer miles for travel on JetBlue, and not the other way around.

I figured I’d run through a couple ofĀ scenarios to see whether it makes sense to credit JetBlue flights to Singapore.

Say you book a cheap one-way ticket between Tampa and New York. The ticket cost is $78 before taxes. With JetBlue you earn 6x points per dollar spent, assuming you book directly with them. That means you earn ~468 TrueBlue points. Meanwhile if you credit to KrisFlyer, you’d earn ~503 miles (50% of the distance from Tampa to New York).

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On the other end of the spectrum, let’s look at booking a Mint Class ticket between New York and Los Angeles. The fare before taxes might be $590, so if you’re earning 6x points per dollar spent, that’s ~3,540 TrueBlue points. If you credited to Singapore, you’d earn ~3,100 KrisFlyer miles.

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For what it’s worth, I value KrisFlyer miles at ~1.6 cents each, while TrueBlue points can be redeemed for ~1.4-1.5 cents each towards the cost of a ticket on JetBlue.

Bottom line

This is a fantastic new option for JetBlueĀ flyers. While I think JetBlue’s program is good for a flexible program, I still prefer earning an aspirational points currency whenever possible. And in this case the “return” seems to be similar when crediting to KrisFlyer compared to TrueBlue, which isĀ great.

One other thing worth noting is that if you book JetBlue travel through anywhere other than JetBlue’s website, you only earn 3x points per dollar spent. That could be an instance where it’s especially compellingĀ to credit to Singapore Airlines as well.

What do you make of the new partnership between KrisFlyer and TrueBlue? Will it change your behavior?

Comments

  1. Do you know if this is available immediately? Next weekend I’m flying Virgin America and crediting to SQ so it would be amazing if on my return on JetBlue (Mint!) I could do the same,

  2. Another example: I just paid $400 for a JFK-SFO roundtrip. I booked the fare with a checked bag so I get 4 bonus points for the booking and 3 for flying. $400*7=2800 trueblue points. My fare is S one way and Z the other so I would get 50% of miles flown or 2586 Krisflyer miles. It seems pretty even in this example and your examples and you should probably credit to the program you are more likely to use.

  3. Question I feel like a rookie for having to ask, but where do I find my Jetblue fare class? I can’t seem to find it.

  4. @James K. I looked on ITA matrix to find mine. I had already booked, but my flights were still available at the same fare when I looked. You could do the same if you are about to book a flight. I’m not sure if you can find it on JetBlue.com when booking.

    I think after you book you can dig into the trip information to see the fare basis (I’m getting an error right now, but it should be possible).

  5. I booked a RT flight on Jetblue and was wondering where to credit the miles to as they didn’t have any good partners to credit too when I booked last month. So glad that Krisflyer is now an option (since I can transfer in reward currencies from multiple credit cards) and it’s also useful how you put all the information in one place as I was trying to find it myself yesterday.

  6. I am Jetblue Mosaic and get an additional 3 points per dollar spent. It looks like Krisflyer miles are never a good choice when you are Mosaic. Correct?

  7. @ James K. — Not a rookie at all, they make it difficult to find. One place it’s shown is in the fare rules. Take a look at the first letter of the fare basis, which should tell you the fare code.

  8. Also I take exception to this: “In my opinion JetBlue offers the all around best domestic flying experience, and in many ways I find their main cabin product to be almost as good as domestic first class.”

    JetBlue has slowly been shrinking their legroom to the point where it is barely special anymore. They now charge for a checked bag as well. Their TV’s are tiny compared to some of the new offerings such as those on DL’s 757s 767s that fly transcons. Only having a tv option versus a tv+movies and other on demand programming is way behind their competitors.

    5-10 years ago, JetBlue was by far the best domestic economy travel. Today, it is much closer to the mean. If you have any elite benefits on another airline, that airline will probably be better.

  9. Being based in Hong Kong (and the occasional trip to SP) the ability to earn Krisflyer miles is a prime motivator for me. While flying stateside in the past I’ve often tried to relegate myself to routes conducive of my primary US plan (currently AA), but this should open up a range of possibilites.

  10. So, I’ve got a future B6 booking and called this morning to have my SQ KF account # added to the record. The agent told me not possible to earn credit on SQ for travel on B6. Is this correct? Certainly doesn’t seem so based on what I’ve read. Or is this a case of hang up and call again? TIA.

  11. @Mae

    No you can not transfer points from one program to another, you can however earn miles with Krisflyer when flying Jetblue in the future.

  12. So, it it possible to earn Kris Flyer miles when flying on JetBlue? I’ve called JetBlue several times to inquire about this. Each time I’m told it’s not possible which is not what I’ve read here and elsewhere. Help anybody?

  13. I recently transferred 400,000 miles to Singapore airlines from Amex. Due to illness may not be able to take trip. Can I put them back in amex or alternately in jetblue?

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