Singapore Airlines is shaking up its KrisFlyer frequent flyer program, with both good news and bad news for frequent flyers looking to trade their miles for a free or upgraded seat.
Australian Business Traveller has scoped out the changes to bring you this 'need to know' summary.
More seats, but more points
Singapore Airlines says it will be releasing more seats for upgrades, including the fully flat business class seats on SQ's Airbus A380, Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A340-500 aircraft – these are now available at the cheaper Saver Award rate instead of the Standard and Full Awards. But that comes with a rise in the number of miles you'll need to burn on almost every route.
(First class seats, but not the sumptuous better-than-first Suites, will be Saver Award-eligible too.)
You'll now need 55,000 KrisFlyer miles to snare a one-way business class Saver Award flight from Australia (except Perth & Darwin) to Singapore, up 10,000 from the current rate.
A first class seat will set you back 75,000 miles (up from 5,000 miles).
With only 20,000 points difference, first class will now be a more attractive option for a swish getaway when compared with the business class rate.
The 15 percent online booking discount on the usual rate will remain in place.
Europe has also been split into two zones, with Amsterdam, Athens, Copenhagen and Rome requiring fewer miles to burn than other European destinations.
Award flights for SQ's Star Alliance partner airlines will also go up: if you're considering a partner award you'll want to jump on that this month.
Those new mileage charts in full
The new rates will come into effect from 1 March for flights from 1 April.
Saver Awards can be redeemed for first and business class on the A380, 777-300ER and A340-500 from 8 March for flights from 1 April.
So if you're planning a redemption booking around those times, tread carefully and make sure you're getting the best deal.
To assist with your planning, you can download PDFs of the following:
How will the changes affect your travel plans? Are you more or less likely to use SQ's KrisFlyer loyalty program with the new charts? Has it changed your airline allegiance? Share your thoughts with fellow readers in the comments below or drop us a tweet: we're @AusBT.