Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary Silkair will start to fold fuel and insurance surcharges into their base fares from March 28.
Both airlines have advertised “all-in” prices since 2008 and this change will have no immediate impact on full-fare tickets, but it will affect members of Singapore Airline’s Krisflyer loyalty programme as fuel and insurance surcharges will no longer apply to redemption bookings from March 23. Applicable airport taxes and fees will continue to apply for redemption awards.
The bad news is the change will increase the number of miles required to redeem for flights in certain zones. The flip side is that the removal of fuel and insurance surcharges will mean cash savings when paying for redemption tickets.
In addition to the removal of these surcharges, Krisflyer members will no longer receive a 15 per cent discount on redemptions when booking online, which will also commence from March 23.
Singapore Airlines is also making adjustments to its redemption award charts for the Saver category in certain zones. These include Zone 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13 for first, business and economy class cabins. A list of examples showcasing how the expected changes will affect the Saver award chart can be viewed on Singapore Airlines’ website.