It’s a sad day when a frequent traveler has to cancel a Singapore Air First Class award. That is exactly the situation I find myself in this weekend.
I was amazed by the Singapore Air Business Class product when I flew them last month. I can only imagine First Class is even better.
So needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to book two Singapore Air tickets using United miles during the Singapore Air First Class booking frenzy earlier this year. I transferred Chase Ultimate Rewards points to top off my United Account and booked two First Class awards to the Maldives for 140,000 each.
We also booked a 6 night stay at the Park Hyatt Maldives. We already cancelled this award reservation and received a full refund of our Hyatt Golf Passport points.
In the end, the timing of the trip was the issue and we now have to cancel the entire trip.
Strategy To Cancel And Redeposit Miles
Since I have no United elite status, I’ll incur a fee to get the 280,000 United miles redeposited back into my account.
Instead, my plan is to change my ticket to an award that requires fewer miles, like a 5,000 mile Hawaii intra-island award. Apparently United will refund the difference in both miles and taxes paid. So if all goes as planned, I’ll receive about 270,000 United miles and about $200 back in taxes and fees. But I haven’t tried this approach yet so I can’t say for sure if it will work.
So what do you think about cancelling the Singapore Air award and mile redeposit strategy?
I’ll report back on the results in a week or two once I can sit down and cancel the award.