Long story short, I needed to book a very short notice award ticket for my friend from Germany back to the US. And by short notice, I mean less than 24 hours between request and flight departure. I did not have enough Singapore Airlines miles to book a one way from Europe to the US (which costs 27,500 Singapore Airlines miles), so I initiated a transfer from Citi Thank You Points around 8am PT. I was hoping the Singapore Airlines miles would post within a few hours, but that did not happen. I checked every few hours after that, but still no luck. Right before I went to bed (around 11pm PT), I checked one more time, but still no luck. I went to bed and set my alarm for 5:30am PT. Luckily I heard my alarm go off and saw that the miles posted to my account (almost 24 hours after after initiating the transfer).
Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is going well. A few weeks ago, I learned about all the cool things you can do with Singapore Airlines miles (@ the SF Travel Hackers Meetup) and I am tempted to book my first award flight using Singapore Airlines miles. I also heard that point transfers to Singapore Airlines were not instant, so I decided to run a few tests to see how long each transferable points program took to post to Singapore Airlines.
If you were to look at the below screenshot from my Singapore Airlines account, it would look like all the transfers took the same amount of time. Not true. The dates listed below are the dates that I initiated the transfer, not the actual dates when the miles posted. I will go into more detail in the post, but here is the summary of transfer times: