Singapore Airlines is one of the world’s best carriers, some would even say the best overall. Their product isn’t just premium at the front end of the aircraft, they pay attention to little details in economy like a bit more legroom; cup holders and foot rests on long haul seats; quality food and one of the best entertainment systems. Service is known to be almost universally good.
What some people don’t realize is that they do not fly just to Singapore. They fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo. They fly from New York to Frankfurt and they fly from Houston to Manchester, England.
They’re a Star Alliance member, which means they’re a partner of United Airlines, but historically if you’ve wanted to redeem miles to travel in anything other than coach you’ve had to redeem Singapore’s own points.
- Book 10-12 months in advance for best availability
- You no longer need to use Singapore’s own miles for business class awards. Both Alaska Airlines and Air Canada Aeroplan now offer long haul business redemption on Singapore Airlines, too.
- But getting Singapore’s own miles is easy, they are a transfer partner of all of the major credit card currencies. And like Alaska and Aeroplan they have no fuel surcharges (on their own flights).
- They also make routes with light bookings available at the last minute through their own program for fewer miles
Each month there are new ‘Spontaneous Escapes’ offered. Currently you can take a 30% discount on specific routes booked by January 31 for travel in February. From the U.S.:
- New York JFK – Frankfurt for 56,700 miles in business
- New York JFK – Frankfurt for 36,400 miles in premium economy
- New York JFK – Frankfurt for 17,500 miles in economy
- New York JFK – Singapore for 56,350 miles in premium economy
- Los Angeles – Tokyo Narita for 51,100 miles in premium economy
- Los Angeles – Tokyo Narita for 26,950 miles in economy
- San Francisco – Singapore for 52,500 miles in premium economy
- San Francisco – Singapore for 29,400 miles in economy
- Los Angeles – San Francisco for 29,400 miles in premium economy
You need to redeem on the Singapore Airlines website. These bookings are non-refundable and non-changeable, and waitlisting is not available.
This month there’s only one business class redemption available, between New York and Frankfurt. But premium economy is available on that and several other routes as well. And the available flights and cabins change each month.
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