Let’s face it, we all want to fly the brand spanking new A380, and I’m sure many of us wouldn’t mind doing so in Suites or Business. Of course the reality is that SQ isn’t releasing any award availability in anything but coach, and I doubt that’ll change for at least a few more years, not to mention there’s no way to redeem for “Suites Class (R),” so chances are many of us may never see the front of the plane with our miles, at least in the foreseeable future.
If you have the miles to spare and are able to plan, you may have a shot though. The strategy of booking a certain flight before it’s converted to the aircraft type which doesn’t allow award redemption has long been used, but in this case seems especially tempting.
Well, SQ should be launching the A380 on SQ1/2 (SIN-HKG-SFO-HKG-SIN) for at least a few days a week starting early next year at the latest. So if you have the flexibility and the miles, consider “reserving” a seat on those flights and hope that it turns into the A380. If it does and your reservation is in business, your booking should definitely be honored. If you book in first, I’d say there’s a good chance it’ll be honored, although there’s no guarantee since technically there’s no first on the flight, but just Suites.
If you have the miles, take it a step further, hedge your bets. Make one reservation for flights on a certain day of the week, and another reservation for flights on different days, since it likely won’t be the A380 daily to begin with.
One small tip– getting F availability using Star Alliance miles can be a real challenge on SQ1/2 for some reason, but the availability seems to be quite good using Delta miles, surprisingly. So if you want F, consider getting your hands on some DL miles, preferably from a Platinum Medallion so there are no cancellation fees if it doesn’t turn out to be the A380.