A couple of weeks ago Singapore Airlines released virtually all of their premium cabin award availability to Star Alliance partners for a period of about two days.
Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to book Singapore’s top cabin on the Airbus 380, Suites Class, since even Singapore Airlines’ own KrisFlyer members can’t redeem for it at the saver level.
That means the only hope for a Singapore Suites redemption is to book a route that is presently operated by something other than an Airbus 380 in first class, and hope for an aircraft substitution down the road. Just last week Singapore Airlines announced that another one of their Singapore to Melbourne frequencies would be operated by the Airbus 380, and as it turns out many of you booked the flight when the opportunity arose, and are now confirmed in Suites Class.
Well, there’s more good news. Singapore Airlines has just announced that their SQ 1/2 flights, which operate their route between Singapore and San Francisco (via Hong Kong) will be upgraded to an Airbus 380 between December 28, 2012, and March 24 2013. This means anyone presently booked in first class should see their reservation updated shortly to reflect Suites Class. Meanwhile they’re downgrading the New York to Singapore via Frankfurt route to a 777-300ER during that period.
The funny thing is that I didn’t follow my own advice last time around and book a seat between Singapore and Melbourne. I also didn’t have a trip booked in first class between San Francisco and Hong Kong, though I made two bookings for that period of time when the flight is supposed to be operated by an Airbus 380 just a couple of hours ago using KrisFlyer miles for first class. At 140,250 KrisFlyer miles and $336.27 in taxes/fees/fuel surcharges for roundtrip Suites Class between San Francisco and Hong Kong, I’d say it’s a great deal!
And if you have KrisFlyer miles there’s still an opportunity to redeem for these flights. While Singapore has formally made the announcement, they haven’t yet updated their reservations system to reflect the Airbus 380, so there’s still first class award availability at the saver level. Again, this opportunity is only available to those with KrisFlyer miles (not those with Star Alliance miles, since Singapore doesn’t ordinarily release first and business class award space to partner airlines), and I suspect the system will be updated within a couple of hours. While KrisFlyer is partners with American Express Membership Rewards, unfortunately the transfers take around 24 hours, so it’s too late to take advantage of this via that method.
(Tip of the hat to Stefan)