Last week I wrote about Singapore Airlines’ policy change whereby they’re finally releasing saver award availability in Suites Class to their KrisFlyer members. Up until that point Suites Class was more or less unattainable on miles, so I was really excited to hear about the policy change.
The downside is that they weren’t yet releasing any Suites Class award availability to the US, and they only opened up one Suites Class award seat per flight. And there’s good news and bad news on that front. The bad news is that they’re continuing to only release a single Suites Class award seat per flight. The good news is that they’ve started opening up Suites Class availability on their North America routes.
As a reminder, the following routes to North America are operated by the Airbus 380:
- Singapore 11/12 between Los Angeles and Singapore (via Tokyo)
- Singapore 1/2 between San Francisco and Singapore (via Hong Kong) between December 28, 2012, and March 24, 2013 only
- Singapore 25/26 between New York and Singapore (via Frankfurt) for all dates except those on which the Airbus 380 operates SQ1/2
Like I said award space is wide open for one passenger per flight at the saver level, so this is quite exciting.
One of the best values has to be Suites Class between San Francisco and Hong Kong for just 70,125 KrisFlyer miles (this factors in the 15% discount you get for booking online, which is reflected at the bottom of the confirmation) and $141.10 in taxes/fees one-way.
Here’s the saver award pricing (including the 15% discount for booking online) for each of the routes to the US that potentially offer Suites Class:
San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore:
Suites Class Saver roundtrip cost San Francisco to Hong Kong: 140,250 miles + $346.08
Suites Class Saver roundtrip cost San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore: 182,750 miles + $688.92
Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore:
Suites Class Saver roundtrip cost Los Angeles to Tokyo: 148,750 miles + $312.15
Suites Class Saver roundtrip cost Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore: 182,750 miles + $725.96
New York to Frankfurt to Singapore:
Suites Class Saver roundtrip cost New York to Frankfurt: 114,750 miles + $556.51
Suites Class Saver roundtrip cost New York to Frankfurt to Singapore: 187,000 miles + $877.44
As a reminder this space is only available using KrisFlyer miles. Star Alliance partner airlines don’t have access to this space. That being said, both American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest are transfer partners with KrisFlyer, so it shouldn’t be too tough to build up a balance with KrisFlyer quickly. For more information on redeeming KrisFlyer miles, see this post.
Singapore Suites is probably one of the most aspirational airline products out there, so this redemption increases the value of Membership Rewards points quite a bit, in my opinion.
I know many will be bummed by the fact that at most one saver Suites Class seat is released per flight, though here’s the upside — you can redeem for the second seat at the “standard” level in most cases, which is roughly twice the price. Think of it as basically paying a 50% premium per person to fly two people in Suites Class, which are points well spent for a special occasion, in my opinion.
Kudos again to Singapore on this move!
(Tip of the hat to Stefan)