Singapore Airlines generally makes their longhaul first and business class cabins unavailable for award redemptions to their Star Alliance partner airlines. While they release this space to their own KrisFlyer members, that means they don’t release that space to those using miles from Aeroplan, United, US Airways, etc.
For whatever reason it appears as if much of this business class (though not first class) award space is presently bookable through AviancaTaca’s Lifemiles program. Availability doesn’t exactly match what’s available to KrisFlyer members, but there are some pretty cool opportunities here.
For example, Singapore is discontinuing service between Newark and Singapore later this year, which is the world’s longest flight, operated by an all business class A340-500. However, at the moment availability is quite good through Lifemiles, with a couple of days available per week on average. The cost of a one-way business class redemption is just 62,500 Lifemiles, which is quite a good value.
Keep in mind that AviancaTaca is offering a 100% bonus on the purchase of Lifemiles through April 30, 2013 for 1.5 cents each. But you don’t even have to purchase 62,500 miles. If you have 40% of the miles needed for a redemption you can purchase the remaining points for ~1.275 cents each.
In other words you can outright redeem 62,500 miles.
Or you can redeem 25,500 Lifemiles (which you can purchase for ~$390) plus a co-pay of $474.58.
That’s under $1,000 for a one-way business class seat on the world’s longest flight (while it’s still around, which is pretty amazing).
You can search availability directly on the Lifemiles website and can best narrow your search by selecting Singapore Airlines as your preferred carrier, as shown below.
This probably won’t last long, so I’d suggest jumping on this ASAP if you’re interested.
(Tip of the hat to Canadian Kilometers)