“Cuddling” on flights to/from the US just got easier!
Perhaps one of the most aspirational airline products in the world is Singapore Airlines’ Suites Class, which is available exclusively on their A380 aircraft. I’ve flown Singapore Airlines Suites Class from San Francisco to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Singapore, and it is indeed a pretty unique product. As of now it’s the only product on a commercial airline with a “double bed” in the sky.
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class double bed
But for the longest time this product wasn’t available with miles at the saver level. Instead, Singapore only made Suites Class available at the highest award level, meaning you’d pay over a million KrisFlyer miles for travel between the US and Asia. Then in late 2012 they changed that policy and began releasing Suites Class award availability at the saver level, initially only to Australia and Europe.
Then within a couple of weeks they began releasing Suites Class availability to the US as well, though at most one seat per flight.
Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class
Anyway, it looks like Singapore has recently changed their policy on releasing saver level award space to the US. Reader Nick notes that Singapore Airlines is now releasing two saver level Suites Class award seats on some flights to the US. Ironically this is at a time where Singapore is also the stingiest I’ve seen when it comes to releasing Suites Class award space to/from the US since introducing the option.
For what it’s worth, Singapore seems to be releasing two saver award seats per flight mostly on their Los Angeles service (via Tokyo Narita), which is flight SQ11/12.
Also keep in mind that premium cabin longhaul redemptions on Singapore are typically only available directly through Singapore’s own KrisFlyer program. So you won’t be able to redeem partner miles for this.
In terms of the cost of such an award, Singapore KrisFlyer charges 91,375 KrisFlyer miles plus just under $500SGD (~$400USD) in taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges, for a one-way redemption between Singapore and Los Angeles.
As subtle as this change may seem, this is really exciting. Suites Class is no doubt more fun if traveling with a significant other, and that just became much easier out of the US. Now if only being in a functional relationship were as easy as finding Singapore Suites award space!