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At times it’s easy to get discouraged in this game we play. I’ll be the first to admit that I feel like award availability in general is in a bit of a slump at the moment, at least as far as truly “aspirational” first class products go. That’s at least true if you’re trying to book way in advance, which I know many people try to do (as is often pointed out, not everyone has my flexibility).
Therefore I think it’s nice to sometimes point out aspirational routes where there is a fair amount of award space. The route I’m talking about in this post doesn’t have an earth shattering amount of award space, but I do think it’s worth being aware of, given that it’s one of the world’s best first class products.
I’m talking about Singapore Airlines Suites Class, which has long been considered one of the world’s best first class products.
It’s also home to the double bed in the sky, if you’re traveling with someone.
The food doesn’t suck either.
Selecting champagne can be downright tolling.
Singapore Airlines has two US routes which are operated by A380s, and therefore offer Suites Class (meanwhile their 777s “just” have first class):
- Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita to Singapore
- New York to Frankfurt to Singapore
In both cases you can fly with Singapore on just a portion of the journey, like just Los Angeles to Tokyo or just New York to Frankfurt.
While I take the New York to Frankfurt flight quite frequently and love it, the reality is that it’s a really short flight, so it’s tough to “maximize” a six hour transatlantic flight. By the time you’ve enjoyed the meal service and napped for a few hours, you’re already at your destination.
The more exciting route is Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita to Singapore, as it’s a longer journey on which to enjoy the service.
Therefore I think it’s worth pointing out that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is making a good amount of Suites Class saver award space available on the Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita flight, which becomes bookable 355 days before departure.
With this you can fly:
- Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita in Suites Class for 74,375 KrisFlyer miles plus $68.30 one-way
- Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita to Singapore in Suites Class for 91,375 KrisFlyer miles plus $276.11 one-way
Best of all, in many instances there are two saver level award seats available, meaning you can enjoy the double bed (if so inclined).
What makes this award most attainable is that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all four major transferrable points currencies:
- American Express Membership Rewards (points earned on the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, etc. )
- Chase Ultimate Rewards (points earned on the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Plus® Business Credit Card, etc.)
- Citi ThankYou (points earned on the Citi Prestige® Card, Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, etc.)
- Starwood Preferred Guest (points earned on the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American Express, etc.)
Anyone who is earning even a decent number of points through these programs should be able to pull off such an award.
Also keep in mind that for an extra $100 you can book a stopover on a one-way award, meaning you can fly from Los Angeles to Singapore with a stopover in Tokyo.
If you book a year out and change your mind, Singapore KrisFlyer also has extremely reasonable change and redeposit fees, so you’re not “out” much.
While there’s not some unheard of amount of award space on the route, I do think it’s occasionally worth posting a reminder about routes which are very feasible a year out, even for two passengers. It’s especially useful since Singapore KrisFlyer is partners with all four major transferrable points currencies. And not to be too suggestive, but KrisFlyer hasn’t devalued their award chart in a while, so I doubt you’ll ever find a better time to redeem KrisFlyer miles than now.
This is an award you’ll want to snag in advance, given that it can be really tough to snag closer to departure.
Have you redeemed miles for Singapore Suites Class yet? If so, for which route?
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