As I first wrote about last week, Singapore Airlines is launching a new route between Houston and Manchester, with connecting service to Singapore. This will be replacing their current route from Houston to Moscow to Singapore as of October 30, 2016, given the state of the economy in Moscow.
For those traveling from Houston to Singapore, there aren’t huge implications of this change, as you’ll have to make a stop either way.
However, this route change has a much bigger impact for those traveling between Houston and the intermediate European gateways:
- Singapore’s Houston to Moscow flight featured the best premium cabin products available to Russia, so it’s sad to see those eliminated
- Singapore’s new Houston to Manchester flight will feature the best premium cabin products available between the US and Manchester, so this is a big win for UK flyers
It’s worth noting that the new Houston to Manchester flight is finally bookable with Singapore KrisFlyer miles, which wasn’t the case online until yesterday. As is usually the case, partner frequent flyer programs don’t have access to the premium cabin award space.
Award availability is excellent, and this represents an exceptional use of Singapore KrisFlyer miles.
A one-way first class redemption between Houston and Manchester will cost you 57,375 KrisFlyer miles plus $203.40 in taxes & fees.
A one-way first class award between Manchester and Houston will cost you the same number of KrisFlyer miles, plus 321.64GBP (~$423) in taxes and fees, which includes the hefty UK Air Passenger Duty that’s levied for all flights originating in the UK.
That means a roundtrip Houston to Manchester first class award will cost you 114,750 KrisFlyer miles plus $625.42 in taxes & fees.
If you want to travel business class instead, you’ll end up paying just 8,500 fewer KrisFlyer miles each way, and the fees are $10 lower each way. That means a business class roundtrip ticket costs 97,750 KrisFlyer miles plus $605.42 in taxes & fees.
While the hard products in first & business class are fairly similar, I absolutely think it’s worth paying an extra 8,500 miles plus $10 each way to upgrade to first class, given the superior soft product.
Keep in mind that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all four major transferrable points currencies, so the points are fairly easy to come by.
~115,000 miles for roundtrip first class between the US and Europe is an incredible deal. There are carrier imposed surcharges of ~$200 each way, plus the UK Air Passenger Duty if departing out of Manchester, which you’ll pay no matter what premium cabin product you fly.
I loved my recent flight on Singapore Airlines from Moscow to Houston, though I imagine the new route to Manchester will be useful to even more people. Best of all, award availability is wide open in both first & business class.
Also remember that Singapore Airlines will soon launch a nonstop flight between San Francisco and Singapore, and business class award availability on that flight remains very good. That flight also features Singapore’s newest business class product.
Are you redeeming KrisFlyer miles on any of these new Singapore Airlines flights?