As most of you are probably aware, Singapore Airlines has not released any first or business class award availability on their new 777-300ER’s or A380’s to Star Alliance partners, but has been releasing them through their own frequent flyer program, although in limited quantities. While I understand their desire to preserve the exclusivity of premium cabins, this becomes increasingly frustrating when planes that used to be the old configuration turn into the new configuration and no longer have availability. We’ve seen these swaps on SFO-HKG-SIN, FRA-SIN, ZRH-SIN, LHR-SIN, and many more routes. The ANA tool even made note of this, saying that awards aren’t available on flights operated by the Singapore Airlines 77W or 380.
Well, it appears the tides have changed. I’m not sure whether this can be attributed to the plummeting premium loads due to the economy or the novelty of the new cabins wearing off, but all of a sudden the above notice is missing from the ANA tool and there are tons of award seats, both in first and business class. There’s plenty of availability from LHR to SIN in business class on the A380, although there doesn’t seem to be any on the return flight (yet). Plenty of other routes are showing availability as well.
The lack of the “warning” message on the ANA tool makes me think this is a policy change and not a glitch, so let’s hope we see more and more availability, as I’d really love to travel on the A380!