Reader USairelite caused quite the riot in the comments section of my post about Lufthansa phantom availability by declaring the following:
Just wanted to let you know lucky that I found a way to get Singapore airlines suites at a very good price 🙂
Naturally I wasn’t the only one that was intrigued. I received dozens of emails from readers saying “Lucky, what’s the secret, I swear I won’t tell anyone.”
Singapore sure has created a lot of hype around their premium product on the Airbus 380, calling it “Suites Class” instead of “First Class.”They’ve not only charged a premium for it on revenue fares, but have also made it almost unattainable with miles, charging more than a million miles for a roundtrip Suites Class ticket between the US and Asia.
Is it really that much better than the competition? Probably not, and I suspect it’s only marginally better than first class on their 777-300ERs, at least in terms of service, food, and entertainment.
USairelite gave me permission to share the fare and since it’s not a mistake fare and seems legitimate enough, I see no reason not to.
Many are familiar with the cheap premium cabin fares out of Colombo, Sri Lanka, though there are also some great premium cabin fares out of Kathmandu, Nepal.
USairelite pointed out that Singapore Airlines has a paid first class fare from Kathmandu to Los Angeles for $3,290 all-in one way, which includes flights from Singapore to Los Angeles (via Tokyo Narita) in Suites Class on the Singapore Airlines Airbus 380.
The fare is bookable on priceline.com among other websites.
Once you enter your dates, routing, and preferred cabin, you’ll get a results page which looks something like this:
You’ll want to go with the option that has SQ12 (which is the Airbus 380) all the way from Singapore to Los Angeles.
When you click the details you’ll see that it confirms you in first class on the Airbus 380:
So, is it worth paying $3,290.30 for Suites?
Well it obviously depends on your financial situation. I doubt Singapore Suites Class is that much better than a lot of other leading first class products, though I do think there’s one thing that makes it pretty unique and awesome. If you’re traveling with a spouse the center two seats can turn into a single bed. So I suppose if you’re in love and have money to blow it would be a pretty awesome experience.
Still, $3,290 is steep… but it’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen Singapore Suites for a longhaul flight.
What do you guys think? Worth it or not?
Thanks again to USairelite for sharing this tip! Mac, it’s your move. 😉