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As of October 11, 2018, Singapore Airlines will be resuming the world’s longest flight, between Singapore and Newark. At 9,500 miles and about 18 hours in each direction, this will be a really long journey. Singapore Airlines will be using their new A350-900ULR for this flight, as they’re the launch customer for the plane type.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is interested in trying Singapore Airlines business class on this flight, even if I can’t decide whether 18 hours sounds like fun, or just too long.
Unfortunately Singapore Airlines hasn’t had any saver level award availability in business class on this flight, which isn’t too surprising. In order to make money on this flight they’re going to need good yields, and award seats don’t contribute all that much towards that. There has been nothing available in business class at the saver level (which would cost 92,000 miles one-way), though there has been some availability at the standard level (130,000 miles one-way).
If you want to try Singapore Airlines business class on the world’s longest flight, there are some phenomenal fares available for travel originating in Ahmedabad, India. Specifically, you can fly one-way Singapore Airlines business class from Ahmedabad to Newark for ~$1,330:
If you choose to fly roundtrip, you’ll pay a little less than double the one-way cost, as a ticket costs ~$2,400:
The fare is available through the end of the schedule, so you can travel anytime between October and next May.
Those are some incredible fares for this much flying, as the roundtrip journey covers over 24,000 flown miles.
The tickets book into the “D” fare class, so here’s a listing of all the programs you can credit those miles to. While you can credit to all Star Alliance programs, my pick would be crediting to Alaska Mileage Plan, where you’d earn 100% elite qualifying miles and 200% redeemable miles, before factoring in any elite bonuses.
I had booked a one-way Singapore Airlines standard award from Newark to Singapore for 130,000 miles, though I’m tempted to cancel that and instead book a ~$1,330 one-way ticket from India to Newark using this fare, because it’s a much better value.
Obviously for most people some positioning would be required, though there are quite a few airlines flying to Ahmedabad, including Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Air India, and Jet Airways.
As usual for international fares, you won’t find similarly good fares for travel originating in Newark or Singapore. Airline pricing is a complex art (or just plain irrational?), so this kind of variation in fares is pretty normal.
If you do book one of these tickets and have access to US credit cards, make sure you maximize the points you earn. The Platinum Card® from American Express offers 5x points on airfare purchased directly with airlines, which is a great option if you’re booking directly with the airline. Meanwhile the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card offers triple points on airfare purchases, and also offers fantastic travel coverage in the event of irregular operations.
Anyone else considering booking one of these great fares?
(Tip of the hat to str1der2903)