Singapore Airlines used to restrict their ‘best’ premium cabin flights, not allowing saver level award redemption even by their own members. For instance, if you wanted to book first class awards on their Boeing 77W aircraft you would have to pay double miles.
Other than for a brief period at the beginning of July, it’s still been near-impossible to get saver seats for Singapore Airlines premium long haul flights using partner airline miles like those of United or US Airways.
But it’s been quite doable to get seats using Singapore’s own miles. And of course Singapore Airlines Krisflyer is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest. So the points are quite easy to get for many — making it quite possible to get one of the best products in the sky.
However, even after the change to availability earlier in the year, you still couldn’t get “Suites Class” on Singapore’s Airbus A380 flights, even with their own miles, except for at exorbitant prices like three quarters of a million miles or more roundtrip between Singapore and the U.S.
Redemption bookings for Saver Award flights in the Singapore Airlines Suites on board the Airbus A380 are now available.
With the launch of this latest initiative, PPS Club and KrisFlyer members will have the choice and flexibility to redeem all award types in all cabin classes across the Singapore Airlines network. We will be revising our award charts to include the Singapore Airlines Suites, which will be categorised together with First Class award levels for ease of reference.
Despite this change there will not be an increase in the current Saver Award levels for First Class.
They’ve increased the prices of awards that aren’t booked at the saver level, the double miles and last seat availability awards, for both first class and suites. But indeed saver pricing remains the same. And I’m seeing some flights with at least one first class award seat available for A380 suites.
Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles just got incrementally more valuable.