Singapore Airlines Making A380 Suites Awards Available From the U.S.!

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One of the toughest awards in the world has been Singapore Airlines Suites from the U.S. to Singapore. There are only two U.S. routes with this product. The seats are only available to Singapore’s own members. And even then they’re scarce.

But right now we’re seeing plenty of dates in the future with 2 Suites Class saver awards departing the U.S. Using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, which are easy to get transferring credit card points, you can book awards in Suites Class on New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singapore.

Getting Singapore Airlines Miles

Singapore Airlines does not make these award seats available to partner frequent flyer programs like United MileagePlus or Air Canada’s Aeroplan. Instead, there’s generally much better award availability for long haul business and first class using Singapore’s own KrisFlyer miles.

Fortunately, KrisFlyer miles are easy to get because Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner of all the major U.S. transferable points currencies.

Here’s where your Singapore Airlines miles come from:

Singapore miles don’t transfer instantly, in my experience with Chase points and American Express Membership Rewards transfers take 12-36 hours.

How Much Singapore Airlines Suites and First Class Awards Cost

Here’s the award chart for travel on Singapore Airlines (.pdf).

Awards aren’t the cheapest of any award chart, but in many cases they are reasonable. If you book on the Singapore website you get a 15% discount of the prices on the award chart. So, for instance:

  • Los Angeles – Tokyo in suites class is 74,375 miles one-way
  • Los Angeles – Singapore in suites class is 91,375 miles one-way
  • New York JFK – Frankfurt in suites class is 57,375 miles one-way.
  • New York JFK – Singapore in suites class is 93,500 miles one-way.

Worth noting for non-Suites first class:

  • San Francisco – Hong Kong in first class is 70,125 miles one-way.
  • Houston – Moscow in first class is 57,375 miles one-way.

You can have one enroute stopover on a roundtrip award (an additional stopover is available by phone at additional charge).

Singapore Airlines adds fuel surcharges to awards. That’ll vary by destination, they add what a paid ticket would have included, and some destinations like Hong Kong are cheaper than others.

Singapore’s miles expire three years after they are earned. So if you transfer points now, you need to use those points within three years.

General Principles for Booking Singapore Suites Awards

The U.S. routes operated by Airbus A380s are New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singapore and Los Angeles – Tokyo Narita – Singapore. (San Francisco and Houston flights are operated by a Boeing 777 with first class, not Suites Class.)

Traditionally availability of awards from the US to Singapore are almost non-existent. Even when a flight is almost completely empty on the day of departure Singapore Airlines may not release first class award space (although they may release space).

You’ll find award space frequently though not necessarily on a majority of dates Singapore Sydney. You’ll find fantastic space Singapore – Zurich, London, Mumbai and Shanghai to name a few.

Here are 5 things to know if you want to book Singapore Airlines A380 Suites:

  1. Availability is better when the schedule opens than several months out
  2. Availability is better from Singapore to the US than from the US to Singapore
  3. Availability is better on Europe/Oceania routes than US ones
  4. You can waitlist awards, indeed you can waitlist as many dates as you wish. Sometimes waitlists clear and sometimes they don’t.
  5. If you need 2 seats search for 1 saver award and book 1 saver and 1 standard award; the average price across the two may work for you.

Rules are Being Broken! Awards Are Available from the U.S.!

As of this writing there are Suites class saver awards for two passengers on New York JFK – Frankfurt – Singapore [note, this isn’t just the New York JFK – Frankfurt segment, this is all the way to Singapore] on the following dates far into the future:

  • April 2017: 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28
  • May 2017: 3, 9, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 27

There’s also some availability into the future for the return Singapore – Frankfurt – New York JFK. As of this writing two saver Suites class seats are availability for the full route:

  • April 2017: 4, 6, 9, 17, 23
  • May 2017: 5, 6, 7, 26

Earlier months have some availability, too, but not as many dates. Los Angeles – Tokyo Narita – Singapore and back have not opened up availability this way.

Other US routes have first class (non-Suites) availability as well, though, which is impressive in its own right because there’s only 4 first class seats on some Boeing 777s.

(HT: Lazy Travelers)

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Comments

  1. Odd that the individual JFK-FRA and FRA-JFK legs don’t seem to be open in Suites…only all the way to Singapore.

  2. This is my ticket back from Indonesia in 2017. It’s the next great redemption I’m working on. Cathay first class to Bali with AS mi. Singapore suites back to the US via Frankfurt transferred MR’s and TH’s to KrisFlier. Thanks Gary

  3. I have 63k MR points and a ton of UR points.

    I played around with booking on the SQ site. Virtually every flight from say 2 weeks out to 330 days out on SFO-HKG are waitlisted.

    The near-term availability is better. I can get a SFO-HKG First Class award but the return a week later is to be Waitlisted.

    I can’t see transferring points to SQ with this kind of uncertainty. And I’m not buying a separate 5-hour flight to get from SFO to JFK in order to get to FRA, from which I’d have to buy another separate ticket for intra-Europe destination.

    I have to use the 63k MR points for something. I may have to bite the bullet and credit to DL, where I still have some points left.

    Otherwise, most of my UR points will probably end up at UA unless the SQ award options out of SFO improves.

  4. I used these JFK to Frankfurt. With my wife. I did not like them at all. The seats do not go back all the way. If you want the bed you have to engage the flight attendant and stand in the aisle till done. The lay flat is not comfortable and too high As soon as I was in it I wanted to go back to the regular seat but it did not redline enough. Flight attendants and crew were great no reflection on them or the service. Seats just sucked.

  5. Let’s say I book a JFK-SIN saver award and pay the $100 fee to have a stopover in FRA. Is the award dependant on having a saver award for both JFK-FRA and FRA-SIN flights?

  6. There are TWO levels of award not three! (this changed a week or two ago). Saver and standard.

    (Booking standard awards online earns the 15% discount and a free stopover can be booked online although the standard awards are about double the points over the saver awards. Standard awards are relatively very easy to get).

    There are EIGHT not four first class sets on 777s with a first class.

    Great info in the article!

  7. Wrong, there are 777s with 8 seats and newly retrofitted ones with 4 seats. Both are currently operated by SQ.

  8. @Platy – Jon is correct, there are some 777s with 4 (the ones that have already been retrofitted) and some with 8 first class seats. 8 was the old standard.

  9. This is a silly question but does that mean I can only fly out from JFK or Los Angeles within the US? Thank you!

  10. @Sunny A380 is offered only ex-JFK and LAX. Singapore Airlines offers 777s from SFO (to Seoul and Hong Kong) and Houston (to Moscow) all of which continue on to Singapore as well.

  11. @Dave – True, the CX HKG-DPS would be Business Class. The 15hr CX JFK-HKG leg would be first, that’s all I really care about. If you have a same day connection in HKG even if you’re arriving in First, but leaving in Business, I hear the first class lounges are good about accommodating. I think that means I need the 1:30am JFK-HKG flight though that gets in HKG at around 5am. If anyone has experienced being able to get into first class lounges on the following day after an overnight in HKG leaving in CX business, let me know.

  12. @wco81 – Why not open a no fee Amex Everyday card to extend your points? The Gold and Green cards are also MR cards with a $0 first year fee.

  13. I found saver award for the suite class from LAX to HKG via NRT and SIN. Singapore website and app both indicate the ticket requires 82500 miles. However, when I click on it, the required miles jump to 123250. Any idea what is happening here?

    Thank you for the update about SQ award availability.

  14. Gary, I see that you mentioned Singapore to Sydney. I need 5 Economy Saver tickets in July 2017, but seems like there are only 2 tickets for each flight in the whole month. I mean, Singapore Airline have 2 saver awards for most of the flights everyday, but just 2. Not even 3 awards.

    My question. If I booked 2 saver awards, do you think it would open up 2 more immediately? I recall booking Thai Airways from BKK to LHR, 1st booked 4 tickets as that was the max available. 2 days later, I checked again and more saver award opened up and I booked the last 1.

    Thanks
    Sean

  15. Hey,

    Is business class not available for savers from Singapore – New York (return) ? I tried looking for several dates and all are showing “Not Available” Please advice. Thanks

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