Singapore Airlines Business Class Awards Wide Open on New San Francisco – Singapore Non-Stop

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Last month Singapore Airlines announced non-stop service San Francisco – Singapore operated by an Airbus A350-900, commencing October 23.

There’s no first class, but it does have one of my favorite business class products. (And don’t forget you can “Book the Cook”.)


Singapore Airlines Business Class, Boeing 777-300ER

This past week I wrote about Singapore’s San Francisco – Singapore flights on sale for $648 roundtrip in economy, including the inaugural flight. (Although the real sweet spot is buying premium economy and upgrading to business class which should be available almost all the time.)

When the flight first loaded into inventory, there were no business class award seats available. That’s changed. There’s now business class award space — 2 to 4 seats at a time — using Singapore’s own KrisFlyer miles more days than there aren’t.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer charges 68,000 miles each way when booked on their website. (Booking by phone forfeits the ‘15% discount’.) Taxes and fees total around $250.

These seats aren’t generally bookable using miles in partner Star Alliance airline programs unfortunately — you need to use Singapore’s own miles.

Getting Singapore Airlines Miles

When you credit United Airlines flights to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, you earn full mileage flown (1 mile earned for 1 mile flown) on nearly all fares.

What’s more, Singapore Singapore Airlines Krisflyer is a transfer partner of all the major transferrable points currencies.

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $625 in travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards® but you can transfer points 1:1 into airline miles including Singapore’s instead.

    You can earn another 5,000 bonus points when you add your first authorized user to the account and make a purchase in the same 3 months from account opening. The card earns 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide. There’s an introductory annual fee of $0 the first year, then $95.

  • Citi ThankYou Rewards: Citi Prestige Card offers 50,000 points after $3000 spend within 3 months as a signup bonus. It offers triple points on air and hotel spending and double points on dining and entertainment. (Offer expired)

  • Starwood Preferred Guest: Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express earns the the single most valuable points currency.

  • American Express Membership Rewards: Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express

If you’re earning points with one of the currencies I’ve long recommended most, you can get Singapore Airlines miles.

I love Singapore and if you take advantage of this sale don’t just view it as a stopover enroute to other destinations in Asia, spend some time there especially in the Hawker centers.

(HT: One Mile at a Time)

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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Comments

  1. SFO/SIN/JNB in C at 80,250 with the 15% discount isn’t bad either. A free stopover in SIN should be available. Beats what Delta charges these days to fly to JNB.

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