FARE DEAL: Premium Economy to Singapore From Several US Cities $1197 Roundtrip With Easy Upgrade to Business

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Via Julian Mark Kheel Singapore Airlines is running a fantastic sale on premium economy roundtrips (think domestic first class but with Singapore Airlines food and service) from their US gateways. You can buy premium economy from $1197 roundtrip. And upgrades are remarkably easy.

Singapore Airlines flies:

  • San Francisco – Singapore
  • San Francisco – Hong Kong – Singapore
  • New York – Frankfurt – Singapore
  • Houston – Manchester, UK – Singapore
  • Los Angeles – Seoul – Singapore
  • Los Angeles – Tokyo – Singapore

Here’s availability — wide open — on Singapore’s 5 times a week Houston route:

Here’s a sample itinerary:

For Houston departures here are key rules for fare Basis PSQ15:

  • Outbound travel permitted through June 14 or July 11 through December 10
  • One month maximum stay
  • Refundable for a $200 fee. There’s no change fees but you’d pay any difference in fare.

For the Houston flight, that’s operated by Singapore’s new Airbus A350 without a first class cabin but with their latest business class product. I attended the aircraft’s Houston inaugural last month.

I do like the soft product in premium economy. There’s one knock on though in my opinion: width. It’s a couple of inches narrower than the American Airlines premium economy seat.

Of course I always prefer business class — goodness knows it makes a difference San Francisco – Singapore and Singapore Airlines Krisflyer makes it really easy to upgrade from premium economy. A quirk in the program makes it possible to upgrade most of the time (availability usually isn’t an issue) and the points are easy to get.

Singapore Airlines doesn’t have cash co-pays for mileage upgrades the way that United and American do. If upgrade space is available, you can upgrade with miles.

And Singapore Airlines is unique in offering both saver upgrades and standard upgrades. Standard upgrades are more expensive, but are also usually available.

What’s more, Singapore miles are easy to get, transfer them from your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or your Citi Prestige Card, they’re an American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest transfer partner as well.

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  1. @beachfan they’re confirmable as long as space is available (and the cost depends on whether it’s saver or standard business space, same inventory as awards for krisflyer members)

  2. Are routes like iah-man-sin and JFK-fra-sin considered one or two segments for the purpose of the number of miles needed to upgrade the route?

  3. How many points would be needed to upgrade from economy to business on a JFK-Sin route? I was just going to redeem the whole flight with points. If you upgrade do you have to wait till the day of to upgrade?

  4. The AA Premium Economy seat is 19″ wide. Are you trying to say that the Singapore Premium Econ seat is 17″ wide?

  5. Seems good but those PE seats are like econ+ with armrests. I’m also surprised with the short London layover in the example. Even by my standards to fly 13 hours and then 9 with a 1.5 hour layover is rough. Maybe in business or even PE but what about doing that route in the back, yikes.

  6. According to Seatguru the width in AA is 19″ and Singapore Airlines is 19.5″. So who has smaller seats I wonder. Haha

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