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Singapore Airlines flies to two destinations from Los Angeles — Seoul and Tokyo Narita (with continuing service to Singapore). Both flights are operated with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, not with Airbus A380s, so first class is still a bed with great food and service but isn’t their suites class product.
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER
You can only book long haul premium cabin award space using Singapore’s own Krisflyer miles. Fortunately you can transfer Chase, Citibank, American Express and Starwood points to Singapore Airlines. It’s one of my favorite uses of points from the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.
Singapore’s Los Angeles – Tokyo flight is wide open with saver award availability for two passengers in first class.
Award Search Calendar Credit AwardNexus.com
Singapore charges 95,000 miles per person each way for Los Angeles – Tokyo Narita first class.
Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER First Class
From Seoul of course you can book Singapore space onward, ANA space to other destinations (using Singapore’s Star Alliance award chart), or book another award ticket entirely if Japan isn’t your goal (e.g. use British Airways Avios to travel on Japan Airlines).
The best availability seems to be in July, August, and November although you’ll find space December as well.
Transfers to Singapore aren’t instant, they generally take 12-48 hours. There’s no Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer official policy I’m aware of that allows awards to be put on hold, though I’ve done 3 day holds several times. Singapore no longer adds fuel surcharges for Krisflyer redemptions on Singapore Airlines flights.
(HT: Ross G.)