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Singapore Airlines has loaded their new Los Angeles – Singapore non-stop into the schedule. It’s bookable, and business class awards are wide open with 2 seats available on most flights in both directions. Hurry because that won’t last.
You can only book Singapore Airlines premium cabin long haul awards with their own miles, but those miles are easy to get since they’re a transfer partner of Chase, American Express, and Citibank. So points can be transferred from cards such as:
- Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card has an 80,000 point signup bonus after $5000 spend within 3 months. It earns 3 points per dollar on travel — that’s airlines, hotels, rental cars, tolls, even Uber — and 3 points per dollar on shipping and advertising on social media and search engines, so great for anyone who advertises on Facebook or Twitter, or who spends money advertising with Google.
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card lets you earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. With a $0 annual fee the first year, then $95, I suggest that as the number on card to get started with in miles and points. The card earns two points on travel and dining at restaurants and 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide.
- Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN offers 50,000 Membership Rewards points after $5,000 spend on purchases with the card within your first 3 months of cardmembership.
- Citi ThankYou® Premier Card is offering a 50,000 point signup bonus after $4000 in purchases on the card within your first 3 months of account opening. It has a $0 annual fee the first year, $95 thereafter. And it’s a stronger points-earning card than the $450 annual fee Citi Prestige Card since it doesn’t just earn triple points on air and hotel (Prestige) but on all travel (such as gas).
These awards cost 88,000 miles each way and there are no fuel surcharges.
This flight is great for non-stop travel between LA and Singapore, and can be useful for passengers looking to travel beyond Singapore in Southeast Asia (although there are plenty of other options for that).
Singapore offers great service and food in business class. Their fully flat direct aisle access seats aren’t always popular, you generally angle your body to sleep rather than laying parallel to the aisle, although I simply recommend booking bulkhead seats for more room.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)