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Singapore Airlines will be flying non-stop from Newark to Singapore — the world’s longest flight — starting October 11.
- Newark – Singapore, 9:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.+1, SQ21
Singapore – Newark, 12:40 a.m. – 5:30 a.m., SQ22
When the flight was first loaded into the schedule you couldn’t get premium awards. However for some reason they’ve opened the floodgates. Most flights have business class awards available. And many have four or more business class awards available.
For instance, here’s a search for four business class award seats on the Singapore Airlines non-stop in April:
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. (Offer expired)
These awards cost 92,000 miles each way and there are no fuel surcharges.
This flight is great for non-stop travel between New York 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.
I do not expect this much award space to last. Transfers to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer from bank programs usually take 12-48 hours. I’ve had success getting Singapore telephone agents to hold award space pending transfers.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)