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Singapore Airlines offers an efficient and convenient way to waitlist Saver award space on most flights in any cabin when Saver space is unavailable.

What is Waitlisting?

Singapore Airlines has three prices for award space in each cabin on each route: Saver, Standard, and Full.

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Saver is the cheapest, around one-fifth to one-eighth of the price of Full. Saver is also the least likely level to have award space available, though there are some routes and times of year when Saver space in Singapore Suites Class is a gimme, even for two people.

When Saver space is not available, there will usually be an option to “Waitlist” it. If you waitlist the space, Singapore Airlines will give you priority in case they decide to open Saver award space.

Why Waitlist?

To get first crack at award space in one of the world’s nicest cabins: Singapore Suites.

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How To Waitlist Singapore Award Space

Perform an award search as usual.

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If your desired flight doesn’t have Saver award space, like the top flight from Los Angeles to Singapore next Winter, select “Waitlist” in the Saver column. If your desired flight says “Not available” in the Saver column, like the bottom flight, you can’t even waitlist it.

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If you have enough miles in your account to ticket a Saver award if one were available, you’ll be told what the price of the award will be and be given a Waitlist confirmation number. You will not have to enter your credit card information or have the miles debited from your account. For instance, to waitlist Los Angeles to Singapore in Suites Class, I’d need at least 91,375 miles in my account, but the miles wouldn’t be touched and I wouldn’t have to give a credit card for the $277 that the award costs.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 11.05.38 AM

 

Right now I only have 125 Singapore miles, so I can’t waitlist anything.

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When I selected “Waitlist,” I got this error message.

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The bottom line is that to waitlist Singapore Award space, you need to have enough miles in your account to ticket the award you’d like to ticket, but those miles are not deducted from your account, nor are you charged any taxes at the time of waitlisting.

If the waitlist clears, and award space is opened up, you will receive an email notifying you and asking you to complete the booking within 24 hours. If you do not complete the booking, nothing happens. You still have your miles and never paid a penny. If you complete the booking, you pay the Saver price plus taxes and fuel surcharges and fly your dream award.

I should note that there is no point in checking the seat map or the inventory of paid seats for sale in the days leading to the flight you’ve waitlisted. Just because a seat is unsold does NOT mean the waitlist will clear. Sometimes airlines just don’t open up award space.

Doubling and Quintupling or 100x’ing Your Chances

If flying Singapore Suites is a dream of yours, and the dates don’t matter so much, you can waitlist as many dates and flights as you’d like. You just have to have the number of miles in your account to ticket one award if the space opens up, but since those miles are never debited, you can waitlist as many segments as you’d like.

How Do You Get the Singapore Miles?

Singapore miles are a partner of every transferable points program, and points transfer in about 36 hours. Cards I like that earns points that transfer:

  • Citi Prestige® Card: 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also comes earns 3x points on airfare and hotels and has a host of benefits like lounge access and $250 in free airfare per year.
  • Sapphire Preferred: 50,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. 2x on dining and travel.
  • Ink Plus (business card): 60,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. 5x on office supplies and telecom bills.
  • Whichever Membership Rewards card (Platinum or Gold, personal or business) is offering a big 50,000, 75,000, or 100,000 point sign up bonus

I have a lot of ThankYou Points from my Citi Prestige® Card, but I hold onto those as ThankYou Points instead of Singapore miles to maintain flexibility. Don’t transfer ThankYou Points until you are ready to book or waitlist an award.

What Is the Success Rate of Waitlisting?

Good, but not perfect, and sometimes the process doesn’t work as designed.

Here is an entire thread of FlyerTalkers reporting their successes and failures with waitlisting all cabins, but mainly First and Suites Class. There is no consensus time when award space is most likely to clear though it often happens in the month, week, or days before departure.

Be aware that sometimes Singapore messes up and opens award space on a flight without contacting people on the waitlist to give them first access. If you’ve got a lot of time or the waitlisted flight is especially important, you can search for award space every few days on your flight even after waitlisting it. If space opens, book it, and then if you’re ever contacted about the waitlist clearing in the future, ignore that email.

Also know that some people swear by calling Singapore every so often while on the waitlist to ask whether award space has opened, thinking that increases their chances of having the award space opened up. I’d say there’s insufficient data to prove the claim, but it can’t hurt if you’ve got the free time.

Because not all waitlists clear, I’d want to have a back up plan to get me from point A to point B. My back up plan would probably be United or American Airlines miles depending on the route because many of their partners, notable United, Lufthansa, and Cathay Pacific open up tons of award space right before departure if seats are unsold.

Bottom Line

If you have the Singapore miles in your account to book a Saver award on a route, but no Saver space is open, you can waitlist the award with no commitment. If space opens up, you’ll get an email to book the space if you’d like. This is a unique and awesome feature of Singapore KrisFlyer and increases our chances of Flying Singapore First Class or Suites Class.

 

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Updated 1/29/16 to reflect new Aeroplan award prices effective for awards booked 12/15/15 or later.
Updated 10/6/15 to reflect new ANA award prices effective for awards booked 10/15/15 or later.

In the last few weeks, I have published some comparative charts of Star Alliance award charts. I’m putting all of those charts into this post for easier reference.

You can use any type of Star Alliance miles to book almost any Star Alliance flight. (Swiss, Lufthansa, and Singapore hold back some premium cabin award space for their own members. United gives extra award space to elites and United cardholders.) The 27-member alliance has more than a dozen frequent flyer programs, many of which offer good or great deals on some routes.

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I’ve taken the time to make a comprehensive spread sheet of eight programs’ award prices from North America:

  • United (on United flights and on partner flights)
  • Copa
  • Asiana
  • Singapore (on Star Alliance partner flights)
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Lufthansa Miles & More
  • ANA

These programs were chosen because they all have at least some awards that are really cheap. And other than Copa and LifeMiles, Americans can easily get all these miles through transferable points programs:

  • United: Ultimate Rewards
  • Copa: no easy way to get the miles yet, but the program is brand new
  • Asiana: SPG
  • Singapore: ThankYou Points, Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, SPG
  • LifeMiles: buy miles for 1.5 cents each
  • Aeroplan: Membership Rewards, SPG
  • Lufthansa: SPG
  • ANA: Membership Rewards, SPG

There are other Star Alliance programs into which Americans can transfer miles–Citi ThankYou Points transfer 1:1 to EVA and Thai miles–but their charts don’t offer any value compared to the eight I’ve selected.

Of course, the charts below only captures one part of an award: its mileage price. The routing rules and fuel surcharges matter too. Here are a few big things that applies to all charts:

  • United, Copa, and LifeMiles never collect fuel surcharges. All the others collect fuel surcharges on most awards.
  • All programs allow one way redemptions for the prices listed on the charts except ANA. It only allows roundtrip redemptions for double the price on the chart. I used its fictitious “one way price” that you can’t actually book just to more easily compare to the programs that do allow one way bookings.

For specific information on fuel surcharges to each region and other important routing rules, click on the individual posts where I really analyzed awards to each region.

Searching and Booking the Awards

A truism of miles is that–with few exceptions–award space is equally available to all partners. One corollary is that you can search any award search engine that displays an airline’s award space, and if space is there, you can book it with any partner.

All Star Alliance partner award space is searchable on aeroplan.com. Here’s how to search for award space on aeroplan.com. All the award space you find there is bookable with all the miles discussed in this post. Ignore the price quoted on aeroplan.com. You will pay the price on the award chart of the miles you’re using.

To book, call the airline whose miles you’re using (or go to their website to book online if you can.) Feed the agent the award space you found on aeroplan.com.

The Charts

Below the award charts show the one way price in thousands of miles from the United States mainland to the region listed for the eight types of miles listed. For information on slashes, click the links above to get more information.

Within Mainland United States and Canada

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Alaska

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Hawaii
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Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

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Northern South America

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Southern South America

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Middle East

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Africa

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North Asia

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Australia and New Zealand

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Oceania

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The three best uses of ThankYou Points are:

  1. Transferring to Singapore miles to book Singapore Suites
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  2. Transferring to Singapore miles to book United First Class to Hawaii
  3. Transferring to Etihad miles to book American Airlines flights
Singapore Suites

Singapore Suites is inarguably one of the nicest First Class in the world. It is the only First Class where the two middle seats can have their barrier removed to form a single double bed, pictured above.

From the United States, you can book it from Los Angeles to Tokyo or Singapore and New York to Frankfurt or Singapore. Or you can book it within Asia/Pacific as part of a larger trip.

106,000 ThankYou Points transferred to Singapore miles are enough for over 20 hours in Singapore Suites on two flights for one person or for two people to fly 6.5 hours from Singapore to Beijing in Suites together.

United First Class to Hawaii

It is cheaper to book the exact same United flights to Hawaii with Singapore KrisFlyer miles than with United miles.

That’s a humongous difference. Instead of costing 90,000 United miles to get two people from your home airport to Hawaii and back, you could pay 70,000 Singapore miles. Instead of paying 160,000 United miles for two roundtrip First Class tickets, you could pay 120,000 Singapore miles–even occasionally for flat beds!

To reiterate, these are the exact same flights with vastly different prices depending on which miles you use. Singapore has access to all the same Saver award space United releases to people with United miles (except for some space set aside only for United elites and credit card holders.)

What’s the catch? For bookings to Hawaii, there really isn’t one. See Guide to Booking United Flights to Hawaii with Singapore Miles for full details.

106,000 ThankYou Points transferred to Singapore miles are almost enough for two roundtrips in First Class (120k) to Hawaii.

American Airlines Flights with Etihad Miles

The Etihad chart for flying American Airlines flights is almost exactly the same as American Airlines’ own chart for American Airlines flights including for off peak awards:

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EO = Off Peak Economy, EP = Economy, B/F = Business, P = First

That means you could use 106,000 ThankYou Points for two roundtrips to Japan or Korea or a roundtrip in Business Class to Europe.

Last year we even saw a transfer bonus from ThankYou Points to Etihad miles that made these deals even better. For more info on booking American Airlines flights with Etihad miles and that transfer bonus, click here.

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If you want to fly Singapore Suites, your best chance to do it may be on flights within Asia Pacific.

I know, I know, you live in the United States. But these flights can be very convenient and cheap as part of a trip to East Asia, Australia, and/or New Zealand.

You can fly the 6.5 hours from Beijing to Singapore in Suites Class for 42.5k Singapore miles and $131 or the 10.5 hours from Auckland to Singapore in Suites Class for 64k points and $160.

Singapore Suites is inarguably one of the top five First Classes in the world. Some people even consider Suites Class to be the nicest First Class in the world because of the available double bed that two people can share (or one person can get to himself if the flight isn’t totally full.)

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Here is my experience flying Singapore First Class on a 777-300ER. Suites Class is a fancier product available on Singapore’s A380s.Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.02.44 AM

You Can Only Book Singapore Suites Class with Singapore KrisFlyer Miles

Singapore only releases award space in longhaul First and Suites Class to its own KrisFlyer program. You need Singapore miles if you want to book a double bed in the sky. Luckily Singapore miles are extremely easy to get because every transferable points program transfers 1:1 to Singapore miles.

  • Citi ThankYou Points
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • SPG Starpoints (with the customary 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points transferred)

The first three take about 36 hours to transfer. SPG transfers take about a week or two and seem to post on Tuesdays in Singapore.

Right now, the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier each offer 50,000 ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You can get both as long as you apply 8+ days apart. The 106,000 ThankYou Points are more than enough to book any award in this post, and even getting one card and getting to 50,000 ThankYou Points is enough to book Singapore Suites.

Routes within Asia Pacific with Great Award Space

The three routes that offer a lot of award space in Suites Class, a low price, and a decent amount of in-air time are Beijing, Auckland, and Sydney to Singapore.

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Prices

Singapore awards include taxes and fuel surcharges. The required mileage is rarely a round number because there is an automatic 15% discount when booking online. These are the all in prices:

  • Beijing to Singapore: 42,500 KrisFlyer miles + $132 (6:30 flying daytime)
  • Singapore to Beijing: 42,500 KrisFlyer miles + $161 (6:05 flying daytime)
  • Auckland to Singapore: 63,750 KrisFlyer miles + $160 (10:35 flying daytime)
  • Singapore to Auckland: 63,750 KrisFlyer miles + $184 (9:55 flying redeye)
  • Sydney to Singapore: 63,750 KrisFlyer miles + $221 (8:20 flying daytime)
  • Singapore to Sydney: 63,750 KrisFlyer miles + $181 (8:00 flying redeye)

To me, the best value is Auckland to Singapore. You get the most time in the air and all during the daytime, so you can maximize your enjoyment of the service while perhaps taking a short nap.

I also priced out these connecting itineraries:

  • Auckland to Beijing: 78,625 KrisFlyer miles + $301 (16:40 flying, overnight in Singapore)
  • Beijing to Auckland: 78,625 KrisFlyer miles + $296 (16:35 flying, 21:30 layover in Singapore)

Those are great mileage prices, though a little expensive on taxes and fuel surcharges. I would find the layover from Auckland to Beijing (7:05 PM to 8:45 AM) a bit annoying, but the layover from Beijing to Auckland (11:20 PM to 8:50 PM) is perfect for a full day of exploring the city.

Award Space

Auckland <-> Singapore award space is excellent in Suites Class this week and in November and December 2016. Award space is almost non-existent next month.

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Since the times with award space are the best times to go to New Zealand, I infer that award space is best on this route at the last minute and 10-12 months in advance (you can book Singapore awards 355 days out). Many days with award space have two award seats in Suites Class (double bed!)

Beijing <-> Singapore award space is great for two passengers for most of the next 11.5 months. This route has the best award space in Suites Class of any route I have searched.

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If you’re reading this, you are probably an American, meaning that the value in great flights between Auckland and Singapore might not be immediately apparent.

These flights are valuable as part of a big trip like your home airport to Auckland with American Airlines miles in AA economy, Auckland to Singapore in Singapore Suites, and Singapore to your home airport in Cathay Pacific First Class.

That’s an amazing trip that would cost 105,000 American Airlines miles (at least until the AA devaluation), 64,000 ThankYou Points (transferred to Singapore miles), and about $200 in taxes and fuel surcharges.

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Better yet, take a round-the-world trip with a leg in Singapore Suites and the rest of the legs picked from my nearly comprehensive list of under-priced awards.

ThankYou Premier Sign Up Bonus Take Down on Thursday

Right now, the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier each offer 50,000 ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You can get both as long as you apply 8+ days apart. The 106,000 ThankYou Points are more than enough to book any award in this post, and even getting one card and getting to 50,000 ThankYou Points is enough to book Singapore Suites.

However, the ThankYou Premier’s offer is being taken down Thursday (1/28.) If you want to fly Singapore Suites, get the Citi ThankYou Premier and Citi Prestige sooner rather than later while each is offering a big enough bonus to fly in Singapore Suites.

Bottom Line

There are three Asia-Pacific routes that offer a lot of award space in Singapore Suites Class, a low price, and a decent amount of in-air time: Beijing, Auckland, and Sydney to Singapore.

Book them as part of a big or RTW trip with Singapore miles that you get from ThankYou Points.

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Korean Airlines releases the most First Class award space of any airline for a fantastic First Class product. All five possibilities are fully flat beds. Korean miles are the main way to book Korean First Class. (Delta miles cannot book partner First Class.)

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Singapore Suites is even more luxurious, possibly the most luxurious First Class in the world, and the only one that allows two suites to be combined into a flying double bed. Singapore miles are the only way to book Singapore Suites.

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In my mind, the problem with Korean First Class and Singapore Suites is the cost. Singapore charges for First/Suites Class (one way):

  • San Francisco to Hong Kong: 70,125 miles + $49.60 (15 hours flying)
  • San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore: 91,375 miles + $263.30 (17:45 flying)
  • San Francisco to Seoul: 74,375 miles + $203.30 (12:50 flying)
  • San Francisco to Seoul to Singapore: 91,375 miles + $263.30 (19:20 flying)
  • Houston to Moscow-Domodedovo: 57,375 miles + $211.70 (10 hours flying)
  • Houston to Moscow-Domodedovo to Singapore: 93,500 miles + $271.70 (21:15 flying)
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita: 74,375 miles + $113.30 (11:45 flying)
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita to Singapore: 91,375 miles + $275.97 (19:20 flying)
  • New York-JFK to Frankfurt: 57,375 miles + $203.30 (7:35 flying)
  • New York-JFK to Frankfurt to Singapore: 93,500 miles + $285.85 (20:05 flying)

Korean charges in First Class (one way):

  • United States to China, Japan, Korea, Northeast Asia: 80,000 miles
  • United States to Southeast Asia: 95,000 miles
  • United States to the Indian Subcontinent: 105,000 miles.
  • Fuel surcharges vary by destination but from the United States to Korea are usually $80 or less each way. From the United States to Southeast Asia, they can hit about $180 one way.

While a few prices were pretty good, most of those prices seemed high to me because American Airlines and United awards were fewer miles and had no fuel surcharges. Well United devalued its First Class awards in 2014, and American Airlines will devalue its on March 22.

Here’s what their charts will look like for bookings made March 22 or later. Slashes indicate flying on that airline’s metal–cheaper–and flying a partner–more expensive.

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Now, Korean and Singapore awards don’t look expensive; they look downright reasonable.

To Japan:

  • American charges 80k in First Class on American or Japan Airlines
  • United charges 80k in First Class on United
  • United charges 110k in First Class on ANA
  • Korean charges 80k and small fuel surcharges on Korean
  • Singapore charges 74.4k and tiny fuel surcharges on Singapore

At those prices, my top choices are Singapore, Japan Airlines with AA miles, and Korean in that order.

To Singapore:

  • American charges 110k in First Class on Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines
  • United charges 80k in First Class on United
  • United charges 130k in First Class on ANA, Asiana, or Thai
  • Korean charges 95k and fuel surcharges on Korean
  • Singapore charges 91.4k or 93.5k and fuel surcharges on Singapore

At those prices, my top choices are Singapore and Korean in that order. Next is probably United First Class or Cathay Pacific, but they are way worse values.

You could similar values to other places that show that Korean and Singapore awards are about to be as good or better value than American Airlines and United awards.

Bottom Line

Korean and Singapore haven’t made improvements to their award charts, but as competitors devalue their charts, Korean and Singapore First and Suites Class become a better value.

Getting Korean Miles

Ultimate Rewards transfer 1:1 instantly to Korean miles

SPG points transfer 1:1 to Korean miles, and for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred, you get 5,000 extra Korean miles. So to get 80,000 Korean miles, you’d need to transfer 65,000 Starpoints. Starpoints transfers are not instant.

Getting Singapore Miles

Every transferable points program transfers 1:1 to Singapore miles.

  • Citi ThankYou Points
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • SPG Starpoints (with the customary 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points transferred)

The first three take about 36 hours to transfer. SPG transfers take about a week or two and seem to post on Tuesdays in Singapore.

Right now, the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier offer 50,000 ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You can get both as long as you apply 8+ days apart.

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Singapore Suites is inarguably one of the top five First Classes in the world. Some people even consider Suites Class to be the nicest First Class in the world because of the available double bed that two people can share (or one person can get to himself if the flight isn’t totally full.)

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Here is my experience flying Singapore First Class on a 777-300ER. Suites Class is a fancier product available on Singapore’s A380s.Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.02.44 AM

Singapore Suites Class is easy for an American to book from the United States to Europe or Asia. I recommend booking 355 days in advance for the best chance to snag two award seats on the same flight in Suites Class.

You Can Only Book Singapore Suites Class with Singapore KrisFlyer Miles

Singapore only releases award space in longhaul First and Suites Class to its own KrisFlyer program. You need Singapore miles if you want to book a double bed in the sky. Luckily Singapore miles are extremely easy to get because every transferable points program transfers 1:1 to Singapore miles.

  • Citi ThankYou Points
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • SPG Starpoints (with the customary 5,000 mile bonus for every 20,000 points transferred)

The first three take about 36 hours to transfer. SPG transfers take about a week or two and seem to post on Tuesdays in Singapore.

Right now, the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier each offer 50,000 ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 in the first three months. You can get both as long as you apply 8+ days apart. The 106,000 ThankYou Points are more than enough to book any award in this post, and even getting one card and getting to 58,000 ThankYou Points is enough to book Singapore Suites.

Searching and Booking Singapore Suites Class

The only Singapore Suites routes that touch the United States are Los Angeles <-> Tokyo <-> Singapore and New York <-> Frankfurt <-> Singapore.

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You can fly any part of the flights. Here are the prices for a one way award in Suites Class:

  • Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita: 74,375 miles + $113 (11:45 flying)
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo-Narita to Singapore: 91,375 miles + $276 (19:20 flying)
  • New York to Frankfurt: 57,375 miles + $203 (7:35 flying)
  • New York to Frankfurt to Singapore: 93,500 miles + $286 (20:05 flying)
  • Singapore to Frankfurt to New York: 93,500 miles + $323 (22:20 flying)
  • Frankfurt to New York: 57,375 miles + $307 (8:55 flying)
  • Singapore to Tokyo-Narita to Los Angeles: 91,375 miles + $313 (16:45 flying)
  • Tokyo-Narita to Los Angeles: 74,375 miles + $94 (10:00 flying)

For the multi-segment awards, you can add a stopover in Frankfurt or Tokyo for $100.

Award booking at singaporeair.com is easy. After signing in, select “Redeem flights”, type in your cities, dates, and cabins.

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Select the flight you want at the Saver level. Although the Saver level is listed as 107,500 miles, there is a 15% miles discount for booking online.

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You can see the online price and the taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges in the “Booking summary” on the top right of the screen after selecting an itinerary. In this case, the total cost is 91,375 miles for flights from Los Angeles to Singapore in Suites Class.

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Selecting a flight takes one to the pricing screen. The out-of-pocket costs are broken down into taxes and carrier surcharges. The currency for awards originating in the USA is dollars. Originating somewhere else will price the taxes/surcharges in the local currency.

Pay your award taxes and fuel surcharges with the Citi Prestige® Card. The first $250 in award taxes, fuel surcharges, airfare, or airline fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes.

Award Space 355 Days Out

I searched for award space from Singapore to Los Angeles and New York in both directions for 346-355 days from now (December 2-11, 2016), since the award calendar opens up 355 days in advance.

The best space is on the Los Angeles to Singapore route. Five of 10 days have at least one Suites Class award at the Saver level, and two of the days have two Saver Class award seats. (A third day has Saver space for two from Los Angeles to Tokyo, but not all the way to Singapore.)

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Oddly, the worst space is on the reverse route. Singapore to Los Angeles has no award space at the Saver level from December 2-11, 2016.

New York to Singapore has two of 10 days with Saver space for one person. Singapore to New York has one of 10 days with Saver space for one person. Neither direction has space for two people on the days I searched.

Bottom Line

You can book Singapore Suites with Singapore miles, a transfer partner of every major transferable points currency. I recommend the Citi Prestige and Citi ThankYou Premier, each with a 50,000 ThankYou Points sign up bonus. You can get both as long as you apply 8+ days apart. The 106,000 ThankYou Points are more than enough to book any award in this post.

You can fly Singapore Suites from Los Angeles or New York to Frankfurt, Tokyo, or Singapore because all American routes have en intermediate stop in Europe or Asia. You can connect to other Star Alliance award flights, but doing so means having to pay the higher mileage prices on the Star Alliance award chart.

Award prices range from 57,375 to 93,500 miles for 7.5 to 22+ hours in Singapore Suites Class. Taxes plus fuel surcharges range from $94 to $323 depending on the route.

Search for award space on singaporeair.com, transfer your points and wait about 36 hours for them to post, and book your award, paying the taxes and fuel surcharges with a Citi Prestige® Card to get an offsetting statement credit for the taxes and fuel surcharges.

Booking 355 days out gives you the best chance at two Suites on the same plane, especially at the moment on the Los Angeles to Asia routes. Get two Suites on the same plane, select the middle seats, and sleep together in a double bed.

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Winter is the low season in Hawaii, and I think it is the best time to visit because:

  • there is more award space
  • lodging is cheaper
  • it’s cold where you live but still 80 degrees in Hawaii

Normally one drawback is that it is rainier in the winter months in Hawaii, but this winter should be drier because El Niño is disrupting weather patterns in the Pacific.

I took a look at United award space from several cities in the center and east of the continental United States to the four major Hawaiian Islands. This award space can be booked very cheaply with Singapore miles, only 17,500 Singapore miles each way in economy and 30,000 Singapore miles each way in First Class. (Why didn’t I look from the Western US? Because it is better to use Avios from there.)

Right now the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card each come with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

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You can get both eight days apart, meet both minimum spending requirements and have 106,000 ThankYou Points, which transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles.

Award Space

Search for United award space on united.com. Do NOT sign in before searching. If you sign in, you may be shown extra award space set aside for United elites and credit card holders that Singapore cannot book. If you don’t sign in, you can book all the United Saver award space on united.com with Singapore miles.

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New York to Honolulu

There is great award space in economy (yellow and green days) from New York to Honolulu in January and February.Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 10.38.56 AM The same can be said for the return.
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The exact same flights would cost 70,000 Singapore miles for two people.

Unfortunately there is almost no First Class award space. Even the days that the calendar says will have First Class award space often have “Mixed cabin” awards.

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Chicago to Maui

Chicago to Maui shows a similar pattern of great award space on United flights in January and February. Outbound calendar above. Return calendar below.
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Richmond to Kauai

Kauai has far fewer flights, and Richmond to Kauai shows much less award space. Outbound above, return below.
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Houston to Kona

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Caveat

Some of the award space on the calendar includes interisland segments on Hawaiian Airlines. These are an extra 6,000 United miles one way.

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They are not bookable at any price with Singapore miles because Singapore doesn’t partner with Hawaiian.

Bottom Line

There is plenty of United economy award space to Hawaii this winter, which is supposed to be an exceptionally dry one.

Search for the space on united.com; note the date, cabin, and flight number of the space; transfer ThankYou Points to Singapore miles; and call Singapore to book the awards for 35,000 Singapore miles + $11 roundtrip per person. See the Guide to Booking United Flights to Hawaii with Singapore Miles for more detail on the process.

Right now the Citi Prestige® Card and the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card each come with 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening.

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You can get both eight days apart, meet both minimum spending requirements and have 106,000 ThankYou Points, which transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles.

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Singapore Airlines has two award charts when redeeming its KrisFlyer miles. There is one award chart to fly Singapore and its subsidiary SilkAir and one award chart to fly Star Alliance partners. This is a post about sweetspots on the Star Alliance chart. Here is the post about sweetspots on the Singapore/SilkAir chart.

Singapore KrisFlyer miles should have your attention. You can amass a huge stash since you can easily transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, or SPG Starpoints to Singapore miles.

Singapore miles can book any Star Alliance partner.

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Singapore awards that fly Star Alliance partners have the following rules:

Singapore awards include fuel surcharges when an identical cash ticket would have fuel surcharges. The only exception is that Singapore does not collect fuel surcharges on United flights ever. If you want to avoid fuel surcharges, book United, Copa, Avianca, and TACA flights.

Search for all the award space for Star Alliance partners on united.com or aeroplan.com. Any Saver award space found there is bookable by calling Singapore Airlines. Here is an Anatomy of an Award post on the entire process of searching and booking.

Without further ado, here are some Star Alliance deals I particularly like:

  • Within the Continental United States, Alaska, and Canada: 20,000 miles in Business or First Class
  • Mainland to Hawaii: 17,500 miles in economy
  • Mainland to Hawaii: 30,000 miles in First Class
  • USA to South America: 50,000 miles in Business Class
  • USA to Europe: 27,500 miles in economy
  • USA to Middle East/North Africa: 57,500 miles in Business
  • USA to Middle East/North Africa: 75,000 miles in First
  • Hawaii to Central America: 17,500 miles in economy, 30,000 miles in Business
  • Hawaii to South America: 25,000 miles in economy, 40,000 miles in Business
  • Intra-South America: 20,000 miles in Business Class
Within the Continental United States, Alaska, and Canada: 20,000 miles in Business or First Class

Whatever United or Air Canada call the best cabin on their two cabin planes, you can book it for 20,000 miles within North America.

Normally domestic First Class on United and Business Class on Air Canada are nothing special, but this award really stands out if you book United’s flat bed p.s. service from Newark to Los Angeles or San Francisco.

This price is 5,000 miles cheaper than United charges for the same award space.

Mainland to Hawaii: 17,500 miles in economy
Mainland to Hawaii: 30,000 miles in First Class

United releases great economy award space to Hawaii and occasional First Class space. The best First Class space to snag is on routes that United operates with flat beds upfront.

These prices are about 1/4 cheaper than United charges for the same award space.

USA to South America: 50,000 miles in Business Class

Singapore puts all of South America into one region. This is a bad price to Northern South America, but a good price to Southern South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia.)

United charges 55,000 miles each way.

Ideally you’d find award space on United’s flat beds, but realistically there is much more award space on Copa’s flights to South America via Panama. Those only feature recliners unfortunately.

USA to Europe: 27,500 miles in economy

If you find award space on a United flight to Europe, Singapore miles offer a cheaper way to book it than United miles. I booked the start of my current trip to Europe with Singapore miles and wrote this post on the booking.

USA to Middle East/North Africa: 57,500 miles in Business
USA to Middle East/North Africa: 75,000 miles in First

Look at these prices (economy/Business/First one way):

  • Singapore charges 27.5k/65k/85k to Europe
  • Singapore charges 37.5k/57.5k/75k to the Middle East
  • United charges 30k/57.5k/80k to Europe
  • United charges 42.5k/70k/90k to the Middle East

In case you need to brush up on your geography, the Middle East is quite a bit farther away than Europe, but Singapore charges fewer miles for a Business Class or First Class award to the Middle East than to Europe.

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United flies to three destinations in the Middle East:

  • Washington-Dulles to Dubai
  • Washington-Dulles to Kuwait to Bahrain

We can use the Singapore sweetspot to book United’s Middle East flights cheaply in Business Class or First Class or to save miles on awards between the United States and Europe.

We can also use Singapore miles to book a United flight to Europe plus a partner flight to the Middle East. Skip the flight to the Middle East and enjoy the miles saved from the hidden city ticketing. This will incur fuel surcharges on the flight from Europe to the Middle East.

More Info: Hidden City Ticketing on Singapore Awards to Europe and Middle East

Hawaii to Central America: 17,500 miles in economy, 30,000 miles in Business
Hawaii to South America: 25,000 miles in economy, 40,000 miles in Business

Singapore Airlines’ award chart has Hawaii and Central America are in the same region!

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That means Hawaii to Central or South America is cheaper than the mainland United States to those places. Take advantage with creative awards from your home airport to Hawaii and to Central/South America all on one super cheap award.

More Info: How non-Hawaiians Can Take Advantage of Hawaii to Central America and South America Awards

Intra-South America: 20,000 miles in Business Class

Considering all of South America to be one region has this big benefit. I’ve booked myself two awards from Colombia to Argentina for way too cheap.

More Info: Anatomy of an Award: Using Singapore Miles to Save 20,000 Miles within South America

Getting Singapore Miles

Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, and ThankYou Points transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles with a 12-36 hour delay.

SPG points transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles, and for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred, you get 5,000 extra Singapore miles.

The best cards to rack up Singapore miles are the:

  • Citi ThankYou® Premier Card50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also earns 3x points on travel and gas and 2x points on dining and entertainment
  • Citi Prestige® Card: 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also comes earns 3x points on airfare and hotels and has a host of benefits like lounge access and $250 in free airfare per year.
  • Sapphire Preferred: 40,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. 2x on dining and travel.
  • Ink Plus (business card): 50,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. 5x on office supplies and telecom bills.
  • Whichever Membership Rewards card (Platinum or Gold, personal or business) is offering a big 50,000, 75,000, or 100,000 point sign up bonus

Bottom Line

Singapore miles are excellent for booking awards on Star Alliance carriers when the award has no fuel surcharges and Singapore charges fewer miles than United for an identical award.

 

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Singapore Airlines has two award charts when redeeming its KrisFlyer miles. There is one award chart to fly Singapore and its subsidiary SilkAir and one award chart to fly Star Alliance partners. This is a post about sweetspots on the Singapore/SilkAir chart. A second post will follow about sweetspots on the Star Alliance chart.

 

Singapore KrisFlyer miles should have your attention. You can amass a huge stash since you can easily transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points, or SPG Starpoints to Singapore miles.

Singapore’s A380s feature one of the world’s best First Class products that it calls Suites Class, and it is only bookable with Singapore miles. (Singapore releases no First or Suites Class space to partners.)

Singapore awards that fly Singapore/SilkAir have the following rules:

  • One way awards cost half the price of roundtrip awards
  • On Saver awards (the only ones that are reasonably priced), you get zero free stopovers on one way awards and one free stopover on roundtrip awards
  • Since you can book one way awards, a roundtrip can have two open jaws
  • You must fly a published route of Singapore/Silk Air
  • You can only redeem awards for yourself or or one of five nominated people (nomination is simple and free, changing nominees costs money)
  • All Singapore awards booked on singaporeair.com receive an automatic 15% discount

Singapore awards include fuel surcharges when an identical cash ticket would have fuel surcharges, and I believe that all Singapore flights except those leaving Brazil have fuel surcharges. These are noted in the post.

Almost all my choices will focus on flying Singapore Suites Class, since that is what’s special about using Singapore miles. Here is a list of routes that feature Singapore A380s (and thus Suites Class.) Most of these deals are really just fair prices, not exactly sweetspots, but since they are the only way to fly such a fantastic product, I consider a “fair price” to be a sweetspot.

Here are some deals I particularly like:

  • Sao Paulo to Barcelona: 17,425 miles in economy + $37
  • Sao Paulo to Barcelona: 58,225 miles in First Class + $37
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo: 74,375 miles in Suites Class + $113
  • Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore: 91,375 miles in Suites Class + $276
  • New York-JFK to Frankfurt: 57,375 miles in Suites Class + $203
  • New York-JFK to Frankfurt to Singapore: 93,500 miles in Suites Class + $286
  • Singapore to Hong Kong: 31,875 miles in Suites Class + $30
  • Singapore to Mumbai: 42,500 miles in Suites Class + $160
  • Singapore to Beijing: 42,500 miles in Suites Class + $160
  • Mumbai to Beijing: 61,625 miles in Suites Class + $322
  • Hong Kong to Sydney: 63,750 miles in Suites Class + $188
Sao Paulo to Barcelona: 17,425 miles in economy + $37
Sao Paulo to Barcelona: 58,225 miles in First Class + $37

Singapore flies from Sao Paulo to Barcelona to Singapore with no fuel surcharges because Brazil law prohibits fuel surcharges.

Economy and First Class tickets are absolute steals for 10.5 hours of flying, especially compared to how many miles competitors charge.

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One way from Sao Paulo to Barcelona in thousands of miles

Award space is wide open on the route in all cabins. Unfortunately Singapore flies a 777 with First Class instead of an A380 with Suites Class on the route. Here is my review of Singapore First Class.

Los Angeles to Tokyo: 74,375 miles in Suites Class + $113
Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore: 91,375 miles in Suites Class + $276

Singapore flies an A380 daily from Los Angeles to Singapore with a stop in Tokyo. You can fly the whole thing (19 hours in the air) or just to Tokyo (12 hours.) Both are decent deals with miles, though the fuel surcharges are much lower if you just go to Tokyo.

New York-JFK to Frankfurt: 57,375 miles in Suites Class + $203
New York-JFK to Frankfurt to Singapore: 93,500 miles in Suites Class + $286

The only other Singapore Suites experience from the United States similarly allows you to fly to Singapore with an intermediate stop. The flight to Frankfurt is just 7.5 hours (and a bit longer flying west), while flying all the way to Singapore would be 20 hours in the air.

The price to Europe in Singapore Suites is undoubtedly a steal, though award space from JFK to Frankfurt in Suites Class is not great.

Singapore to Hong Kong: 31,875 miles in Suites Class + $30

The cheapest Suites Class route costs fewer than 32,000 miles, though unfortunately you’ll get less than four hours in the air.

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Singapore to Mumbai: 42,500 miles in Suites Class + $160

For an extra hour of flying time, head to Mumbai instead. Unfortunately the award is 10,000 miles and $120 more expensive, which is not a rate I would want to pay per hour of Suites Class.

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Singapore to Beijing: 42,500 miles in Suites Class + $160

I think six hours, if you don’t plan on sleeping more than about 90 minutes, is the minimum amount of time to fully enjoy the Suites Class experience. You can book such an award from Singapore to Beijing for less than the sign up bonus of one credit card, which is a pretty good deal.

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Mumbai to Beijing: 61,625 miles in Suites Class + $322

The Singapore award chart has some good options to fly Singapore Airlines A380s in Suites Class twice and enjoy the Private Room (lounge) in Singapore. Just make sure you get a longer layover than the 50 minutes on this itinerary.
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Hong Kong to Sydney: 63,750 miles in Suites Class + $188

Similarly you can get two segments and 11.5 hours of flying by booking Hong Kong to Sydney.
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Product

Singapore Suites is a world-class fully enclosed suite.

The suites are laid out 1-2-1, and the middle two suites can have their divider removed to turn two suites into one double bed.

The food, alcohol, and service are legendary.

Getting Singapore Miles

Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, and ThankYou Points transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles with a 12-36 hour delay.

SPG points transfer 1:1 to Singapore miles, and for every 20,000 Starpoints transferred, you get 5,000 extra Singapore miles.

The best cards to rack up Singapore miles are the

  • Citi ThankYou® Premier Card50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also earns 3x points on travel and gas and 2x points on dining and entertainment
  • Citi Prestige® Card: 50,000 bonus ThankYou Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open. The card also comes earns 3x points on airfare and hotels and has a host of benefits like lounge access and $250 in free airfare per year.
  • Sapphire Preferred: 40,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 in the first three months. 2x on dining and travel.
  • Ink Plus (business card): 50,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 in the first three months. 5x on office supplies and telecom bills.
  • Whichever Membership Rewards card (Platinum or Gold, personal or business) is offering a big 50,000, 75,000, or 100,000 point sign up bonus

Bottom Line

 

Singapore miles are excellent for booking flights on Singapore Airlines. Singapore has way-too-cheap awards from Sao Paulo to Barcelona in economy and First Class with no fuel surcharges.

Singapore has fair value awards from the United States to Europe and Asia in Suites Class, and Singapore offers some attractive intra-Asia redemptions in Suites Class, starting at 31,875 miles.

Singapore miles are easy to get as a transfer partner of every major transferable points program.

 

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Reader Steven emailed to compliment my comprehensive series on redeeming American Airlines miles and to ask me to create a similar series for foreign programs that are transfer partners of:

  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • Citi ThankYou Points
  • SPG Starpoints

I can’t say I’ll get through all of the dozens of transfer partners, but I will start with the most important ones and see how far I get. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  1. Korean SkyPass parts 1, 2, and 3. Korean miles are so important because Korean First Class is the most available First Class product in the world (part 1), and Korean has some super cheap awards on partners (parts 2 and 3.)
  2. Singapore KrisFlyer parts 1 and 2 (starting today)

My overall take on foreign programs is that they are amazing and terrible at the same time.

Almost every foreign program is TERRIBLE if you were to use it as your only frequent flyer program because many awards are expensive and most foreign programs impose massive fuel surcharges on most awards. However each program is AMAZING for some redemptions that are much cheaper than you can book with American frequent flyer programs.

Since we can transfer points into foreign programs and only book these sweetspot awards, we can get some major value.

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The foreign programs’ sweetspots vary widely. With some foreign programs, the best deals are to fly American airlines within the United States. With some foreign programs, the best deals are to fly partner in economy. With some foreign programs, the best deal is to fly the carrier itself in First Class.

Do not overlook foreign transfer options if you want to travel more, better, and cheaper with your points and miles.

 

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Singapore Airlines charges only 12,500 Singapore miles one way for awards within the Southwest Pacific, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and a bunch of island paradises.

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Singapore Airlines’, Star Alliance partner Air New Zealand, flies extensively in the region from its hub in Auckland. Here are its flights to tiny islands.

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Source: gcmap.com

And here is its route network from Australia.

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Source: gcmap.com

Air New Zealand also has an incredible route network within New Zealand. Any award that starts in Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific Island, and ends in Australia, New Zealand, or a Pacific Island is only 12,500 Singapore miles. That’s a steal considering Fiji to Perth is nearly 11 hours of flying!

Singapore awards normally have fuel surcharges, but Air New Zealand flights do not have fuel surcharges, so you pay just the miles and the taxes on these Singapore awards.

  • What is the award space on Air New Zealand intra-South Pacific?
  • How do you search and book the award?
  • How do you get Singapore miles?
  • For people not in Australia or New Zealand, how do you combine these awards with other cheap awards as part of a big trip?

Award Space

Economy award space is fairly open on Air New Zealand flights throughout the South Pacific. Business Class award space is non-existent, which is a shame because some flights are long and Singapore charges only 17,500 miles one way intra-Southwest Pacific in Business Class. The following calendars come from united.com, and yellow dates have economy award space for one passenger.

Auckland to Perth

This is a nearly eight hour flight!

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Award space is fairly good in economy, even during peak summer season.

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Nadi to Perth

What about adding a connecting flight, so the award begins in Fiji? Award space on the two flights stays pretty good if you’re flexible.

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There are way too many routes to look at, so search the routes that interest you on your own. I think you’ll find intra-New Zealand space is excellent and New Zealand to Australia space and New Zealand to Pacific Island space are good if you have flexibility +/- a few days. All that’s in economy. If you find any Business Class space at all, post it in the comments.

How to Search and Book the Award

Search the award on united.com

Singaporeair.com only displays Singapore Airlines award space, so search united.com, which displays nearly all of the Star Alliance, including Air New Zealand. Here’s how to search united.com.

Any Air New Zealand award space on united.com is bookable with Singapore miles. Note the date, cabin, and flight number of the award space to later give to a Singapore agent. Ignore the miles price on united.com. United charges more miles for the exact same flights, which is exactly why we’ll use Singapore miles to book the space.

Book by calling Singapore Airlines

Once you find space, transfer your Chase, AMEX, Citi, or SPG points to Singapore miles. The credit card points take 24-48 hours to post. The SPG points take longer.

To book the award, call Singapore Airlines at 213-404-0301 and give the agent the date, cabin, and flight number of the award space you found on united.com. There is no phone fee for booking Singapore Airlines partner awards.

Pay your award taxes with the Citi Prestige® Card. The first $250 in award taxes, fuel surcharges, airfare, or airline fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes.

Getting the Miles

Singapore miles are a 1:1 transfer partner of the major transferable points programs: Chase, AMEX, Citi, and SPG. Cards I like that earns points that transfer to Singapore miles:

After meeting the minimum spending requirement on one of those cards, you’ll have enough for four one-way tickets within the Southwest Pacific on the Singapore Airlines award chart.

Combing This Award Into a BIG Trip

In 2015, there are no good round-the-world awards. You construct your big trip from the cheapest awards on several award charts. Here are some cheap awards you can hook up to a Singapore intra-Southwest Pacific award (everything below comes from How to Book a RTW Trip in 2015. Use These Underpriced Awards):

From United States:

To Fiji

To Australia/New Zealand

From Southeast Asia

To Australia/New Zealand

  • with 17,500 United miles
  • in Business Class with 35,000 United miles
  • in First Class with 40,000 United miles, try for Thai First Class
From North Asia

To Oceania

Bottom Line

Singapore Airlines miles are the best miles to hop around between Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania at only 12,500 miles one way with no fuel surcharges and good award space in economy to many interesting places.

Search united.com and book the award space by calling Singapore.

Hook up the award space to other cheap awards from the region to Southeast Asia, North Asia, or the United States to form a big trip.

 

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United flies daily from Newark to Honolulu and weekly from Washington to Honolulu. Both routes have flat beds in First Class.

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The 767-400ERs plying the routes have five across First Class beds in a 2-1-2 pattern. I’ve flown both routes and recommend the middle seat for solo travelers and A & B for people traveling together.

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These 10+ hour flights are a great candidate for award redemptions because the miles cost of First Class awards is lower than you’d expect.

  • United charges 40,000 miles + $5.60 each way in First Class
  • Singapore charges 30,000 miles + $5.60 each way for the same seats/beds

But what is the award space?

You can get 100,000+ Singapore miles, almost enough for two roundtrips in First Class to Hawaii from opening two credit cards.

Award Space

The award prices quoted above are for United Saver award space, the only space that Singapore miles have access to. United Saver award space is almost completely absent between Washington and Honolulu, though it is much better between Newark and Honolulu.

Washington-Dulles <-> Honolulu

This route operates on Saturdays heading east and Sundays heading west. Award space is non-existent in First Class at the moment. Economy space is available most Sundays heading west, and about two Saturdays per month heading east.

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Newark <-> Honolulu

Space is better than it used to be from Newark to Honolulu.

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You have a real chance to fly this route in a flat bed. There are six days in the next five weeks with First Class award space.

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In 2016, the space really picks up. There are 14 days in April and May with First Class award space for two passengers.

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Unfortunately award space is definitely worse from Honolulu to Newark.

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You can plan your trip’s dates around the very rare space in First Class from Honolulu to Newark and book something like this.

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Or you can book one way in direct First Class and the return from a different island in economy with a layover. I’d favor this strategy because you should see a new Hawaiian Island every 2-4 days.

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How and Why to Book with Singapore Miles

Singapore Airlines is a Star Alliance partner with United, and it just happens to have a far cheaper award chart between the United States mainland and Hawaii than United does. Singapore charges:

  • 17,500 miles one way in United economy, United charges 22,500 miles
  • 30,000 miles one way in United First, United charges 40,000 miles

There is no way to transfer United miles to Singapore miles, but all transferable points (Chase, Citi, AMEX, and Starpoints) transfer to Singapore miles. Both of these 50,000 point offers can transfer to Singapore miles:

Search united.com for United award space to Hawaii. Singapore miles can only book space with a blue button in the Saver column, like this flight has in both cabins.

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Note the date, cabin, and flight number of the award space you want to book, then call Singapore at 213-404-0301 and give the agent that information. (Call United First Class “Business Class” on the phone.)

The Singapore agent will charge you according the Singapore chart, which is way cheaper. For instance a couple who flew roundtrip from Newark to Honolulu with one direction in United First Class would pay 125,000 United miles + $22.40.

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The same flights are 95,000 Singapore miles + $22.40.

Bottom Line

There is good award space in flat beds from Newark to Honolulu. There is much worse award space Honolulu to Newark and none in flat beds between Washington and Honolulu.

If some of the space works for you, book with Singapore miles, not United miles.

Both of these 50,000 point offers can transfer to Singapore miles:

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Travel from Houston (IAH) to Moscow (DME) nonstop for $399 roundtrip on Singapore Airlines. Book by Monday August 10 and start travel by December 1. This is an advertised sale.

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Contents:

  1. When are the $399 fares?
  2. Visas?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  5. Singapore Baggage Policy

$399 Roundtrip from Houston to Moscow

This is part of Singapore’s Houston to Moscow to Singapore service on a 777-300ER. First and Business Class awards on the route are a great value.

Here are all the fare rules. Note that the route only flies five days a week, so there are no real restrictions except that you must start travel between 9/1 and 12/1 and stay less than one month.

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To book, start on the fare’s promo page on singaporeair.com.

Visas

Americans traveling to Russia need a visa obtained in advance. Check out the State Department for more information.

Mileage Earning

These are K class fares from Singapore. If you want to credit miles to a partner, K fares earn zero miles with United and LifeMiles. With Singapore, they earn 10% of flown miles. That means you’ll earn about 1,187 Singapore miles from flying the trip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Singapore ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will apply to this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement for a net price of $149 for a roundtrip to Russia!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 50,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 50,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.

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Singapore Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 23 kg (50 pounds) each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip Secretly Flying

 

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Last week I redeemed 20,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles and $27 for a one way trip in Business Class from Bogota to Buenos Aires with an overnight in Lima. I will fly the award in a few months.

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That’s over seven hours of flying up front for only 20,000 miles. United would have charged 40,000 miles for me to book the exact same award space. American Airlines would have charged 32,500 miles to fly its partner LAN Airlines in Business Class.

I got the 20,000 Singapore miles by transferring Citi ThankYou Points 1:1 to Singapore miles, which took about 19 hours to post. (Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints also transfer to Singapore miles.)

I earn ThankYou Points with my Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card and Citi Prestige® Card. Both cards come with 50,000 bonus ThankYou points after spending $3,000 in the first three months, and you can get both for 100,000 bonus points. Both cards also comes with 3x points per dollar on airlines and hotels and 2x on dining and entertainment.

Getting the miles and searching for award space were very easy, so I’ll focus a lot on award chart sweet spots and setting alerts when the exact space you want is not available.

  • How did I discover this sweet spot on the Singapore award chart?
  • How did I search for award space?
  • How did I book the award?
  • How did I set an alert for better award space?

Finding Sweet Spots

I always scour award charts for hidden value on awards that never touch the United States. That’s how I found:

It’s also how I found that Singapore Airlines only charges 12,500 miles for an award within South America and only 20,000 miles in Business Class.

(Singapore Award Chart)

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Roundtrip Singapore Award Chart. Divide by two for a one way award.

Singapore’s intra-South America awards are probably so cheap because it only has one region for all of South America. United and American both break South America into two regions, so my award would have been 40,000 United miles for the exact same Business Class flights or 32,500 American Airlines miles on partner LAN Airlines.

Fuel Surcharges

Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance, so its miles can be used to book awards on all 27 member airlines of the alliance.

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Singapore collects fuel surcharges on award flights, though, so you only want to use Singapore miles to book awards on United, Copa, TACA, and Avianca, since Singapore doesn’t collect fuel surcharges on these airlines’ flights.

(You might also want to use Singapore miles to book Singapore Suites with fuel surcharges.)

Searching Award Space

I wanted to fly the direct Avianca flight from Bogota to Buenos Aires. I flew it last year (trip report), and it was a comfortable nearly-flat bed, in addition to being the quickest way between Bogota and Buenos Aires. Unfortunately award space is very rare on the direct flight, which you can search on united.com.
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My back up plan was a connection in Lima. There are some itineraries with short layovers in Lima, but I decided to book an 18 hour layover instead. Peru is one of my favorite counties (my Peru Top Ten), and I haven’t been there in a few years. I will greatly enjoy my night out in Miraflores and possibly re-connecting with old friends.

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I noted the date, cabin, and flight numbers of the TACA flights I found on united.com. Here’s how to search united.com

Transferring ThankYou Points

Once I found award space, I transferred 20,000 ThankYou Points to Singapore miles. For the miles to arrive takes between 19 and 36 hours, and I detailed the process here.

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There is no way to hold the space while you wait for the miles to hit. Luckily space disappearing seemed nearly impossible in this case, since there is Business Class award space every day on the route if you are willing to connect.

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If space had disappeared, I would have used my new Singapore miles for something else. They are super valuable to me as you’ll see in the links at the end of this post.

Booking a Singapore Airlines Award

Once the Singapore miles posted, I checked united.com, and the space I wanted was still there, so I called Singapore.

Singapore Airlines only displays its own award space online, so to book a partner award, you have to call (800) 742-3333. Luckily there is no phone ticketing fee.

I gave the agent the date, cabin, and flight number of the award space I wanted. The award had 86.3 Singapore Dollars worth of taxes, about $62.

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From flying a similar award last year, and departing Colombia three times in the last year, I am expecting about $35 in taxes to be returned to me at the airport because I am not Colombian, and I was in the country for less than 90 days. That will make the total taxes only $27.

Setting an Alert to Move to the Direct Flight

If Avianca opens up award space on its direct flight from Bogota to Buenos Aires, I would like to switch to that flight. Singapore charges $20 for changes, which I would gladly pay!

I could frequently check united.com to see if space opens up on the direct Bogota to Buenos Aires flight, but there is an easier way. Set up an alert on Award Nexus.

Will space open up for me?

No one knows for sure, but I don’t think it will. I’d give my chances of flying directly from Bogota to Buenos Aires at about 10%.

As I said in “Will You Find Last Minute Space? Here’s How To Estimate Your Chances,” the best way to estimate is to look at space on the route for the next few weeks.

Space is terrible on the direct flight with award space on only one day in the next two months.

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Bottom Line

Seven hours of flying in Business Class for 20,000 miles + $27 is a steal.

You should always check the award charts of all the partners of your transferable points currency to see if there is a sweet spot on one of the charts for the award you want. I saved myself 20,000 miles by not blowing 40,000 United miles for these flights, which is what I think most Americans would have unknowingly done.

Singapore miles are extremely easy to get (with a 19-36 hour delay) because they are transfer partners of every transferable point. My favorite ways to rack up Singapore miles are with my Citi ThankYou® Premier Rewards Card and Citi Prestige® Card. Both cards come with 50,000 bonus ThankYou points after spending $3,000 in the first three months, and you can get both for 100,000 bonus points. Both cards also comes with 3x points per dollar on airlines and hotels and 2x on dining and entertainment.

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SEE ALSO

 

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Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get a $250 Air Travel Credit each calendar year, free airport lounge access worldwide, and your fourth night free on hotel stays. Why I got the card.

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Update 8/5/15 at noon ET:

I totally messed this one up. Transfers are 1.35 Singapore miles to 1 Virgin Australia point or 1.35 Virgin Australia points to 1 Singapore mile. In both directions you lose about a quarter of your miles, so this is a terrible deal. I was fooled by this sentence on the Virgin Australia website:

“*The conversion rate of 1.35 Velocity Points to 1.00 KrisFlyer Miles will be available both ways when converting from Velocity Points to KrisFlyer Miles or vice versa.”

I would argue that sentence is flat wrong, but at the very least ambiguous, and I misinterpreted, which I shouldn’t have done because the Singapore website and one of the screenshots in my post were clear enough that 1.35 Singapore miles = 1 Virgin Australia point.

Thanks to @Money_Metagame for correcting me on Twitter. Sorry for the misinformation on my part.

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Since November 2014, you can transfer 1 Singapore KrisFlyer miles to 1.35 Virgin Australia Velocity Points or vice versa. I had no idea until Michael Kao let us know in the comments of yesterday’s post about which partners you can book with your miles.

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This has the potential to be very valuable information for Americans because:

  1. Singapore miles are very easy to get as a transfer partner of four transferable points’ programs.
  2. Virgin Australia has some cheap redemption options (and not just for trips to Australia) and doesn’t appear to charge fuel surcharges.

How the Transfers Work

Link your accounts on either site. I linked mine on the Virgin Australia site here.

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Then convert there from Virgin Australia points to Singapore miles or here from Singapore miles to Virgin Australia points.

Since Americans have much easier access to Singapore miles, the likely transfer will be from Singapore to Virgin Australia. I went to the transfer page inside my Singapore account, and my accounts were linked from the link I had made on the Virgin Australia site a few minutes before.

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The minimum number of miles to transfer is 5,000, and you appear to be able to transfer any amount above that, even odd numbers.

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How to Get Singapore Miles

Singapore miles are a 1:1 transfer partner of Citi ThankYou Points, American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and SPG Starpoints. Transfers take about 24 hours.

Here’s a quick way to get 100,000 ThankYou Points from two cards:

Opening a Virgin Australia Account

You need to be a resident of Australia, New Zealand, or Pacific Islands to join Virgin Australia Velocity. If you’re comfortable giving an address there, you’ll have no problem signing up here.

Cheap Deals on the Virgin Australia Award Charts

Virgin Australia has two distance-based award charts. One for Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, Virgin Samoa, Etihad, Delta, and trans-Tasman Air New Zealand flights.

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I gather from this table of popular redemptions that there are no fuel surcharges on awards because the dollar amounts listed are only taxes.

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Many of these are good deals, especially after you divide by 1.35 to account for the transfer bonus from Singapore miles.

  • Sydney to Melbourne for 5,112 Singapore miles
  • Sydney to Perth for 12,519 Singapore miles
  • Sydney to Los Angeles for 34,815 Singapore miles
  • Sydney to Fiji for 12,519 Singapore miles

I am going to figure out even more good deals and confirm the total taxes and fees on awards by doing dummy bookings over the phone in the coming days.

Many Virgins

There are four airlines with Virgin in the name: Atlantic, Australia, America, and Samoa. They are separate airlines. This article is about Virgin Australia.

Singapore miles do NOT convert to any other the other Virgins’ miles. Virgin Atlantic miles do NOT convert to the other Virgins’ miles. (However Virgin Australia miles can book awards on all the Virgins.)

Bonus

There’s one other reason you might care about Virgin Australia Velocity. 😉

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I’ve added my Velocity number to my next Delta award online. Let’s see if I get any miles.

Bottom Line

Singapore miles and Virgin Australia points can be freely converted from one to the other. This opens up great opportunities since Singapore miles are very easy to get, and Virgin Australia has a fair award chart and interesting partners.

 

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