Sale on New Direct Singapore Awards: The World’s Longest Flight!

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If you book by September 30, 2018 for travel dates no later than November 30, you can try out some of the world’s longest flights, on Singapore Airlines nonetheless, for big discounts. Singapore Krisflyer is promoting the airline’s newest routes between Singapore and the United States with a sale on premium economy and Business award prices.

This is exciting because Singapore offers one of the best products in the sky and you probably already have access to Singapore miles via any of the major transferrable point types. It’s also an opportunity for all you aviation geeks that want to be able to say that you’ve flown the world’s longest flight.

What will officially be the world’s longest flight at 17 hours and 50 minutes, Singapore to Newark (or vice versa) nonstop costs just 40,000 Krisflyer miles in premium economy compared to the standard 70,000. This new route starts October 11, 2018.

Another new route, Singapore to Los Angeles nonstop which is the fourth longest flight in the world, commences November 3, 2018 and is on sale now for:

  • 38,000 miles in premium economy
  • 65,000 miles in Business

The Singapore to San Francisco route (which Singapore already flies) will see an addition of three more weekly flights as of December 7, 2018. You can book between the Bay Area and Singapore for:

  • 38,000 miles in premium economy
  • 65,000 miles in Business

The New Product

Singapore <> Newark (SQ21 and SQ22), Singapore <> Los Angeles (SQ37 and SQ38), and Singapore <> San Francisco (SQ33 and SQ34) will be flown on Ultra Long Range A350-900s.

The A350-900ULRs have 94 premium economy seats laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration and 67 180 degree flat-bed business class seats laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration (notice, no economy seats!)

That’s less overall seats than the average plane to make room for a nicer and more expensive onboard product, which is key (along with keeping the weight down) for the airline to make up for lost revenue on less passengers. But who’s spending cash on these flights anyways? Not us at least.

The planes looks lovely and has new features that supposedly will help you from getting too much cabin fever, like a lighting system that preps you for your new time zone, and an air management system that renews the air supply every couple of minutes and is better at regulating temperatures. That all sounds fine and dandy, but I’d still rather shell out the miles for Business for such a long flight.

In-flight service on Singapore is top notch, one of the best in the world. Especially at the sale prices, the value you’d be getting for these award flights is sky high.

Booking

There is plenty of Saver level discounted award space available on the Singapore <> Newark route, but the the Business space is drying up. Move quick if you want to book Business.

You can search and book these awards on singaporeair.com. The search results will first show the regular award price, but when you select a flight the price will drop to a discounted one.

Point Transfers

You can transfer your Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards, ThankYou Points, or Marriott Rewards to Krisflyer to book one of Singapore’s new direct flights to or from the United States for a major discount. A word of warning with Ultimate Rewards to Singapore transfers: I recently attempted this transfer and took a week to complete, which is far outside the norm of one to two days and was quite alarming as I was trying to book a last minute award. That could’ve been due to site maintenance that occurred during the midst of that week span, but either way, it’s worth mentioning. Has anyone else had trouble with Ultimate Rewards to Singapore transfer lag time?

If you’re concerned about space drying up–which I would be with Business awards–here are the average transfer times:

  • Ultimate Rewards: 1 to 2 days
  • Membership Rewards: 1 to 3 days
  • ThankYou Points: 2 days
  • Marriott Rewards: Not sure, but SPG points (which were recently converted into Marriott Rewards after the programs merged) used to take the longest of all the points to transfer with lag time of up to a week

Bottom Line

Singapore will commences two new non-stop Singapore to US routes soon:

  • Singapore <> Newark, on October 11, 2018
  • Singapore <> Los Angeles, on November 1, 2018

They are also adding a few more flights to an existing route between Singapore and San Francisco. All the new flights will be served by A350-900ULRs, and all are currently on sale at large discounts.

Remember to book by September 30, for travel November 30 or before, if you want to pay less Krisflyer miles to try them out.

Hat tip to God Save the Points


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2 COMMENTS

  1. With the delay in point transfers, how do I hold a reservation and wait for the points to come over? I’d hate to find a seat and lose it while waiting!

    • Singapore doesn’t officially allow holds, but sometimes you can. Some say you have to have 50% of the required mileage already in your account, others say 30%, and others have reported needing none. If you don’t get a good agent, call back until you find one that will hold your award.

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