Book those Singapore Airlines awards using Delta miles NOW!

The relationship between Singapore Airlines and Delta is ending on May 15, which means you’ll no longer be able to burn Delta miles for trips on Singapore Airlines (I have a feeling there’s not a whole lot of action in the other direction). Now, SkyMiles are generally among the most worthless mileage currencies and Singapore is the only partner through which you can use your miles for international first class, so if you can swing a trip to Asia, by all means book it now.

At only 140,000 miles per passenger in first class, it’s quite a deal. The only annoyance is that taxes and fuel surcharges come out to around $500 per ticket, but given that you’re using Delta miles for an incredible product, it’s still most definitely worth it.

And keep in mind that unlike most Star Alliance carriers, Delta has access to a decent amount of Singapore first class award space on their New York to Frankfurt to Singapore and Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore routes. Good luck securing that space with miles from most Star Alliance airlines…

(Tip of the hat to Gary)

Filed Under: Delta, Great Deals
  1. Isn’t there a 1 First Class reward limit on Singapore?

    Seems like last year when we tried to book it to BKK from SLC, Singapore said we could only book 1 seat.

  2. I’m quite sick of these so-called “experts” claiming that Delta miles are “worthless”. Just because they use miles for international first-class travel doesn’t mean that most of the flying population does. I redeem Delta miles all the time for domestic travel and I get over 2 cents per mile most of the time. While this might not compare to the value obtained through international redemptions, I find it extremely valuable and much better than the success I have redeeming miles on other airlines for domestic travel.

  3. SQ rarely gives a partner more than 1 seat in each premium cabin on a single flight – sometimes they’ll release more close to departure (obviously won’t work for DL miles at this point). JFK-FRA-SIN while still a 744 usually only has award inventory (for DL) in C while LAX-NRT-SIN has award inventory (for DL) in F.

  4. I retract my comment. Redeeming at 2 cpm is not a horrible rate. It’s not a great rate, but I suppose you could do worse.

  5. @Gene – maybe a different angle. For Y, do you think 2 cpm is a good value? And would you think it’s better domestically (ie ~$500 equivalent) or internationally (~$1000-1200 equiv to Europe, ~$1300-1600 Asia)?

    Obviously C and F are better redemption values, but set those aside, because the redemption value exceeds what many would be willing to pay if it were cold hard cash.

    PS. I would argue that the cold hard cash value is 3cpm or less, because that’s the upper end of the price at which many airlines will sell you the miles outright, albeit with an annual cap.

  6. 2CPM for someone who has no need nor desire to fly internationally might be a superb redemption value, while even 3CPM might be a horrible redemption value for someone who needs to purchase last-minute international F tickets for employees. You can’t assign a “proper” value, as it depends solely upon the needs and alternatives for the individual. My point was that Delta Skymiles are easily redeemed by many people for a CPM value that *they* feel is extremely worthwhile, and most of these people are doing it domestically. The self-proclaimed “experts” who proclaim they are worthless/Pesos/Zimbabwe dollars are usually focused on their own redemption patterns, which involve international first class. From their perspective, they are quite worthless. The problem is, these “experts” aren’t representative of the majority – not even close.

  7. @ larry
    If you redeem for last minute domestic tickets, you’ll do better with a program Airtran -16 credits r/t in coach – achieved by spending $16k on cc, double for J (with great availablity). So, by spending $32k on cc you might get a DL ticket in Y with close in fees up to $150, unless you are PL, or FL in J without any fees with much better availability.
    Also, look into WN and VA programs. I think they are better then DL for last minute domestic in Y.
    Also, try Priceline – DL is not 2 cpm compare to their prices.

  8. @ Jason — They never release more than one seat at a time to partner carriers.

    @ Larry — You’re right. I have no clue what I’m talking about. The likes of Chris Elliott and AOL travel writers are much more knowledgeable. My apologies. In all honesty, my blog is about maximizing miles and points. And when it comes to maximizing mileage, there’s not a US legacy that has more worthless miles than Delta. And I’m sticking to it.

  9. How can I check availability of NYC>SIN?? Call Delta, Singapore, online booking????

  10. @Larry —

    Perhaps you can explain to us why DL flyers defend their airline and FF program so much? As you’ve probably figured out, Lucky’s crowd is largely Star Alliance, and for good reason. And most folks here fly United a lot, also for good reason. But every one of us will admit that United has a ton of faults. Yet I never see a DL flyer admit that DL does anything wrong! Do you guys get high on all that Coke down there? 🙂

  11. @al613 – Fair point, however, I prefer Delta’s planes and service to AirTran and AirTran doesn’t serve many of the destinations I need. Priceline-purchased tickets similarly tend to result in less preferable planes, and the routings are often filled with less desirable connections.

    @lucky – No one would dispute that you are knowledgeable. My point is that it is factually incorrect to say that Delta miles are “worthless” when they may be easily redeemed for 2 or even 3 cents per mile domestically. Those who need or want them for international travel may certainly find better options elsewhere.

  12. Larry — are you confusing ‘worthless’ and ‘worth less’? I expect that even Lucky will admit that SkyPesos have some value, just not as much as a UA/AA mile.

    Let’s put it this way, if you are so sure that DL miles are valuable, will you trade us for our SkyMiles? I’d glady do a straight-up swap of my DL miles for your UA/AA miles.

  13. @ Larry — Sorry if you thought I meant that the miles were actually worthless. They’re not. Heck, I booked a BusinessElite award to Tel Aviv last year for 90,000 miles, which is tough to beat. But that’s rate. I meant they are worth less than miles in most other programs. It’s all relative.

  14. Unless you are willing to pay through the nose, attempting to redeem Delta miles for anything overseas, less than a year out is getting to be darn near impossible. Even then, expect a huge hassle, roll of the dice, and higher fees. Too bad, as it used to be better. Now, I’m trying to use my miles and cancel my Amex Skymiles card for good.

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