Discounted Award Tickets On The World’s Longest Flights!

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Singapore Airlines is launching some really exciting routes later this year:

It will be very interesting to see how Singapore Airlines does with these flights, given how few seats these planes have. Singapore Airlines will use A350-900ULRs for the routes, featuring just 161 seats, including 67 business class seats (in a 1-2-1 configuration) and 94 premium economy seats (in a 2-4-2 configuration).

Singapore Airlines business class

That’s why I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much award space the airline has had, both on the Singapore to Newark route, and on the Singapore to Los Angeles route.

Anyway, Singapore Airlines offers what they call “KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes,” which are limited time discounts on award tickets in select markets.

At the moment, Singapore Airlines is discounting awards on their new routes. This promotion is valid for bookings made by September 30, 2018, and for travel through November 30, 2018. Specifically:

  • Singapore to Newark is bookable for just 40,000 miles in premium economy (rather than 70,000 miles)
  • Singapore to Los Angeles/San Francisco is bookable for just 38,000 miles in premium economy (rather than 65,000 miles)
  • Singapore to Los Angeles/San Francisco is bookable for just 65,000 miles in business class (rather than 88,000 miles)

All flights that have saver level award seats should be bookable at those costs, assuming they otherwise meet the terms. While the price shown will initially be the regular cost, once you select a flight it will reflect the discounted price.

In general, premium economy availability from Singapore to Newark is excellent, while the business class award availability to Los Angeles and San Francisco is more limited.

This is an incredible opportunity to score a deal on an award ticket. Keep in mind that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, so there are lots of easy ways to earn miles with them.

Earn KrisFlyer miles with:

Does anyone plan on booking one of these great award values?

(Tip of the hat to God Save the Points)

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  1. I *believe* they may actually be available for round trip travel, starting in either direction. Further down on the Spontaneous Escapes page I believe it specifies…

    Singapore to Los Angeles 38,000 SQ38 – 65,000 SQ38 –
    Los Angeles to Singapore 38,000 SQ37 – 65,000 SQ37 –
    Singapore to San Francisco 38,000 SQ34 – 65,000 SQ34 –
    San Francisco to Singapore 38,000 SQ33 – 65,000 SQ33 –
    Singapore to New York 40,000 SQ22 – – – –
    New York to Singapore 40,000 SQ21 – – – –

    Great promo!

  2. Ben – what’s your thoughts on flying direct in business class vs doing it in first with one stop.

    Currently booked SIN to SFO in first on a 777-300er and then return from JFK to SIN on a A380.

  3. This was a great trip/route when it was all J on the A340 and one suspects it will be pretty ok in premium economy. To me it made a HUGE difference to be able to avoid LAX or SFO…to the extent I took it 7 or 8 times in just a couple of years.
    I don’t fly SQ these days but will consider them again for this flight.

  4. Shame availability is so limited. I was ready to take advantage of SIN-LAX/SFO, but can find no availability over a 4 day period in Nov.

  5. Suspect there’s not much demand for revenue fares as SQ expected when they launched these nonstop ULR routes. Even the revenue fares are sold at low prices, in line with one stop flights.
    Wonder what the risk apettite is for SQ – will they wait for a few years for demand to pick up?

  6. While the SIN-EWR route opened up some great Saver availability in the middle of July, I have been searching this route for the past three weeks and the route has not provided a single date with Saver availability, much less a Saver “Waitlist” option. I checked ExpertFlyer and business class seats seem mostly open. I wonder if the opened availability in July was an accident and it will not open again until the route begins.

    Really hoping to book two RT J options on this route for next spring.

  7. @Thomas R, when airlines have award sale on specific city pair, generally you can bet that adding positioning leg will void the sales pricing. But… you might get lucky by try calling.

    I actually did the current LAX to SIN via ICN stop last June. Wife and 1 daughter in F and me and another daughter in J, we all took showers at Asiana F lounge at ICN… (No one at the lounge besides us) and swapped the seats from ICN to SIN. It was a refreshing break and all of us go to try the SIN F and J. I would take this over LAX to SIN direct option any day but that’s for a leisure trip… Business travels, especially those of you who sleeps well on the plane and just want get to SIN as soon as possible, direct J would be preferable to 1 stop F.

  8. @ Thomas R — Nope, that would cause the pricing to change, since it would be a Star Alliance award, and those aren’t eligible for this.

  9. @ Troy — That’s a real toughie. Given that the difference in required mileage is minimal, I’d probably do first class, unless you value the novelty of taking this new ultra longhaul flight. Given how long the journey is, it might be nice to stretch your legs anyway.

  10. Guess they wanted to make a big deal out of their new nonstop flights before the very busy Christmas travel season begins… I personally only realized just now that I booked the inaugural LAX nonstop flight.

    I hope Krisflyer continues to offer more discounted, Spontaneous Escapes deals to the US in the future as well.

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