I can’t even begin to say how exciting this is. For the first time in at least a year I see Singapore Airlines first class award availability between the US and Asia on the ANA tool. Now in fairness there have been other opportunities to snag first class space, but not through most programs. Lufthansa, for example, has a special relationship with Singapore Airlines, and somehow Continental seems to have access to some availability, even when nothing shows on the ANA tool (I’m not sure if they’re doing manual sells or what).
But now I’m seeing space on SQ11/12 (the Los Angeles to Singapore via Tokyo Narita flight). The bad news is that it’s only short notice. I’m not seeing any space more than four days before departure, but hell, with Singapore Airlines I’ll take what I can get. Given that they haven’t released any space between the US and Asia to all Star Alliance partners in first class in a long time, this is huge progress. Now here’s to hoping we see a bit of availability further out!
Even more exciting is that they’re not just releasing the space on the through flight (Los Angeles to Singapore) as they did in the past, but they’re also releasing space on the individual segments. So the award space is also showing up when only searching for a Los Angeles to Tokyo flight as well as just searching a Tokyo to Singapore flight.
Also, I’m noticing that ANA seems to be opening up some first class award space really close to departure as well. We’re talking 2-5 days before departure. But I do see the odd first class seat between most of their US gateways and Tokyo Narita on several days.
I might have some time for a quick trip in a few weeks, in which case I might just plan something with only a couple of days advance notice. The opportunity to fly Singapore Airlines in first class again and to finally try ANA first class is too much to pass up. Might even try to squeeze in Asiana first class.