Hurry: Redeem Partner Miles For Singapore Airlines’ Ultra Longhaul Business Class

As a general rule of thumb, Singapore Airlines only makes longhaul first and business class award seats available to members of their own KrisFlyer frequent flyer program.

On one hand I interpret this as them trying to “protect” their premium cabins, though on the other hand they’re transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou, so they’re sort of opening up the floodgates.

Anyway, Singapore Airlines is soon launching some of the world’s longest flights, including between Singapore and Newark, Singapore and Los Angeles, and expanded service between Singapore and San Francisco.

The airline has been surprisingly generous with opening up award seats to their own KrisFlyer members for these flights in business class. They’ve even opened up some discounted award redemptions on these flights.

However, at the moment it looks like some partner airlines have access to Singapore Airlines longhaul business class award space as well. This doesn’t seem to be the case on all routes and all dates, but there’s at least some availability. Based on what I can tell, Air Canada Aeroplan and United MileagePlus have access to this space, while Avianca LifeMiles doesn’t.

For example, here’s the MileagePlus award calendar for nonstop Singapore Airlines business class award seats from Singapore to Los Angeles:

And here’s the availability:

This space is also bookable via Aeroplan:

And I also see some award space from Singapore to San Francisco:

Based on some quick searches it looks like all of the availability with partners is for travel originating in Singapore and not the other way around. Furthermore, I don’t see any space on the Newark flight, though it’s possible I wasn’t looking closely enough (my priority is to get this published as quickly as possible, in case anyone would benefit from this space).

Hopefully this is useful for someone who has some partner miles they’re looking to redeem. Personally I don’t view it as that huge of a deal since I have access to transferable points currencies, and therefore can easily book directly via KrisFlyer at a similar cost.

Does anyone plan on booking a business class award seat on Singapore Airlines using partner miles?

(Tip of the hat to @lspr21)

Comments

  1. Two days ago I booked two tickets from LA to Singapore on the SQ long haul flight for 90k UA miles per ticket. Maybe I was just lucky to find availability? There were a couple of available days in Jan, which is when I was looking. Maybe a couple are still there, if anyone has a similar trip in mind. Good luck!

  2. It’s the route. They have to be struggling with demand. Look at the cash fares in premium economy. It’s simply too long of a flight for most people.

  3. What do you mean? I book SQ J/F award space frequently using VA Velocity with no issues – no “protection” going on there.

  4. If you’re transferring all miles from Chase, at 90k miles, actually cheaper to book with SQ miles if trip ending in LAX or SFO. Also lower award change and last minute booking fees.

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