Unless you’ve been flying regional jets with no wifi this week, you’ve probably seen the “$23,000 Singapore Airlines Suites Class” trip report circling around social media. As interesting as the report itself are the claims that some of the text and pictures were stolen from other bloggers. I’m not sure whether that’s the case or not, though it has added a fun twist to this report.
Singapore Airlines Suites Class
What’s amazing to me though is the comments this story has been getting! Things like:
That’s an insane amount of money! You could buy a car!
We should do this! But we’d have to rob a bank first…
Too bad I’ll never be able to afford that!
I often forget how insular our hobby is, but for anyone who is newer to miles and points, here’s a tip:
You don’t have to be rich to fly Singapore Suites!
In all honesty, Singapore KrisFlyer has actually gotten themselves into a difficult situation. They are now transfer partners with all four of the major flexible points currencies in the US, which is probably going to put a strain on the frequent flyer program.
In the meantime though, Singapore Suites are one of the best values in the mileage game, and the points are relatively easy to accrue.
How many miles do you need for Singapore Suites?
If you can plan ahead, not that many! It’s just 91,375 miles one-way between Los Angeles and Singapore (when factoring in the 15% discount for booking on singaporeair.com), that’s a heck of a deal for 21 hours in A380 Suites Class.
Singapore also flies from Houston to Moscow and from New York to Frankfurt — Suites Class between North America and Europe is just 57,375 miles one way!
Singapore Airlines caviar service
So how do you get Singapore KrisFlyer miles?
As I mentioned above, Singapore is a transfer partner with all four of the main points currencies in the US. That means if you have American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou points (some cards), or Starwood Preferred Guest points, you can transfer those at a 1:1 ratio to Singapore.
And there are tons of options for accruing points in these programs! Here are just a few of the offers out there right now:
To simplify this further, if you sign up for the Ink Plus® Business Credit Card and complete the minimum spend you’d have at least 75,000 Ultimate Rewards points. That’s more than enough for a one-way Suites Class ticket between New York and Frankfurt, which would retail for almost $7,000USD.
Want a longer experience in Suites Class? If you pick up both the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Ink Plus® Business Credit Card and complete the minimum spend you’d have at least 123,000 Ultimate Rewards points, which is more than enough for a one-way Suites Class ticket between Los Angeles and Singapore, which retails for almost $9,000USD.
Or you’d have more than enough miles for a one-way Suites Class ticket between New York and Frankfurt for two people. And yes, that double bed is intended to be occupied by two people. 😉
Singapore Airlines Suites Class double bed
For more information on redeeming KrisFlyer miles (and just how easy the process can be), see my primer on Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer.
And if you’re curious how much award redemptions cost for different regions, here’s a chart with Singapore Airlines’ award redemption rates for various routes out of the US in Business, First, and Suites Class:
|Route||Business Class (One-Way)||First Class (One-Way)||Aircraft|
|San Francisco to Hong Kong||63,750 miles + $112.40||70,125 miles + $112.40||Boeing 777-300ER|
|San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore||68,000 miles + $312.50||91,375 miles + $325.50||Boeing 777-300ER|
|San Francisco to Seoul||65,875 miles + $205.50||74,375 miles + $218.50||Boeing 777-300ER|
|San Francisco to Seoul to Singapore||68,000 miles + $312.50||91,375 miles + $325.50||Boeing 777-300ER|
|Los Angeles to Tokyo||65,875 miles + $172.80||74,375 miles + $172.80||Airbus A380|
|Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore||68,000 miles + $327.96||91,375 miles + $340.96||Airbus A380|
|New York to Frankfurt||48,875 miles + $205.50||57,375 miles + $218.50||Airbus A380|
|New York to Frankfurt to Singapore||72,250 miles + $340.81||93,500 miles + $353.81||Airbus A380|
|Houston to Moscow||48,875 miles + $213.90||57,375 miles + $226.90||Boeing 777-300ER|
|Houston to Moscow to Singapore||72,250 miles + $320.90||93,500 miles + $333.90||Boeing 777-300ER|
And if you’re looking for more Singapore Airlines trip reports, you can check out my reviews of previous flights:
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Singapore to Tokyo Narita
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Houston to Moscow
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Moscow to Singapore
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Singapore to Frankfurt
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Singapore to Seoul Incheon
- Singapore Airlines First Class 777-300ER Seoul Incheon to San Francisco
- Singapore Airlines Suites Class A380 San Francisco to Hong Kong
- Singapore Airlines Suites Class A380 Hong Kong to Singapore
You don’t have to be a billionaire to fly Singapore Suites. With a bit of work, just about anyone can do it — yes, it’s that easy.