As James wrote about earlier, Singapore Airlines will be resuming nonstop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles as of November 2, 2018. They’ll operate this flight with one of their new A350-900ULR aircraft, as they’re taking delivery of seven of these. The airline will also fly nonstop between Singapore and Newark as of October 2018, though that route was previously announced.
As I noted when that flight became bookable, there wasn’t much in the way of award availability. I don’t see any saver level business class award availability between Newark and Singapore. There was some standard award availability, which costs a steep 135,000 miles one-way.
There’s some good news when it comes to the new flight that just became bookable. Singapore Airlines seems to have two saver business class award seats on most nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Singapore. A saver ticket costs 88,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way, and there are no carrier imposed surcharges, but rather just the government taxes and fees — this comes out to 23.90USD on the westbound flight, and 69.73USD on the eastbound flight.
It’s great to see this amount of award availability. Keep in mind that Singapore Airlines restricts their longhaul premium cabin award space to members of their own program, so you won’t be able to book these tickets with other Star Alliance miles.
The good news is that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Marriott Bonvoy, so there are lots of easy ways to earn miles with them.
- 5x total points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 3x points on dining
- 2x points on travel purchases
- 3x points on Travel after the $300 Annual Travel Credit
- 3x points on Dining
- $300 Travel Credit
At 17hr50min westbound and 15hr10min eastbound these are ultra longhaul flights. They’re a convenient way to get directly to Southeast Asia, though I know some people might not want to spend that long on a plane.
For that matter, while Singapore Airlines has an excellent soft product in business class, I don’t really love their seats. They’re extremely hard and you have to sleep at an odd angle (though the seats are fully flat).
I’ve booked Singapore’s new nonstop flight to Newark for October and am looking forward to trying it out. I think one of these ultra longhaul flights is enough for me, or else I’d book one of these awards right away.
Anyone plan to snag an award on this new nonstop flight between LAX and SIN?