Last week Singapore Airlines released a ton of award space to their Star Alliance partners as they switched over their reservations systems, and many of you were able to take advantage of that.
While many of you wanted to fly Singapore Airlines Airbus 380 first class, that unfortunately isn’t bookable on miles at the saver level, given that they don’t even have a first class product on the Airbus 380, but rather “Suites Class.” In a follow up post I made the following suggestion:
Your only hope if you’re hell bent on flying Suites Class on the Airbus 380 is to book a route for a flight far out which you think has a high probability of being switched to an Airbus 380.
If I had to guess, I’d say there are two especially good candidates:
- London to Singapore on the once daily 777-300ER service. Singapore Airlines has four daily flights to London. Three of them are operated by an Airbus 380, and one of them is operated by a 777-300ER. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the 777-300ER upgraded to an Airbus 380 sometime down the road.
- Singapore Airlines has been quoted as saying they plan to “operate as many Airbus 380s as [they] can to Sydney and Melbourne,” and that it “wants to put on a second superjumbo on the Melbourne route by the end of the year.” Folks, if you’re chasing the Airbus 380, they can’t be a lot more direct than that. Book Singapore to Melbourne.
If you took my advice and booked Singapore to Melbourne in first class, you may be in for a pleasant surprise. As of August 16, 2012, Singapore is adding a second daily Airbus 380 on their Singapore to Melbourne route, as follows:
SQ217 SIN0955 – 1915MEL 388 D
SQ227 SIN2100 – 0620+1MEL 388 D
SQ237 SIN2355 – 0915+1MEL 773 D
SQ218 MEL0005 – 0555SIN 388 D
SQ238 MEL1025 – 1615SIN 773 D
SQ228 MEL1545 – 2145SIN 388 D
So if you booked SQ217/218 in first class, check your itineraries, because you should now be confirmed in Suites Class. I’ve already received an email from a reader whose reservation was “upgraded” to Suites Class, so hopefully he’s not the only one.
So, who else is in the same boat? Leave a comment below so the rest of us can be jealous!