Last November, Singapore Airlines revealed the details of their new A380 Suites & business class products. The airline is taking delivery of five new Airbus A380 aircraft (while retiring the first five they took delivery of about a decade ago), and these are the cabins that will be available on them. Between 2018 and 2020 the airline also plans to reconfigure the cabins of their existing 14 A380s, so eventually their entire A380 fleet will feature these new seats.
The first route to get the brand new A380 was SQ221 and SQ232, between Singapore and Sydney, as of December 18, 2017. We actually learned which routes would feature the new cabins before Singapore officially revealed what the cabins would look like.
Singapore Airlines has just revealed the second and third destinations for their new A380, as the airline takes delivery of their second and third A380s. London and Hong Kong will be the next destinations for Singapore Airlines’ new A380s. Specifically:
- Starting February 16, 2018, Singapore Airlines will fly their new A380 to London 3x weekly:
- SQ322 to London on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and SQ305 to Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, will feature the new A380
- As of April 7, 2018, the return flight from London to Singapore will be operated as SQ317 rather than SQ305
- Starting February 18, 2018, Singapore Airlines will fly their new A380 to Hong Kong 4x weekly:
- SQ860 to Hong Kong on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and SQ863 to Singapore on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, will feature the new A380
- As of April 8, 2018, Singapore Airlines will instead fly their new A380s between Singapore and Hong Kong on SQ856/861, on the same days of the week
There are no surprises here, as we knew all along that these were the next two cities that Singapore Airlines was targeting for their A380. Actually, as far back as last October we could guess that the London frequency would get the new A380 based on some hints, so there’s no surprise there at all.
In terms of redeeming miles on these flights, Singapore KrisFlyer’s one-way redemption rates for these markets are as follows:
- Singapore to Hong Kong:
- Business Class: 27,500 miles (Saver), 50,000 miles (Standard)
- Suites: 37,500 miles (Saver), 70,000 miles (Standard)
- Singapore to Sydney:
- Business Class: 58,000 miles (Saver), 90,000 miles (Standard)
- Suites: 80,000 miles (Saver), 150,000 miles (Standard)
- Singapore to London:
- Business Class: 85,000 miles (Saver), 120,000 miles (Standard)
- Suites: 115,000 miles (Saver), 210,000 miles (Standard)
As far as the general award redemption trends go:
- There’s no Suites availability at the Saver level, though there is quite a bit of Standard availability, so if you want to redeem miles, expect to pay the Standard rate
- There’s some Business availability at the Saver level, though not all that much
So if you do want to redeem miles for Singapore’s new Suites, perhaps the best value is to book all the way through from Sydney to London. A one-way redemption at the Standard rate would cost 260,000 KrisFlyer miles, while if you booked those segments individually you’d pay 360,000 KrisFlyer miles (150,000 miles plus 210,000 miles).
It goes without saying that’s a lot of miles, but that would at least give you the chance to try Suites on two longer flights, and on an incremental basis it’s a good value. If you were otherwise booking Singapore to London, you’re only paying an extra 50,000 miles for the Sydney to Singapore flight, and if you were otherwise booking Sydney to Singapore, you’re only paying an extra 110,000 miles for the Singapore to London flight.
Singapore KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all four major transferable points currencies, including Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, so the points are easy to come by.
I’m flying Singapore’s new A380 Suites & business class in a couple of weeks between Singapore and Sydney and can’t wait!
Anyone have plans to fly Singapore’s new A380 to London or Hong Kong?