Singapore Airlines Suites Class is one of the most aspirational first class products out there. It remains one of only two airlines with double bed in first class (the other is China Eastern on their new 777s).
For the past several years it has been possible to redeem Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for travel in Suites Class, which is one of my favorite uses of points out there. However, there’s no denying that over time Suites Class award availability has become considerably worse.
In particular, for the past six months or so there has been virtually no Suites Class award availability in advance. Within a month or so of departure we’ve seen some space, but outside of that we haven’t seen much space at all. The good news is that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer lets you waitlist awards, and they do clear with some regularity.
Anyway, there is some good news on the KrisFlyer Suites Class front, for those of us based in the US. Singapore Airlines does seem to once again be making a good amount of Suites Class award space available to/from the US in advance.
As a reminder, Singapore’s two routes out of the US operated by the A380 are Los Angeles to Singapore (via Tokyo Narita) and New York to Singapore (via Frankfurt). You can book that journey the entire way through, or just the “fifth freedom” sectors to Japan and Germany.
Looking far in advance, I see a good amount of Suites Class award availability between Los Angeles and Tokyo or Los Angeles and Singapore.
Many days there’s even availability for two people at the saver level (most would probably argue that Suites Class is more fun with company!).
There does seem to be a weird glitch whereby Singapore is making “Saver” space available but not “Standard” space. That doesn’t really make much sense.
On the New York to Singapore route I’m also seeing a fair amount of Suites Class award space at the saver level, though only for one passenger per flight.
As a reminder, KrisFlyer redemption rates out of the US are as follows:
|Route||Business Class (One-Way)||First Class (One-Way)||Aircraft|
|San Francisco to Hong Kong||63,750 miles + $68.90||70,125 miles + $68.90||Boeing 777-300ER|
|San Francisco to Hong Kong to Singapore||68,000 miles + $253.30||91,375 miles + $263.30||Boeing 777-300ER|
|San Francisco to Seoul||65,875 miles + $193.30||74,375 miles + $203.30||Boeing 777-300ER|
|San Francisco to Seoul to Singapore||68,000 miles + $253.30||91,375 miles + $263.30||Boeing 777-300ER|
|Los Angeles to Tokyo||65,875 miles + $183.60||74,375 miles + $183.60||Airbus A380|
|Los Angeles to Tokyo to Singapore||68,000 miles + $266.52||91,375 miles + $276.52||Airbus A380|
|New York to Frankfurt||48,875 miles + $193.30||57,375 miles + $203.30||Airbus A380|
|New York to Frankfurt to Singapore||72,250 miles + $276.70||93,500 miles + $286.70||Airbus A380|
|Houston to Moscow||48,875 miles + $201.70||57,375 miles + $211.70||Boeing 777-300ER|
|Houston to Moscow to Singapore||72,250 miles + $261.70||93,500 miles + $271.70||Boeing 777-300ER|
The great thing about KrisFlyer miles is that they’re among the easiest points currency to accrue, given that they’re transfer partners with all four major transferable points currencies including American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest.
Also keep in mind there are some “tricks” to redeeming KrisFlyer miles, including the following:
- How To Add A Stopover To A One Way Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Award
- Basics Of Waitlisting Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Award Tickets
- KrisFlyer Award Tickets Now Have Lower Fuel Surcharges
Ultimately Suites Class award availability isn’t wide open, though it’s much better than it was for several months. If you want to maximize your chances of scoring a Singapore Airlines Suites Class award ticket, you’ll want to do one of the following:
- Book as far in advance as possible, ideally when the schedule opens (which is ~355 days out for Singapore KrisFlyer)
- Book close to departure, typically starting about a month out
- Waitlist an award ticket for as many dates as possible
Have you had luck redeeming KrisFlyer miles for Singapore Suites lately?