Singapore Airlines will be resuming the world’s longest flight, between Newark and Singapore, as of October 11, 2018. The flight will be operated with the following schedule:
SQ22 Singapore to Newark departing 12:40AM arriving 5:30AM
SQ21 Newark to Singapore departing 9:45AM arriving 5:15PM (+1 day)
Singapore Airlines is using a two cabin A350-900ULR for the route, featuring just 161 seats, including 67 business class seats (in a 1-2-1 configuration) and 94 premium economy seats (in a 2-4-2 configuration).
Up until now the airline hasn’t released any saver level business class award availability on the flight. There has been some availability at the more expensive “advantage” level, and also at the saver level in premium economy, but nothing at the saver level in business class.
That has finally changed, and Singapore Airlines now seems to have saver level business class award availability on the world’s longest flight. And we’re not just talking about a little bit of availability, but rather tons of availability. Many flights have four or more business class award seats available.
I see lots of availability starting shortly after the route launches, and well into next year. For example, based on doing a search next March, I see availability almost every day. This is pretty incredible.
A saver level award seat on the flight costs 92,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way, and there are no carrier imposed surcharges, but rather just the government taxes and fees — this comes out to 5.60USD on the westbound flight, and 51.33USD on the eastbound flight.
It’s great to see this amount of award availability. Keep in mind that Singapore Airlines mostly restricts their longhaul premium cabin award space to members of their own program, so you won’t be able to book these tickets with most other Star Alliance miles. The exception is that Lufthansa Miles & More seems to have access to these seats, and they charge just 67,000 miles one-way (though they’re not partners with Amex, Chase, or Citi in the US, so their miles are tougher to come by).
The good news is that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, so there are lots of easy ways to earn miles with them. Note that unfortunately these points transfers are not instant. Typically Amex and Chase transfers happen in less than a day, while Citi transfers happen within a couple of days.
If you do phone up KrisFlyer, sometimes their phone agents are happy to hold awards (other times I haven’t had as much luck with it).
At 9,500 miles and about 18 hours in each direction, this is a very long flight.
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).
Still, there’s certainly some novelty to taking the world’s longest flight, and this is an incredible opportunity to do so with points. I’d recommend booking sooner or later, as I doubt this amount of availability will stick around, especially for multiple people on the same flight.
Singapore Airlines is also launching nonstop service between Los Angeles and Singapore as of November, and that flight had plenty of award availability, at least for a while.
Anyone plan to snag an award on this new nonstop flight between EWR and SIN?
(Tip of the hat to Sven Blogt)