BOOK NOW: Business Class Award Seats On The World’s Longest Flight!

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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).

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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)

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  1. @ raksiam — It went up. As a point of comparison, JFK-FRA-SIN costs 120K in Suites, and availability there can be tough to come by. Generally I’d rather redeem 120K for Suites than 92K for business, but there is some novelty to this flight.

  2. Hi Lucky, novelty aside, but all things considered (seat, service, food, etc.) – would you prefer to spent 70k AA points on Cathay business class from SIN – HKG – JFK or 92k Singapore miles (transferred from Citi Thank You) on this flight? I have the Cathay award on hold, but I am considering switching to this flight. Thanks in advance for your opinion!

  3. @ Doug — Nope, unfortunately not. All A380s will be reconfigured in the next couple of years (hopefully), but we know nothing beyond that.

  4. Booked SIN-EWR. Actually I got an email around noon notifying me that waitlisted flight is ready for booking. Then I saw saver award is bookable as well.

  5. @ Trevor — That’s a real toughie, when you take out the novelty, given that I haven’t done a flight quite this long before. Are New York and Singapore your origin and destination? If so, the nonstop seems worth it (sort of), but I really think you can’t go wrong either way here.

  6. Have they announced which lounge they’ll be using in EWR? I presume it’s Lufthansa, but SAS also has a lounge at Terminal B.

  7. Just checked the Star Alliance website and it seems like SQ will use the Virgin Clubhouse at EWR?

  8. @ Justin — In the past that’s what they did, though I’m not sure that will be the case again. It could be that the Star Alliance website has old info. Regardless, you should be able to use the Polaris Lounge, it will just require a terminal change (and it’s a beautiful lounge, so I highly recommend visiting).

  9. Thanks Lucky. Singapore and New York are my origin and destination, so the direct flight is definitely more convenient (although the HKG layover is fairly short). I will be traveling with my wife and daughter, so the mileage difference is really x3 (and it’s a loss of a more versatile Citi mileage currency vs my abundance of AA miles). Such a tough decision! I love the idea of trying Singapore for ultra long haul, but the hard bed has me concerned too. I once flew Singapore First on the 777 from SIN to SYD and I was a bit uncomfortable, as I am 6’3″ tall and also had to sleep at a less than ideal angle. Thanks for the input though! I can really convince myself either way on this one!

  10. Hmm I booked SIN-JFK in suites already. I’m waitlisted for suites on flights JFK to SIN. Wondering if I should try to book this flight instead and hope that a suites slot opens up close in and clears me on the wait list. What would be the fees involved? Would I have to do a whole redeposit and rebooking? Looking for next April.

  11. @ Bill — Since you’re waitlisted I’d lock this in, and then if the waitlist clears you can rebook in Suites (though I wouldn’t take it as a sure bet that space opens). The fee would be $75, which seems reasonable.

  12. SQ business’s soft product looks very good, but from pictures it seems like the legroom is really limited.

    How does the seat (purely for sleeping purposes) compared to other decent products (for example: United 787 business, Lufthansa business, Virgin upper class)

  13. Let’s all meet on the same flight and party.

    What are you going to do for 18 hours anyway besides pull out your hair and ask why the hell is this flight so long?

  14. @Trevor I’m also 6’3″ and flew both products recently. The CX seat was far more comfortable for both sitting and sleeping. Though with SQ you’d save a few hours, and it would also be easier to talk with your wife and daughter.

  15. Lucky – I used your earlier article a couple months back to snag 2 premium economy seats on this route using miles. Do you know if they would allow me to upgrade using additional miles to business class if those dates are open?

    Thanks!

  16. @ JBTx — I believe you’d have to redeposit the award (and pay the $75 change fee) and then rebook, but they should be able to help you with that on the phone. They can typically expedite the miles to be redeposited, so that should be possible.

  17. @JBTx and @lucky This is precisely what happened to me. I booked a PE first and then the award space opened up. The change was then done online. It will be considered a ticket re-issue so only 34 SGD (=25 USD approx.) is charged. No need to re-deposit miles.

  18. SQ business ( New or old – almost no significant difference) is just plain awful. Sin – Sfo non stop was a painful flight. The seats are rock hard and the leg room/ sleep position is the worst. For sin – lax I would take sin – hkg on cx and hkg – lax on AA ( yup AA – miles ahead on the hard product and getting much better than CX on this route with awesome mattress pads, pajamas and excellent catering on hkg – lax both directions). Plus you can use the OW lounges on both ends that are FAR superior to the SQ lounges on Sin Lax or Sfo

  19. Lucky – what about Krisflyer mileage upgrade awards from PE to business saver on this flight?

  20. SQ business seat on their A350 is fine if you less than 4ft tall. Be prepared for a back breaking journey and if like me you enjoy a doze be prepared to have to stand up and manually configure the lay flat but not straight seat. To sit up again also at an angle, need to repeat the same action.
    Crazy design hugely uncomfortable, no individual air nozzle on the A350 just a bizz class to stay way clear off in my opinion

  21. Lucky – despite the seats on the A350 missing the mark a bit, would you still choose this flight on a well established premium airline in Singapore or would you take a chance on Philippines Airways yet to be proven new A350 hard product MNL -JFK (assuming your job was not to satisfy your own curiosity and those of your readers when it comes to new products)? If so, what kind of $ premium might you place on Singapore over PAL if no awards were available on either?

  22. Love flying SQ and do it often to earn PPS status for the past 8 years, but I will stay away from its A350 on ULH flights because of its seats. UA’s business seats on the 789 are more comfortable for ULR flights. I have done the UA SFO/LAX-SIN and LAX-MEL multiple times and feel fine. My recent EU-SIN flights on SQ 359 were just painful to sit and sleep.

    Take CX with a stop in HK instead! It is probably the best choice.

  23. Not an award trip, but you can purchase a 1-way J ticket from Ahmedabad India to Newark on SQ for about $1350; the leg from SIN-EWR is this long flight. Could be opportunity to review some new airlines and airports.

    Opposite direction is over twice the price.

  24. SQ is a good airline but the hard product is a complete disaster. I can’t sleep in those awful seats. I just came off an ET flight and those seats are way better than SQ. A failure. Not even to mention QR, CX, BA, KL, LH, TK etc. They all got it more or less right.

  25. Hi Lucky – is there anyway to book a one-way with SAA voyager miles? I phoned them a while ago and they could not give me pricing and said I could only book a return ticket.

  26. From my experience and understanding, the business class seats everyone is talking about above on the A350 is the older product. Aren’t they using the new improved A380 business class seats that were released earlier this year?

  27. Tried booking DPS-SIN-EWR but it’s not showing saver award availability on my dates. In fact any xxx-SIN-EWR won’t show availability on my specific dates of travel even though individual segments are available. Was able to book SIN-EWR, now need to add on the DPS-SIN segment but haven’t had the time to call SQ yet. Anyone else having this issue?

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