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Great news, luxury flyers! Singapore Airlines is bringing its Airbus A380 aircraft out of storage, which means the return of the fabled Singapore Suites product. If you've been waiting to experience this product for yourself, now's the time to act. Singapore Airlines has opened first class award availability on several of its routes, including its fifth-freedom route from New York to Frankfurt.
Some routes even have full months of award availability. But, these are sure to be scooped up quickly. Read on for what you need to know to book this rare Singapore Airlines first class award availability.
Singapore Airlines First Class Award Availability
Right now, we see great Singapore Airlines first class award availability on several routes. The catch? It's way out in September and October 2022. Here's a breakdown of the availability by route.
New York to Frankfurt
The route that's likely most relevant for U.S. readers is Singapore Airlines' fifth-freedom route between New York (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA). Singapore has added the A380 back on this route. Unfortunately, Singapore is still using its “old” A380 first-class suites on this route. Although it's not as striking as the new A380 suites, it's still one of the best first-class products in the skies.
For this 8-hour flight, you'll need to pay 86,000 KrisFlyer miles each way. Luxury doesn't come cheap. But, this is going to be the most accessible way for U.S. travelers to fly Singapore First Class.
We see first-class award availability on this route on the following dates:
- September 7, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 29
- October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12
Singapore to Hong Kong
During the pandemic lockdown, I took stock of the airline products that I wanted to experience before they might be abruptly retired (RIP Etihad Apartments). And Singapore's new A380 suites topped the list.
The cheapest way to experience this product is on the route from Singapore (SIN) to Hong Kong (HKG) for 40,500 KrisFlyer miles each way.
So, I snagged two first class awards together on this route for November 2021. Surely the pandemic would be over by then… right? Well, since Singapore canceled that flight, I've been stalking Singapore's website daily, waiting for award space to open up. And this is what clued me to this massive release of Singapore Airlines first class award availability.
You can book Singapore Airlines First Class from Singapore to Hong Kong on the following dates:
- September 1-30 (yes, every day of the month!)
- October 1-16
If you're flying as a couple, you can book two suites next to each other to create an incredible double bed in the sky. And most dates in September and October 2022 have 2+ Singapore Airlines First Class award seats available on the route from Singapore to Hong Kong.
Singapore to Frankfurt
It's not just New York to Frankfurt that's available in Singapore First Class. You can also book saver awards between Singapore (SIN) and Frankfurt (FRA). This twice-daily route uses both the Airbus A380 (with the “old” suites) and Singapore's Boeing 777-300ER. If the aircraft type matters, check the details carefully before booking your award.
This nearly 13-hour flight costs a whopping 125,000 KrisFlyer miles each way. There's availability on at least one of the two flights on the following dates:
- September 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
- October 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16, 17
Singapore to New Delhi
Another route with wide-open award availability is between Singapore (SIN) and New Delhi (DEL). Singapore is operating this route using an A380 and you'll only need to pay 53,000 KrisFlyer miles each way. Available dates include:
- September 1-30
- October 1-17
Singapore to Seoul
Likewise, award availability is wide open between Singapore (SIN) and Seoul (ICN). Singapore uses a Boeing 777-300ER on this route, and first-class awards cost 70,000 KrisFlyer miles. You can book first class saver awards on this route on the following dates:
- September 1-30
- October 1-17
Singapore to Auckland
One of the better cost-per-flight-hour options for flying Singapore Airlines First Class is from Singapore (SIN) to Auckland (AKL). This 9.5-hour flight operates using Singapore's 777-300ER aircraft and costs 85,000 KrisFlyer miles each way.
Available dates include:
- September 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Routes that don't have availability
Unfortunately, not all Singapore Airlines First Class routes have wide-open award availability right now. Here are the routes that you can skip searching for award availability:
- Singapore (SIN) to London Heathrow (LHR)
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT)
- San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HNG) — only available date: September 7, 2022
- Singapore (SIN) to Paris (CDG)
- Singapore (SIN) to Zurich (ZRH)
How to Book Singapore Airlines First Class
Singapore Airlines has never been generous to its partners when it comes to premium cabin award availability. And it's even worse than usual. Singapore is currently blocking its awards from being searched or booked through United Airlines and other partners.
So, the best way to book Singapore Airlines premium cabin awards is by using Singapore Airlines itself. To start your search:
- Browse to Singapore Airlines' homepage
- Click “redeem flights” on the flight search widget
- Log into your KrisFlyer / PPS Club account
- Enter your route, date, number of passengers, and select First Class
- Click Search
Singapore will return search results for the date you searched — plus or minus three days. Select the date that you want to book and select the cheapest-available award type.
If Saver awards aren't available for the date you want, you can waitlist for the award. However, to do so, you'll need to have enough KrisFlyer miles in your account to pay for the award if availability opens.
You can also join the waitlist via phone, if you don't have the miles in your account at present. Call (833) 727-0118 if you're in the U.S., or see their international numbers for other countries. Joining the waitlist is hit and miss this way, as some agents will give you generous terms while others will charge a phone booking fee and give less generous terms.
How to Get Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
Singapore KrisFlyer miles are some of the most accessible airline miles to generate. Singapore is a transfer partner of all five major transfer point programs, as well as plenty of other programs:
- American Express Membership Rewards (1:1 transfer rate)
- Capital One Rewards (1:1 transfer rate)
- Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 transfer rate)
- Citi ThankYou Points (1:1 transfer rate)
- Marriott Bonvoy (3:1 transfer rate plus 5,000 miles for transferring 60,000 points)
- Brex Cash (1:1 transfer rate)
- and several other hotel partners
Any time you're looking for a points or miles source, use AwardWallet's transfer tool to see all available transfer options.
It's rare to see this much Singapore Airlines first class award availability. So, if you — like me — have been excited to try out Singapore's first class product, now's the time to book. Remember that you'll need to book through Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, so don't waste your time searching for award availability on partner airlines like United.
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