Starting in early September, and running through end of schedule, it’s possible to get business class award seats on the longest flight in the world – the Singapore Airlines Newark – Singapore flight – and you do not even need to use Singapore’s own miles to do it.
It’s incredibly rare when Singapore Airlines makes long haul business class award space to partner airlines. In fact I don’t think I’ve seen things this open since a glitch back in July 2012.
Of course Singapore’s miles have become easy to get since their KrisFlyer miles program is a transfer partner of all the big bank currencies – American Express, Chase, Citibank, Capital One – however right now you can use your choice of miles whether it’s Air Canada Aeroplan, Avianca LifeMiles or other Star Alliance program.
Aeroplan does not add fuel surcharges to Singapore Airlines redemptions, and the space shows up on their website. The cost is 77,500 miles each way, and points transfer from American Express Membership Rewards.
I believe that United’s website is program not to show Singapore Airlines long haul business class space so if you want to find out if United is able to see this award space, you’ll need to ring up MileagePlus.
For instance here’s the results of one month-long search that I did with Aeroplan.
February, 2 passengers in business class:
- Newark – Singapore: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23
Singapore – Newark: 3, 8, 15, 17
Currently short-term visitors are banned from entering Singapore (and from transiting Changi airport). While we don’t know what travel conditions will be in place in the future, it seems reasonable to expect travel will be more possible next winter than it is today. And I have to admit, what I’m really hungry for most right now is Singaporean and Malaysian food.