Singapore Airlines has continued operating one U.S. flight throughout the pandemic, even as Singapore has been closed to visitors: Los Angeles – Singapore non-stop. So that seems the one flight most likely to operate into the future regardless of the overall demand environment.
It’s been flying mostly empty, and starting in the fall but really ramping up for 2021 business class award space is wide open. I’ve been making award plans for next year – one of the things I’ve always liked best about miles is how changeable award bookings are – and I think it’s reasonable to contemplate an Asia trip next year.
January through end of schedule in July Singapore Airlines is making four business class award seats available most days in both directions for Los Angeles – Singapore non-stop. This is a great way, of course, to connect beyond in Southeast Asia. My first trip to the Maldives, also, was on Singapore Airlines and I’ve connected in Singapore to and from Sydney many times too.
Here’s availability for four passengers in business class in April 2021:
- Singapore Airlines charges 95,000 miles per person each way, with no fuel surcharges
- Chase, American Express, Citi and Capital One points all transfer to Singapore Airlines
It’s not clear when Singapore will re-open to visitors and it’s not clear when Singapore will permit Americans to transit, either. But I’m desperately craving good laksa, and I’d even take in on board the airline (one of the best business class meals I’ve ever eaten).
Nonetheless it seems a good bet to book out a year into the future, especially since four business class awards non-stop to Asia is such a great find and because even if we’re still dealing with Covid-19 at that point there’s no airline I trust to handle it well than Singapore.