Singapore Airlines is offering business class saver awards on its non-stop flights between the U.S. and Singapore out of New York JFK, Newark, and San Francisco for at least two passengers through much of the year.
You’ll find the space form now through end of schedule, so you can pick whatever time works best for you and the vagaries of immigration-restricting authorities to visit Southeast Asia. This deal was first spotted by Thrifty Traveler‘s premium airfare deal alert service.
In Newark and San Francisco you can use United’s Polaris lounges. The product includes lie flat seats, generally excellent service, and “Book the Cook” where you choose in advance what the airline will have for you to eat on board if you wish.
I picked one of these routes at random, for a random month, to share what a calendar of availability would look like. Note that Newark – Singapore is the world’s longest flight but it is not currently a Vaccinated Travel Lane flight that exempts from quarantine (San Francisco and New York JFK are). Of course we don’t know what rules will look like late in the year.
In order to book these flights you need Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles. The airline doesn’t make the awards available to partner airlines. For the Newark and New York JFK flights you’ll pay 99,000 miles each way. For San Francisco it’s 95,000 miles.
Most of you have access to Singapore Airlines miles since the Krisflyer program is a transfer partner of all of the major bank transferable currencies – Chase, Amex, Citi, Capital One, and Brex.
Since Singapore is a member of Star Alliance, it’s possible to include United Airlines domestic award seats to get to and from these flights in the U.S. using their Star Alliance award chart. It’s also possible to book connections beyond Singapore.
My current bet is that Singapore will be open to most Americans at some point this year, and that in any case it’ll be possible to connect there to various tourist destinations like Thailand and Vietnam. It’ll be a good idea to check whether your CDC vaccination card converts to a SMART health card (depends where you were vaccinated) to be eligible to use current vaccinated travel lanes for Singapore entry.