The U.K. has approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. The head of the federal government’s vaccine efforts says the U.S. will have 150 million doses a month in March, April, May and enough vaccine for everyone in the country to have been vaccinated by June.
There’s a real hope we’ll be through the pandemic in the U.S. in the near future, and I think it’s reasonable to think about international travel again. Parts of the world will see vaccination on similar schedules, though it may be the end of 2022 before there are enough doses for 7 billion people. Still, many countries will re-open at least to those who have been vaccinated.
I’m making several bookings, all admittedly still speculative, and for that I love using miles where I can cancel and redeposit rather than leaving cash on the table held by airlines without a change fee. I’m really excited about the possibility of returning to Southeast Asia – I’m hungry for great laksa, prawn mee soup, chili crab and more.
So it’s nice to see how much award space is open on Singapore Airlines non-stops from the U.S. While two business class seats are common throughout 2021, in August and September there’s a wide variety of days on the Los Angeles – Singapore route where four business class saver award seats are available.
In order to book these seats you’ll need to use Singapore’s own KrisFlyer miles. Fortunately those are easy to access because Singapore is a transfer partner of all of the major U.S. bank currencies (Chase, American Express, Citibank and Capital One). Singapore Airlines charges 95,000 miles per person each way, with no fuel surcharges
It’s not clear when Singapore will re-open to visitors (but you can transit Singapore to a destination accepting Americans). Nonetheless it seems a good bet to book out nearly a year into the future, especially since four business class awards non-stop to Asia is such a great find.
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