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Silkair’s 50% off redemptions promo is back again

Krisflyer has run a series of discounted redemption prices promotions in recent memory

50% off Krisflyer redemptions till 10th July

Silkair is offering 35% off online redemptions till 4 August

These promotions cover economy class redemptions (and business class for SilkAir). Although I’m generally against redeeming miles for economy class travel, the 50% off miles required makes it an acceptable deal in my mind.

The 50% deal is back again. Bookings from now till 16 Oct 2016 get 50% off redemption prices when you travel by 15 Nov 2016.

Note that the 50% savings is calculated based on the regular price that appears on the site. You already get 15% off award prices when you redeem online, so you’re really saving an incremental 35%. Which is still none too shabby in my opinion.

If you’re planning a beach getaway, here are some destinations that may appeal to you

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Other things to note: The discount only applies for saver class availability, so you better hope and pray that Krisflyer finds it in its heart to actually open up some. Oddly enough, the T&C say that any changes are not permitted for bookings made under this promotion, and cancellation is not allowed for partially used tickets. My reading of this is- you can cancel and rebook provided you’ve not flown, but you can’t change a booking which you’ve not flown. Which is weird, but we’ll see.

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Regular readers will know I love Koh Samui, it’s just that getting there is really expensive. This promotion makes it a lot more viable to get an award ticket there, assuming Silkair actually releases space on the route…

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sunset by the pool at Conrad Koh Samui

(HT: The Shutterwhale)

 

The Long Way to New York: Thai Airways First Class BKK-HND

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore
Singapore Airlines Business Class SIN-BKK
Thai Airways First Class Lounge & Spa, BKK
Thai Airways First Class BKK-HND
Getting from HND to NRT
ANA First Class Lounge, NRT
ANA First Class NRT-ORD
United Club ORD
United Economy ORD-EWR
Visiting the US Open
Sheraton New York Times Square
Hilton New York Midtown
Wingtips Lounge JFK & Delta to DC
Exploring Washington DC
Element New York Times Square West
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, JFK
Singapore Airlines Suites JFK-FRA
Lufthansa Senator Lounge FRA
Singapore Airlines Suites FRA-SIN


Although it is old and on the brink of retirement, the 747-400 still holds a special place in my heart, as I mentioned in my review of the Asiana First Class product during my RTW trip. There is something quite special about boarding an aircraft as culturally important as the 747. The recent passing of Joe Sutter, the manager of the design team for the original 747, reminded me how the aircraft single-handedly revolutionized the way we travel. To put things in perspective, the predecessor to the 747 was the 707, which carried 110 passengers to the 747’s 360. The 747’s length is longer than the Wright Brother’s first flight.

Unfortunately the 747 is not long for this world; the 747-8 has sold poorly and more and more airlines will be phasing out their 747-400s in the near future. Cathay Pacific, for example, will be retiring theirs in a matter of weeks. So if you’re a child of the 90s or earlier and want to say a final farewell to this glorious machine, no better time than the present.

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My flight to HND was departing from Gate A6 on the far end of BKK airport. We were escorted there by a lounge staff member, which seemed to me to be sort of redundant given that it’s pretty much impossible to get lost in an airport.

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Thai Airways has a total of 11 747-400s in its active fleet. 5 of them have the old Royal First and 6 have the new, Suite style product.

Helpful information from this FT thread

The old seats:

Boeing 747-400 (5) | HS-TGO, P, T, W and X | Seat map
Also referred to as: 74R, 7443, Boeing 747-400, «10F»

Royal First (10) | First row: 1-1, second and third row: 1-2-1 | Full flat «pods» | PTV AVOD AC | View
Royal Silk (Main deck: 14, Upper deck: 26) | 2-2 | 1st gen angle flat | PTV AVOD AC | View 1 View 2
Economy (325) | 3-4-3 | Standard | PTV AVOD AC | View

This is how the old Royal First looks. The seats are full flat, but don’t have a lot of privacy. The throne style seating sort of reminds me of SQ’s old Skysuite product, without the leather.

Photo of HS-TGX Boeing 747-4D7 by Patrick Teubner
photo credit: jetphotos.net

The new seats:

Boeing 747-400 (6) | HS-TGA, B, F, G, Y and Z | No seat map available
Also referred to as: 74N, Boeing 747 All series, «9F»

Royal First (9) | First row: 1-1, second row: 1-1-1 and third row: 1-2-1 | Full flat «suites» | PTV AVOD AC USB | View 1 View 2
Royal Silk (Main deck: 14, Upper deck: 26) | 2-2 | 2nd gen angle flat | PTV AVOD AC USB |
Economy (325) | 3-4-3 | Standard | PTV AVOD AC USB | View

Photo of HS-TGY Boeing 747-4D7 by Pawarin Prapukdee
photo credit: jetphotos.net

Although we were booked to fly with the new First Class, Thai is notorious for doing last minute equipment swaps, so I was relieved when I entered the cabin and saw that nothing untowards had happened.

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There are a total of 10 suites in Royal First on Thai’s refurbished 747s. I had seat 1A in the nose of the plane.

1A offers a good degree of privacy because of the way the nose is curved. Unless someone is standing right next to you, it’s impossible to look into your suite.

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Each suite is spacious, with a ton of leg room to stretch out into

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The seat has a good amount of storage area for everything you need. There is a nifty tablet built into the seat that lets you control all the different features. really though, it’s a duplication of the buttons below the tablet so I’m not sure why they felt it necessary to include. Maybe at one point the tablet was supposed to be integrated into the IFE system but they gave up.

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Each seat also has its own flower vase just off the side of the TV screen with an orchid in it. Lufthansa has roses, if I remember correctly.

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Thai gives out Rimowa amenities kits to First Class passengers. The only other airline I know who does this is Eva (they don’t have First Class, so Business Class passengers get them). I believe Lufthansa used to offer them but on my latest flight I received a different branded one so they might have changed.

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There is mouthwash, a comb, Monteil branded facial moisturizer, lip balm, hydration spray, a pair of socks and a cheap toothbrush kit (although to be fair I haven’t seen any airline go all out on the airline toothbrush- why not?)

I read conflicting reports about whether or not Thai offers PJs in First Class. Fortunately they were available on this flight. The PJs are not branded, like Cathay Pacific’s Shanghai Tang, but they were comfortable enough and still better than nothing.

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Thai’s headphones are supposedly noise cancelling, but the sound quality was very poor. They don’t offer the same high quality headphones that SQ has (Bose QC15s).

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The attendants came around to introduce themselves and serve pre-departure drinks. Dom was offered and accepted.

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Menus were distributed and orders taken for dinner. Even though this was First Class, dinner would be a very short affair. I suppose it’s more similar to the supper service on SQ, even though SQ’s abbreviated supper service is still somewhat longer than this.

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For comparison’s sake, here’s the SQ menu for a Suites flight (albeit on a longer, 13 hour route)

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Here’s the drinks list. The only name you’re really interested in is Dom Perignon 2006

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With red eye flights like this maximizing sleep is the name of the game, so I was interested to see how quickly the crew could finish serving a full First Class cabin of 10 people.

Within 30 minutes of taking off the first course was delivered. So far so good. The scallops were nicely done, the cream of fennel soup was passable.

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After this was cleared, I waited for the main course to be served.

And waited

And waited

30 minutes later I asked the stewardess about the main course. She looked completely surprised and said “we serve it before landing, would you like to have it now?”

I was completely taken aback. I mean, I had never encountered a situation where an airline split one meal into two parts, and I certainly wasn’t told about it when ordering. I suppose if you look at the menu you might be able to tell that it’s split into two, after all it’s a bit weird to serve yogurt and cereal for supper. But still, I was quite annoyed that I had basically waited another 30 minutes for nothing, which on a short overnight flight makes a difference to quality rest.

The main took another 15 minutes to arrive and was decidedly mediocre. There were exactly three pieces of Sanma fish, the accompaniments of deep-fried fishcake ball, simmered prawn and konnyaku were soggy and stone cold. The best part was really the steamed Japanese rice.

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I do regret not trying the rice vermicelli noodle soup with pork balls, something that sounds a lot more Thai and should have come out better but by now I just wanted to sleep.

I ate as quickly as I could and asked the crew to turn down the bed so I could get some rest.

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The bed is actually really comfortable. There is a special mattress pad they put on the seat and a softer blanket is provided (not the scratchy woolen one you find at the seat). With earplugs I managed to sleep about 3 hours in total. I ended up sleeping through the breakfast service (but in any case already had my “breakfast” the night before.

I think that TG’s First Class hard product is solid, although the older 747 invariably has issues of its own with engine noise, toilet quality and the disconcerting tendency for everything on the aircraft to creak when it banks. Soft product wise, the crew definitely don’t speak to non-Thai passengers as much as they interact with Thais, I’m going to put that down to a lack of confidence in English ability. But they were always available for requests.

Although TG is definitely not in the same league as the Star Alliance’s MVPs of NH and SQ (possibly a strong case to be made for BR too), it’s pleasant enough to take for short flights. I’ve never experienced long haul TG on their newer aircraft and that might be a good route to review in the future if Lifemiles availability shows up.

We landed on time in HND. I now had about 4 hours to get to NRT.

Singapore Airlines responds and doesn’t respond to the mileage broker story…

About a month ago The Milelion broke the story about mileage brokers and how they were providing easy ways to buy Krisflyer miles, while potentially controlling multiple fraudulent accounts at the same time. What this means for legitimate Krisflyer members is less award space and potentially having to shell out higher amounts for standard awards.

Using a dummy account with the name Niole Lim, I successfully managed to get 2 transactions of 1,000 miles each past Krisflyer’s verification process. After I had finished the article on Aug 11, I turned myself in to Krisflyer membership services, telling them about the research I’d been doing and the implications for their program.

One day later, Aug 12, I got this reply from Krisflyer

Dear Ms Lim

We are writing in follow-up to our earliest response to you.

Firstly, we would like to thank you again for highlighting the matter to us.

We would appreciate it if you could provide us more information on the online mileage brokerage site. This will aid us in our investigation and take the matter up to the mileage broker to cease their activities which have contravened the Terms and Conditions of KrisFlyer membership programme.

May we also request you to provide us with the American Express credit card account used in performing these transactions? Please also advise us if the mileage broker effected the transaction into your American Express credit card first, which was later transferred into the KrisFlyer membership account or was it directly transferred from the mileage broker’s American Express credit card?

We note that you were able to perform two separate transactions into the KrisFlyer account 8XXXXXXX under your name, Niole Lim. In this instance, it was not possible for us to flag out the transactions as no discrepancies were detected.

As for KrisFlyer members, who are found to have contravened our programme guidelines, their accounts will be placed on audit and no further transactions can be made through the account.

Any flight tickets redeemed through the same account will also be suspended from use. Singapore Airlines will not honour the KrisFlyer awards, be it flights or upgrades, or any other benefits which have been redeemed with mileage that have contravened our programme rules.

We look forward to your response on the above for us to further look into the matter.

Ms Lim, thank you for writing to us.

Ok, I thought. So I assume they’ll investigate this and act accordingly. So I provided them with a full account of my activities with the mileage brokers, together with a link to the article I’d written. Then I sat back and waited for them to confiscate the miles and deactivate my account.

And waited.

And waited.

Aug 24 came and there was still no reply from Krisflyer. It had been 13 days since I outright told them I had defrauded their system, and Niole Lim’s account was still alive and well.

Determined to be punished for my indiscretions, I wrote to them again on Aug 24 asking them whether they had any updates.  And got a response 10 days later.

Dear Miss Lim

Thank you for your email of 25 August 2016. The purchase of miles from online mileage brokers has been raised to the relevant departments for follow up. Singapore Airlines takes a serious view of any breach of the terms and conditions under the KrisFlyer programme, and reserves the right to suspend or terminate such accounts.

You have confirmed that all KrisFlyer miles in your account 8XXXXXXXXX (2,000 KrisFlyer miles) were purchased from online mileage brokers. In view that this contravenes the KrisFlyer programme rules, we regret to inform you that your KrisFlyer account has been suspended pending audit checks and the miles will be forfeited.

Miss Lim, thank you once again for your feedback.

Regards
KrisFlyer Membership Services

Ok, so that is and it isn’t an answer. They’re taking away the miles and closing the account, which is fair enough. I knew that US$50 or so I spent on this was going to be a writeoff. But they’re not addressing the underlying problem. What about their security measures? What about the multiple fraudulent Krisflyer accounts the mileage brokers control?

And it gets better. Despite what they said,  as of today, 7th September, I can still log into Niole’s account and transact as per normal!

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I mean, if I’ve been so brazen about this and no action has been taken, can you imagine if someone were trying to do this on the quiet?

Mileage brokers are not a problem that is unique to SQ. Their claim to be able to transact in pretty much any major airline currency implies that this is a problem that affects the industry as a whole. But airlines owe it to their members to take active steps to protect the integrity of their programs.

Anyone knows what I can do with 2,000 miles?

cover photo by jez

The First Class Premium: Crunching the numbers for First and Business Class

The First Class Premium

Part 1: Tracing the evolution of First and Business Class on Singapore Airlines
Part 2: How does First and Business Class compare on Singapore Airlines?
Part 3: Number crunching First vs Business Class on Singapore Airlines
Part 4: How does First and Business Class compare on other airlines?


Ah, the ultimate first world problem.

Having looked at the evolution of SQ’s First and Business Class products and how the two compare today, it’s time to do some number crunching to see under what circumstances it makes sense to spend your miles on First Class over Business.

Here is SQ’s award chart for one way saver redemptions between Singapore and various destinations. The 15% online redemption discount has not yet been reflected. You can see that the average premium you pay for first class over business is about 40%. The premium generally decreases as the distance gets longer.

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I reached out to a few of our trusty guestwriters to get their opinions on when paying for First Class made sense. Here are some of their views-


Jeriel: I thought it would be useful to divide the discussion to 2 sets of considerations. Firstly, the redemption zones –

1) Regional / Medium Haul flights (i.e. redemption zones 1 to 8) and 2) Long Haul flights (i.e. redemption zones 9 to 14).

Secondly, the type of aircraft –

1) B777-300ER and
2) A380.

Zones 1 to 8

To begin with, many of the aircraft operating flights in this category do not even have First Class cabins. The first step is to double-check whether your flight even has an option for First Class! (Milelion note: even though there is no First Class on these routes (eg SIN-BKK), there is still a line in the award chart for First Class so that people routing from outside Singapore (eg SFO-ICN-SIN-BKK can see the cost of the award. You’d fly F from SFO-ICN-SIN and J from SIN-BKK) 

In general, First Saver redemptions from Zones 1 to 8 cost about 36-50% more miles than Business Saver redemptions. Let’s take a look at a few examples for some popular destinations.

Destination Business Saver (1-way, -15%) First Saver (1-way, -15%) Premium
HKG (Zone 4) 23,375 31,875 8,500 (36%)
PVG (Zone 5) 29,750 42,500 12,750 (43%)
NRT (Zone 7) 34,000 51,000 17,000 (50%)

While the incremental miles required to fly First may not be high, sometimes this can represent quite a high percentage premium over a Business Class product that is already excellent. Japan and Korea in Zone 7 is one such example. 50% more miles would really make one think twice!

There are only a few scenarios in which I can imagine how a First Saver redemption in this category would make sense. I feel this way because with a total flight time from 3-7 hours, sleep is not that big a consideration for me (refer to section on sleep below).

Scenario 1: Where it gives you access to the Suites Experience

I wholeheartedly agree with Aaron that the whole point of playing the miles and points game is to create access to experiences that one would otherwise not be able to experience. Flying Suites, experiencing sleeping in a double bed on the A380… these are definitely bucket-list experiences which would not otherwise be available to mere mortals.

When you’re talking about regular flights, HKG at 31,875 miles is the cheapest destination with which you can make your Suites dream come through. Some time back, I wrote about an even cheaper opportunity to fly suites which has sadly now lapsed.

While the short flight time leaves much to be desired, paying a couple hundred bucks and a bunch of miles for free flow premium champagne, experiencing The Private Room, good food, endless selfie opportunities and the customary photo of the golden tickets for bragging rights… Sounds like a good deal to me!

Also, while the credit card strategies in this blog  would give you a respectable earn rate on your points, at the end of the day you’d still need to spend to get those points. A return ticket on First Saver for 2 pax to zones 11-12 will set you back at least 365k miles after the online discount. Even if you earn at the maximum rate of 4 miles per dollar (which is near impossible for all you spending), you’d still need to spend almost $100k to get there. If you don’t have any massive spend lined up, it can take quite some time to get there. These short to medium haul First Class flights may be your best bet for now!

Scenario 2: When  Business Saver award space is not available

If you have to make a trip and Business Saver is not available, do not despair! Take a quick peek at First Saver availability and you might be surprised. Business Standard awards cost even more than First Saver, so you’d be kicking yourself if you pulled the trigger and redeemed for Biz Standard when First Saver was still available.

I was in this exact situation when trying to make a flight redemption to HKG for my mother who urgently needed to fly up to meet a relative. Business Saver was unavailable and even Business Standard was on waitlist. She was disappointed and started searching for the cheapest revenue Economy ticket. All it took for me was a quick check online and an additional 8,500 miles for my mum to be enjoying the flight of her lifetime a couple of weeks later!

Zones 9 to 14

The situation for long haul flights is slightly different. Firstly, the percentage premium of First Saver redemptions over Business Saver is slightly lower.

Destination Business Saver (1-way, -15%) First Saver (1-way, -15%) Premium
SYD (Zone 9) 46,750 63,750 17,000 (36%)
LHR (Zone 11)

LAX (Zone 12)

68,000 91,375 23,375 (34%)
JFK (Zone 13) 72,250 93,500 21,250 (29%)
GRU (Zone 14) 74,375 95,625 21,250 (28%)

Note: as the one-stop flights on SQ to GRU are now being pulled, it now seems that one has to fly through FRA-JFK and then codeshare on a LATAM Airlines 767-300 on the JFK/GRU leg. The last leg does not have First Class, so it looks like there will no longer be any way to fly First Class all the way to GRU on SQ.

Secondly, it is on these long-haul flights that you really get to savor the experience in all its glory, and where some of the small differences between the classes begin. Passengers flying First get the Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kits, and (the now un-branded) pajamas. You’d get at least 2 meals, and a good stretch of time to experience what it feels like to sleep like a baby at 40,000 feet.

These are nice collectibles, but are they really worth the additional ~20k miles? Especially if you have already flown the product before, perhaps not so. If you take a KF mile to be worth about 2 cents each, 20k miles can be valued at about S$400. You can buy 2 bottles of Dom Perignon, or even a pair of Ferragamo heels with that!

From Aaron’s excellent history lesson of SQ’s premium offerings over the years, you can clearly see the difference in the First Class offerings in the 2 different planes. The soft product may be the same, but the hard product is miles apart, with the A380 Suites offering unparalleled privacy and the option of a double-bed. This to me is huge when considering whether or not to make the upgrade. I’d choose Suites over plain ol’ First Class any day, and would even go as far to say I think it is difficult to find a compelling reason to fly First Class over long haul Business.

For me, there are only a few reasons for which I would commit the additional miles for a First / Suites ticket.

Sleep

This is the most compelling point for me. When you take your first ever flight in a full-flat Business seat, the very fact that you are lying horizontally when flying would seem like an amazing thing. You’d definitely be able to catch more shut-eye than in Economy, but after a while you come to realize that the ‘bed’ is really not a bed at all.

Even in SQ’s excellent long-haul offering, I find the foot cubby-hole way too small and cramped. It doesn’t help that at 1.86m tall, I have to make use of every millimeter to really lie flat. I find my feet squashed and contorted into the foot cubby, which wakes me up multiple times throughout my nap. I guess if you’re around the average Singaporean height, this may not apply to you as much. My wife who’s about a foot shorter than me has no such problems.

Also, by virtue of the fact that you’re in a larger cabin, the foot traffic by other passengers and the flight crew is a significant distraction, especially if you are a light sleeper. On my recent CDG-SIN flight in June this year, a lady from across the aisle decided to stay up the whole flight reading her book with the bright LED reading light on. Having just flown my outbound in Suites with the memory of the absolute privacy it afforded fresh in my mind, I found myself incredibly irritated and must have took at least an hour to fall asleep. First world problems, I know. 😀

This is especially important on a long-haul flight where you’d want a really good long nap to hit the ground running when you land, and/or to minimize any jetlag. Perhaps less so on a 5 hour flight where any nap will only be about 2-3 hours anyway. (Milelion: I’m really going to disagree with Jeriel here- in fact the dynamic I’m thinking of is that if you want sleep, go for Business, if you want luxury, go for First. In First it feels very fei to sleep because you want to enjoy the experience more. In Business on the other hand, it’s all about maximising rest. I agree that First has a better bed for sure, but the Business bed is good enough for most people. Not everyone will agree with me on this though)

Special Occasions

It’s your honeymoon or Jubilee anniversary and you want to spoil your spouse’s expectations for future travel forever. ‘nuff said.

I was asked to provide a family-orientated perspective to this discussion. When considering this question in the context of flying with my young family, I would definitely tend towards sticking with Business Saver redemptions.


Milelion: I’m going to add a few points to Jeriel’s of how I decide whether or not to spring for First.

(1) Is it an A380?

I’d be much more willing to pay the premium for the excellent Suites product over regular F, for obvious reasons.

(2) If it’s not an A380, is it the new F or old F?

The new First Class seat is a thing of beauty and the last generation F seat just looks really tired right now. Comfort wise it’s not like you’ll be miserable in the Old F, it’s just that the new seat is that much more impressive. Ceterus paribus, I’d be very hard pressed to pay the premium for old F.

(3) Am I departing from SIN or going back to SIN?

The ground experience in SIN for First is definitely several levels above Business (Private Room!). The experience is somewhat different overseas, unless you’re departing from JFK where F passengers can assess the Virgin Clubhouse.

In my mind, there is one question that determines whether you should go for First or Business class (assuming you have the miles, and saver is available for both)

Comfort vs Experience

For comfort, Business Class is more than sufficient. SQ’s full flat Business seat is every bit as comfortable as its First Class peer. (and if you’re on one of their A330s with the less comfortable angled flat regional Business Class seat, First Class won’t be an option anyway) You’ll get a good amount of rest, the catering and service will be good quality and you’ll arrive at your destination ready to go.

For experience, it’s still hard to beat SQ’s First Class product. You can read about the nitty gritty here, but to summarise, if this is a once in a lifetime trip, there’s every reason why you should save up 30-40% more miles to make it extra memorable.

As reader Damian (look out for his guest post coming soon) puts it

Business Class: Yu Pian Mi Fen
First Class: Lobster Noodles

I think that’s as good a summary as any of what you can expect out of either one.

We’ve looked at the case for First and Business Class on SQ, but what if you intend to fly on other airlines? How different is the product and how many more miles can you expect to pay? Stay tuned for the fourth and final part of this article where we look at exactly that.

Act quickly- SQ Suites available for 25K miles and $100!

Since discovering the Miles and Points game 3 years ago, Jeriel has now spent a disproportionate amount of time reading the T&Cs of credit cards and frequent flyer programs. His grand plans for round-the-world premium travel has taken a hit since the arrival of his daughter, but he is still determined to fly as far, frequently and luxuriously as possible on Miles and Points. Expect more family-orientated trip reports and travel tips from him!


Singapore Suites within Easy Reach

When the SQ Suites first took to the air in October 2007, there wasn’t a more aspirational product to fly. I distinctly remember staring at the cabin photos in awe, wondering whether there was even a parallel universe in which I could fly in the ‘Class above First’. Singapore Airlines ensured that it remained merely aspirational to the masses by not allowing award flight redemptions on Suites, and it remained that way until November 2012.

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Since then there has been a glut of trip reports for SQ suites, with some going viral online. You probably need your own to have any degree of respect as a local travel blogger, and Aaron has written about his own experience on the SIN CDG route here. I hope to be adding my own report soon as well.

While redeeming an SQ Suites award is now entirely possible, it’s definitively still not easy. The cheapest award used to be SIN HKG at 31,875 miles (before taxes, after online discount, per person, one way). A decent length trip to SYD would cost 63,750 miles, and the truly long haul flight to LHR, CDG, LAX etc. would set you back 91,375 miles (ditto conditions as above).

If you wanted to enjoy the experience together with a partner or loved-one, the miles required instantly doubles (or quadruples if you want to fly Suites both ways).

Even if you had the miles needed, finding award availability is a whole other story. SQ does release a respectable amount of award inventory to Krisflyer members, but they are snapped up fast, especially on popular routes. On my upcoming trip, I had camped on the SQ website about a year before my desired date of travel in order to lock in the awards.

All that is probably enough to discourage the entry-level miles and points enthusiast from the dream of sleeping in (what was once the only) double bed in the sky.

(Milelion note: The Residence, of course, is not available for miles redemption so I think it’s still fair to say that SQ Suites is, for all intents and purposes, the only double bed in the sky)

Well, if you really want to try this product but have been finding it difficult to accumulate the miles, your opportunity is here!

SQ will be flying the A380 on the SIN BKK SIN route for 3 days, from 12th April 2016 to 14th April 2016, apparently to coincide with the Songkran Festival, and Saver Suites award availability is wide open!

A dummy search for the 3 days show the following availability as of 18/3/16, 0100hrs:

12 Apr 13 Apr 14 Apr
SIN BKK 1 Seat 2 Seats 2 Seats
BKK SIN 2 Seats 2 Seats 2 Seats

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Availability doesn’t get any better than this. Or does it? As I was running through the dummy searches on the various dates, I actually managed to get to a page where up to four Saver Suites awards were available on the BKK SIN leg.

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Seeing as how SQ usually only releases a maximum of 2 Saver Suites awards, I have a feeling that it was a system glitch, but I’m still reeling from the adrenaline rush from the thought that FOUR Saver Suites awards might be available.

Is this worth jumping on? The math seem to suggest so. Suites Awards to Thailand are listed at 30000 miles. After the 15% online redemption discount, it will set you back 25500 miles (before taxes, after online discount, per person, one way). A quick check shows that the same one-way ticket retails at S$2446.30. Redemption would cost you the 25500 miles and S$111.30 of taxes. That amounts to an amazing ~9c/mile value!

You probably would have figured the catch by now; at 2 hours 25 mins of flight time, SIN BKK isn’t exactly the best way to enjoy the full Suites experience. That being said, the prospect of spending the whole day in The Private Room at Changi’s SilverKris Lounge isn’t that bad an idea. 😉

(Milelion note: Put it this way- it’s like paying $100 and some miles for a very, very nice dinner, a trip to Bangkok and a free flow of Krug/Dom)

Also, unless you were already planning to go to Bangkok during that time period, it will take some inertia/convincing your boss to plan a mid-week holiday at short notice. However, if the stars just so happen to be aligned for you (~50k spare miles, leave already applied on the right days with nothing planned), this may just make for a very special vacation.