Singapore Airlines returns to Canada with Vancouver flights, adds Seattle, San Francisco VTL flights

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After a 12 year absence, Singapore Airlines will fly to Canada once again, with service to Vancouver starting from 2 December 2021.

Earlier today I wrote about how it seemed all but certain that Singapore Airlines would be adding Vancouver back to its route network, after a 12-year absence from Canada.

SIA has now confirmed the news, with the launch of a 4x weekly seasonal service to Vancouver and onwards to Seattle starting 2 December 2021. Two of the weekly Seattle-Vancouver-Singapore flights will operate as VTL services, allowing eligible customers to fly to Singapore with no SHN on arrival.

In addition to this, SIA will convert its daily non-stop services from San Francisco to Singapore into a VTL flight from 20 October 2021. 

Singapore Airlines’ new Vancouver-Seattle route

Vancouver beckons

From 2 December 2021 to 15 February 2022, SIA will launch a 4x weekly service to Vancouver and Seattle. Tickets will be made available for sale (and presumably redemption) from 12 October 2021, 1200 hours (SGT).

On the outbound leg, SQ28 flies to Vancouver and then onwards to Seattle on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday…

To Vancouver/Seattle
Flights Days
SQ28
S M T W T F S
SIN
0915
YVR
0730
     
SQ28
S M T W T F S
YVR
0840
SEA
0930
     

…and on the inbound leg, SQ27 returns to Singapore on Tuesdays and Fridays. SQ29 is the designated VTL flight, and operates on Thursdays and Saturdays. 

To Singapore
Flights Days
SQ27
S M T W T F S
SEA
1100
YVR
1145
         
SQ27
S M T W T F S
YVR
1315
SIN
2205
(+1)
         
SQ29
 VTL 
S M T W T F S
SEA
1100
YVR
1145
          ✔ 
SQ29
 VTL 

S M T W T F S
YVR
1315
SIN
2205
(+1)
          ✔ 

To be clear: passengers flying on SQ27 will enter Singapore under Category II rules (7-day SHN at home), while passengers flying on SQ29 will enter Singapore under VTL rules (swab on arrival, no SHN). 

Flights will be operated by a long-haul configured A350-900, with 253 seats split into:

  • 42 Business Class
  • 24 Premium Economy Class
  • 187 Economy Class

For a review of the A350-900 Business Class experience, you can check out my recent reviews below:

In terms of redemptions, here’s how much it costs to fly to Seattle or Vancouver. SIA hasn’t updated its award chart yet, but I’m assuming they’ll charge the same for Vancouver as they do the West Coast of the USA. 

Redemption Cost from Singapore to Vancouver/Seattle
(Flight on Singapore Air)
  Saver
(One-Way)
Advantage
(One-Way)
Economy 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 68,000 N/A
Business 95,000 125,000

There will be some differences in taxes if your journey ends in Vancouver, versus heading onwards to Seattle.

San Francisco now a VTL route

SQ33 goes VTL from 20 October 2021

SIA will be converting SQ33, its daily non-stop service from San Francisco to Singapore, into a VTL flight from Wednesday, 20 October 2021. This joins the existing VTL services operating out of Los Angeles and New York.

All other flights between San Francisco and Singapore, including the San Francisco-Hong Kong-Singapore service on SQ7, will be a non-VTL flight. 

Here’s the full list of VTL flights from the USA to Singapore (excluding Seattle, which I’ve already covered above):

From San Francisco to Singapore
Flights Days
SQ33
 VTL 
(20-30 Oct 21)
S M T W T F S
SFO
2205
SIN
0545 (+2)
SQ33
 VTL 
(31 Oct 21 to 26 Mar 22)
S M T W T F S
SFO
2050
SIN
0625 (+2)
From Los Angeles to Singapore
Flights Days
SQ37
 VTL 
(20-30 Oct 21)
S M T W T F S
LAX
2320
SIN
0730 (+2)
SQ37
 VTL 
(31 Oct 21 to 26 Mar 22)
S M T W T F S
LAX
2225
SIN
0815 (+2)
From New York (JFK) to Singapore
Flights Days
SQ23
 VTL 
(19-30 Oct 21)
S M T W T F S
JFK
2230
SIN
0520 (+2)
SQ23
 VTL 
(31 Oct 21 to 26 Mar 22)
S M T W T F S
JFK
2140
SIN
0520 (+2)

Conclusion

The addition of San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver expands the SIA Group’s VTL network to 17 cities (don’t forget, Scoot is also adding flights from Berlin from 20 October 2021). Coupled with the latest development that unvaccinated children 12 and below will be able to travel on the VTL after all, and year-end travel for 2021 just got a whole lot brighter. 

I’m going to try to get a seat on the inaugural flight to Vancouver- my first time on an inaugural since the relaunch of SQ22 in 2018! Maybe I’ll see some of you onboard…

How do you feel about Singapore Airlines returning to Canada?

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Isaac

Is there a mistake for SQ28 VYR > SEA arrival timing?

Patrick

Oh wait. So there is no more direct SIN to SEA anymore ? I took it just before the Covid happen

M L

SEA usually served by Silkair or other budget low cost carrier

Sandy

I think Patrick meant Seattle instead of South East Asia.

Jonathan

SEA is Seattle, not South East Asia

Dave

And the best part about all of these travel news: No more Nasi Lemak pictures in the telegram group.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dave
Somebody

Swell! This worked out nicely. I owe you one for the assist, Aaron.
I moved from SQ23 to SQ33, saved points, lot of heartburn, a needless red-eye flight and avoided JFK (typical east coast rudeness). Snagging 11K was just icing on the cake.

ZYX

Since Singapore will deny entry for unvaccinated travellers soon, I don’t see why not all flights are made VTL yet.

Dave

Singapore will never close its doors to unvaccinated citizens.

YSY

there are transit demand cater for unvaccinated travellers for non-VTL flights.

Curious Al

Vancouver in Dec is cold and damp – low season, so hotel prices will be at their cheapest. If you like skiing, Whistler is popular and very expensive but apparently worth it, according to my friends. Another alternative is to catch the Northern Lights at either Whitehorse or Yellowknife. Loved my Air North flight to Whitehorse – it’s a great retro experience – old but well-maintained plane with great seats and even better service.

SQ Flyer

IIRC there’s also an annual winter season Fairmont tie-up with the local tourism authority that I think comes with up to C$200 spending credit on a pre-paid Visa debit card – proportionate to the hotel category, of course.

Tom

Vancouver is terrible in winter. It’s not cold enough for snow so you’ll have very very cold rain all day. Take a domestic to Banff imo.

Curious Al

It can snow some years though. Vancouver is terrible dealing with snow since it doesn’t happen frequently – I remember that they stopped bus services when I was at University of British Columbia because the buses couldn’t handle going up the slopes., even with fairly light snow. Knew people who walked 90 mins to reach the uni.

bent

The Rockies is amazing in winter…though be prepared for -20 deg temperatures in Banff and Lake Louise. But if early Dec travel, shouldn’t be that bad. Would probably be safe to join a land tour than drive in those conditions though.

Clement

Waiting for direct Toronto flight ✈️

Wee Gin

How long is the flight to Vancouver from Singapore?

A.W

If I’m in Vancouver and wish to use VTL in end Oct, is it possible for me to take a non VTL flight to SFO and then take that VTL flight to Singapore and still qualify for VTL?

Marek Kallin

how expensive are those VTL flights – more expensive than normal?

Paul

Are the flights bookable yet? I am looking right now and not seeing them.

Paul

Nevermind – re-read the post – noon Oct 12

Sufi

No redemption seats( Business). Bummer

zyd0714

I personally think the summer time in Vancouver is far much better than the winter time, hope it is not just a seasonal flight…

bent

Winter travellers are there for Whistler and snow fun in the Rockies. It’s not for the ‘mass market’ leisure travellers.

Curious Al

Yes, summer is peak tourist season because of the many Alaskan cruises. In fact, the city doesn’t even promote summer tourism since they’ve got more tourists than they need. However, recently, global warming has affected Vancouver – wildfires can produce the familiar hazy skies (can be as bad as ours). This summer had the infamous heat wave of >40C temperature. May to mid-June is still fine.

Francis

There aren’t any redeemable flights on the Vancouver flight though … I don’t understand why.

Jess

Thinking to travel to Vancouver this Dec for leisure, but it seem like from the official CA website to check eligibility to enter, it is not 100% you can enter Canada.

So confusing. So can we travel to Canada??

Jess

Based on your answers, you will likely be allowed to enter Canada; however, the final determination will be made by a government official at the port of entry.

I got this from https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/answers/foreign-vaccinated

I’m vaccinated but reading that above, I’m concerned 😅

Jess

Good to know! I feel more assured then. Thanks.

Jess

Anyone still going to Vancouver/ whistler/ banff in December, with the recent floods and closed highways going on? The situation doesn’t look good.

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