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Amazing Singapore Airlines Award Availability

by on July 7, 2012 · 27 comments

in Singapore Airlines, star alliance

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Singapore Airlines is extremely stingy with releasing saver award availability to their Star Alliance partners. I recently snagged several business class awards on the non-stop Newark-Singapore premium flight, though they usually only release seats in the couple weeks leading up until departure. They hold many more seats for their own frequent flyer program (Krisflyer) members, but that doesn’t help those who want to use United, US Airways and Aeroplan miles.

However, this weekend they are updating their computer systems and for some reason tons of award seats are available for booking via partners. For example, I checked out November and December and there were lots of seats on the Newark-Singapore non-stop flight in business class (which I reviewed here).

First class is available on many routes, though the first class suites on the A380 is sadly not part of this “deal.” Their systems should be back up and running Sunday morning eastern, so I’d book awards quickly if you want to get in on this!

Tons of San Francisco to Seoul business and first class award space.

If you are currently ticketed on another Star Alliance partner, like United from LAX- Tokyo, you may want to see if Singapore is available since its such a better in-flight experience. United will let you chance carriers as long as the origin and destination are the same. Even if I had to pay $100, I’d opt for Singapore since it blows most other carriers out of the water.

Hat tip uapremier from Flyertalk!

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  • Will

    How much does US Air charge to change the date on award travel if I were to get this with their miles?

  • thepointsguy

    You are probably looking at a $150 change/redeposit/reticket fee. Still worth it, in my opinion

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=41900029 Josh MacDonald

    I have Thai F on A380 booked into FRA, is switching to SIN and taking the 77W product worth it?

  • CESMA

    How do I search for award seats using Dividend Miles?

  • Will

    Apparently US Air can’t see the seats on their end……so much for miles with them…

  • thepointsguy

    Search on united.com and then call to book

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=41900029 Josh MacDonald

    Find the flights on United, then spoon feed the flight numbers and dates to US

  • thepointsguy

    You sure? You may have just had a lazy rep- id call again

  • smitty06

    There is great availability for the weekend of the SIN DO

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=809963808 Monika Beckmann

    It’s true. First rep told me she couldn’t see the seats, so I took your advice and called back – booked EWR-SFO-SIN flights I really wanted! My original routing to SIN was less than ideal; required me to purchase one-way ticket to get home from SFO to EWR. THANKS for the tip!!

  • Random

    ahhh.. im trying to book a positioning for the RGN mistake fare, but i need to transfer from Chase. However, their site is down for maintenence during the night!!!

  • Justin

    Just changed my return flight from NRT-SEA-EWR on UA to NRT-LAX-EWR on SIN/UA! Just had to call and talk to semi-friendly agent. Thanks for the tip!

  • PJ

    US airways Dividend miles is really a league of itself. They claimed China air does not release same flight availabity to them as to other partners in China. A 50 minutes flight from CTU JZH R/T would come only in First class for 50+ K miles versus 20k on Aeroplan economy.

  • Paul

    Hi, thanks for bringing this amazing deal to my attention. Between me, my wife and my mother, we have redeemed more than half a million UA points. People on FT are saying that since the CO merger, there have been problems with UA *A partner bookings in general. They are also advising to “call SQ anyway to get your PNR and confirm they have received the tkt numbers from UA – that goes for any award tkt with ANY partner. Not just SQ.”

    Would you agree with this, and if so, when should we call SQ ? Now, a few hours from now, or maybe a few days?

  • Bob

    You can get the SQ PNR from UA and then the reservation up on SQ.com to verify it’s been received by SQ. No need to call, but if you want to, anytime after it has been ticketed is fine.

  • Shogun

    Thanks for the post, does anyone know a good way to transfer Amex Rewards points to United Miles?

  • thepointsguy

    You can’t. You can transfer to Aeroplan and book these awards directly at aeroplan.com. Or Singapore Airlines

  • thepointsguy

    Though singapore transfers take 2 days and Aeroplan is instant, so if you see something you like, I’d recommend going Aeroplan

  • Flyer Fun

    Thank you for the tip. I booked some first class tickets from SFO on Singapore in March 13 using the United award engine. I have always wanted to fly FC on Singapore. Since I am in New York, I have to figure out how to get to SFO and back. This may turn out to be a mistake, but then again, I risk nothing since I can alway get a refund as a 1K with no penalty.

  • http://twitter.com/angelinaaucello Angelina Aucello

    You can call the agent and ask her to add the JFK-SFO segment to your reservation for no charge. I did that and all I had to do was pay $2.43 extra for tax =)

  • Mnm

    Looks like all the seats are mostly gone…

  • http://twitter.com/allisonemarino Allison Marino

    depends on what routes. the maldives is wide open right now (even with two seats), which i fought for months to find and never did.

  • Mnm

    Yeah they had a ton from DEL-SIN-EWR yesterday for 60k in Jan – all gone now. Im kicking myself :(

  • Flyer Fun

    Angelina, Fantastic Advice! Another $5 dollars and I have my flight from EWR-SFO and back SFO-JFK. Have a great day/week!!!!

  • SilentRhino

    i’ll take a look for the ewr-sin. Also, I just bought US AIR miles and did a quick award (ticketed morning of departure for JAX-ORD-ZRH-NBO and return EBB-ADD-FRA-IAD-JAX all in business. not bad since I only paid 1800$ for the miles. I’m a big fan of the swiss business product. Regarding Singapore availability, I noticed some pretty good FRA-JFK availability on their A380 which I hadn’t previously seen. I would have taken it, but i couldn’t make schedules match up for my inbound flight from africa. thanks for the blog!

  • Shoubie

    I have been trying to book Singapore Business for my trip next year (SFO > SIN > BOM) but United refuses to show me Singapore flights for any of the days. Has something changed ?

  • Rob philip

    Angelina:

    I’m in Denver, but searching SFO-SIN shows *much* more availability on the United search engine. Are you suggesting book the SFO->SIN leg and then call united to add in DEN->SFO?

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