Singapore To Cancel Routes From Newark and Los Angeles

by on October 27, 2012 · 16 comments

in Singapore Airlines

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As you might remember, for my last birthday, I gave myself the present of taking the longest commercial flight in the world aboard Singapore Airlines’ all-business-class plane from Newark to Singapore. It was definitely one of my most memorable travel experiences, and a great use of Ultimate Rewards points since I used just 60,000 plus $2.50 in taxes and fees to pay for what would otherwise have been a $4,600 ticket.

Say goodbye to the all-business-class Singapore service!

Unfortunately, it looks like by late 2013, this flight will no longer be available. According this article, Singapore Airlines has been hurting due to fluctuating fuel prices and a weak global economy. It has hired freezing and is updating its fleet in the hopes of economizing through efficiency. Still, it’s got quite a few A380′s and A350′s on order as well as some Boeing 787′s. Looks like as part of its deal with Airbus, though, the airline will have to return some of its long-rage A340-500 craft, including the one that flies the EWR-SIN route, and that the non-stop flight between LA and Singapore will also be canceled at that time. Apparently it was uneconomical to operate the five craft that only serviced these two routes.

I’m all for cost-saving measures since maybe, just maybe, some of the savings will be passed along to consumers, but I’m sad to see the EWR-SIN service go, especially because I had such a great experience. For those of you looking to get in on the flight before it’s canceled, hopefully Singapore will be opening up some saver-level availability so you can use your United or US Airways miles (both Star Alliance partners of Singapore) to book an award ticket.

Otherwise, your best bet would be to join Krisflyer, Singapore’s frequent flyer program since it is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, and Singapore makes more award seats available to its members, so you could transfer points to the program and use them to book an award that way. Amex points transfer at a 1:1 ratio, though it takes 48 hours, so you’d have to keep your fingers crossed that award availability would remain open. It’ll cost you 85,000 Krisflyer miles one-way to fly the EWR-SIN route in business, which is expensive, but could be worth it for you to try out this unique service. You do get a 15% discount when you redeem Krisflyer miles online, so your requirement for this award would actually end up being 72,250 miles.

The Krisflyer award redemption chart with mileage from the US East Coast to Singapore.

Ah well, on to the next interesting route – my flight between Seoul ICN and Madrid in a few weeks aboard Korean Air – also courtesy of my Ultimate Rewards points.

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  • Mileage Update

    Disappointing but a sad state of reality in these times. Going to make me add another stop from my home airport and tack on another 3-4 hrs to the trip

  • RakSiam

    Not a big surprise. TG learned the lesson the hard way as well that the A345 just isn’t economical to operate. Interesting that Airbus is taking them back as part of their deal. What will they do with the a/c?

    This is certainly one of those routes (EWR-SIN) that has been intriguing to me. Maybe I’ll take a look at availability…

  • Guest#1

    Did you mean ‘froze hiring’ rather then ‘hired freezing’?

  • paul

    how & when will united be getting saver awards?

  • Travel Summary

    It’s actually 72,250 miles if booked via Singapore’s website since they give a 15% discount.

  • Choiklu

    how do you accumulate so many UR points, also if you book one way, what other airlines did you return with ??

  • jd

    Got this booked for June. Chances I’ll get to take it? Any idea what they’d re-book me on if it’s cancelled. Don’t imagine there’s much point contacting the airline now as the CSRs won’t have a clue.

  • The Points Guy

    Thanks for the reminder! I noted it in the post.

  • RakSiam

    Since they’re discontinuing the route “by late 2013″ you may well be OK. I would guess they’d switch you to the routing from JFK via FRA if the fligth goes away before then. Or give you a refund.

  • jd

    Rerouting would be acceptable, but refund would put me in a hole as I’d be stuck trying to book 3 business class seats to Bali during peak season with very little time to spare. Not exactly ideal.

  • AlexEWR

    I did look into using my hoard of USAirways miles for the EWR-SIN and i dont see availability at all for the non-stop 6-7 months out.. with often seats and routing through FRT or Scandinavia :( any advice ?

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  • Marcus

    Taking this flight in May 2013 and looking forward to it! I suppose it’ll be one of the last few direct Singapore to Newark flights.

  • Doug DeNunzio

    too bad this flight is cancelled, but has reasons for its use

  • Clare

    I have to play a trip in August…will it be cancelled by then…does any know when it will

  • Clare

    Has it been cancelled already?

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