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Due to the tremendous popularity of our deal alert series, Singapore Airlines reached out to see if we’d like to feature a deal exclusively for TPG readers. And since this is one heck of a steal, we were happy to oblige!
Our deal alert series has been very popular, and we’re so happy to see that thousands of loyal TPG readers have gotten in on excellent deals to destinations like Cancun, Dubai, Europe, Hawaii and Hong Kong. Airline sales and mistake fares present a great opportunity to travel on the cheap, but we decided to take our love of fantastic fares to a new level by working directly with an airline to develop an unbeatable airfare deal. Today, we’re happy to announce our first TPG reader exclusive with Singapore Airlines. Please note that TPG and Singapore don’t have a business relationship (meaning that we’re not profiting from or making money on this deal); rather, we’re excited to bring the first of what we hope will be many TPG reader exclusives your way!
Singapore Airlines is currently offering an exceptional deal exclusively for TPG readers on its flight from Houston (IAH) to Moscow (DME) — $399 for round-trip travel. As Singapore is a bit too far to reach from the US after the airline retired its gas-guzzling A340-500, Singapore Airlines now operates one-stop flights from cities around the country, including Houston (via Moscow), Los Angeles (via Tokyo), New York (via Frankfurt) and San Francisco (via Seoul and Hong Kong). This presents an opportunity to experience Singapore’s fantastic service not only on flights to its namesake city-state, but also on nonstop long-haul flights to other destinations. (See TPG’s recent review of Singapore’s first-class Suites product from Frankfurt to New York.)
Of course, Russia might not top your list of must-see destinations at the moment, thanks to recent political complications, but you could still take advantage of this deal to travel to other countries by booking this flight through Singapore and a separate round-trip departing DME airport. And, if you do want to visit Moscow, you can expect to get much more bang for your buck when converting dollars to rubles (currently 55 rubles to the dollar, compared to just 34 a year ago).
You must book by August 10 for travel from September 1 through December 1. Flights in both directions are only available on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
You’ll pay just $399 round-trip, including taxes and fees, when you book directly through this Singapore page. These fares are so low that you’ll pay nearly as much in taxes and surcharges ($394) on an award ticket.
From now through the end of October, Singapore 61 departs Houston at 5:40pm and arrives in Moscow the next day at 1:00pm — beginning November 1, Singapore 61 will depart at 4:45pm (still arriving the next day at 1:00pm, due to daylight savings time), allowing plenty of time for connections in both Houston and Moscow, which makes this flight a great option for connecting onward to Europe, India or even Asia.
On the return leg, you’ll depart Moscow at 9:40am or 10:15am and arrive in Houston at 2:05pm or 2:15pm on the same day, so you’ll want to look for flights that arrive in Moscow (DME) early in the morning. Note that if you book two separate round-trip flights and your flight to Moscow is delayed, causing you to miss your flight to Houston, Singapore may not be able to accommodate you on another flight. See this post for more connecting flight options from Moscow.
Yes, this is an economy fare, and unfortunately there isn’t an opportunity to upgrade to Singapore’s fantastic business and first-class seats. That said, you can expect an experience far superior to what you’d get with any domestic US carrier. That means friendly service (flight attendants that don’t scream at you for pressing the overhead call button) and meals you’ll actually want to eat (better than many domestic first options).
You also get excellent (and free) in-flight entertainment with an 10.6-inch display, and 19-inch-wide seats with 32 inches of pitch (compare that to 17 inches wide and 31 inches of pitch on AA’s 777-300ER).
These fares include checked baggage allowance of 2 pieces weighing up to 23 kg (about 50 pounds) each. Gold elite members receive an additional piece of checked luggage at no charge.
Flying First or Business Class
If a 12-hour economy flight isn’t your thing, consider redeeming KrisFlyer miles for a long-haul flight in Singapore’s fantastic business or first class. For more on premium-cabin travel, see Top 5 Ways to Fly to Europe in First Class, How to Fly Singapore Airlines First Class for (Almost!) Free, Singapore Airlines First Class Suites: How To Book on Miles, TPG’s 8 Reasons Why I Love Singapore Airlines First Class and Flight Review: Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Frankfurt-JFK.
This deal books into the “K” fare class, which earns only 10% of miles flown when crediting to Singapore KrisFlyer. Singapore K fares do not earn any miles with United MileagePlus, Lufthansa Miles & More or Turkish Miles & Smiles.
Get Your Visa
In some cases you can transfer from one flight to another without a visa at DME, but if you have an overnight connection or you plan to leave the airport for any reason, you’ll need to get a Russian visa. Expect to pay $200 per person or more for visa and processing fees. See this post for details about how to apply for a Russian visa. For help with visas we recommend our friends at Allied Passport & Visa.
You’re flying nearly 6,000 miles each way on Singapore Airlines for $399 round-trip. That’s a heck of a deal. And while Moscow may not be in your travel plans, you can book onward flights to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, India and even Asia for less than $500 round-trip.
Intra-Russia flights are a great use of British Airways Avios to fly partner S7 Airlines, since many routes don’t require long-distance travel. Or you can fly Air Berlin nonstop to Germany or Pegasus nonstop to Istanbul for $130, El Al to Tel Aviv for $290, Etihad to Abu Dhabi for $325 or Air India nonstop to Delhi for $350, just to name a few options.
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.