This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Reserve

Singapore Airlines is expanding its route network — this time, between Indonesia and Australia. Beginning November 23, 2016 (pending regulatory approval), the carrier will launch Jakarta (CGK) to Sydney (SYD) service, while at the same time increasing the number of flights on its current Singapore (SIN) to Jakarta (CGK) route to eight flights per week.

Here’s the 3x weekly schedule of the new CGK-SYD route, which technically originates in Singapore (SIN):

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    • Singapore (SIN) 8:15pm Departure ⇒ Jakarta (CGK) 9:00pm Arrival; 10:25pm Departure ⇒ Sydney (SYD) 9:30am (+1) Arrival
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
    • Sydney (SYD) 11:00am Departure ⇒ Jakarta (CGK) 2:35pm Arrival; 3:35pm Departure ⇒ Singapore (SIN) 6:10pm Arrival

All the flights on this new route will be operated by Singapore Airlines’ 777-200 aircraft, which is not the same as the 777-300ER planes that feature the carrier’s latest first and business-class product, and a comfortable premium-economy cabin.

Singapore Airlines will soon fly between Jakarta and Sydney.
Singapore Airlines will soon fly between Jakarta and Sydney.

Here’s the schedule for the eight new flights between SIN and CGK:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
    • Singapore (SIN) 1:50pm Departure ⇒ Jakarta (CGK) 2:35pm Arrival
    • Jakarta (CGK) 3:35pm Departure ⇒ Singapore (SIN) 6:10pm Arrival
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    • Singapore (SIN) 8:15pm Departure ⇒ Jakarta (CGK) 9:00pm Arrival
    • Jakarta (CGK) 11:25pm Departure ⇒ Singapore (SIN) 1:10am (+1) Arrival

The increased frequency on this route is somewhat surprising as it’s already one of the busiest in the carrier’s network. With the addition of eight more weekly flights — including those that continue to Sydney — Jakarta will be serviced by a total of 74 weekly flights.

Screen Shot 2016-09-29 at 2.19.35 PM
You can book the inaugural CGK-SYD flight in cash, but not with an award ticket.

The Singapore to Sydney route via Jakarta is an especially interesting move, and there’s a chance that there could be pretty decent award availability when it launches. One-way economy awards will run you 25,000 KrisFlyer miles, while business-class awards are 55,000 miles, before factoring in the 15% discount you’ll get for booking online. You can book this new route now with cash — the inaugural flight is going for 14,443,600 Indonesian Rupiahs (~$1,111) in economy for a one-way ticket, but award tickets aren’t yet available.

You can transfer points from all the major credit card issuers (via Ultimate Rewards, Membership Rewards and Citi ThankYou points) to Singapore’s KrisFlyer program. With the 100,000-point sign-up bonus from the Chase Sapphire Reserve card, you could be on your way to a round-trip flight in business class.

Featured image courtesy of Singapore Airlines.

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

The Points Guy Assessment:

The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great pick for the beginner and the frequent traveler. The CSP has superb travel benefits, double points on certain purchases, and a 50,000 point sign up bonus. The $95 annual fee is waived the first year so this puts it as one of the less expensive cards, while still allowing you to earn one of the most valuable point currencies.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® named a 'Best Travel Credit Card' by MONEY® Magazine, 2016-2017
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.