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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Singapore Airlines re-launched the world’s longest flight between Newark (EWR) and Singapore (SIN) last October and now the airline is running a great deal on premium economy fares from Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) to multiple cities throughout Asia starting at just $1,049 round-trip. We even found a great deal to the Maldives (MLE) for under $1,300 round-trip. Note that some of the connecting flights once you get to Asia are in economy, not premium economy, but all flights into and out of the US are in premium economy.
While you’ll be trapped in a pressurized tin can for almost an entire day if flying from Newark, flights from the West Coast to Asia are nearly as long. But it isn’t all bad. In fact, all PE seats have 38-inches of pitch and a 13-inch IFE screen. You’ll want to book early so you can get a coveted solo seat near the back of the plane. After all, do you really want to be confined to a middle seat for nearly 19 hours?
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book an OTA like Priceline or Expedia. Note, that attempting to book directly with Singapore Airlines will cost you over $2,000.
Airline: Singapore Airlines
Routes: EWR/LAX/SFO to SIN/HKG/MLE/BKK/MNL/DPS/CGK/NRT
Cost: $1,049+ round-trip in Premium Economy
Travel Dates: September – December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) for $1,049 round-trip nonstop in premium economy:
Newark (EWR) to Bali (DPS) for $1,049 round-trip in premium economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) for $1,099 round-trip nonstop in premium economy:
Newark (EWR) to Jakarta (CGK) for $1,143 round-trip in premium economy:
Newark (EWR) to Bangkok (BKK) for $1,153 round-trip in premium economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $1,186 round-trip non-stop in premium economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Tokyo (NRT) for $1,200 round-trip in premium economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Malé for $1,248 round-trip in premium economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Manila (MNL) for $1,288 round-trip in premium economy:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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