Deal Alert: Premium Economy to Southeast Asia on the World’s Longest Flights From $890 Round-Trip
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In October Singapore Airlines re-launched the world’s longest flight between Newark (EWR) and Singapore (SIN). While that flight got all of the attention, there’s a flight that’s almost as long: Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore — which is 17 hours and 50 minutes long versus 18 hours and 30 minutes long for the EWR-SIN flight and uses the same aircraft that lacks an economy cabin.
The cheapest flights are on the nonstop from LA to Singapore, but there’s options that connect onward into Southeast Asia for almost as cheap. Travelers can book flights from LA to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Bali (DPS), Bangkok (BKK) and more from $989 round-trip.
Just make sure to book early so you can snag one of the solo seats in the back of the cabin:
After all, you don’t want to get stuck in a middle seat on one of the world’s longest flights:
If you plan on booking this deal, we recommend that you check out Get Your Guide’s full list of activities in cities like Ho Chi Minh, Bali and Bangkok.
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Airline: Singapore Airlines
Routes: LAX/EWR/SFO to SIN/SGN/HAN/DPS/BKK
Cost: $890+ round-trip in premium economy
Travel Dates: August-November 2019
Pay With: 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 Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) for $890 round-trip nonstop on Singapore Airlines in November:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) for $890 round-trip nonstop on Singapore Airlines in September:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN) for $989 round-trip 1-stop on Singapore Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hanoi (HAN) for $989 round-trip 1-stop on Singapore Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bali, Indonesia (DPS) for $989 round-trip 1-stop on Singapore Airlines via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Bangkok (BKK) for $990 round-trip 1-stop on Singapore Airlines via Orbitz:
Newark (EWR) to Bangkok (BKK) for $1,089 round-trip 1-stop on Singapore Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Singapore (SIN) for $1,090 round-trip nonstop on Singapore Airlines:
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 (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Featured image and images of Singapore Airlines premium economy by the author.
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