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Fly to Singapore from these West Coast cities for less than $800 round-trip

Aug. 17, 2022
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As I head to Singapore for the first time this fall, I invite you to do the same — with round-trip flights under $800 from a handful of West Coast U.S. cities.

While these flights aren't quite as low as we saw pre-pandemic, they still offer a major discount from the usual price tag of more than $1,000 round-trip — making this a legendary deal.

Flights are available on Korean Air and Delta Air Lines for travel through March, with availability in June 2023 as well.

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Deal basics

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Airlines: Korean Air and Delta.
Routes: Los Angeles; Oakland, California; San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Seattle to Singapore.
How to book: Directly with the airline.
Travel dates: September 2022-March 2023 (some routes include Thanksgiving) and June 2023.
Book by: One to two days.

Kudos to Scott’s Cheap Flights for alerting us to this deal. You can try its Premium membership for free for 14 days and then get deals up to 90% off for $49 per year. Or, upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts. In celebration of Scott's Cheap Flights' upcoming seventh birthday on Aug. 23, users can save on one-, two- and five-year memberships purchased through Aug. 30. For more information on this and other birthday sweepstakes, see here.

Sample flights

Although this deal is limited in scope, it's relatively easy to search as a result. In booking this deal, you'll find the following flights to Singapore currently available from:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), starting at $792.
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK), starting at $734.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), starting at $729.
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), starting at $734.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), starting at $701.

To search this deal, start by browsing Google Flights. Enter your origin city of choice with the destination as Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). For example, Google Flights will advertise a round-trip flight from LAX to SIN for just less than $750 over Thanksgiving. However, that price reflects booking through a third-party site. We recommend paying more to book directly with the airline for more flexibility should you need to make changes down the line or have any issues with your flight.

Read more: A first-timers guide to Singapore's hawker centers

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(Screenshot from Google Flights)

You'll notice that this flight, like all the others in this deal, is available to book through both Korean Air and Delta. For this flight specifically, there's a minimal difference in price. For the sake of this story, I'll show you how to book directly with Delta for $789 round-trip.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

In this case, you'll notice that this is a flight operated by Korean Air that Delta codeshares on, as shown below.

(Screenshot from Delta)
(Screenshot from Delta)

This flight, along with the others in this deal, will be in economy on either Delta or Korean Air. For this flight specifically, Delta's economy class includes assigned seats provided after you check in for your flight as well as seats with up to 34 inches of legroom, an amenity package, meals, one free carry-on item and one checked bag. Delta economy fares are nonrefundable and cannot be canceled.

(Screenshot from Delta)

If you book this flight through Korean Air, be sure to review the terms and conditions of its economy class, which are available here.

Related: Korean Air set to restore Las Vegas flights dropped during pandemic

Maximize your purchase

If you book this deal, use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. Delta frequent flyers should consider using the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card (2 miles per dollar on Delta purchases) or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card (3 miles per dollar on Delta purchases). Otherwise, consider The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare) or the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve (both 3 points per dollar on airfare). Read TPG's post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

As Singapore is among a handful of Asian countries that have fully reopened to tourists, we don't expect these less-than-$800 flight deals to last. Don't forget that some routes, including LAX to SIN, have Thanksgiving availability, which is rare for flight deals. If you're ready for a new Thanksgiving tradition, this deal is for you.

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

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There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
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  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees