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Book Singapore Airlines business class to Europe with award space for the whole family

Jan. 26, 2023
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Editor's Note

This post has been updated with the latest information.

Singapore Airlines has opened the business-class award floodgates on its fifth-freedom flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

At the time of writing, there’s widespread business-class award space in February, March, early May, late September, November and December. On many of these dates, four or more business-class seats are available. This award space was first reported by View from the Wing.

Business-class award tickets on this flight cost 81,000 KrisFlyer miles with business saver space and 87,500 KrisFlyer miles on dates with advantage saver space. However, if you book by Jan. 31 and fly between Feb. 1 and 28, Singapore Airlines offers Spontaneous Escapes promotional pricing on this route. This drops award prices by 30% to just 56,700 KrisFlyer miles one-way.

Here’s what you need to know about this deal.

The deal

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Airline: Singapore Airlines.
Route: JFK-FRA.
Cost: From 56,700 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles plus $5.60 taxes and fees one-way in business class.
Dates: February, March, early May, late September, November and December.
Pay taxes/fees with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.

Sample Itineraries

These flights have at least four available seats. There are plenty of other dates with award space, too. Here's a preview.

New York to Frankfurt in February with Spontaneous Escape award pricing

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New York to Singapore in March, May, September, November and December

Related: 7 takeaways from my 1st Singapore Airlines business-class experience

Earning the miles to book this award

Thankfully, it’s relatively easy to earn Singapore miles. You can transfer points or miles from American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One, Citi ThankYou and Chase Ultimate Rewards to Singapore KrisFlyer at a 1:1 transfer ratio. While transfers from Capital One to KrisFlyer are generally instantaneous, transfers from Amex, Citi and Chase may take up to 24 hours.

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Thankfully, you can call KrisFlyer to hold award seats while your credit card points transfer. This will lock in your award seats, so you won't need to worry about disappearing inventory. KrisFlyer generally charges 25 Singapore dollars (about $20) or 2,500 miles to hold award seats.

Unfortunately, even though Singapore Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, it doesn’t release its long-haul business-class award space to most of its Star Alliance partners. That means you won’t be able to use currencies like United MileagePlus miles to book these award tickets. Recently, however, Singapore Airlines expanded its partnership with Air Canada Aeroplan, so you might find award space with Aeroplan on some dates.

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Our tests only found scattered Aeroplan award space on the dates with saver KrisFlyer awards.

Whether you use KrisFlyer or Aeroplan to book your ticket, pay award taxes and fees with a card that earns bonus points on airfare and offers travel protections. Some cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

Related: It doesn’t get much better than this: Singapore Airlines’ A380 in business class from Frankfurt to New York

Bottom line

While Singapore Airlines has an aging business-class hard product that's now 10 years old, the soft product (i.e., service, amenities and food) is still one of the best in the sky. In fact, when TPG reviewed Singapore Airlines' A380 business class from Frankfurt to JFK last year, we were left saying, "It doesn't get much better than this." And with so much open award space, now's your chance to try it for yourself.

Featured image by ZACH GRIFF/THE POINTS GUY
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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Why We Chose It

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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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • 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.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees