(EXPIRED) Singapore Airlines: Business class between NYC and Europe for 56K each way

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Singapore Airlines is out with its latest “Spontaneous Escapes” award sale and this month’s deals are available to book until 4/30/24 for travel between 5/1/24 to 5/31/24. Included in this month’s offerings is an appealing option that I flew last year: Singapore’s fifth freedom route from NYC – Frankfurt in Singapore’s 777 business class. During the promotion, the flight is on sale for 56,700 in business each way…and availability is quite good for much of the month.

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Singapore 777 Business Class

The Deal

  • Singapore Airlines has released this month’s Spontaneous Escapes, offering discounts to/from Europe, among other destinations. This month’s deals must be booked by 4/30/24 and flown between May 1-31, 2024 (though note that some routes feature blackout dates). Sale options include:
    • New York (JFK) to/from Frankfurt for 56,700 miles each way in business class,  36,400 in premium economy or 17,500 in economy
    • Los Angeles (LAX) to/from Singapore for 52,500 miles each way in premium economy 

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Key Terms

  • Must book by 4/30/24
  • Must fly between 5/1/24 and 5/31/24
  • Blackout dates apply to many routes

Quick Thoughts

A fifth freedom route is when a long haul carrier operates a flight outside of its home network, primarily to utilize airplane downtime between long haul routes. These provide a terrific opportunity to sample a product that otherwise would be reserved strictly for flights to and from the airline’s home airport. One notable example is Singapore’s JFK to Frankfurt route, which is on sale this month.

Seats for this route must be booked directly with Singapore Airlines and the 56,700 miles fare corresponds to 30% off normal pricing. Singapore has multiple transfer partners making KrisFlyer Miles fairly easy to generate:

Rewards ProgramAmex Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Chase Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Citi Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Capital One Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Bilt Transfer Ratio
(and transfer time)
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1 to 1 (Instant)1 to 1 (~17 hours)1 to 1 (~1 day)1 to 1 (~7 hours)
If you can’t spring for business class, flights between the US and Asia for 50-55K one-way in premium economy are a decent deal given the excellent on-board experience you’re likely to have with Singapore. Particularly for a daytime flight, getting some extra legroom and decent in-flight entertainment for a small premium over what most airlines charge in economy class could be very appealing.

It used to be that the primary reason to book through Singapore Krisflyer was that you couldn’t really find Singapore Airlines business or first class space through any of their partner airlines. Booking through Krisflyer (and oftentimes paying a premium over what other airlines would charge) made sense because it was often the only way to book premium cabin travel on Singapore.

These days, Air Canada Aeroplan has access to a lot of Singapore Airlines premium cabin space. While the Spontaneous Escapes pricing will allow you to book business class from New York to Frankfurt for a discounted rate of 56,700 miles, that’s only a modest discount over the price that Air Canada Aeroplan would normally charge for the same route (60,000 miles).

By using Aeroplan, you would also have the option to continue on with other partners (paying more miles if you travel into the next distance band of course). More importantly, you would have the ability to cancel and get your miles back for $150 CAD (about $111 USD). With a Singapore Spontaneous Escapes award, you have no ability to cancel or change the award…which could be less important, given that it’s only for travel in the coming month.

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geofeat

Not one mention of how much fees SQ charges?
That’s also a cost, in REAL Money, in addition to the miles required

Yan

i dont know if its the norm, but i found lots of space for SIN to JFK for 2/2025 in business via aeroplan. i did it despite there is no transfer bonus anywhere and it completely emptied our C1 miles. first ever business redemption for us and great 65 yo gift for my parents. i hope aeroplan transfer bonus wont come up soon and if so, that will be a good lesson for my lack of patience…

Last edited 1 month ago by Yan
Pee Pee

Only see availability from 40k in economy and 87.5k in business for ny to frankfurt unless im doing this wrong

Gordon

I think the sale is only for the FRA to JFK route, not the JFK to FRA route.