(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 3/31/23 for travel between 4/1/23 to 4/30/23. Included in this month’s offerings is an appealing option that I’ll be flying in a couple of months: Singapore’s fifth freedom route from NYC – Frankfurt in Singapore’s business class. The flight is on sale for 56,700 in business each way…and availability is quite good for much of the month.

There also several deals for premium economy awards between the US and both Singapore and Tokyo.

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The Deal

  • Singapore Airlines has released this month’s Spontaneous Escapes, offering discounts on some routes to/from Europe, among other destinations. This month’s deals must be booked by 3/31/23 and flown between April 1-30, 2023 (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 (or 36,400 in premium economy)
    • New York (JFK) to/from Singapore for 56,350 miles each way in premium economy 
    • San Francisco (SFO) to/from Singapore for 52,500 miles each way in premium economy 
    • Los Angeles (LAX) to/from Tokyo-Narita (NRT) for 51,100 miles each way in premium economy 

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Key Terms

  • Must book by 3/31/23
  • Must fly between 4/1/23 and 4/30/23

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. One notable examples is Singapore’s NYC to Frankfurt route.  It provides a terrific opportunity to sample a product that otherwise would be reserved strictly for flights to and from the airline’s home airport.

In this case, you get a little over 8 hours on Singapore Airlines’ A380-800 (which will be removed from this route in May).  The Long Haul A380 has lie-flat seats that are 25″ wide and are oriented in a nifty 1-2-1 configuration that makes the window seats feel more private and less like standard herringbone flat beds. Singapore’s service and catering are among the best in the industry and both Nick and Stephen enoyed it immensely when they sampled it during the last year’s 3Cards3Continents challenge.

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.

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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 back to the US, getting some extra legroom and decent in-flight entertainment for a small premium over what most airlines charge in economy class could be appealing.

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