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Update 12/26/21: A lot of the Singapore Airlines First Class award availability from New York to Frankfurt dried up recently, but there’s now great availability returning from Frankfurt to New York which wasn’t available previously. I doubt it’ll last long, so book ASAP if you’re interested. h/t Monkey Miles
A few days ago, View from the Wing flagged excellent award availability in Singapore Airlines A380 First Class between New York and Frankfurt from March to August 2022. It looked like a lot of the saver availability dried up over the weekend, but today we are seeing quite a bit of availability again, even for 2 seats. In situations where there is only one seat, some will still find this attractive enough to book one saver and one “standard” award thanks to the current transfer bonus.
First class on the route between New York and Frankfurt has historically been very difficult to find. Getting a single seat can be tough in normal times; multiple seats is often a tall task. Right now, I’m still seeing a lot of midweek days with at least 2 seats in the spring (i mostly searched April, May, and June). I’ve even found a couple of dates with *three seats*. In Singapore First. What?!? I thought for sure those would be gone as soon as Gary posted this deal.
At 86,000 miles one-way for a saver price, this isn’t cheap but yet is one of the better deal for first class to Europe. However, many people have been targeted for a 20% transfer bonus on transfers to Singapore from American Express, which drops the cost to under 72K points transferred from Amex (with no fuel surcharges).
In fact, with the transfer bonus, this might even be worth it if you have two passengers and only one seat is available at the saver level. Booking one seat at 86K plus one seat at 140K would be a total of 226K Singapore miles. You’d need to transfer 189K points from Amex Membership Rewards if you have the transfer bonus. That’s less than 95K each — almost like getting two seats at the normal saver price.
Also keep in mind the current status promotion from Singapore. If you transfer points that become 250K Singapore miles, you’ll get elite status with Singapore that is good for Star Alliance Gold. That would give you access to United lounges when flying domestically which could make this deal even more attractive for some.
I find myself highly tempted by this availability since I booked a couple of European cruises next year. I could book two saver seats and one “standard” seat for what works out to be a not-crazy amount of points. Unfortunately, Frankfurt isn’t really where I need to be for my cruises and I would also have a lap infant. Singapore charges 10% of the adult revenue fare for a lap infant, which would mean $650 one-way to Europe or more than $700 on the way back. While the size of a Singapore first class seat means that he wouldn’t necessarily have to literally sit on our laps the whole time, that still seems like a steep price for a flight that doesn’t actually get us where we need to go. If I did book to Frankfurt, I’d almost surely book a night or two at the Schlosshotel Kronberg as my older son is at the age now where sleeping in castle would be incredibly exciting.
If I knew that Singapore would operate the new first class on this route, I might be tempted enough to book it….but at the moment you don’t know what you’re going to get.
Obviously there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding travel still now and there likely will continue to be some of that uncertainty moving forward. That’s another reason I’m hesitant: Singapore miles expire after 3 years regardless of activity, so while cancellation fees aren’t unreasonable, the expiration policy of the miles is so be aware of that risk going in.