Singapore Airways joined the Alaska household of companions over two years in the past, and lots of Alaska loyalists have been (im)patiently ready for the day when Singapore flights could possibly be booked with Alaska miles.
Appears like that day has lastly arrived. And it’s even higher than anticipated… for now. Most surprisingly, Singapore’s coveted top quality suites could be booked on sure routes utilizing Alaska miles. Singapore is famously close-fisted with their suites, so this can be a nice alternative (for now) to verify them off your bucket record.
Though the remainder of the award chart is lackluster, candy spots mixed with astonishingly open award availability make it a compelling choice for Alaska Mileage Plan members.
Learn how to e-book
Singapore flights are actually populated immediately into Alaska award search outcomes, so you’ll be able to e-book on-line.
In reality, Alaska’s award search instrument is way sooner and simpler to navigate than Singapore’s personal sluggish mess, and it would serve higher for locating award availability even when you’re planning to make use of one other program’s miles.
And since Alaska permits free stopovers on award flights, you’ll be able to add a cease in Singapore — and even e-book a totally separate flight from Singapore that’s technically on the identical itinerary.
Alaska Mileage Plan members can use their miles to e-book Singapore flights to or from Asia, in addition to inside Asia.
You’ll discover that Alaska distinguishes between “North Asia,” “Southeast Asia” and “South Asia and India” for Singapore awards. It’s an odd distinction that we discover under within the “Quirks and candy spots” part.
Right here is the award chart for flights between the contiguous U.S. and Asia:
These supply deal in comparison with how a lot money you’d spend on a trans-Pacific flight, however are underwhelming in comparison with redemptions with different Alaska companions. For instance, JAL top quality flights to Southeast Asia are solely 75,000 miles every manner, which is a 55,000 miles lower than Singapore. Gas surcharges are low for many Alaska companions, in order that isn’t a lot of a consideration.
The true worth lies in award flights inside Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia to North Asia
Southeast Asia to Southeast Asia
The highest half of the chart supplies some extra underwhelming choices, however as for the underside half…
Quirks and candy spots
Alaska doesn’t define which nations fall into the “North Asia” and “Southeast Asia” buckets, so we dug round with the award search instrument to search out out.
As anticipated, a enterprise class flight between Tokyo (North Asia) and Singapore (Southeast Asia) price 60,000 miles every manner when booked utilizing Singapore Airways miles. However enterprise class flights between Beijing and Singapore price solely 25,000 miles every manner.
Paying 25,000 miles for a six-hour flight in a terrific enterprise class product is a good deal. Nevertheless it will get even higher: Since Singapore Airways’ hub lies inside Southeast Asia, you’ll be able to fly even farther for a similar worth. For instance, a flight from Beijing to Bali, stopping in Singapore, nonetheless prices solely 25,000 miles.
That’s a unprecedented worth for within-Asia journey, and it stands out as an apparent candy spot in an in any other case lackluster award chart.
We suspect that together with mainland China in “Southeast Asia” could have been an error, so that you may wish to bounce on these fares whereas they final.
Singapore award availability was astonishingly open once we searched, with availability on practically each date and in each relevant class of service for within-Asia routes.
This matched the supply on the Singapore search too, so it’s good to see that Singapore isn’t limiting the supply they ship to Alaska.
To our shock, we even discovered award availability on two of Singapore’s “Suites” routes. This is without doubt one of the most sought-after cabins within the factors and miles world and one of the crucial troublesome to nab. In reality, this availability is likely to be an error as effectively, so we’d advocate leaping on them shortly.
In reality, you’ll be able to even mix these itineraries with a stopover in Singapore.
Necessary: Click on on the “1 Cease” hyperlink on every itinerary to see which plane fly the route. You’ll see this:
Search for flights on the A380 to make sure your top quality ticket will probably be in Suites.
The underside line
Ultimately, Singapore awards have come round to Alaska. It’s possible you’ll not have the ability to use your Alaska miles to e-book Singapore’s ultra-premium top quality suites with Alaska miles, and the award chart will not be probably the most aggressive amongst Alaska companions.
Nonetheless, extra choices are at all times good, and Alaska flyers have gained a worthwhile award journey selection.
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