How To Book A $12,500 Singapore Airlines First Class Flight With Points

In the first article of the two part series, I reviewed the epic Singapore Airlines First Class Suite. The award winning seat is considered by many aviation geeks (like myself) to be the best first class seat (well really it’s a suite) in the world.

The First Class suites have a closing door, swivel seat and separate bed, 32 inch tv, some of the best flight attendants in the sky and the largest suites are nearly four square meters. Rows 2 and 3 can be combined for a double bed / suite experience. 

Singapore Airlines First Class Suite. Photo: Jayson Deck

What I paid for the flight:

When I booked my flight from Zurich to Singapore, the one way cash price was $12,500, a little out of most people(s) price range. I didn’t pay that, I paid 125,000 miles plus $36 in fees; much more manageable.

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class pricing options. Photo: Simple Flying

How to actually book the flight

In this article, I’m going to explain to how book the Singapore First Class Suite in the new A380 with points. Sorry international friends, this article will be based on United States credit card points earning systems.

Singapore Airlines First Class Suite. Photo: Jayson Deck

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First: How to Earn Singapore Krisflyer Miles

Singapore business and first class suites can be a bit challenging to book. Rarely do they release premium seats to partners, (especially the first class suite) so you must earn Singapore Krisflyer miles or transfer the points from one of the transferable points currency systems.

Fortunately, every major transferable points currency such as Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Citi Thank You, Marriott Bonvoy and Capital One Venture points all are transfer partners for Singapore Airlines, so it’s easy to stack Singapore Krisflyer miles.

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Bathroom. Photo: Jayson Deck

I won’t go into how to transfer points from a program such as Chase Ultimate Rewards or Amex Membership Rewards to Singapore Krisflyer (their mileage program). As long as you have a free Krisflyer account set up and know how to copy and paste (your Krisflyer account number) then I am confident you can handle this! 

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Routes 

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Singapore Airlines A380. Photo: Wikimedia

The first thing you must be aware of when trying to book this aspirational flight with points is that only a handful of routes have the new first class suite referenced in this article. The older suites are no slouch either, but for the same cost, you’re going to want the new much larger and more luxurious suite.

At the time of this article, the only routes with the new A380 suites are:

Hong Kong: 

  • Hong Kong to Singapore: SQ861
  • Singapore to Hong Kong: SQ856

Shanghai: 

  • Shanghai to Singapore: SQ833
  • Singapore to Shanghai: SQ830

Sydney:

  • Sydney to Singapore: SQ232
  • Singapore to Sydney: SQ221

Zurich: 

  • Zurich to Singapore: SQ345
  • Singapore to Zurich: SQ346

London: 

  • London to Singapore: SQ317
  • Singapore to London: SQ322

Before booking this route, double check that these are in fact the new A380 First Class Suite (as flight numbers change). Not all A380 flights have the new seat so check Seatguru and call Singapore Airlines to confirm if need be. You don’t want to get on the wrong first class flight!

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class double suite (two seats). Photo: Singapore Airlines

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Booking the Singapore First Class Suite

This is not an easy seat to book. The Singapore First Class Suite has very limited award availability. There is often “Advantage” level award availability, which is often nearly double the points of the “Saver” level availability. For my route, Zurich to Singapore, 125,000 miles is the cost for Saver and 225,000 for Advantage. Obviously you want to find Saver level availability if at all possible.

The best time to find availability for the First Class Suite is a year in advance or within a few weeks of departure. Sporadically, you can find availability at other times.

Most of the time, if there is Saver availability, you must “Waitlist” the flight. In order to “Waitlist” a flight you must have enough Singapore Krisflyer points in your account. So you must find availability, transfer points over then get added to a waitlist to maybe get on the flight you want.

Singapore Airlines Waitlist. Screenshot: Simple Flying

There is good news when waitlisting

The good news is, you are able to waitlist multiple flights at a time, without needing enough points for each flight in total, just enough for the most expensive flight you are waitlisted for. If the seat becomes “available” you need to go in the account or via text to confirm within 24 hours. If you do not confirm, the waitlisted flight will disappear, with no commitment for you.

None of this is ideal on any level, but to fly an aspirational flight like this, you have to make some sacrifices. Often you will not know if you get the seat until a week or less before departure. To ease your mind a bit, I can say I have been waitlisted on 20+ flights from Singapore Airlines for premium seats and I ending up getting approved for all of them.

The Singapore Airlines First Class Suite is worth the waitlist. Photo: Singapore Airlines

I have also had several flights that I “Waitlisted” myself for and immediately was given the ability to book the flight. Maybe I have been lucky, but I think you have a good chance of getting the flight you are looking for if you are “Waitlisted”. Best of luck to you!

All that being said, after being waitlisted on a few flights, I actually found a flight that I could book directly without the need to waitlist. Success!

Singapore Airlines First Class Bed. Photo: Jayson Deck

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Fees

Singapore Airlines doesn’t charge you too much for award flights on their on metal, but the total fees with change drastically depending on where you fly to or from. My flight Zurich to Singapore was only $36 in fees which is fantastic.

During my research I noticed the fees for London to Singapore were around $300+; what a big difference. It’s going to vary but they should be within reason, after all the flight in cash would cost over $12,500! 

Singapore Airlines First Class Suite. Photo: Singapore Airlines

Conclusion

While it’s not easy to book this flight, it’s not too much work and the payoff is incredible. As mentioned, Singapore Krisflyer points are easy to earn, if you need to call in, their agents are nice and knowledgeable, and the website has one of the better airlines backend websites.

125,000 might sound extreme but that is easily earnable with just 1-2 travel card sign up bonuses. For 12 hours on an aspirational flight, I thought it was worth every penny and I would do it again.

Dining onboard Singapore Airlines First Class. Photo: Jayson Deck

With a little bit of research, a little bit of strategy and a little bit of luck you will also find availability for one of the best first class seats in the world.

Based in the US? Want to learn how to fly flights like the Singapore First Class Suite for free using points? Join my early bird waiting list for my new programme launching June 17th where I teach people how to get flights like this for next to nothing if not 100% free. Join the early bird waiting list here. Also, don’t forget to read my review for the flight here.

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