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.
Seems to be 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 it is a nice alternative (for now) to test them off your bucket checklist.
Though the remainder of the award chart is lackluster, candy spots mixed with astonishingly open award availability make it a compelling possibility for Alaska Mileage Plan members.
Find out how to e book
Singapore flights at the moment are populated immediately into Alaska award search outcomes, so you possibly can e book on-line.
In actual fact, Alaska’s award search instrument is far sooner and simpler to navigate than Singapore’s personal sluggish mess, and it’d serve higher for locating award availability even if you happen to’re planning to make use of one other program’s miles.
And since Alaska permits free stopovers on award flights, you possibly can 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 provide an excellent 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 method, 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 actual worth lies in award flights inside Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asia to North Asia
Southeast Asia to Southeast Asia
The highest half of the chart gives 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 method when booked utilizing Singapore Airways miles. However enterprise class flights between Beijing and Singapore price solely 25,000 miles every method.
Paying 25,000 miles for a six-hour flight in a terrific enterprise class product is a good deal. However it will get even higher: Since Singapore Airways’ hub lies inside Southeast Asia, you possibly can fly even farther for a similar value. For instance, a flight from Beijing to Bali, stopping in Singapore, nonetheless prices solely 25,000 miles.
That’s a rare 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 would possibly need to soar 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 vital troublesome to nab. In actual fact, this availability may be an error as nicely, so we’d suggest leaping on them rapidly.
In actual fact, you possibly can 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 shall be in Suites.
The underside line
Eventually, Singapore awards have come round to Alaska. Chances are 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 isn’t probably the most aggressive amongst Alaska companions.
Nonetheless, extra choices are at all times good, and Alaska flyers have gained a precious award journey selection.
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