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The other day, as I was compiling the list of which flights offer Suites Class, I started wondering which flights would give you the most time in Suites Class for the fewest frequent flyer miles. Similarly to when I was calculating the longest flights in the world that you could get for the cheapest, I decided to take the number of airline miles needed (I called them points to distinguish them from actual flown miles), and then divided that by the flown miles to calculate the Points per Mile (PPM) cost.
Singapore is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, but if you’re wanting to save some of those URs for some of the other partners (like maybe United or Hyatt or Southwest), you want to make sure to get the best bang for your buck, right?
Which Singapore flights fly the A380?
These things change all the time, but as a reminder, these are the flights that Singapore currently flies the A380, and thus have Suites Class available
- Singapore – New York (JFK) – Frankfurt
- Singapore – Hong Kong
- Singapore – London
- Singapore – Tokyo – Los Angeles
- Singapore – Melbourne (ending 26-Oct-2014)
- Singapore – Paris
- Singapore – Sydney
- Singapore – Zurich
- Singapore – Auckland (starting 27-Oct-2014)
- Singapore – Delhi
- Singapore – Bombay
- Singapore – Shanghai
- Singapore – Beijing
How many Singapore KrisFlyer miles do I need?
Here is the Singapore Airlines award chart (PDF), for flights on Singapore Airlines. The relevant values (all one-way and in First / Suites) we need are:
- Singapore to Hong Kong – 37,500 miles
- Singapore to Japan – 60,000 miles
- US East Coast to Europe – 67,500 miles
- Singapore to Australia or New Zealand – 75,000 miles
- Japan to US West Coast – 87,500 miles
- Singapore to US West Coast – 107,500 miles
- Singapore to Europe – 107,500 miles
- Singapore to US East Coast – 110,000 miles
- Singapore to North China – 50,000 miles
- Singapore to India – 50,000 miles
Plugging that into Excel, and keeping in mind that you’ll get a 15% discount when booking online, here are the routes that give you the longest flight for the fewest PPM (Points Per Mile)
Looks like the winner is the New York to Singapore flight (via Frankfurt), which gives you 10,245 flown miles for only 93,500 KrisFlyer miles. That flight leaves New York at 8:25 p.m. and arrives in Frankfurt at 10:00 a.m. the next day. After a short layover, it takes off at 11:50 a.m. and arrives in Singapore at 6:50 a.m. the NEXT day (that’s 2 days after you started!) I’m not sure spending 2 straight nights on an airplane is my idea of fun, but if it was, you can bet that doing it in Suites Class would be the way to go!
It looks like the 2 connecting flights (SIN-FRA-JFK, SIN-NRT-LAX) are among the best bang for your buck in this regard.
On the other hand, if you want the absolute bare minimum number of KrisFlyer miles that you can spend to get the Suites experience, the flight from Singapore to Hong Kong costs the fewest KrisFlyer miles (31,875 with online discount), but you ONLY get 4 hours of flight time.