A frenzy of First Class award booking has been going on over at Singapore Air. We are no stranger to the “book now, think later” approach to award booking. So of course we got in on the First Class Singapore Air award ticket booking using our United MileagePlus miles.
The frenzy was caused when KrisFlyer award availability was made available to Singapore Air’s partners including United and US Airways among others. Lucky pointed out this news last night, no doubt feeding the frenzy of First Class award bookings, including our own.
The Singapore Air First Class award is the culmination of years of United / Continental miles hoarding. We earned enough United MileagePlus miles over the last few years without setting foot on one of their planes. From the Chase Continental debit card a few years back, to the Hyatt 5,000 United Miles promotion a few years back, we’ve been hoarding through a variety of methods. Even with all of this hard work hoarding miles, we didn’t have enough miles for the First Class award.
The Singapore Air First Class award to the Maldives required 140,000 United miles per person. So we supplemented our United MileagePlus with an instant transfer of 80,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points we earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card and Chase Freedom card. Since Chase Ultimate Reward points transfer instantly to United at a 1:1 ratio, we were able to quickly move our 80,000 points to take advantage of this rare opportunity.
So when the opportunity presented itself today, we had to book our first, First Class award ticket on Singapore Air, and the results couldn’t be more exciting for us.
First Class Award Booking On Singapore
The first thing we did was determine where we wanted to go. This part was easy, we’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives, and this was our chance to ride in Singapore First class to Singapore an then in Business class to the Maldives from Singapore.
Next, we found availability that would work for our dates. For us it was a trip from San Francisco through Seoul (1 hour stop) to Singapore, then on to the Maldives. It is a little out of the way, but we are making the journey part of the experience. Not a bad experience in Singapore First Class for the entire journey.
Next, we priced out our tickets and booked on United’s website. We received a message indicating our tickets would be processed. Which is no guarantee since Singapore could decide to not honor the not yet ticketed award booking.
Within minutes we received a message from United that our reservation was ticketed.
It was a great sight to see our final itinerary booked with all routes on Singapore in First Class or Business Class on a two-cabin plane.
We are very much looking to see how the other half lives with our Singapore Air First Class award ticket. Collecting miles and points is a fun game, and it is even more fun when you can finally redeem for an aspirational award you never thought you’d have a chance to book.
It was too hard to pass up using 280,000 United Miles to book two First Class awards on Singapore Airlines to the Maldives. The ironic thing is I fly Delta a majority of the time and rarely fly United but was able to book this award. The hardest part of the award booking will definitely be finding low availability in First Class on Delta to the west coast.
How many of you had a trip on Singapore that was too good to pass up?
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