Singapore Airways joined the Alaska household of companions over two years in the past, and plenty of Alaska loyalists have been (im)patiently ready for the day when Singapore flights might 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 firstclass 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 examine 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.
How you can e book
Singapore flights are actually populated straight into Alaska award search outcomes, so you may e book on-line.
In reality, Alaska’s award search device is way quicker and simpler to navigate than Singapore’s personal sluggish mess, and it would 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 may 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 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 firstclass flights to Southeast Asia are solely 75,000 miles every means, which is a 55,000 miles lower than Singapore. Gasoline 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 offers 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 device to seek out out.
As anticipated, a enterprise class flight between Tokyo (North Asia) and Singapore (Southeast Asia) price 60,000 miles every means when booked utilizing Singapore Airways miles. However enterprise class flights between Beijing and Singapore price solely 25,000 miles every means.
Paying 25,000 miles for a six-hour flight in a terrific enterprise class product is a good deal. But it surely will get even higher: Since Singapore Airways’ hub lies inside Southeast Asia, you may 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 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” might have been an error, so that you may need to bounce on these fares whereas they final.
Singapore award availability was astonishingly open after we searched, with availability on practically each date and in each relevant class of service for within-Asia routes.
This matched the provision on the Singapore search too, so it’s good to see that Singapore isn’t limiting the provision they ship to Alaska.
To our shock, we even discovered award availability on two of Singapore’s “Suites” routes. This is among the most sought-after cabins within the factors and miles world and some of the tough to nab. In reality, this availability could be an error as effectively, so we’d advocate leaping on them rapidly.
In reality, you may even mix these itineraries with a stopover in Singapore.
Vital: 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 firstclass ticket will probably be in Suites.
The underside line
Eventually, Singapore awards have come round to Alaska. It’s possible you’ll not be capable of use your Alaska miles to e book Singapore’s ultra-premium firstclass suites with Alaska miles, and the award chart will not be essentially the most aggressive amongst Alaska companions.
Nonetheless, extra choices are all the time good, and Alaska flyers have gained a useful award journey selection.
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