Getting to Europe this summer could cost you a small fortune – especially in lie-flat business class seats. And even a stash of points and miles is no guarantee as award space to book business class has all but disappeared. But here's your chance to fly business class to Europe on points this year or next … on one of the world's best airlines.
Singapore Airlines operates two awesome fifth-freedom routes from the U.S. to Europe: One from New York City (JFK) to Frankfurt (FRA) and another between Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) and Manchester (MAN). And we unearthed an absolute goldmine of award availability on both routes, with two-plus seats available many days starting later this summer all the way into spring 2023! You can book these saver award seats for just 72,000 Singapore miles each way – and don't worry, those miles are incredibly easy to earn.
Some of the best peak summer seats have been nabbed since we first sent this to our Thrifty Traveler Premium members last week. But you can still find seats for two on the flight to Germany and the U.K. on many days in August. Planning something for this fall … or even next spring or summer? The floodgates are open, with two or more seats available almost every day from October all the way through mid-June 2023!
You might need to be more flexible to snag seats on the flight to Manchester, as award space is a bit more sparse and Singapore doesn't operate that flight every day. But return availability is fairly solid on both routes, too, if you want to make a roundtrip of it for 144,000 Singapore miles apiece.
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You can only book these flights with Singapore's own KrisFlyer miles, as Singapore doesn't allow partner airline mileage programs like United MileagePlus, Air Canada Aeroplan, or ANA Mileage Club to book its premium seats. At 72,000 miles each way, it may not be the cheapest way to get to Europe in business class…
But any award space to fly to Europe in business class this summer is a unicorn these days. And more importantly, it's easy to get the Singapore miles you need to book: They’re a Chase transfer partner, Amex transfer partner, Capital One transfer partner, and even a Citi transfer partner. That means you can transfer points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, American Express® Gold Card, or the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card straight to your Singapore account and book! In our experience, Amex and Capital One points transfer instantly while Chase and Citi points may take 12 to 24 hours.
Thrifty Tip: Worried while waiting for your points to clear? Singapore allows you to hold awards – just call the airline at 1-800-742-3333 to place a hold. You may be asked to pay a $25-per-ticket fee to hold an award.
Booking is simple: Just head to Singaporeair.com, select the option to redeem flights, log into your KrisFlyer account, and start searching. And you'll want to book soon, as award rates on these routes are set to increase early next month thanks to Singapore's looming devaluation. Come July 5, these same seats will cost 81,000 miles instead.
Singapore's daily flights to and from Frankfurt are on their mammoth Airbus A380s, equipped with the airline's latest and greatest business class seats on the upper deck. The airline flies the equally fancy Airbus A350 to Manchester – plus you get access to the excellent United Polaris Lounge in Houston before you cross the pond.
Either way, Singapore offers one of the best ways to get to Europe. The center seats on the A380 even turn into a double bed! And Singapore offers an incomparable “Book the Cook” menu on flights to Frankfurt, allowing travelers to pre-select from a much wider list of top-notch meals.
Read our full review of Singapore Airlines business class!
Both Germany and the U.K. are wide open to American travelers today, with no COVID-19 testing nor proof of vaccination requirements in place to enter any more. Best of all, Americans no longer need a negative COVID-19 test in order to fly back to the states – that requirement ended June 12.
If you need to change your flights or cancel, Singapore has some of the most customer-friendly policies you'll find. The airline charges a flat $25 fee to change your dates and $75 to cancel your ticket to get the miles back to your account. Just keep in mind that Singapore KrisFlyer miles expire three years after they're earned.
Award space to fly lie-flat to Europe has been hit-or-miss lately as transatlantic travel demand explodes. This Singapore Airlines business class award availability isn't just a hit: This is a home run.
For 72,000 miles apiece, you can fly one of the world's best airlines to Europe this summer, this fall, or next year. While our Thrifty Traveler Premium members got dibs on it first, there are still plenty of dates available this August to fly lie-flat to either Frankfurt or Manchester.
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Lead photo courtesy of Singapore Airlines