Book Singapore First, Business Class Before Prices Increase This Week

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If a ride in Singapore Airlines’ business or first class is on your mind, you should book soon. Award prices are increasing effective Thursday, Jan. 24.

Flights in economy aren’t going up at all, while premium economy awards are increasing by just a negligible amount. And even the price hikes to fly business and first class on the world’s #1 airline are relatively modest. Still, it stings. And it means you should book before the new pricing takes hold later this week.

Most flights in Singapore’s outstanding business class are going up 7,000 miles each way. Meanwhile, first class seats are increasing by about 12,000 miles each way.


Singapore Airlines First Class Suite


These changes apply to Singapore’s flights in and out of its hub – including those ultra-long haul flights from Los Angeles and Newark direct to Singapore. But it also includes some of the airline’s fun, one-off routes like the flight Mr. TT and co-founder Nick took from Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) to Manchester (MAN).

Flights in premium economy are going up by just a few thousand miles. For example, a Premium Economy seat on the longest flight in the world from Newark (EWR) to Singapore (SIN) will soon cost 73,000 miles each way – up from their current 70,000-mile price.

Here’s a brief look at how some of Singapore’s most popular routes from the U.S. are changing later this month. All pricing is one-way for saver-level awards.


RouteCurrent Business Class PriceNew Business Class PriceCurrent First Class PriceNew First Class Price
Los Angeles - Singapore88,00095,000118,000130,000
San Francisco - Singapore88,00095,000118,000130,000
Los Angeles - Tokyo-Narita85,00092,00095,000107,000
San Francisco - Hong Kong82,00089,00092,000104,000
Newark - Singapore92,00099,000N/AN/A
New York City-JFK - Frankfurt65,00072,00076,00086,000
Houston - Manchester65,00072,000N/AN/A


Our Analysis

In the unpredictable world of points and miles, there’s only one absolute truth: Your miles will get less valuable over time.

Singapore’s brewing increase is just the latest reminder of that fact. And that’s especially painful because using Singapore KrisFlyer miles is the only way to book business and first class on Singapore.

That said, this is far from the worst so-called devaluation in the world. After announcing the change earlier this month, Singapore gave flyers plenty of time – three whole weeks! – to book awards at the current prices. Singapore releases award seats 355 days in advance, so you could still book flights at the current prices as far out as mid-January of 2020. 

And it’s not quite as painful because Singapore KrisFlyer miles are some of the easiest in the world to collect. It doesn’t matter if you don’t fly Singapore to collect them, because you can transfer points from all of the major banks directly to your Singapore account. Chase, American Express, Citi, and Capital One all transfer to Singapore Airlines. So while the prices are going up, it stings a bit less than it would with other airlines because these miles are so easy to earn and use.

Just keep in mind that many of these transfer aren’t instantaneous, so plan ahead and make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.


Bottom Line

If flying Singapore Airlines’ business or first class is on your checklist, book now before it gets more expensive to do so.


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