If you have miles with any Star Alliance Carrier, you need to read this IMMEDIATELY. Due to what I can only assume is an error whilst switching computer systems, Singapore Airlines has opened up First Class availability to partners across the board.
Singapore Airlines, one of the top-3 airlines in the world generally NEVER opens up First Class availability to partners (meaning you can only book Singapore First Class with cash or KrisFlyer miles which have to either be obtained the hard way, by flying, or by transferring AMEX points over). The same goes for the Business Class seats on the A380 which are configured 1-2-1 and as nice as many other airline’s first class seats. Finally, this glitch is also allowing award bookings on the EWR-SIN direct flight on the A340-500, AKA the longest non-stop commercial flight currently going. The plane is an all business class config, going direct from Newark to Singapore in over 18 hours.
Singapore will almost certainly close this loophole as soon as they realize what is going on. Go to United.com and use their award search engine (availability won’t show on ANA’s search tool), or Air Canada’s Aeroplan search tool.
For 140,000 United miles and $120.00 in taxes I was able to book:
New York to San Francisco, United p.s. First Class [Kayak lists the price at: $3,279]
San Francisco to Hong Kong, Singapore Airlines First Class [Kayak lists the price at $7,246]
Hong Kong to Bangkok, Thai Airways First Class [Kayak lists the price at $926]
Stop in Bangkok for Thai New Years as my “stopover,” then buy a cheap ticket to Laos for a week, utilize the “open jaw” provision and resume the “free” trip:
Vientiane to Bangkok, Thai Airways Business Class [Kayak lists the price at $345]
Bangkok to Bali, Thai Airways Business Class [Kayak lists the price at $773]
Use Bali as the “destination,” then on the way home, making use of the “under 24 hours is a connection, not a stop rule” go:
Bali to Singapore, Singapore Airlines Business Class [Kayak lists the price at $830]
Singapore to Munich, Singapore Airlines First Class [Kayak lists the price at $6,285]
Munich to Moscow, Lufthansa Business Class [Kayak lists the price at $1,096]
Moscow to Houston, Singapore Airlines First Class [Kayak lists the price at $4,798]
Houston to Newark, United Airlines Business Class [Kayak lists the price at $832]
Meaning that for my 140,000 miles and $120 in taxes, I get quick stops in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Moscow and Houston as well as a long stops for Songkran in Bangkok, Laos and Bali. Had you paid money for this trip, the flights alone would have cost $26,410. Get booking!
[Special thanks to FlyerTalk for of course leading me to this info]