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Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Airline, Amex Business Gold Rewards, Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Singapore Airlines | 2 comments

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class from Hong Kong to San Francisco

Recently, my sister flew from Hong Kong, where she currently lives, back to the U.S. for my wedding. She wanted to visit a friend in San Francisco, however, before coming to New York City for the wedding. Normally, this type of airplane ticket would be expensive but using airline miles and points, I was able to book the ticket for free and just pay a small amount for tax and fuel surcharge, which cost nothing since I put the charge on my Barclays Arrival credit card and redeemed its bonus miles. More importantly, I was able to fly her from Hong Kong to San Francisco on Singapore Airlines Business Class.

 

How You Can Do It

Singapore Airlines has some of the most sought-after airplane seats so it is very restrictive about releasing award seats unless you are part of their own frequent flyer program, KrisFlyer. As a result, your best bet is to collect American Express Membership Rewards points and Starwood points then transfer the points over to KrisFlyer to book the ticket. A one way Singapore Airlines Business Class ticket from Hong Kong to San Francisco costs 75,000 KrisFlyer miles.

That amount is not hard to obtain, because many American Express credit cards offer large signup bonuses involving Membership Rewards points and Starwood points. Some of the best credit cards at the moment include the American Express Business Gold Rewards credit card (50,000 Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months), the American Express Starwood credit card (25,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months), and the American Express Starwood Business credit card (25,000 Starwood points after spending $5,000 within 6 months).

 

To apply for the credit cards discussed and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

To apply for the credit cards discussed in this post and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

 

As mentioned earlier, don’t forget to use the Barclays Arrival credit card to pay for the tax and fuel surcharge then use some of its 44,000 bonus miles to redeem for the charges so that you end up paying nothing.

 

Singapore Airlines Business Class

My sister flew flight SQ02 from HKG-SFO (Hong Kong to San Francisco) and even though it was a late evening flight, the lounge was still well stocked, and she had a very enjoyable flight.

 

Access to the SilverKris Lounge

Access to the SilverKris Lounge

Plenty of seating with privacy

Plenty of seating with privacy

Very spacious lounge

Very spacious lounge

More seating in the lounge

More seating in the lounge

And even more seating in the lounge

And even more seating in the lounge

Lots of free drinks including top shelf liquor

Lots of free drinks including top shelf liquor

Lots of free food and snacks

Lots of free food and snacks

Closeup of the pastries

Closeup of the pastries

Closeup of the BBQ pork ribs

Closeup of the BBQ pork ribs

Skipping the long boarding lines with priority boarding

Skipping the long boarding lines with priority boarding

Singapore Airlines Business Class seat

Singapore Airlines Business Class seat

Large TV with a terrific selection of entertainment

Large TV with a terrific selection of entertainment

Simple to use seat control

Simple to use seat control

Free amenity kit including slippers, eye mask, etc.

Free amenity kit including slippers, eye mask, etc.

She had the salmon appetizer

She had the salmon appetizer

The seafood entree

The seafood entrée

And an ice cream dessert

And an ice cream dessert

It's hard to tell, but the seat turns into a comfortable bed

It’s hard to tell, but the seat turns into a comfortable bed

When she woke up, she had the fruit for breakfast

When she woke up, she had the fruit for breakfast

Along with congee

Along with congee

When you arrive, you get priority baggage claim so you're that much faster to being on your way

When you arrive, you get priority baggage claim so you’re that much faster to being on your way

 

The Main Point

Singapore Airlines is considered one of the premier airlines, and their business class experience may even be better than many airlines’ first class experience! As you can tell, however, you don’t have to empty your wallet to fly Singapore Airlines Business Class. Using the right combination of airline miles and points, which I received for free from opening credit cards, I was able to book the ticket without paying any cash. Just remember to be financially responsible and pay off your credit card balances every month, cancel the credit cards before the annual fee hits, and use Amazon Payments to meet credit card minimum spending requirements rather than actually spend any money. Hopefully, that will help you plan the ultimate wedding and an unforgettable honeymoon while paying next to nothing.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Did you know that you can still book Singapore Airlines First Class on the 777-300 with United miles? Just look up seats using the ANA search engine for the route Singapore to New Delhi. It’s available almost every day 🙂

    • I did but didn’t know availability was wide open for that route. Thanks for sharing!

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