Singapore Opens Up Business Class Partner Award Space On The World’s Longest Flight, Newark To/From Singapore

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Singapore Airlines flies the longest commercial flight in the world from Newark to Singapore. The 9,534 mile flight takes a whopping 18.5 hours to fly!

Singapore typically blocks long-haul business/first class redemptions from partner airlines, but they have released the block for this flight. There is now excellent business class saver award space on the flight, all the way from September through the end of scheduling in 2021.

Note that Singapore is not accepting foreigners/non-residents currently due to COVID-19, but you can book this for after you think those restrictions will end.

The last time Singapore released wide open partner award space on this route was in 2012!

The flight is operated on an A350-900ULR with 67 business class seats and 94 premium economy seats. There is no economy or first class offered on the plane.

Singapore charges 99K miles one-way for this flight, but you can do better with other airlines. For example:

Air Canada Aeroplan: 77.5K miles one-way

 

ANA: 136K miles round-trip:

 

Note that United’s system is programmed to block Singapore long-haul business/first class award space and won’t display this award space online. I tried calling to book and the agent could not see the award space, though you may have luck with HUCA or asking the agent to long sell or manual sell the flight to find the award space. However United charges 90K miles each way for this flight, so there are better booking options available.

I was also unable to find this award space via Lifemiles. Post if you find other good booking options!

In 2013 I redeemed 60K United miles to fly business class from Cleveland-Newark-Singapore-Maldives. Back then the flight was operated by an A340-500 with 100 business class seats. There were no other classes of service on the flight back then. It was an excellent way to get to the Maldives.

What did I think of the 19 hour flight?

You can read the trip report here, but in short, I loved it.

Business class seat from Newark-Singapore, February 2013:

The problem with flights to Europe in premium cabins is that there’s not enough time to enjoy a meal and still get a good night’s sleep.

On this flight there was plenty of time for me to eat, drink some wine and scotch, surf the web, watch Argo, get a full night’s sleep, eat again, watch Lincoln, and then land in Singapore.

In fact Singapore served 3 separate kosher meals on the flight. The plane was split into 3 sections and I was one of the only passengers in my section, giving the flight an almost private jet feel.

Business class seat from Newark-Singapore, February 2013:

I emailed Singapore if they have kosher wine on the flight and they even catered kosher wine for me!

I’ve flown Singapore in economy, business, and suites class and the service has always been impeccable. The flight attendants seem to know exactly when to bring you another glass of seltzer and when to leave you alone. It’s my favorite airline to fly in any class of service.

I had ordered delicious Sesame Chicken from New Kosher Special with free delivery to Newark Airport and the flight attendants were happy to store it for me in a fridge and warm it up double-wrapped (BYOK).

The sign of a great flight is when you’re sad to have it end. And even after a 19 hour flight, I was sad to have to deplane. Though I sure enjoyed the showers in the Singapore lounge.

Will you book an award on the longest flight in the world?

HT: Leon F and Davidthebest, via Gary


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17 Comments On "Singapore Opens Up Business Class Partner Award Space On The World’s Longest Flight, Newark To/From Singapore"

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Helen

Is it the same amount of miles to connect to MLE?

Abraham

Its actually slightly cheaper with Aeroplan. 75k.

Dr Moose

Do you need to call Aeroplan to book all the way to MLE?

myi

I got to do this trip one day or another!

VM

If someone sees specific dates for LifeMiles availability please share 🙂

yitzyul

1) Appears to only be between Mon-Wed flights.
2) Use Matrix calendar see the dates for cheaper tickets then check award tickets.

Dk

Can you so post the cancelation policies with ac and ana awards

Lord Dima

So tempting but their A350 biz seat is terrible for taller people. Flew Houston – Manchester and it was the worst lie flat biz experience. Short, claustrophobic, tiny footwell, almost no recline (either sit or try to lay down). As an avgeek, I so want to fly this but 18.5 in that seat gives me as much dread as being in economy on that flight… 🙁

Moishie Hersko

How tall are you, and did you try the bulkhead seats?

Izz

I relate to this 100%. The bed is always not very comfortable, all reviews out there saying it’s very firm.

Bill

I’m 6’5” and slept like a baby. Yes the footwells are small but my size 15 feet fit in just fine. Some people always find something to complain about.

Michael

“..Singapore Airlines flies the longest commercial flight”
What about Qantas to Australia?

Shaul Yaakov Morrison

Any thoughts as to whether we might be entering in a golden age of redemptions? Thinking airlines will want to drive incremental revenue from points redemptions and want to wipe miles off their books.

genius

Aegean Airlines charges 75K miles each way.https://e-ticket.aegeanair.com/A3Responsive/dyn/air/award/;jsessionid=BP_IBPK7RZ2AcgXigu70Oa_8BtN0oQ51ZJrjheeGITfSKF2JlKOa!-68675350!688841276!1588198699707#!/flight. Fare information
Economy
Star Alliance
Business
Star Alliance
First
Star Alliance
09:45 17:151
18h 30min nonstop
SQ021

75,000 Miles
Business selected

SQ021 – Airbus Industrie A350-900
Operated by Singapore Airlines
18h 30min 09:45
New York
Liberty Int. Airportto17:151
Singapore
Changi

Bill

Loved flying business class last June on this flight! Amazing plane, amazing service, amazing food, what an adventure!!!

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