A few weeks back, I wrote about one of my favorite hotel redemptions of all time. Readers may have noticed already that my blog tends to have more of an international focus. The primary reason for this is that I tend to use my miles and points to a lot of international travel. I still have family and friends in India, so I optimize miles and points by adding along countries to visit during my annual India trip.
Premium Cabin Redemptions
Today, I’m going to share one of my favorite redemptions in Business class. It’s on one of my favorite global airlines. I’m a big admirer of Singapore Airlines as a carrier. I’ve flown them multiple times to Asia and India and I’ve been impressed with their on-time performance and their service.
Earning Singapore Airlines Miles
Also, Singapore Airlines miles are really easy to earn. They’re transfer partners with all of the major transferable points programs like Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi Thank You Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy.
A few years back, I was based out of Mumbai, India for bit with Mumbai (BOM) as my home airport. Traveling around Asia in Singapore Airlines Business class was one of the best experiences. Ever since, I’ve been adding an Asian destination each time while traveling from the US to India in either direction. Here are some of the sweet spots that you can utilize to travel around Asia in Singapore Airlines Business class.
Mumbai, India to Manila, Philippines: 39,000 Miles in Singapore Airlines Business Class
Mumbai, India to Bangkok, Thailand: 39,000 Miles in Singapore Airlines Business Class
Mumbai, India to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 39,000 Miles in Singapore Airlines Business Class
Mumbai, India to Siem Reap, Cambodia: 39,000 Miles in Singapore Airlines Business Class
Mumbai, India to Bali, Indonesia: 39,000 Miles in Singapore Airlines Business Class
Mumbai, India to Hanoi, Vietnam: 39,000 Miles in Singapore Airlines Business Class
As seen in the above examples, there’s plenty of availability on routes originating from India and traveling to different cities around Asia in Business Class. If you have transferable points, I’d suggest that you give yourself 24-48 hours to have your points transfer over to Singapore Airlines. You can play around with different cities in the region by having a look at the award chart and by checking seat availability.
Devaluation and Current Award Chart
Singapore recently devalued their award chart. It primarily affected premium cabin redemptions. The same redemptions mentioned in this post were previously available for 35,000 Singapore Airlines Miles. This represents an approximate 15% increase to the current 39,000 Miles required.
Hanoi Trip Experience
My most recent redemption was while flying from Mumbai to Hanoi on Singapore Airlines business class. As expected, the flying experience and service were top notch.
The Pundit’s Mantra
With multiple transfer partners, Singapore Airlines miles are the easiest to earn. I primarily transfer my American Express Membership Rewards Points over to Singapore Airlines at 1:1 ratio. My go-to card is the American Express Gold Card, which helps me earn 4x points per dollar spent on groceries and dining, 3x on flights, has a $120 annual dining credit and offers other fantastic benefits like extended warranty and purchase protection.
Have you flown premium cabin on Singapore Airlines? What has your experience been like? Which transferable points currency do you use? Let us know in the comments section.
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