It’s not often that I get excited about a flight. Remember, I’m the person who proudly wrote how we’re over flying in business class “just because we can.” However when all of the puzzle pieces fell into place and allowed me to book a flight I had my eyes set on for forever, I had to pull the trigger.
Here’s the post I wrote about how I wanted to book a flight on Singapore Airlines from New York – JFK to Frankfurt. I had the flight on waitlist for saver space but I kept checking to see if anything opened up. Saver space never showed up but one day when I logged in, I saw that tickets were available to book at the Advantage level.
Under the new Singapore Airlines chart, a flight from the East Coast to Europe costs 72,000 KrisFlyer Miles at the Saver level and 85,000 miles at the Advantage level. If I was willing to pay 72,000 miles for a ticket, what’s an extra 13,000 miles a ticket, really?
The good thing about Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program is they’re transfer partners of all three major banks. To put the saver tickets on hold, I needed to have enough miles in my account to book the tickets. I put tickets on hold under the old pricing so I needed 130,000 miles in my account. At the time, I transferred Citi Thank You Points and American Express Membership Rewards points to my Singapore account. It took over a day for the points to post but eventually I was able to put a hold on the tickets.
When Advantage space showed up, it was already after Singapore devalued their award chart and now were charging more points for both Saver and Advantage award tickets. I needed more points and I read on several websites that Chase Ultimate Rewards were the quickest to transfer. What I didn’t read was that situation is only if you’ve done a transfer before. Since this was my first time sending Chase points to Singapore, it took almost two days for the points to show up in my account.
Thankfully the award seats were still there and I booked two tickets in business class on Singapore for us going from JFK-FRA. W00T!!!!!!
To find out which seats were best, I asked online and found this article on One Mile At A Time showing the different seats on this particular Singapore Airlines A380-800. I booked us seats 91D & 91F in the middle of the plane on the bulkhead.
Now, this isn’t the newly configured A380 with a double bed or a first class Singapore Suite. However, these seats look to be the most spacious ones we’ve ever flown on.
Singapore Airlines allows passengers to “Book the Cook” and reserve whichever meal you want to have on your flight. Here are the current selections:
- U.S. Grilled Prime Beef Fillet
- NY Sirloin Steak
- Pecan Crusted Veal
- Braised Short-Ribs
- Roast Rack of Lamb
- Pan-Fried Chicken
- Roasted Chicken Rice and Pak Choy
- Stir-fried Chicken in Chinese Wine
- Char Siew Wanton Noodle Soup
- Grilled Shrimps and Scallops
- Roasted Sea Bass
- Baked Chilean Bass
- Seafood Congee
- Pennette Pasta with Arrabiatta Sauce
I bet I know what Sharon’s ordering. It starts with L and rhymes with Pamb (Note from Sharon: true story!).
It’s still a while until our flight but I can’t wait. I’m starting to feel like this trip will end up becoming one of our best trips ever. That is, until I plan a trip that’s even better.
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