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Fly the World’s Newest and Best First-Class Product Using Points or Miles

All rejoice! Singapore Airlines’ new first-class suites are bookable with points and miles.

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Ever since Emirates and Etihad Airways upped the first-class stakes from spacious seats to spacious suites some 10 years ago, we chomp at the bit for the release of the latest and greatest in global first-class products. Most recently, Singapore Airlines unveiled its jaw-dropping Airbus A380 suite—a high-design enclave replete with private bed, Poltrona Frau upholstered leather reclining swivel chair, storage area, and legendary Singapore Airlines service—and we were quick to discover this trendsetting air studio is bookable with points and miles. Here’s what you need to know about the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 suite and how to book it for free.

So what’s the buzz about Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 suite?

Singapore Airlines is redefining the A380 first-class experience. The airline is revamping the interiors of its 14 existing A380 super-jumbo jets and adding five new, kitted-out A380s to its fleet to create a new first class. The first installment of the new layout and look debuted on December 19, 2017, when one of the new A380s entered service for use between Changi Airport (SIN), Singapore, and Sydney (SIN), Australia. Singapore Airlines’ four other new aircraft are scheduled to debut throughout 2018 while existing aircraft will also be retrofitted with the new interiors throughout 2018. This is great news since Singapore Airlines uses the A380 for its long flights between New York (JFK) and SIN and London Heathrow (LHR) and SIN.

The new interiors feature a layout with just six first-class suites, each with private bed (dressed in Lalique linens), a Poltrona Frau upholstered leather reclining swivel chair, and storage area. Some of the suites can be linked to create larger beds, ideal for couples and families. The six suites share two bathrooms, one of which has a spacious vanity area. All passengers receive a fabulous Lalique amenity kit, slippers, pajamas, and blanket. Food and beverage options include the likes of Dom Pérignon Champagne and lobster thermidor.

Can I fly the new A380 suite using frequent flyer miles?

Yes! Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 suite is bookable using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles directly from the KrisFlyer website. For now, the only route with the new suite is that between Singapore and Sydney. For one-way on this route, it requires 80,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for a saver award seat or 150,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for a less restrictive, standard award seat. Once the new product hits the New York to Singapore market, it will cost 120,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for a saver award seat or 225,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for a standard award seat.

How can I acquire Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles?

If you fly Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance airlines, you could simply have your miles deposited into your Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer mileage account. But considering most of us don’t fly Singapore Airlines on the regular, your best bet is to transfer credit card points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles program. Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner of the Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Chase Sapphire Reserve℠, Citi Prestige® Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express. Credit card points transfer to Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer miles at a 1:1 ratio (e.g., 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards transfers to 50,000 KrisFlyer miles). As a transfer partner of so many cards, it’s easy to combine points from different credit card programs to achieve a sufficient amount of KrisFlyer miles.

What if I have a credit card that doesn’t transfer points to frequent flyer programs?

No worries, you can still fly this route for points without transferring to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer program. At press time, a round-trip SIN–SYD on the new A380 first-class product is a total of $6,525. When redeeming points for unrestricted award travel, this round-trip costs 326,000 points with the Mastercard® Black Card™, Mastercard® Gold Card™, or Mastercard® Titanium Card™ (an equivalent of 163,000 points each way). It costs 450,000 points with the U.S. Bank Altitude Reserve Visa Infinite® Card (an equivalent of 225,000 points each way). When booking using credit card points versus KrisFlyer miles, you are still eligible to earn elite-qualifying miles for the flights.

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Award-winning travel writer and economist Paul Rubio is a credit card enthusiast, whose sophisticated use of points and rewards has helped him travel to 132 countries for free. Paul is a Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in economics. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University with a double major in economics and environmental policy and a minor in conservation biology. He attended both undergraduate and graduate schools on full scholarships. Paul worked in the field of wildlife conservation before embracing his writing talents full-time in 2008. Since then, he has won more than two dozen national awards for his exemplary work in travel journalism. The prolific writer contributes to a number of top-tier international, national, and regional publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Florida Design, Fodors.com, Palm Beach Illustrated, and Robb Report.