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Business award seats open up on Singapore Airlines’ A350ULR routes

The very latest KrisFlyer award space on SIA's A350ULR flights means the whole family can travel together on selected dates.

A350ULR (Singapore Airlines)

As we reported in May and July Singapore Airlines will re-start ultra long-haul routes to New York’s Newark Airport from October this year followed shortly afterwards with flights to Los Angeles, this time replacing a fuel-thirsty A340-500 with the more efficient twin-jet A350-900ULR. Some additional non-stop services to San Francisco will also receive the A350ULR from late November.

As we mentioned in our article announcing the non-stop Los Angeles connection, we did want to revisit the saver award availability in Business Class on the A350ULR flights with a dedicated analysis. Some other blogs have reported improvements in the last few days, so it seemed like a good time to complete our analysis.

Note that we concentrated on New York (Newark) and Los Angeles, since San Francisco will continue to be served non-stop with the non-ULR A350, with just three additional A350ULR flights from 28th November.

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Singapore Airlines will equip their A350-900ULR aircraft with the 2013 Business Class seat. On some days there’s now availability for the whole family to travel non-stop to or from the USA. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

We only focussed on Business Class Saver awards as we think these will be of most interest to our readers. The miles redemption rates for Premium Economy on these flights are really not competitive at around 75% of the miles needed for a Business Class redemption.

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SIA has made some enhancements to the Zodiac Premium Economy seat for the A350ULR, but that still doesn’t entice us to try it for such a long journey. (Photo: The Points Guy)

We think you’d also have to be at least slightly mad to consider sitting in a Premium Economy seat for upwards of 18 hours.

New York flights

New York (Newark) flights begin on 11th October 2018, with the first flight operating back from Newark to Singapore the following day. We looked at saver Business Class award availability for the first 3+ months of operation on this route, through to the end of January 2019.

KFtrans

KrisFlyer Redemption Singapore – Newark
Saver Advantage
Premium Economy 70,000 n/a
Business 92,000 135,000

The following tables summarise what we found for Business Class saver award space. Availability is correct at 29th July 2018, and is subject to change.

New York Cabs

Singapore to Newark (SQ22)

Note: WL = Waitlist

October 2018 (SQ22 SIN-EWR)
M T W T F S S
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
WL WL WL WL
29 30 31
WL 4

Note: Route commences 11th October. First saver award opportunity is on 22nd October.

November 2018 (SQ22 SIN-EWR)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4
WL
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
WL 1 WL WL
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
WL WL WL WL
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
WL WL WL WL
26 27 28 29 30
1 WL WL WL
December 2018 (SQ22 SIN-EWR)
M T W T F S S
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
WL 3 3 WL
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
WL 4 2 WL
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
WL WL WL WL
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
WL 1 WL WL
31
WL
January 2019 (SQ22 SIN-EWR)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4