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Singapore Airlines adds Houston and Manchester to the VTL

More VTL flight options, with services from Houston and Manchester joining the quarantine-free list in January 2022.

Singapore Airlines is making a welcome return to the longest direct service on its network from 1st December 2021, with Airbus A350s traversing the 27-hour route from Changi to Houston as an extension of the carrier’s Manchester flights, three times a week.

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When the Houston reinstatement was first announced, one disappointing aspect was a lack of ‘VTL status’, since both the UK and the USA had already been added to the list of eligible countries for travellers to participate in the quarantine-free programme at the time.

Houston and Manchester will join the VTL

While it won’t happen immediately, Singapore Airlines has announced that both cities on this route will join the VTL list from mid-January 2022.

SIA will add Houston and Manchester to our VTL network from 19 January 2022.

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While that’s sadly not in time for the busy Christmas and New Year period, this will provide two more origin city options for travellers wishing to fly to Singapore quarantine-free, including a second UK departure point, where London is currently the sole choice.

SIA’s three times weekly flights from Houston operate via Manchester, UK, on their way to Singapore. (Photo: Shutterstock)

That’s good news for those struggling to find award space or good value confirmed tickets on the VTL flights announced so far, provided their travel dates fit the new schedule.



 


 

Singapore – Manchester / Houston

Here’s how the regular three times weekly flight schedule from Singapore to Houston via Manchester looks from 1st December 2021.

Singapore Manchester Houston
Flight Schedule
(1 Dec 2021 – 26 Mar 2022)

 bgcolor= SQ52
A350-900
Days
M T W T F S S
SIN
01:30
MAN
07:55
MAN
10:05
IAH
14:25
       

There’s no designated VTL service in this direction, since quarantine-free arrival is possible in both the UK and the USA without any special conditions attached to the flights.

Houston / Manchester – Singapore (non-VTL)

From 1st December 2021 to 18th January 2022 this route from Houston to Singapore via Manchester will continue to operate three times weekly with non-VTL status.

Houston Manchester Singapore
Flight Schedule
(1 Dec 2021 – 18 Jan 2022)

 bgcolor= SQ51
A350-900
Days
M T W T F S S
IAH
18:50
MAN
09:30*
MAN
11:00
SIN
07:55*
       

* Next day

While that won’t impact your quarantine-free arrival if you’re flying solely from Houston to Manchester, you’ll face a 7-day SHN period at your place of residence or other suitable accommodation on arrival in Singapore, whichever city you boarded in.

Houston / Manchester – Singapore (VTL)

From 19th January 2022, the three times weekly SQ51 flight from Houston and Manchester to Singapore gets the designated VTL tick.

Houston Manchester Singapore
Flight Schedule
(19 Jan 2022 – 26 Mar 2022)

 bgcolor= SQ51
A350-900

VTL
Days
M T W T F S S
IAH
18:50
MAN
09:30*
MAN
11:00
SIN
07:55*
       

* Next day

With no frequency change, that means that from mid-January, there will be no non-VTL flights to Singapore from these two cities.

To travel on these flights you’ll need to meet the VTL criteria, including passengers fly solely from Houston to Manchester.

Manchester will be the second city in the UK to join SIA’s VTL scheme. (Photo: Shutterstock)

That’s a more stringent requirement than on the airline’s intra-Europe “fifth freedom” VTL flights from Rome to Copenhagen, where passengers do not need to be fully vaccinated if they are not continuing to Singapore.

Redemption rates

These are the one-way KrisFlyer miles redemption rates for flights between Singapore and Manchester on SIA flights, which are also applicable for the airline’s other Europe zone destinations.

KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
Singapore ⇆ Manchester
  Saver Advantage
Economy 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 64,500 n/a
Business 92,000 120,000

If you’re flying all the way to or from Houston, the following rates apply.

KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
Singapore ⇆ Houston
  Saver Advantage
Economy 40,000 75,000
Premium Economy 73,000 n/a
Business 99,000 140,000

Finally if you’re just on board for the “fifth freedom” transatlantic portion of the route, the mileage rates are as follows.

KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
 Manchester ⇆ Houston
  Saver Advantage
Economy 22,500 40,000
Premium Economy 47,000 n/a
Business 72,000 85,000

In particular the Economy Class Saver award rate between Manchester and Houston is really competitive for a 10-hour flight, if you can manage a long daytime sector ‘down the back’!

Other USA VTL options

Here are the other VTL designated flight options from US cities to Singapore, including recently announced United Airlines flights non-stop from San Francisco.

31st October 2021 - 6th December 2021

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ37
A350-900
LAX
22:25
SIN

08:15*

* Two days later

7th December 2021 - 21st December 2021

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ39
A350-900
       
LAX
20:10
SIN

06:00*
 bgcolor= SQ37
A350-900
LAX
22:25
SIN

08:15*

* Two days later

22nd December 2021 - 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ37
A350-900
LAX
22:25
SIN

08:15*

* Two days later

Los Angeles Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ11 to Singapore via Tokyo (Mon, Wed, Fri) are not designated VTL flights.

31st October 2021 - 16th January 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ23
A350-900 ULR
JFK
21:40
SIN

05:20*

* Two days later

17th January 2022 - 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ25
777-300ER
JFK
20:15
SIN

06:50*
 bgcolor= SQ23
A350-900 ULR
JFK
21:40
SIN

05:20*

* Two days later

Note that the SQ25 service operates via Frankfurt, with a 1 hour 50 minute transit stop en-route to Singapore.

New York Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ25 to Singapore via Frankfurt (Daily) prior to 17th January 2022 is not a designated VTL flight.

31st October 2021 - 4th January 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350-900 ULR
SFO
20:50
SIN

06:25**

** Two days later

5th January 2022 - 31st January 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350-900 ULR
SFO
20:50
SIN

06:25**
UA1
787-9
SFO
22:30
SIN

07:40*

* Two days later

1st February 2022 - 5th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ31
A350-900
SFO
09:30
SIN

19:05*
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350-900 ULR
SFO
20:50
SIN

06:25**
UA1
787-9
SFO
22:30
SIN

07:40**

* One day later
** Two days later

6th March 2022 - 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ31
A350-900
SFO
09:30
SIN

19:05*
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350-900 ULR
SFO
20:50
SIN

06:25*
UA1
787-9
SFO
22:30
SIN

07:40**

* One day later
** Two days later

San Francisco Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ7 to Singapore via Hong Kong (Tue, Thu, Sat) until 29th January 2022 are not designated VTL flights.
  • United Airlines is not operating any non-VTL flights to Singapore.

Note that this service operates via Vancouver, with a 1 hour 30 minute transit stop en-route to Singapore.

2nd December 2021 - 17th January 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ29
A350-900
SEA
11:00
SIN

22:05*

* Next day

18th January 2022 - 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ27
A350-900
SEA
11:00
SIN

22:05*
 bgcolor= SQ29
A350-900
SEA
11:00
SIN

22:05*

* Next day

Seattle Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ27 (Tue, Fri) prior to 18th January 2022 are not designated VTL flights.

There are also some newly announced increases from Los Angeles in the run-up to Christmas, and from New York, the latter seeing double-daily VTL flights from mid-January (both non-stop and via Frankfurt).

Other UK VTL options

Aside from the upcoming Manchester link, the only direct VTL designated flights from the United Kingdom to Singapore operate from London Heathrow Airport.

19th November 2021 - 8th December 2021

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ317
A380
LHR
10:55
SIN

07:50*
BA11
777-300ER
     
LHR
18:50
SIN

15:55*/
16:15*

* Next day

9th December 2021 - 22nd December 2021

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ317
A380
LHR
10:55
SIN

07:50*
BA11
777-300ER
     
LHR
18:50
SIN

15:55*/
16:15*
 bgcolor= SQ321
A350
     
LHR
22:05
SIN

19:00*

* Next day

23rd December 2021 - 9th January 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ317
A380
LHR
10:55
SIN

07:50*
BA11
777-300ER
     
LHR
18:50
SIN

15:55*/
16:15*

* Next day

10th January 2022 - 16th January 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ317
A380
LHR
10:55
SIN

07:50*
BA11
787-9
     
LHR
18:50
SIN

15:55*

* Next day

17th January 2022 - 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ317
A380
LHR
10:55
SIN

07:50*
BA11
787-9
     
LHR
18:50
SIN

15:55*
 bgcolor= SQ319
777-300ER
LHR
20:35
SIN

17:30*

* Next day

London Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ305 services (Daily) are not designated VTL flights.
  • SQ319 services (Daily) prior to 17th January 2021 are not designated VTL flights.
  • British Airways is not offering any non-VTL flights.

From mid-January there are three daily options here – one from British Airways and the other two from Singapore Airlines.

Unfortunately the recently announced Scoot flights from London Gatwick to Singapore via Bangkok are not VTL designated services.

All designated VTL flights to Singapore

We’ve updated our full and continually updated list of designated VTL flights allowing you to arrive quarantine-free in Singapore, with over a dozen airlines now included in the scheme and some recent frequency increases on a range of routes.

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Each airline website will obviously only show you its own flight options, so be sure to bookmark the page – an essential resource when planning your VTL trip.

There are often flight and carrier options you may not have considered, sometimes with cheaper fares and/or better award space.



 


 

Summary

Two more cities joining the VTL list is good news for travellers trying to secure a quarantine-free seat back to Singapore, with both Houston and Manchester joining the VTL scheme from mid-January 2022.

Unfortunately these additions don’t come in time for the busy Christmas and New Year holiday period, but they should still come in handy for those travelling into next year.

(Cover Photo: Dillon Chong)

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