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Singapore Airlines to operate double daily non-stop San Francisco flights (VTL)

San Francisco - Singapore will boast 21 weekly VTL flights from June, the highest of any US city, with twice daily non-stop SIA service in addition to a daily quarantine-free United option.

Singapore Airlines is beefing up its non-stop San Francisco flights this summer, with the carrier loading twice daily Airbus A350 flights on the route from June to October 2022, all of which will operate as Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) services on the leg back to Singapore.

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This represents an increase from the originally planned 10 times weekly service, and will give San Francisco – Singapore the highest number of quarantine-free flights from any city in the USA, with SIA partner United Airlines also offering a daily non-stop VTL option, including its latest Polaris Business Class product.

Singapore Airlines will operate one of its daily non-stop flights with its 161-seat two-class Airbus A350 ULR and the other with its 243-seat three-class Airbus A350 Long Haul variant.

Singapore Airlines will use its Airbus A350 ULR on one of the two daily non-stop San Francisco flights. (Photo: Dillon Chong)

Singapore Airlines current schedule

Singapore Airlines is currently flying 10 flights per week on its non-stop San Francisco route, with the following schedule comprising a daily Airbus A350 ULR and three times weekly Airbus A350 Long Haul operation.

Singapore San Francisco
Now – 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ32
A350 Long Haul
       
SIN
09:20
SFO

07:50
 bgcolor= SQ34
A350 ULR
SIN
18:40
SFO

17:20

San Francisco Singapore
Now – 26th March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ31
A350 Long Haul

VTL
       
SFO
09:30
SIN

19:05*
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350 ULR

VTL
SFO
20:50
SIN

06:25**

* Next day
** Two days later

From 27th March to the end of May 2022, these same 10 flights per week continue to operate, with a slight timing adjustment.

Singapore San Francisco
27th March – 31st May 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ32
A350 Long Haul
       
SIN
09:25
SFO

09:40
 bgcolor= SQ34
A350 ULR
SIN
18:40
SFO

19:05

San Francisco Singapore
27th March – 31st May 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ31
A350 Long Haul

VTL
       
SFO
11:30
SIN

19:10*
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350 ULR

VTL
SFO
22:05
SIN

05:45**

* Next day
** Two days later

Singapore Airlines increased schedule

From 1st June 2022 Singapore Airlines is ramping up its San Francisco schedule by “filling in the gaps” on its three times weekly SQ32/31 service, upgrading the three-class A350 flight to daily with four additional services, as shown in the schedule below.

Singapore San Francisco
1st June – 29th October 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ32
A350 Long Haul
SIN
09:25
SFO

09:40
 bgcolor= SQ34
A350 ULR
SIN
18:40
SFO

19:05

All 14 of these flights each week return to Singapore as designated VTL services, offering twice daily (late morning and late evening) departure options from San Francisco.

San Francisco Singapore
1st June – 29th October 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ31
A350 Long Haul

VTL
SFO
11:30
SIN

19:10*
 bgcolor= SQ33
A350 ULR

VTL
SFO
22:05
SIN

05:45**

* Next day
** Two days later

This adds significant VTL capacity on the route, with four additional 253-seat three-class Airbus A350s adding over 1,000 seats a week to the quarantine-free lane between the two cities next summer, over and above what was already loaded.

All 14 weekly San Francisco – Singapore flights are operating under the VTL programme
SIA’s three-class A350 Long-Haul includes a more intimate Business Class ‘mini-cabin’ with only four rows. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

This will be the first time Singapore Airlines has operated to and from San Francisco twice daily with non-stop services.

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Prior to COVID-19, the San Francisco route had 10 weekly non-stop A350 flights (seven A350 Long Haul plus three A350 ULR), supplemented by seven weekly Boeing 777-300ER services via Hong Kong.

For obvious reasons, Singapore Airlines has suspended its San Francisco via Hong Kong link, leaving non-stop services as the only option for the time being.

KrisFlyer redemptions

These are the KrisFlyer award rates for the Singapore – San Francisco route.

KFtrans

KrisFlyer Redemption
(one-way)
Singapore ⇄ San Francisco
  Saver Advantage
Economy* 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 68,000 n/a
Business 95,000 125,000

* SQ32/31 only

If you’re looking to book a firm ticket in an eligible booking class, here’s how many miles it will then cost you to upgrade, assuming saver upgrade award availability in your proposed cabin class.

KFtrans

Upgrade using KrisFlyer miles
Singapore ⇄ San Francisco
Upgrading to 2013 W (Singapore Airlines).jpg
Premium
SQ 77W J (MM) 2
Business
Existing booking
Economy Standard*
(Class: M, H, W)
49,000 85,500
Economy Flexi*
(Class: Y, B, E)
32,500 68,000
Premium Economy Standard
(Class: P)
61,000
Premium Economy Flexi
(Class: S, T)
48,000

* SQ32/31 only

This option isn’t the best value, but it can prove useful if your company is paying for your ticket and you wish to use your personal KrisFlyer miles to upgrade.

Award availability on these VTL flights is relatively open during the summer season, on the dates we checked, so this could be a good time to lock in a redemption.

Premium Economy ‘Solo seats’

The option to take SIA’s Airbus A350 Long Haul or ULR aircraft on the San Francisco route also gives you the option of two slightly different Premium Economy Class products.

On the A350 Long Haul flights (SQ32/31) there are 24 Premium Economy Class seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.

SIA A350 Long Haul Premium Economy. (Photo: View from the Wing)

On the A350 ULR flights (SQ34/33) a much larger Premium Economy cabin has 94 seats, also predominantly in 2-4-2 layout.

These aircraft include six ‘solo’ seats at the back of the cabin, offering the rare privacy of an individual seat plus a large personal storage bin that doubles up as a useful table surface when closed.