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In case you have missed this, I wanted to point out that likely due to Singapore Airlines updating their website this weekend, there is currently a whole load of reward availability on Singapore Airlines. Why should you care about that you ask? Well, you may not, but if you have been looking for a very nice international flight in business or first class to get you to Asia, or even Australia, this may be your time to book. Traditionally it is very difficult for Star Alliance partners to find premium cabin availability on Singapore, but right now there is a bonanza going on. Remember that Singapore Airlines flies to many more locations than just to Singapore. I have read many success stories of flights booked to Sydney, Maldives, Hong Kong, and more on Singapore Airlines. You may have to look segment by segment to get where you want to go and then call United with the flight details to actually ticket. Some of the more direct flights you can book online on United’s website. Singapore Airlines also flies the longest commercial flight in existence from Newark to Singapore. That flight is just under 19 hours long – eeeeek!
You can use a Star Alliance partner, such as United, to book these flights. That means that your Chase Ultimate Reward points can be transferred 1:1 to United and used for this purpose. I have read some mixed reports about booking via US Airways. Presumably you could since they are also a Star Alliance partner, but I am reading about more problems using US Airways miles than United miles.
If you want to brainstorm routes and learn more about the awesome Singapore airlines product, quickly head to this Flyertalk thread and/or Lucky’s post at One Mile at a Time. Thanks to both uapremier on FT and Lucky for sharing this good news! The thinking is that this glitch will be promptly shut down when the workweek begins in Singapore (which is just a few hours from now). I really wish I could make a fantastic booking for my family using this “glitch”, but we are still a ways off from heading that far from home with our little kiddo (and we still need to add a few miles to our collection). Too bad this didn’t happen in a few months – I’d be all over it! Congrats to anyone who is able to get in on this. There is no guarantee these reservations will be honored, but there is a very good chance since they are actually ticketing. Now hurry before time runs out and they fix this glitch! 😉