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It has been a little while now since I have taken a truly fun flight where I was looking forward to the actual flight in addition to the destination, but hopefully later in 2017 that will change. I am very much hoping to get to Europe (without kids) late in 2017, and I want to have a little fun getting there. For me this means flying in a premium cabin, and while it doesn’t have to be as premium as Lufthansa First (though that would be cool), I still want to it be special…and at the same time a good award price.
All things considered, there is a very strong front runner for this trip that may work for lots of you guys too, and it is actually a pretty new flight from Houston. If you want to get to Europe from Houston (or really anywhere in the middle of the country) in a nice business class cabin for a good award price, then you absolutely have to consider the Singapore Airlines flight from Houston to Manchester. I cannot think of a better award flight value for a lie-flat seat from the middle of the country to Europe.
If you book the Singapore Airlines one-way flight from Houston – Manchester in business class online it is just 48,875 Singapore Airlines miles and $128.60 in taxes/fees. Coming back it is the same number of miles, though slightly higher taxes thanks to the UK’s Air Passenger Duty fees on premium cabins, so I will probably fly home from a non-UK city. Oh, and did I mention this flight is about to be operated on the A350?! I believe this will be the first A350 to operate out of Houston.
The business class seats on Singapore’s A350 look pretty great to me (especially in the bulkhead), and I know that Singapore is known for their service. My one real Singapore Airlines experience was in the middle of the night in business class on a flight from Male to Singapore, so my memory of it was foggy at best.
Singapore Airlines miles are easy to obtain as they are a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Rewards. If you want to fly in a lie-flat seat to Europe, there is pretty much no excuse to not be able to come up with 48,875 Singapore miles.
For those curious, this particular Singapore Airlines flight leaves at a great time for a European departures at just before 7PM. I find that evening departure time ideal for an on-board dinner and then some hopefully some sleep. Also since Singapore Airlines leaves from Houston’s Terminal D, you can also easily visit the Amex Centurion Lounge before departure with your Platinum Card® from American Express.
As one more added bonus, fees for changes and award redeposits are quite reasonable with Singapore Airlines, just in case your plans change. At just 48,875 Singapore Airlines miles that are easily transferred in from numerous programs + a reasonable $128.60 in taxes/fees, I can’t think of a better value to Europe in a lie-flat seat from the middle of the country. Is this relatively new airline award on your radar?
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