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I’ve seen a number of articles and press releases about the big unveiling of the brand new Singapore Airlines A380 seats and cabins this week, with a special emphasis on their now even larger than before over-the-top First Class Suites, and I have to admit I’m pretty impressed. I don’t get overly jazzed with minute details like a new china or amenity kit manufacturer or exactly the precise percentage of recline and swiveling, but the concept of being able to use airline miles to book a suite on an A380 that has a chair, a bed, and a 32 inch TV is something that absolutely catches my attention. I mean, that is freaking amazing.
As if that isn’t good enough, you can actually use twice as many miles to book two adjoining suites and have a double bed for you and your traveling companion. You can also do that now with the “old” Singapore Airlines First Class Suites, but the new suites look even better.
Of the 471 seats on the new Singapore Airlines A380, there are only going to be six of these suites, with the first two being the ones that could convert into a double bed. This means, of course, only a little over 1% of a fully loaded A380’s passengers will get to enjoy this amazing set-up, but let’s not let those details get in our way of daydreaming and figuring out how to get onboard with miles.
New Singapore Airlines First Class Suites With a Child
If you are a parent, imagine with me for a minute how insanely easy it would be to fly with your kiddo in a suite like this. Yes, I can see the pitchforks coming at me saying that children don’t belong in a first class suite, but don’t start stabbing me with your fiery pitchforks just yet.
I’ve flown on several Transatlantic flights with children as young as 12 months old and they have not been a problem (for others) on any of those flights, though that has meant quite a lot of work for me as their mom to keep it that way…though not as much as if we had been in economy! However, I can’t imagine anything but smooth sailing for all of us with this new Singapore First Class Suites set-up. If you are nursing, the chair looks great for that activity, and then when it comes time for sleeping the double bed should feel similar enough to home that they would just snuggle in and go to sleep, or at least happily watch the 32 inch TV in front of them. Heck, they could even sleep in the bed while you sat in the chair and worked or watched TV.
Seriously, the suite makes family travel look it could be almost too easy, but if for some reason it isn’t easy enough in a suite, Singapore Airlines has Disney branded goodies for the kiddos in all cabins.
New Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Routes
I showed my seven-year-old the mock-ups of the new Singapore cabin and she wanted to know when we were flying it and where it was taking us. Well, as I told her, the first Singapore Airlines A380 to be delivered with the new suites will start flying the Singapore – Syndey route on December 18, 2017, as SQ flights 221 and 232. Four more A380’s with the new suites will be delivered and a retrofit of the remaining 14 A380s will be complete by 2020.
I don’t think it is super likely that I will find us needing a ride from Singapore to Sydney in the near term, but I could see us flying a Singapore A380 from JFK – Frankfurt before that flight continues on to Singapore. I don’t know when that route will get an A380 with the new first class suites, but even the “old” first class suites are pretty darn amazing.
Booking Singapore First Class Suites With Miles
When it comes to booking this with miles, you will need to go through the Singapore KrisFlyer program as they don’t release these premium awards to Star Alliance partners, but that isn’t really a problem since KrisFlyer is a transfer partner with pretty much every major transferable points currency including Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Amex Membership Rewards.
If you wanted to fly on the new suites when they first roll out on the Singapore – Sydney route, that route costs 80,000 miles each way via a saver award or 150,000 miles each way via a standard award, plus a modest amount of taxes and fees.
If you are US based and want something closer to home, you can book the Singapore A380 from JFK – Frankfurt from just 76,000 KrisFlyer miles + $23.60. Remember that for the near-term this will be in the “old” First Class Suites, but that is still a pretty darn amazing product to fly whether you are with or without your kiddos.
If you can’t find the Singapore first class awards you want, the new 1-2-1 business class layout and seats can also transform into a double bed, albeit a much less private one.
I know they probably didn’t develop the new Singapore First Class Suites with parents of young children in mind, but that doesn’t mean parents can’t fly in them. If you have a lap infant it will cost you 10% of the going fare, which will probably be quite a lot for a first class suite. If I were to book a first class suite with my now two-year-old, obviously I would need to book two seats to get the double bed and have a seat for each of us. If you have more than one young child, keep in mind that only two suites can connect, so you can’t create a collection of more than two connecting suites the way you would with the new Qatar business class Qsuites.
Yes, it would be insane to blow miles to fly in a Singapore Airlines First Class Suite with your little kid, but on the other hand, if you happen to have the miles to spend and think your little one will be well behaved, it is also pretty crazy not to.
Would you fly in the new Singapore Airlines First Class Suites with your kiddo?
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