Singapore award availability: Business class awards are more readily available via Alaska miles!
Singapore Airlines Business Class 777-300ER Aircraft

It didn't get a lot of attention when it was posted two years ago, but it was worth it. I stumbled across this again a couple of weeks ago and thought it was a new discovery, only to find out that I had been taken by the frequent miler over two years earlier.

US-SIN is open to travelers from both the West and East Coast, with good availability even from NYC. The cost is the problem. I am still amazed by the nearly 21 hour JFK-SIN leg.

If you don't have AS miles to burn, you can use this as a guide to find KrisFlyer availability. It is a strange quirk of the Alaska/Singapore partnership. Enjoy!

I stumbled upon an interesting thing. If you've been wanting to fly Singapore Airlines business or first class but have trouble finding award availability, I may have the solution for you.

It has been possible to book Singapore Airlines awards with Alaska miles as of October 2019.

Better Award Availability!

Much better award availability than Star Alliance partners

I was trying to find a business class flight to Singapore for a specific day.

Alaska Airlines had access to 3 of those four flights:

I found the same thing with another Star Alliance partner, but United couldn't see any of the flights.

Much better award availability than non-alliance partners

Shown above are Virgin Atlantic’s award prices for Singapore flights. Prices shown are for round trip awards. One-way awards are half the listed price.

I contacted Virgin Atlantic to see if I could book a flight to Singapore with them.

This doesn't prove that Alaska is the only partner with better access to Singapore award space, but I have yet to find another partner that can see this award space.

Sometimes better award availability than Singapore itself

There are some days where Alaska has better access to Singapore awards than Singapore itself.

Business class is available via Alaska miles on Jan 20th
Singapore award availability
Business class is not available via Singapore miles on Jan 20.

Sometimes Alaska has access to saver awards when Singapore only has standard awards.

Alaska sees saver award space on January 15
Singapore award availability
Singapore only offers standard (Advantage) award space on January 15

I found similar results on other routes between the US and Asia.

The flight is a mixed itinerary, which means that there are two different colored seats next to the award price.

Beware the little blue seats next to the 130K price. This means that only part of the journey is in first class!

No love for Europe

I haven't been able to find any premium cabin award availability on the many routes Singapore Airlines flies to Europe, even though it offers multiple business class saver award seats.

Most of Alaska's award prices for flying Singapore Airlines are very high, especially when you consider how cheap it is to book other airlines with Alaska miles. You can find Alaska's award charts here.

You can fly business class for only 50K miles and first class for only 70K miles with the above prices.

Alaska miles can be used to fly Japan Airlines for only 60K or 65K business or 70K or 75K first class.

Alaska's high prices for Singapore awards make it possible to visit multiple cities on a single award.

How to get Alaska Mileage Plan miles

You can convert Marriott Bonvoy points to Alaska miles, but it is not a good transfer option.

Alaska Airlines credit cards are one of the best ways to earn Alaska miles.

Alaska still awards miles based on the distance you fly, so you can earn Alaska miles by flying. You can do well with discounted flights.

Alaska has its own shopping portal, dining program, and other partnerships for earning miles.