Singapore Airlines’ First Class Suites, available exclusively on Airbus A380 flights, is one of the most aspirational premium products in the world and best uses of KrisFlyer miles.

There is also an inferior but still solid First Class product flying on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The aircraft and cabin

There are three types of First Class products currently flying on Singapore Airlines.

New A380 Suites

This is the crème de la crème of Singapore Airlines offering, with six individual suites in a 1-1 configuration.

Singapore Airlines New A380 First Class Suites
Singapore Airlines New A380 First Class Suites lie-flat bed

Old A380 Suites

This decade-old product is still ahead of a lot of comparable offerings, with relatively professional and attentive service and a high level of comfort but it lacks the sophistication and modernity of the newer product.

Singapore Airlines Old A380 First Class
Singapore Airlines Old A380 First Class lie-flat bed

777 First Class

Their regular First Class product on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is also quite luxurious but a step down from the A380 offering.

Singapore Airlines 777 First Class
Singapore Airlines 777 First Class Dom Pérignon

How can I book an award seat in First Class or Suites Class?

You have two options for using points for Singapore Airlines First Class award seats:

  • book through KrisFlyer
  • book through Velocity

Previously, Singapore Airlines did not release any First Class award space to its partners, meaning that you had to redeem through their own KrisFlyer program. However, under partner changes announced by Velocity in July 2017, you can now use Velocity Points to book these seats too. You may find, though, that there is more availability released to KrisFlyer members than those with Velocity Points.

A one-way First Class ticket from Sydney/Melbourne to Singapore will set you back 85,000 KrisFlyer miles or 95,000 Velocity Points + ~$90 in taxes (it is ~$20 cheaper the other way around). In this case, it does not make sense to transfer your Velocity Points to KrisFlyer unless you cannot access award space through Velocity and are very keen on booking a seat through KrisFlyer (but it will end up setting you back over 130,000 Velocity Points).

How to book First/Suites Class awards on Singapore Airlines

Summing up

Singapore Airlines has a solid reputation for attentive customer service and excellent premium cabin products.

The new Suites Class is an exciting development but due to the increased space of each unit and thus decrease in the overall number of Suites, one could expect award space to start tightening up.

That means that if you want to enjoy the Suites experience, it may be better to do it sooner rather than later, and it is great news that Velocity members can now save some points in booking directly through Velocity instead of having to transfer their points to KrisFlyer to access Singapore Airlines First Class.

Supplementary images courtesy Singapore Airlines.

How to use your points to book Singapore Airlines First Class/Suites Class was last modified: July 13th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt