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Please post your award booking experience in J and F

Old Aug 17, 17, 9:55 pm
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Please post your award booking experience in J and F

Found this on LH forum. Maybe we could also have one for SQ. The aim is to gather award booking experience with KF for middle and long-haul flights in J and F:


- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
- How many award miles & cash per person?
- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel with immediate confirmation/Waitlist?
- How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?
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Old Aug 18, 17, 7:47 am
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- SQ SYD-SIN F, with a stopover, early June 2018

then SIN-CDG F three days later.

- 148,000 KF miles each, plus ~ $138 AUD or so per person for the stopover and various taxes
- Close to a year
- Immediately able to book (including stopover)
- All done online but had to do the stopover adjustment over phone
- Very happy with all dealings - very professional.
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Old Aug 18, 17, 8:56 am
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SYD-SIN-HND/NRT-LAX, later changed to AKL-SYD-SIN-HND/NRT-LAX, then AKL-SYD-SIN-NRT-LAX, finally AKL-SYD-SIN-NRT-LAX. NZ J/SQ F/SQ F/NH F.

Overnights (but not stopovers) in SIN and TYO.

- Booked 9 months out
- 127,500 miles
- S$420 taxes+fees
- Called in to book (partner award)
- Inventory seen by phone agents always matched sq.com or ua.com, except for NZ J seats, which took a few rounds of HUACA
- Finding inventory was pretty easy. SYD-SIN-TYO had decent availability, NZ's morning trans-Tasman flights always seemed to have J space (if you could get SQ to see it) and NH has ample TPAC F space available.
- Only unhappiness is that NZ downgraded my original flight from a 787 to a single-cabin narrowbody, so I had to change to the next flight to stay in J. I wanted to fly WLG-SYD or ZQN-SYD but I just couldn't get SQ to see the award seats shown on UA's site
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Old Aug 18, 17, 9:28 am
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Join Date: May 2007
Location: LAX
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- SYD-SIN-HKG, SQ Suites both flights
- Saver award, 80k miles + ~SGD 100 in taxes and fees
- Booked 3 months in advance
- Got my preferred travel date with immediate confirmation
- Overall process was straightforward.
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Old Aug 18, 17, 9:52 am
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Originally Posted by terbangalways View Post
Found this on LH forum. Maybe we could also have one for SQ. The aim is to gather award booking experience with KF for middle and long-haul flights in J and F:


- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
- How many award miles & cash per person?
- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel with immediate confirmation/Waitlist?
- How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?
Sorry if I'm missing the point, but what exactly is the benefit of this?
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Old Aug 18, 17, 11:05 am
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Originally Posted by NetJets Germany View Post
Sorry if I'm missing the point, but what exactly is the benefit of this?
Same as the application threads in the CC forums. Surfacing issues with SQ award bookings, tips for ticketing SQ awards on problematic carriers, etc. These things change over time so an ongoing list of issues can be helpful compared to digging through ancient threads that may or may not be relevant anymore.
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Old Aug 19, 17, 11:10 am
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Join Date: Jul 2010
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- CGK-SIN-TPE on SQ J.
- Spent 27,500 KF Miles + IDR 208,800 or USD 15.60
- Booked just 2 weeks before flight
- Got my preferred travel date and flight times with immediate confirmation
- All done online
- Overall, the award booking experience was very pleasant and easy.
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Old Aug 20, 17, 5:59 am
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- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
Business Class Saver Award, MNL-SFO
Routing: MNL - SIN - HKG - SFO with an overnight in SIN (21 hours) and a day trip to HKG (11 hours)

- How many award miles & cash per person?
88,000 miles + 72 USD

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
9 months

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel with immediate confirmation/Waitlist?
Confirmed booking, no waitlisting

- How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Just once

- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?
Booked over the phone since you can't do the multi-stop itinerary online (which is my only gripe about the process, otherwise it was painless)
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Old Aug 20, 17, 8:58 am
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Join Date: Dec 2010
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SIN to MEL Return Business Class Saver for 2 Persons

- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
SIN to MEL Return / SQ Business Class Saver Award for 2 Persons
SIN to MEL on A380
MEL to SIN on A350

- How many award miles & cash per person?
232,000 Miles for 2 Person & S$ 279.60 for 2 Persons, so Each Person is 116,000 Miles and S$ 139.80.

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
Less than 3 Months Out. Saw many available seats 2 months out but I wanted my date to be later

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel with immediate confirmation/Waitlist?
Booked myself online with immediate confirmation. Many dates available. My trip is 2 weeks. Depart SIN End August 2017 and Return from MEL 2nd week of September 2017

- How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Immediate selection of seats

- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?
Yes. Very happy and easy to book online
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Old Aug 21, 17, 10:38 pm
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- Which route/airline did you book and which class?
SQ MEL-LHR SUITES
AC LHR-LGA (NYC) J
SQ JFK-MEL SUITES/FIRST

- How many award miles & cash per person?
MEL-LHR 112,625 (Suite) AUD489.49
LHR-JFK 65,000 (Biz) SGD655.80
JFK-MEL 116,875 (Suite/First) USD417.74 + SGD35.20
Total 294,480 Each

- How many days/weeks/months did you book in advance?
355 days (Day of flight release)

- Have you been able to book your preferred dates of travel with immediate confirmation/Waitlist?
Still waitlisting for MEL-LHR for flight one day ahead

- How often did you have to check/call until you got the seats?
Used chasers over 3 times for MEL-LHR, still on waitlist

- Were you happy with the award booking procedure (e.g. online/by phone)?
Easy phone call or online booking. We find SQ booking service is really good, but call during Singapore working hours as their after hours call centre is less helpful (or should I say, less knowledgeable)
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Old Sep 7, 17, 9:32 am
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1) JFK - FRA - SIN - SYD (SQ 25/SQ 231)
2) 355 days
3) 152k/person + $77.50 USD x2 = 304k + $155
4) Confirmed at booking but hoping to switch to SQ 221 or SQ 211 to avoid lengthy layover or SQ 285 (AKL) if that opened. May also consider SQ 245 (BNE) in J since that's a better place for us to start (going to BNE, SYD, and AKL) but it would be a pity to sacrifice a Suites flight (much less F) since who knows when I'll get one again and the current set-up has 3. The good news is that SQ 245 is listed as an A359 for the day in question and is a daytime flight so might be better routing and limits the amount of time we are traveling.
5) Booked online no issues - had been planning this for a while so had a pretty good idea of what the process would look like

Last edited by Duke787; Sep 7, 17 at 9:40 am
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Old Sep 7, 17, 6:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Duke787 View Post
4) Confirmed at booking but hoping to switch to SQ 221 or SQ 211 to avoid lengthy layover or SQ 285 (AKL) if that opened. May also consider SQ 245 (BNE) in J since that's a better place for us to start (going to BNE, SYD, and AKL) but it would be a pity to sacrifice a Suites flight (much less F) since who knows when I'll get one again and the current set-up has 3. The good news is that SQ 245 is listed as an A359 for the day in question and is a daytime flight so might be better routing and limits the amount of time we are traveling.
May i know when is your flight?
There is speculation SYD will get the new Suites first when new A380 start operating. New product showcase is set on Nov 2nd. We shall wait and see...

Also AKL will be on A380 during summer.
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Old Sep 10, 17, 8:29 pm
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Originally Posted by terbangalways View Post
May i know when is your flight?
There is speculation SYD will get the new Suites first when new A380 start operating. New product showcase is set on Nov 2nd. We shall wait and see...

Also AKL will be on A380 during summer.
August 2018. From my time looking, SQ 231 and SQ 241 were readily available but SQ 221 and SQ 211 were proving much more difficult. Unfortunately SQ241 would likely misconnect with SQ25 so we only had the one option
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Old Sep 13, 17, 3:55 pm
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Not sure anyone cares but adding this in for the record for future reference. This is a change from my original which is listed above (leaving that as well though for reference since it is a data point on booking this route the other direction). New routing below:

1) SYD - SIN - FRA - JFK (SQ222 to SQ26 in Suites the whole way)
2) 355 days
3) 152k/person + $$$ (re-issue fee involved so different than normal price)
4) Confirmed at booking pending re-issuance from ticket desk. Initially SQ 232 was available (the target A380 if first route is SQ221) but disappeared before I called. Flights aren't until next September so still think there's a good shot that at least SQ 222 may have the new F and hopefully the full deal will.
5) Called to switch existing itinerary. Connected straight away and change process was easy. Submitted to ticket desk for re-issuing with change fee.
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Old Sep 14, 17, 10:47 pm
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Anyone has redeemed *A from Asia to South America?
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