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NH showing availability, but cannot redeem from SQ

Old Jul 2, 19, 5:00 am
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Question NH showing availability, but cannot redeem from SQ

I've used AwardNexus and award.flights to find availability for a flight routing from HKG - TAS. Both show the same availability on SQ's Star Alliance partners ANA and Asiana and I've double-confirmed by checking ANA's website (of which I'm also a member) to show that the award is bookable through them:

HKG - NRT on NH
HND - ICN on OZ
ICN - TAS on OZ

That being said, when I call into SQ's call centre and ask for availability, walking them through what I've found, they say 2/3 segments are available, but they have no availability for the last ICN - TAS segment on any class. I mentioned to them that ANA is showing redemption availability for an OZ (Asiana) business class flight and they said that they might have different allocation.

Is this possible within Star Alliance members? Or is it possible that availability hasn't opened up to SQ yet? I thought if availability wasn't open, it would be all or nothing, either all OZ or none. Any tips to secure the booking would be much appreciated!
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Old Jul 2, 19, 6:55 am
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KF and SQ's partners do not offer the same award availability. Sometimes the partners offer inventory that is not available through KF.
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Old Jul 2, 19, 8:53 am
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i have tried before recently for a one-sector redemption on BR biz class from TPE to SIN. The results are as follows:

a) SQ website: No availability
b) OZ FFP website: No availability
c) NH FFP website: Flight is available

So it seems that there are different inventory assigned, just a guess based on my little experiment.
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Old Jul 2, 19, 7:12 pm
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Of course it is possible. In fact it is actively perpetrated by other airlines-- TK is a major culprit based on my experience. Reason being that they see SQ as a competitor, and that SQ releases little award space to their members so they figured might as well do the same thing back.

Krisflyer offers lousy value these days. Sure there are sweet spots on the *A chart, but limited partner availability makes them hard to exploit.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 12:28 am
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SQ is notoriously niggardly in making its inventory available to *A partners and they often reciprocate. NZ is the same (some would say worse)
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Old Jul 3, 19, 4:56 am
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Did you ask for availability for “HND-TAS”, or sectors individually? If the latter could you be coming up against some sort of married sector thing? Agents should know about this, but then again some aren’t all that proficient ...

Also this itinerary could contravene backtracking rules (not sure), but that wouldn’t be a reason for availability not showing - pretty sure other posters are correct in that SQ get more restricted inventory.
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Old Jul 3, 19, 11:29 pm
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Originally Posted by lokijuh View Post
pretty sure other posters are correct in that SQ get more restricted inventory.
It's different. Not necessarily more restricted, but different. And you can 100% take that to the bank.
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