Premium Economy Deal: $1,055 Round Trip US to Asia on Singapore Airlines

If you’re planning on visiting Asia, Singapore should be near the top of your list. It’s an incredible city, from its high-end cocktail bars to the ever popular hawker stalls, there’s truly something for everyone. Not only is it a great city, but it’s also a great jumping point for numerous destinations across southeast Asia.

The only challenge is getting there from the US. Flights between the US and Singapore clock in at some of the longest in the world. The thought of 19 hours in coach is enough to make even the most seasoned traveler shudder. Thankfully, we’ve got some great premium economy fares, courtesy of Singapore Airlines.

The Deals

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy (image courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

Singapore Airlines is currently offering premium economy fares between the US and southeast Asia starting at just $1,055. When you consider that this is the world’s longest flight, that’s a heck of a deal. Oh, and Singapore Airlines premium economy is widely regarded as one of the world’s best too.

Not familiar with premium economy? Think of it like a domestic first class seat, but better. Premium economy typically features 38-40 inches of legroom, a more padded seat with a foot/leg rest, book the cook, and other elevated experiences from check-in to on-board. On flights this long, it’s definitely worth the premium over coach. Especially when you consider that the cheapest connecting flights in coach are going for nearly $700.

For the cheapest fares, you’ll want to start in Newark. However, you can also get the same deals from LA for $100-200 more. You can also connect on to several other top destinations in the region for around the same price. Just note that the connections will be in economy. However, most of those are pretty short flights.

The Dates

Availability typically starts in August and is pretty wide open through the end of the year. You’ll have to stay for a weekend, but I’m guessing no one is in a rush to get back after a full day of travel.

To find the best dates, I’d recommend using Google Flights flexible search tool. Just plug in the city pairs and search their calendar. Once you’ve found those dates, head on over to Skyscanner to save a few extra bucks. Here’s a head start for Newark and Los Angeles.

Where to Credit

These flights book into the R fare class, meaning you’ll generally earn 100% of the mileage flown regardless of the program you’re crediting to. Direct flights span just over 19,000 miles between Newark and Singapore, so you’d earn at least that many miles. For my money, I’d consider crediting these to Alaska Airlines. Those 19,000 redeemable miles are already incredibly valuable and put you within shouting distance of MVP status. However, if you hold top-tier status with Alaska, you’re looking at over 42,000 miles! That’s enough miles for another one-way premium economy award to Asia and nearly enough for business class.

If you’re into playing United’s new elite status game, you’ll earn over 3,000 Premier Qualifying Points in addition to 19,000 redeemable miles.

Author: Stephen Hoechst

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