Best Ways to Book Singapore Airlines Business Class Using Points (Step-by-Step)

Singapore Airlines Business Class Cabin

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Singapore Airlines is known for having a quality product in all classes of service, and business class is no exception. In fact, Singapore Airlines excels in their business class cabin.

If you’re looking for a fantastic business class experience for a long-haul flight, you’ll definitely want to give Singapore Airlines a try.

A Look Inside Singapore Airlines “New” Business Class

Singapore Airlines Airbus New A380 Business Class Cabin
Singapore Airlines Airbus New A380 Business Class Cabin. Image credit: Greg Stone

Singapore Airlines recently unraveled their new A380, which features a business class double bed. This is a huge improvement, especially for couples travelers over the old business class (which we’ll go through below).

You’ll have no problem being comfortable on this journey. Once you’ve realized you’re in the right place, enjoy a nice glass of champagne before departure. It’s the perfect way to start your flight.

In the refurbished business class cabins, travelers even receive a small clothing refresher amenities kit by The Laundress, New York. (In other cabins, Singapore Airlines does not provide an amenity kit due to concerns with wastefulness.)

Once in flight, you can expect a nice meal paired with wine or a drink of your choice. As with Singapore first class, you’ll receive great service from the cabin crew. Remember that Singapore Airlines offers Book the Cook, which allows you to pre-book your meals in-advance.

Let’s jump back to the pre-flight experience. You will enjoy business class check-in counters and often priority security lines to ensure you are quickly on your way to the lounge or your flight.

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, Singapore
Relax in one of Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris lounges like this one at Changi International Airport in Singapore.

As a business class passenger, you’ll have access to Singapore SilverKris lounges. You can expect an expansive buffet with many types of food, including a great selection of desserts and beverages.

Whether you prefer beer, wine, or liquor, the SilverKris lounge will have what you need!

You can find these new business class seats on the following routes (flight times included):

  • Singapore (SIN) – Hong Kong (HKG) on SQ 861 and 856 only [~3 hr 45 min]
  • Singapore (SIN) – Shanghai (PVG) on SQ 833 and 830 only [~ 5 hr 20 min]
  • Singapore (SIN) – Sydney (SYD) on SQ 232 and SQ 221 only [~7 hr 45 min]
  • Singapore (SIN) – Zurich (ZRH) on SQ345 and SQ346 only [~12 hr 40 min]
  • Singapore (SIN) – London-Heathrow (LHR) on SQ322 and SQ317 only [~13 hr 30 min]

A Look Inside Singapore Airlines “Old” Business Class

Singapore Airlines Business Class 777 - Seat
Enjoy one of the best business class seats in the world on Singapore Airlines.

When you first set foot in Singapore’s business class cabin, you’re probably going to think you accidentally wandered into first class. Don’t worry, you’re in the right place! (If you get the chance, though, you should also check out Singapore Airlines first class!)

Singapore’s business class product is just that nice. Not only will you have direct aisle access and a lie-flat seat — you’ll have the widest business class seat in the industry. This doesn’t just count other business class seats; it’s one of the widest seats even among first class products!

Basically, the new Singapore Airlines business class offers generously sized, double bed seats, whereas the old Singapore Airlines business class offers huge, wide seats.

How to Fly Singapore Business Class Using Points

It’s clear that Singapore Airlines provides a premier business class experience, so let’s talk about how to book this flight.

Singapore KrisFlyer

Singapore Airlines does not release much (if any) business class award space to partners. Generally, they only allow business class awards to be booked through their own KrisFlyer program.

You can book your flight online by following these steps:

  1. Visit Singapore Airlines’ website
  2. Select “Redeem Flights”
  3. Select your desired travel dates and route
  4. Select “Business” as your cabin of choice
  5. Hit “Search”
  6. Select your flight

Hot Tip: Use our Transfer Partner Calculator to quickly determine how many miles you’ll get for transferring between programs.

Singapore Airlines also displays “Waitlist” in addition to available award seats. You will need to required KrisFlyer miles in your account if you want to waitlist a flight.

Many have been able to get their waitlisted seat confirmed within a week of departure, and some have even been able to do so a month or 2 prior to departure.

You can also book stopovers on award tickets with Singapore Airlines. Stopovers on round-trip saver level awards are free but will cost $100 on one-way award tickets.

To book a stopover, you can book your award ticket over the phone, or book online and then call Singapore Air to book the stopover.

Additionally, while Singapore Airlines doesn’t have an official policy about putting award tickets on hold, customer service agents might be willing to do so. These holds can be good for up to a couple days.

Putting an award flight on hold can be particularly useful when transferring points from one of Singapore’s partners. Sometimes your first call won’t be successful, so hang up and call again to try working with a different agent.

Other Options for Booking Singapore Airlines

Unfortunately, it’s very rare for a partner to have access to international business class award space on Singapore Airlines. If you do find space, you could book it with Air Canada Aeroplan, ANA Mileage Club, or Asiana Club.

Recently, some international business class award space between Australia and Singapore has been available to partners for award bookings.

Great Singapore Airlines Business Class Redemptions

Singapore Airlines A380
Fly Singapore Airlines to enjoy luxury in any class of service. Image courtesy of

You can fly business class from New York City (JFK) to Singapore with a connection in Frankfurt, Germany for 92,000 KrisFlyer miles.

To visit Europe, you could also just fly to Frankfurt from New York City for 65,000 miles. Or, you could fly from New York City all the way to Sydney (connecting in both Frankfurt and Singapore) for 118,000 miles.

From the West Coast, you can fly business class on a Boeing 777 from San Francisco or Los Angeles to Singapore for 88,000 miles. The flight from San Francisco connects in Hong Kong, and you can stop there for 82,000 miles.

Similarly, flights from Los Angeles connect in Tokyo (NRT) or Seoul (ICN), and stopping there would cost 85,000 miles.

If you don’t want to book a stopover in Hong Kong on your way from San Francisco to Singapore, you can try to find business class award space on the nonstop route operated by Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A350 — one of the longest nonstop flights in the world.

Hot Tip: Don’t miss our dedicated in-depth guide to SQ’s U.S. based routes including plane types & seating/cabin options. 

Finally, remember that Singapore has a separate award chart for itineraries that involve flights operated by Star Alliance partners. This means that if you connect on United Airlines to catch a Singapore Airlines flight, the mileage cost will be different.

An example of this would be flying from Chicago (ORD) to New York City (JFK) on United Airlines, and then flying on Singapore Airlines in business class all the way to Sydney.

With the Star Alliance award chart, you would now pay 117,000 miles rather than the 118,000 miles required by the award chart for Singapore-only routes.

To book these Star Alliance awards, you will need to find Singapore award space online as directed above, and then check Aeroplan to find United award space for the connection.

Once you do that, you need to call Singapore Airlines (312-843-5333) and provide the flight information to complete the booking.

Here are the mileage costs for Singapore Airlines’ new business class (double bed seats):

Singapore Airlines Redemption Comparison
OriginDestinationSingapore Air Saver Cost (cheapest)Singapore Air Advantage Cost (most expensive)
Hong Kong (HKG)Singapore (SIN)30,50050,000
Shanghai (PVG)Singapore (SIN)39,00065,000
Sydney (SYD)Singapore (SIN)62,00090,000
Zurich (ZRH)Singapore (SIN)92,000120,000
London-Heathrow (LHR)Singapore (SIN)92,000120,000

The mileage cost for the reverse routes is identical. You always want to book Saver awards, unless you’re in need of a redemption and the Advantage award is the only one available.

Check out some fun ways to book Singapore Airlines business class:

Singapore Airlines Redemption Comparison
DepartureDestinationSingapore Air Award CostStar Alliance Award Cost
New York City (JFK)Singapore99,000 KrisFlyer miles105,500 KrisFlyer miles
New York City (JFK)Frankfurt72,000 KrisFlyer miles72,000 KrisFlyer miles
New York City (JFK)Sydney129,000 KrisFlyer miles130,000 KrisFlyer miles
San FranciscoHong Kong89,000 KrisFlyer miles115,000 KrisFlyer miles
San FranciscoSingapore95,000 KrisFlyer miles105,500 KrisFlyer miles
Los AngelesTokyo (NRT)92,000 KrisFlyer miles115,000 KrisFlyer miles
Los AngelesSingapore95,000 KrisFlyer miles105,500 KrisFlyer miles
HoustonManchester72,000 KrisFlyer miles72,000 KrisFlyer miles

The above routes work in both directions, so you can flip the departure and destination for the same price.

Note that Singapore Airlines no longer imposes fuel surcharges on awards booked on its own flights, so you can expect that the total taxes and fees won’t be steep.

How to Earn Enough Miles for Singapore Business Class

KrisFlyer miles can be transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, and Citi Thank You Rewards (all at a rate of 1:1), or from Marriott at a transfer rate of 3:1.

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This is our #1 card for accessing 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide, including Priority Pass (enrollment required). We leverage ~$4,900+ in benefits and perks from the card every year. Terms Apply. For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum card, click here.
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Hot Tip: Check out the best ways to earn Singapore KrisFlyer miles!

When Should You Search for Award Space?

Just over 350 days prior to your departure dates, Singapore Air will release award space. Finding space is not always easy, so start your search early.

Often, it’s easier to find award availability on flights to the U.S.

What Makes This a Great Redemption?

Flying in business class with Singapore Airlines is definitely a luxurious experience both in the air and on the ground. You’ll be treated to great service and amenities at check-in, in the lounge, and in your super comfortable seat.

SilverKris Lounge

As a business class passenger, you can relax in the SilverKris Lounge while waiting for your flight. You can pair any of your meals with a variety of beer wine and spirits.

Perhaps more importantly, the SilverKris Lounge provides a great place to relax between flights. Rather than fight through crowds and sit in uncomfortable chairs, you’ll have a nice calm wait.

Some SilverKris lounges even have showers!

Business Class Dining

Start off a great lunch with a seared tuna niçoise salad with herb vinaigrette.

Singapore Airlines is famous for its “Book the Cook” service that allows you to choose your meals before you board. While this seems like a service that would be reserved for first class passengers only, business class also gets access to this amazing option.

Their famous lobster thermidor is a great choice, but you’ll want to make sure you reserve yours before the flight. To Book the Cook, you must reserve a meal at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Business Class Service

A cabin crew can really make or break your experience on a flight, especially on a long-haul route where you could be with them for 12+ hours! This is where Singapore Airlines really excels.

Whether you want something to drink or just a picture to commemorate the experience, you’ll find a helping hand.

Final Thoughts

There’s no debate on this one: Singapore Airlines business class is a product and experience you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re flying across the Pacific, the Atlantic, or down to Australia, you’re going to have some fun.

Since Singapore is a partner of each transferable points program, there are plenty of opportunities to earn the necessary points to book your flight. So next time you’re looking for a flight to Asia (or Europe), give Singapore Airlines business class a try!

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best way to book Singapore Airlines business class?

To fly business class on Singapore Airlines, you will need to use Singapore’s own KrisFlyer program.

What credit cards can help me earn miles to fly Singapore Airlines business class?

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer is a partner with all 4 transferable points programs.

You can earn KrisFlyer miles through the Chase Ultimate Rewards ProgramAmerican Express Membership Rewards Loyalty Program, and the Citi ThankYou Rewards Loyalty Program.

What do I get when flying Singapore Airlines business class?

Business class passengers have access to SilverKris lounges to relax before flights.

In-flight, you’ll have the widest business class seat in the industry. It’s wider than almost all first class seats too! Additionally, you can Book the Cook to preorder your meals before your flight.

Spencer Howard

About Spencer Howard

Always a fan of flying, it was only natural that Spencer was drawn to finding a way to improve the travel experience. Like many, he started this journey searching for cheap flights to take him around the world. This was fun for a while, but Spencer was intrigued by the idea of flying in business and first class! Throwing himself into what became an extensive research project, Spencer spent 3-4 hours per night learning everything he could about frequent flyer miles over the course of several months (he thinks this is normal).

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  1. Great resource – thanks! We’re trying to figure out how to book a biz class award flight on Singapore from Vienna to Denver, CO. Ideally, we’d like to have the main leg of the journey (Europe-US) be with Singapore to enjoy their highly-praised biz class product and get the most for our miles. So that means Frankfurt-NYC or Manchester-Houston, right? Then connecting flights could be on a partner airline.

    How do we go about booking this and finding partner availability Vienna to Frankfurt or Manchester, then NYC or Houston to Denver?


  2. Great info here, my wife and I are working on boosting up points for a trip to Japan/Singapore. I’m curious why your points are so different than what I’m seeing on Singapore’s website. You show that from JFK to SIN the flight cost for business is 99k points but on their website, it says it is 198k for business saver and 280k for business advantage.


  3. Hi – great article! I believe the rules have recently changed for waitlists, with all waitlists being released at the two week mark if not fulfilled; this would mean that if a WL hasn’t cleared by then, it would be cancelled.


  4. Is the stopover on a one-way saver info still accurate? Looking on the website it doesn’t indicate paying a $100 fee as an option and won’t show the price in miles and fees if you select saver level and the stopover option.

    I tried to call today to talk to someone in person but they asked people who are not working on travel in the next 5 days just go to the website and/or email. The corona virus has caused a lot of travel headaches they are trying to solve, apparently.


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