The Best Ways to Fly to Singapore With Points and Miles [Step-by-Step]

Singapore Merlion Marina Bay Sands

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Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s major tourist destinations and economic hubs. A port city by history, Singapore now has one of the most advanced market economies in the world.

Today, Singapore is a foreign investment haven, foodie nirvana, and sightseeing wonder. Measuring only 276 square miles, Singapore is an awe-inspiring city-state.

Whether you want to experience Michelin-starred street food stalls that are cleaner than most American restaurants, see the futuristic Gardens by the Bay, or enjoy riverside life at Clarke Quay, we have the best ways to fly to Singapore with points and miles.

In this post, we’ll describe the best programs to book all 3 cabin classes: economy, business, and first.

We’ll also share a few stopover and open-jaw ideas, particularly for programs such as Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Japan Airlines Mileage Bank, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, Asiana Airlines Asiana Club, and Air Canada Aeroplan.

We’ll also preface this guide with a few caveats:

  • There are hundreds (if not thousands!) of ways to fly to Singapore on points and miles
  • However, there are only a few nonstop routes from all of North America
  • These flights are from Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), and Seattle (SEA)

Unless you fly out of these major airports, you will have at least 1 connection. Not to fret, however — there’s unlimited creativity in routes and airlines you can fly!

Without further ado, let’s begin walking you through the best ways to fly to Singapore with points and miles!

Best Programs to Use to Book Flights

Singapore is, to put it simply, very far away from North America. As a result, there are only 4 nonstop routes to Singapore:

  1. Los Angeles (operated by Singapore Airlines)
  2. Newark (operated by Singapore Airlines)
  3. San Francisco (operated by United and Singapore Airlines)
  4. Seattle (operated by Singapore Airlines)

If you wanted to fly nonstop to Singapore, these are your only options. As you can imagine, flying those nonstops would mean that you’d shift your focus primarily to Star Alliance frequent flyer programs.

To try other quality airlines such as Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines, you’ll have to stop in one of their hubs. Even so, it might be worthwhile to look into 1-stop flights simply because some of these redemptions are too good to pass up.

We’ll be doing a deep dive on this topic, and we’ll point out some seriously valuable redemptions that at times may feel like a steal!

Rest assured, however, that the options we’re describing are tried and true methods for flying to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Singapore Airlines Business Class 777 - Pre Flight
Relax in luxury aboard Singapore Airlines business class! Image Credit: Alex Miller

Generally speaking, we would be remiss in creating a destination guide for Singapore without including one of the best airlines in the world: Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines is an object of yearning — we all want it, but can’t always have it!

That’s because Singapore Airlines releases plenty of award availability to its partners… for economy flights. This is great news for economy travelers, but somewhat discouraging for those who want to try its famous business or first class.

So if you want to fly nonstop from Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, or Seattle to Singapore in Singapore Airlines’ premium cabins, you’ll almost always have to use KrisFlyer miles.

There is a silver lining, however: Singapore Airlines will not levy fuel surcharges at all.

The bad news? Your awards are going to cost a pretty penny.

Since Singapore Airlines releases a lot of economy awards to partners on a regular basis and its economy rates aren’t terribly good, we wouldn’t suggest using them for economy awards.

Here’s the table for Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance redemptions using KrisFlyer miles:

Cabin ClassKrisFlyer Miles Cost (West Coast)KrisFlyer Miles Cost (East Coast)KrisFlyer Miles Cost (Star Alliance partners)Taxes and Fees
Economy76,00080,000110,000$57
Business190,000198,000211,000$57
First260,000264,000297,000$57

Here are some example route options you can book:

  • Houston (IAH) – Manchester (MAN) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 198,000 miles and $57 in business class
  • Los Angeles (LAX) or San Francisco (SFO) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 190,000 miles and $57 in business class
  • New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 264,000 miles and $106 in Singapore Suites
  • Newark (EWR) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 198,000 miles and $57 in business class
  • Seattle (SEA) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 190,000 miles and $57 in business class

For additional U.S. based routes, check out our definitive guide to SQ’s routes from the U.S. including plane types and seat options.

Hot Tip: For the most part, booking with Singapore Airlines is the only option if you want to fly in Singapore Airlines’ business/first class. BUT, there has recently been award availability from Los Angeles to Singapore released to United. These awards can be much cheaper than what Singapore Airlines charges, so be sure to double-check all partners just in case there’s partner award availability!

If you’ve decided you want to take one of the only straight-shot routes to Singapore, look no further than Singapore Airlines. The booking process is extremely straightforward:

  1. Go to the Singapore Airlines website and log into your KrisFlyer account
  2. Click Redeem Flights
  3. Choose your travel dates and destination/origin airports
  4. Select Business or First/Suites as your cabin of choice
  5. Hit Search
  6. Choose your flight and pay for any miscellaneous fees

Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Singapore Airlines business class or first class.

Earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles

You can earn Singapore KrisFlyer miles very easily.

It is transfer partners with Chase Ultimate Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy, Citi ThankYou Points, and Capital One Rewards. This means your options to earn KrisFlyer miles are basically limitless!

American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Citi ThankYou Points all transfer at a 1:1 ratio, while Capital One and Marriott Bonvoy transfer slightly differently. Capital One transfers at a 2:1 ratio, and Marriott Bonvoy transfers at a 3:1 ratio. For every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you transfer, you will receive 20,000 KrisFlyer miles plus a 5,000-mile bonus!

Singapore Airlines is almost like a rite of passage for travel enthusiasts; you haven’t really tried luxury travel until you’ve tried Singapore Airlines.

Hot Tip: If your goal is to try Singapore Airlines or fly nonstop to Singapore and you have lots of transferable points, you should definitely book through KrisFlyer. You won’t pay any fuel surcharges, and you won’t be disappointed by the stellar premium cabins. It will cost you more miles than a few of our other options, but it might be worth it for you! 

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan

Cathay Pacific 777 first class seat 2
Cathay Pacific’s masterfully designed first class seat will make you wish your flights never ended! Image Credit: Stephen Au

Alaska Airlines presents a huge sweet spot for Cathay Pacific.

Yes, it has devalued its awards on Emirates, but Cathay Pacific was left relatively unscathed. Keep in mind that you’re allotted a free stopover on one-way tickets.

This means you can fly from the U.S. to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, spend a few days enjoying the Hong Kong hustle and bustle — and then fly to Singapore! This stopover could net you an additional value of $2,000 if flying in business class.

Best of all, you will not pay fuel surcharges!

Cathay Pacific’s footprint in the U.S. is much larger than Singapore Airlines’, so your departure airport choices are much more flexible. In fact, Cathay Pacific operates flights from these airports in North America:

Airports With Nonstop Flights to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific
Boston (BOS)Newark (EWR)
Chicago O’Hare (ORD)San Francisco (SFO)
New York City (JFK)Toronto (YYZ)
Los Angeles (LAX)Vancouver (YVR)

Hot Tip:Alaska Airlines only allows 1 partner on award tickets. This means you must take Cathay Pacific throughout your journey to Singapore; you can’t switch to another airline. 

Here’s the chart for Alaska Airlines redemptions on Cathay Pacific Flights:

Round-trip Redemption Costs on Cathay Pacific Flights to Singapore Via Hong Kong
Cabin ClassAlaska Airlines Miles CostTaxes and Fees
Economy60,000~$19
Business100,000~$19
First140,000~$19

And here are some great example routes:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 140,000 miles and $19 in taxes and fees in Cathay Pacific first class
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 100,000 miles and $19 in taxes and fees in Cathay Pacific business class
  • New York City (JFK) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN) round-trip for 140,000 miles and $19 in taxes and fees in Cathay Pacific first class

Alaska Airlines does not show Cathay Pacific award availability online. In order to book Cathay Pacific flights on Alaska, you’ll want to search availability on British Airways before booking.

Here’s how:

  1. Visit British Airways and login
  2. Select your route, travel dates, and class of service
  3. Note the flight number, date, and time
  4. Call Alaska Airlines at 800-252-7522
  5. Ask them to search for first class award space on Cathay Pacific for the appropriate date (you might have to provide the flight number)
  6. Provide all necessary info to complete the booking

Need help booking? See our step-by-step guide for booking Cathay Pacific first class. If you want to fly business, check out our guide for booking Cathay Pacific business class.

Earning Alaska Mileage Plan Miles

Sadly, Alaska Airlines only partners with Marriott Bonvoy, so you’ll either have to earn miles through its co-branded credit card or by transferring from Marriott Bonvoy credit cards.

You can earn Alaska miles in 3 main ways:

  • Transferring from Marriott Bonvoy
  • Earning directly with Bank of America co-branded credit cards
  • Purchasing them

Sometimes, there are sales of up to 40% on buying miles. You’re limited to 60,000 miles per transaction, but you can buy an unlimited number of miles in separate transactions.

Bottom Line: Alaska Airlines provides an amazing deal to fly to Singapore on Cathay Pacific. Although Alaska miles aren’t the easiest to earn, if you find yourself with a bunch of Alaska miles, you can plan a trip to Hong Kong followed by Singapore for 60,000 miles in round-trip economy, 100,000 miles in business, and 140,000 miles in first. To make things better, you’ll be paying around $20 total for the flight! Keep in mind that Cathay Pacific does not operate a first-class cabin from Hong Kong to Singapore. 

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Mileage Club

ANA Business Class
ANA business class. Image Credit: All Nippon Airways

We’ve always been big fans of ANA. This airline has an amazing inflight product AND its frequent flyer program is second-to-none.

Flights on its own metal often cost half of what other partners charge. The value of business class redemptions, in particular, is what makes this program one of the best in the world.

Keep in mind that on flights operated by ANA, seasonality rules will apply. What does that mean? The price you pay for awards will vary depending on your dates of travel.

Another thing to note is that round-trip itineraries are mandatory; you can’t book one-way award flights.

ANA does offer 1 free stopover AND 1 open-jaw, OR 2 open-jaws on round-trip award bookings. You’ll most likely be flying to Singapore through Tokyo, which is what our stopover will be used for.

Here’s a summary chart of the season-based award prices for each class:

ANA Award Redemption Costs 
Carrier (Season)EconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
ANA (Low)55,00084,000100,000195,000
ANA (Regular)65,00094,000110,000195,000
ANA (High)70,00099,000115,000210,000
Star Alliance80,000N/A136,000240,000

Hot Tip: As you can see, ANA business class awards are spectacular, while Star Alliance awards are significantly more expensive. As a result, you’ll gain the best value when flying on ANA metal and booking through ANA Mileage Club.

Here are some great example routes:

  • Houston (IAH) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Singapore (SIN) for 115,000 miles round-trip and $100 in taxes and fees for business class during high season
  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND) – Singapore (SIN) for 195,000 miles round-trip and $100 in taxes and fees for first class during low/regular season
  • Newark (EWR)/New York City (JFK) – Tokyo-Haneda (HND) – Singapore (SIN) for 110,000 miles round-trip and $100 in taxes and fees for business class during regular season
  • San Jose (SJC) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT) Singapore (SIN) for 100,000 miles round-trip and $100 in taxes and fees for business class during low season

Taxes and fees on ANA flights will generally run about $50 to $100.

You can use United or Air Canada Aeroplan to search for award space. Searching through ANA is also an option, but it has pros and cons. The main benefit of looking for availability on ANA is that in rare instances, ANA shows exclusive award availability not seen on other partners. The main drawback of looking for availability on ANA is that the website is clunky and difficult to navigate.

United Airlines’ website is easiest to use, but is less accurate than Aeroplan and ANA because it can show phantom award space (award seats that aren’t actually bookable). Connecting flights can cause Aeroplan to return an error on the website sometimes.

Earning ANA Miles

ANA partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy, and Membership Rewards points transfer to ANA at a 1:1 ratio.

For every 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points you transfer, you will receive 20,000 ANA miles and a 5,000-mile bonus.

Bottom Line: If you don’t mind connecting through Tokyo (or possibly spending a short vacation there), definitely give ANA some thought. It’s difficult to extract better value when flying to Singapore. You can visit Japan and Singapore on the same trip, save money on fuel surcharges, and maximize your points through ANA (particularly with business class awards). We would not advise booking Star Alliance partners, but even those can present very strong value. 

American Airlines AAdvantage Program

Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 Business Class Bed
Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 business class bed. Image Credit: Greg Stone

We included American Airlines AAdvantage here because it is a super-easy program to follow. The region definitions are simple, awards are priced reasonably to Singapore, and AAdvantage miles are easy to earn.

Here’s the award chart for using AA miles:

Award Costs for Redemptions to Singapore With AA Miles
Cabin ClassAA Miles CostTaxes and Fees
Economy75,000~$54 to $66
Business140,000~$54 to $66
First220,000~$54 to $66

In this case, the most likely itineraries will be to Singapore via Hong Kong or London on Cathay Pacific or British Airways, respectively. We do not suggest flying on British Airways due to $1,000+ in fuel surcharges that get passed onto you.

Hot Tip: AA will not pass on fuel surcharges on Cathay Pacific flights, which is a super-easy way to save hundreds of dollars! 

AA is a very simple program to use, though it doesn’t allow stopovers and is a far cry from Alaska’s costs of 60,000 miles in economy, 100,000 miles in business, and 140,000 miles in first. It’s still worth doing, especially if you’re an AA loyalist looking for opportunities in the Oneworld alliance.

As always, you’ll want to use the British Airways website to search for award availability.

Here’s how you can book on American Airlines:

  1. Visit the British Airways website
  2. Log in using your BA username and password
  3. Hover over the Executive Club banner and click on Spending Avios
  4. Click Book a Reward Flight
  5. Enter your departure city, destination city, travel dates, desired class, and number of passengers
  6. Click Get Flights
  7. Note the flight numbers, airlines, and times
  8. Call American Airlines at 800-433-7300 and make the reservation (be sure to ask to waive the $25 telephone booking fee)

Earning American Airlines AAdvantage Miles

You can earn lots of AA miles quickly and easily, especially with Citi and Barclays credit card sign-up bonuses.

The AAdvantage® Aviator® Red World Elite Mastercard® offers a 40,000- to 60,000-mile sign-up bonus after a single purchase and paying the $95 annual fee.

There’s also a business version that offers the same sign-up bonus. We’d apply for these credit cards first since Barclays is more sensitive to hard inquiries than Citi.

You can also look into Citi’s AA credit cards as another option to get AA miles.

If you’re still short a few miles, you can top off your AA balance with Marriott Bonvoy points. We generally advise against transferring from Marriott Bonvoy due to the vastly better uses unless you have a specific redemption in mind (i.e., you want to go to Singapore for sure but don’t have enough points!).

It can take up to 2 business days to transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to American Airlines.

Bottom Line: If you don’t have enough Alaska miles to book Cathay Pacific, American Airlines AAdvantage is a worthwhile program to explore: it’s easy to understand and you can book awards easily. Your out-of-pocket costs will be minimized when flying Cathay Pacific as no fuel surcharges are passed on. Be wary of transiting through London on British Airways, however, as fuel surcharges are passed on through BA. Lastly, AA miles are directly earned through co-branded credit cards, which makes having enough miles relatively easy. 

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Cathay Pacific First Class Seat
Cathay Pacific has a spacious, ultra-luxurious first class product, complete with gourmet fine-dining, huge massage seats, and great amenities! Image Credit: Alex Miller

Cathay Pacific employs a distance-based award chart and complicated routing rules. If you’re able to decipher this crazily confusing program, you can get some great value — especially on one-way flights with its generous award routing rules. Let’s dig into it!

Cathay Pacific has 3 award charts:

  1. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles (flying only on Cathay Pacific)
  2. Airline partners (flying 1 partner)
  3. Oneworld multi-carrier award chart (flying multiple partners)

There are different routing rules associated with every award chart (and it can even vary by airline!), so we’ll summarize some key rules below:

  1. For Cathay Pacific-operated flights and partner flights (only 1 partner!), you are allowed 1 stopover on one-ways and 2 stopovers on round-trips.
  2. For Oneworld multi-carrier award flights, you can fly a maximum of 2 partners when Cathay Pacific is not included. If you include Cathay Pacific in your itinerary, you can fly any number of partners.
  3. The maximum distance for Oneworld multi-carrier awards is 50,000 miles.
  4. You can make a maximum of 5 stopovers, 2 open-jaws, and 2 transfers (layovers).

This might seem really confusing, but you could squeeze some AMAZING value from these rules. Here’s an example of an itinerary that’ll let you try many great business class products:

  1. Los Angeles – Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific)
  2. Hong Kong – Singapore (Cathay Pacific)
  3. Kuala Lumpur – Osaka (Malaysia Airlines)
  4. Tokyo (Narita) – Sydney (Japan Airlines)
  5. Sydney – Los Angeles (Qantas)

This entire itinerary includes 5 segments, 2 open-jaws, and 2 stopovers.

For a total flight distance of 24,248 miles, you would be in Award Zone 11 in the Oneworld multi-carrier award chart. Flying this itinerary would only cost 185,000 Asia Miles! This is an absolutely killer deal! 

However, we understand that some readers are only interested in a simple itinerary; the simplest it gets is Singapore via Hong Kong.

Depending on which airport you depart from, round-trip flights to Singapore via Hong Kong can cost around 84,000 miles in economy, 120,000 miles in premium economy, 170,000 miles in business, and 250,000 miles in first.

As you can see, the difference between the complex itinerary above and the simple itinerary is only 15,000 Asia miles in business class! To us, that’s a no-brainer.

At Upgraded Points, we feel that Cathay Pacific Asia Miles presents the best value when flying at least once with Cathay Pacific and building a complex itinerary involving a lot of segments! 

Hot Tip: You can play around with many various itineraries, but we would suggest using Great Circle Mapper to figure out the flight distances between cities. 

We recommend using the British Airways website to find award availability.

You can book simple routes completely online, but for more complex itineraries, we recommend calling the Asia Miles U.S. office at 866-892-2598 or calling the Hong Kong office at +011-852-2747-3838 on a landline.

When you call, it’s important to have all details related to the flight(s) that you want to book so the agent can locate your award flight.

Earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

Earning Asia Miles is pretty straightforward. Cathay Pacific partners with American Express Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

Synchrony Bank also offers a co-branded credit card that can earn Asia Miles. The historical best sign-up bonus was 75,000 miles, so it might be worth holding out for an offer close to that.

Bottom Line: There’s a lot of value to be had when utilizing Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, particularly with the Oneworld multi-carrier award chart. There’s an infinite number of possibilities, amazing award prices, and plentiful ways to earn Asia Miles. Keep in mind that you’ll have to spend time familiarizing yourself with the award charts and routing rules, and you’ll also need to make phone calls when you are ready to book. For simpler itineraries, the prices aren’t as great, but it’s still a redemption worth considering. 

United Airlines MileagePlus

United Polaris Dining
With a revamped menu, you can enjoy a great meal when flying Polaris. Image Credit: United Airlines

Similar to AA, United MileagePlus is excellent for those who are looking for a no-headaches process for flying to Singapore.

You’re going to have to pay a bit more miles, but it might be worth it to reduce your stress levels. Generally speaking, United Airlines has a very user-friendly website and award search engine, complete with a monthly calendar search.

You would do best with flying on United Airlines, as the cost of partner awards is higher. The route that makes the most sense would be the San Francisco nonstop flight to Singapore.

To be honest, the best Chase Ultimate Rewards redemption to Singapore is actually on this flight as well.

Cabin ClassUnited CostStar Alliance Partners CostTaxes and Fees
Economy80,00088,000$6
Business180,000198,000$6

Note that round-trip awards with Star Alliance partners will run you around 10% more miles than United-operated flights. For this steep a price, you’d do better booking through Singapore Airlines to fly on the superior Singapore Airlines business class.

This United option is great if you have lots of United miles or Chase Ultimate Rewards points, don’t care too much about flying Singapore Airlines, or don’t have enough American Express Membership Rewards points to book through ANA.

Hot Tip: Even if you don’t use United to book your awards, search for Star Alliance awards using the award calendar. If you use United to book your awards, you won’t be paying fuel surcharges and you can complete your flight reservation 100% online! How easy is that? 

Earning United MileagePlus Miles

There are several United co-branded credit cards offered by Chase available to earn United miles. Also, Chase Ultimate Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy are transfer partners with United. Overall, this is the best option for those who love Chase Ultimate Rewards.

BOTTOM LINE: Using United miles is more convenient than almost any other frequent flyer program. The best value you can extract from Chase Ultimate Rewards to get to Singapore is with United. At 150,000 miles for round-trip business class on one of the world’s longest flights, United MileagePlus is definitely a program to consider. 

Avianca LifeMiles

United Polaris Lie-Flat Seat
Besides Singapore Airlines, the only other way to fly nonstop to Singapore with Avianca LifeMiles is on United Airlines. Enjoy a lie-flat seat with direct aisle access when flying Polaris. Image Credit: United Airlines

Avianca LifeMiles is useful in this case for economy or first class on non-Singapore Airlines Star Alliance flights. Additionally, there are a few cases in which transferring to Avianca instead of Cathay Pacific would make sense for travelers with lots of Citi ThankYou Points.

For example, if you were departing from an airport that doesn’t offer nonstop Star Alliance flights to Singapore on economy, you would have to transfer 110,000 points to Singapore KrisFlyer from Citi.

However, Avianca only charges 78,000 miles for the same route.

This information is useful if you want to use as few points as possible. Keep in mind, however, that Singapore only charges 76,000 on West Coast flights with Singapore Air and 80,000 on East Coast flights. But, you’d have to fly from one of the 4 airports that Singapore Airlines operates nonstops from.

If you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of positioning flights, consider using Avianca LifeMiles to fly on Star Alliance economy for 78,000 miles roundtrip! 

Another good redemption for LifeMiles would be to use 198,000 miles for round-trip first class on partner airlines! That’s 7,000 miles cheaper than Asia Miles.

If you have a boatload of Citi points that you want to use on first class flights to Singapore, definitely consider using Avianca LifeMiles, as you will minimize the number of points needed.

Hot Tip: Don’t have enough Citi or Avianca LifeMiles? Consider purchasing miles when there are 125% to 200% bonus sales! You might still have to spend a bit of money (~$1,000), but you’ll come out way further ahead than if you paid cash! 

To book, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Avianca website
  2. Click LifeMiles in the bottom right corner of Avianca’s homepage (you will be redirected to the LifeMiles external website)
  3. Once you’re on the external LifeMiles page, hover over Use and click on Airlines
  4. Enter your desired destination, origin, and travel dates and hit Continue; the next screen shows availability and costs for those dates, as well as for 2 days before and after
  5. Select your flight

Earning Avianca LifeMiles

You can earn LifeMiles in 4 ways:

  • Transfer from American Express Membership Rewards (1:1 ratio), Citi ThankYou Rewards (1:1 ratio), or Capital One Rewards (2:1.5 ratio)
  • Transfer from Marriott Bonvoy (3:1 ratio with a 5,000-mile bonus for transferring 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points)
  • Directly from the co-branded Banco Popular card
  • Purchase LifeMiles

If you end up buying miles, Avianca has been known to offer 125% to 150% bonus miles sales, so we would hold out until one of those big sales comes around.

Bottom Line: If you have mostly Citi points, Avianca can prove to be a lifesaver. It doesn’t pass any fuel surcharges on, the economy and first class award redemption costs are very competitive, and you can fly all Star Alliance partners with this method! 

Air Canada Aeroplan

Lufthansa B747-8 First Class Seat 1A - Cherag Dubash
Lufthansa B747-8 first class. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

The very last frequent flyer program we’re going to be talking about is only good if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You wish to fly first class on Star Alliance, but not ANA
  2. You mostly have American Express Membership Rewards points or Capital One miles
  3. You want to add a stopover on Star Alliance flights

This is a very intriguing sweet spot. Aeroplan uses a distance-based award chart for flights between the U.S. and Singapore:

Distance (Miles)Operated ByEconomyPremium EconomyBusinessFirst
0-5,000Air Canada35,000-65,00045,000-120,00055,000-150,00090,000-200,000
Partner airlines35,00055,00090,000
5,001-7,500Air Canada45,000-80,00060,000-140,00075,000-175,000110,000-250,000
Partner airlines50,00075,000110,000
7,501-11,000Air Canada50,000-90,00070,000-160,00085,000-200,000130,000-300,000
Partner airlines60,00085,000130,000
11,000+Air Canada65,000-110,00080,000-180,000105,000-250,000140,000-350,000
Partner airlines75,000105,000140,000

For the most part, we’ll be focusing on the distance band from 7,501-11,000 miles. For Star Alliance flights, you’ll pay 60,000 miles in economy one-way, 85,000 miles in business one-way, and 130,000 miles in first class one-way.

For comparison, ANA charges 240,000 miles round-trip to fly first class on partners. Cathay Pacific charges approximately 205,000 miles round-trip for Oneworld partners. Singapore KrisFlyer will charge 236,000-240,000 miles on its own flights, and 270,000 miles on Star Alliance partners.

As you can see, Aeroplan isn’t the cheapest option, but it does not pass on fuel surcharges. Additionally, you can pay just 5,000 miles to add a stopover for your trip, resulting in even more value!

Here are some example routes to try:

  • Chicago (ORD) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN) one-way for 135,000 miles + $40 in taxes and fees for Lufthansa first class with a stopover in Frankfurt
  • New York City (JFK) – Beijing (PEK) – Singapore (SIN) one-way for 135,000 miles and $40 in taxes and fees for Air China first class with a stopover in Beijing

Hot Tip: Air Canada has a generous routing policy: you can add a stopover to your itinerary for 5,000 extra miles, even on one-way award tickets! 

We recommend searching for award availability on Aeroplan, and you can book flights there directly using your miles. Here’s how:

  1. Visit Aeroplan’s website
  2. On the top right, click Sign in and enter your Aeroplan number and password
  3. On the resulting page, you’ll see a search box — fill in the desired trip type, destination and origination airports, travel dates, and number of passengers (be sure to toggle the button that says Points instead of US $)
  4. Click Find
  5. Select your flight and pay for any taxes and fees

Earning Air Canada Aeroplan Points

Aeroplan partners with American Express Membership Rewards, Capital One Rewards, and Marriott Bonvoy.

Amex points transfer to Aeroplan at a 1:1 ratio, and it has a number of personal and business cards that earn Membership Rewards points to choose from, making it easy to accumulate the necessary points.

With Capital One miles, you can transfer to Aeroplan at a 2:1.5 ratio.

If you transfer 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points, you will receive 20,000 Aeroplan points plus 5,000 bonus miles! 

Bottom Line: If you want to fly on a Star Alliance first class flight that isn’t ANA and mostly have American Express Membership points or Capital One miles, it’ll be hard to beat Aeroplan in this specific instance, especially with the generous stopover allowance for an additional 5,000 miles. 

Other Options to Fly to Singapore

There are a number of other ways to fly to Singapore, including with Japan Airlines Mileage Bank, Malaysia Airlines, and Qantas, but we didn’t include those in our main analysis because the redemption rates aren’t very favorable.

For example, you can use Alaska Airlines miles at a better rate than Japan Airlines Mileage Bank.

Final Thoughts

There are countless ways to fly to Singapore on points and miles. In this guide, we examined 2 of the 3 major airline alliances: Star Alliance and Oneworld.

We did not include SkyTeam partners in this analysis because the award redemption rates for these carriers (with the exception of Korean Air) are sky-high. Plus, in most cases, you’ll have to pay huge surcharges.

Here are the key points to take away:

  • Because Singapore Air rarely releases award availability on business and first class to partners, your options to fly these classes on Singapore Air are basically limited to the airline themselves.
  • Alaska Airlines is excellent for booking Cathay Pacific flights. You can fly business class round-trip for 100,000 miles, or first class for 140,000 miles.
  • ANA’s superstar redemption is on ANA-operated flights, particularly in business class for 100,000 miles during low-season, 110,000 miles during regular season, and 115,000 miles during high season
  • American Airlines is great because its program is super simple, and it has multiple co-branded credit cards you can earn points from.
  • Cathay Pacific is a diamond in the rough. While it may look like the award rates are expensive, the real shining star is its Oneworld multi-carrier awards, which allow you to fly to many different countries on various airlines for amazing prices.
  • Like AA, United MileagePlus is a no-frills, straightforward way to book flights. It won’t cost you the least, but it’s an excellent option for those with Chase Ultimate Rewards points looking to fly on non-Singapore Airlines Star Alliance carriers.
  • Avianca is great if you have Citi points and want to fly economy or first class on Star Alliance partners.
  • Lastly, Air Canada Aeroplan is a reasonable redemption for those who want to add a stopover and want to book non-ANA Star Alliance first-class flights with lots of American Express Membership Rewards points and Capital One miles.

Overall, there are plenty of ways to fly to Singapore on points and miles — ANA, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Alaska each have their own sweet spots, benefits, and drawbacks.

Just remember: there’s so much value to be had when flying to Singapore, since it’s about as far from America as you can get! Now you have the full picture on the best ways to fly to Singapore with points and miles.


Frequently asked questions

Which airlines include carrier-imposed surcharges on award flights to Singapore?

ANA will pass fuel surcharges on round-trip business class flights of $314 on Air China, $290 on Asiana, $191 on EVA Air, $966 on Lufthansa, and $1,000 on SWISS Air.

Air Canada Aeroplan will not pass fuel surcharges on at all.

American Airlines will pass fuel surcharges on round-trip business/first class flights of $1,091 on British Airways and Iberia.

Cathay Pacific will not pass fuel surcharges on flights to Asia for the most part. It will pass huge fuel surcharges on flights through Europe.

Japan Airlines will pass fuel surcharges on round-trip business/first class fights of $290 on China Eastern, $86 on Japan Airlines, $1,096 on British Airways/Iberia, and $421 on Air France.

What is the fewest number of miles you can use to book an economy class award flight to Singapore?

You can book ANA during low season for 55,000 miles.

You can also use 60,000 Alaska miles for round-trip Cathay Pacific flights.

Lastly, you can use 75,000 AA miles for round-trip Oneworld flights.

What is the fewest number of miles required to fly business class to Singapore?

You can fly on ANA during low season for 100,000 ANA miles or during regular season for 110,000 ANA miles.

You can also use 100,000 Alaska miles for round-trip Cathay Pacific flights.

Lastly, you can use 140,000 AA miles for round-trip Oneworld flights.

What is the fewest number miles required to fly first class to Singapore?

You can fly on ANA during low or regular season for 195,000 ANA miles.

You can also use 140,000 Alaska miles for round-trip Cathay Pacific flights or 150,000 Alaska miles for round-trip Japan Airlines flights.

Another option is flying Star Alliance first class flights for 198,000 Avianca LifeMiles.

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About Stephen Au

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephen has been privileged to enjoy many premium cabin products and 5-star hotels. A petroleum engineer by trade, Stephen caught the travel bug in college when he traveled to Asia several times. After 2 years of continual promotions, Stephen quit his safe and secure career path in favor of entrepreneurship.

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