Our honeymoon series:
Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airport
Part 3: Andaz Hotel Tokyo
Part 4: Tokyo Itinerary
Part 5: How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
Part 6: Hyatt Regency – Kyoto
Part 7: Kyoto Itinerary
Part 8: Shinkansen Kyoto to Tokyo
Part 9: Conrad – Tokyo Part 1
Part 10: Conrad – Tokyo Part 2
Part 11: Singapore Business Class Tokyo to Singapore
Part 12: Conrad – Singapore
Part 13: Silk Air Business Class Singapore to Danang
Part 14: Intercontinental Danang Part 1
Part 15: Intercontinental Danang Part 2
Part 16: Turkish Business Class Hanoi to Istanbul
Part 17: Turkish Business Class Istanbul to Rome
Part 18: United First Class Rome to Chicago
How much did this cost?
This was part of the Japan to Vietnam via Singapore itinerary that QL booked using KrisFlyer miles that she transferred from Citi Thank You Points. From NRT–>SIN–>REP–>DAD, it cost us 68,000 miles + $230 in taxes and fees.
How Did We Do It?
QL transferred 70,000 TYP to Singapore Airlines. She accumulated TYP through her Citi Prestige and Citi Premier cards.
How much would this have cost if we had paid cash?
If we had paid cash, this SilkAir Business Class flight would have cost ~$912.00 x 2 = ~$1,824.00
You might find yourself asking, “What is SilkAir?” Don’t be embarrassed because I raised the same question when QL proposed the itinerary. It turns out that Singapore Airlines owns it. It is similar to Qantas, which has a similar product in Jetstar. SilkAir appears to serve the smaller regional flights for Singapore Airlines.
Anyway, we had an early morning flight from Singapore to Danang (technically Da Nang for our Vietnamese readers), so we woke up early and had breakfast at the Conrad before heading to Changi.
At Changi, we hung out in the SilverKris lounge before we boarded our flight to Danang.
At the gate, we went through security again, and boarding went smoothly from there. The plane was a bit older, but it was nicer than I was expecting for an airline that I hadn’t heard of before the flight. The seats are similar to domestic First Class.
The amenities on our SilkAir Business Class flight were light given the flight was short. The attendants passed out papers. At each seat, they had Lenovo tablets since there weren’t personal screens built into the seats. Once we were in the air, they served a light meal. We had a choice between a chicken and rice dish or an egg breakfast. We each tried a different one and neither was very good.
When we got to Siem Reap, we deplaned and made our way to the terminal. On the walk, we were asking ourselves, “Does Siem Reap have an airport lounge?” We followed some signs and we were in luck, finding the Plaza Premium Lounge. We weren’t sure if we would be allowed entrance since there were no lounge invitations from Singapore/SilkAir. Upon showing our tickets, we were admitted without questions.
Some people from our flight tried to use Priority Pass, but it doesn’t work here.
The lounge was surprisingly nice. It was large, had plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and had a decent selection of food. QL reported that this lounge was newer and better than the Lotus Lounge at SGN (Saigon).
We had about 45 minutes to kill, so we grabbed a bowl of noodle soup and ordered a coffee from the bar. Both were pretty good and much better than what was offered in flight.
We wished we could have stayed in Siem Reap to explore. We decided to return in the near future to redeem our Hyatt free nights. Before long, time was up and we headed back to the gate to head to Danang.