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?
It normally costs 40,000 KrisFlyer miles one way per person to fly from Japan to Vietnam in business class. However, Singapore used to offer 15% discount when redeeming miles through its website instead of its call center. Therefore, the trip only cost us 68,000 miles + $230 in taxes and fees. Singapore, Hainan, and British Airways are known for their hefty fees. Since March of 2017, Singapore got rid of the 15% discount and lowered the surcharges.
How Did We Do It?
QL transferred 70,000 Thank You Points (TYP) to Singapore Airlines. She accumulated TYP through her Citi Prestige and Citi Premier cards. I just applied for the Citi Prestige myself since it’s offering 75,000 points after meeting minimum spend.
How much would it have cost if we paid cash for it?
Had we paid cash, the Singapore Airlines Business Class flights would have cost ~$2,950 x 2 = ~$4,900.
With only one night in Singapore, we took a 9:15am flight to have the day to explore the city. Thus, we woke up early to catch the front end of breakfast in the lounge before taking the subway to Haneda.
The train to Haneda was pretty simple as it connected through Shiodome station. That said, Shiodome station is massive. It took us about fifteen minutes to walk from the Conrad to the correct subway line and about forty minutes to get to Haneda once we boarded the subway car.
At Haneda, there wasn’t a line at the Singapore Airlines counter so check in took only a few minutes. We had about 30 minutes to check out the ANA Lounge before boarding. Personally, it seemed dark and uninviting. It was also really busy and unkept that morning, so it didn’t feel like anything special.
That said, the lounge is really big with multiple seating areas.
The food was plentiful but we didn’t try much since we just had breakfast at the Conrad.
There were taps for Sapporo, Kirin, and Asahi.
They also had a ramen station, which was quite decent.
There was a table with eight different sakes you could try.
After checking out the lounge, we boarded our flight to Singapore. I hadn’t flown with Singapore Airlines in nearly twenty years, but the quality of the product and the service I remembered from before hadn’t changed. For starters, its business class seats are larger than most carriers’ first class seats.
Did you know that not all business seats are equal? Due to good reviews, we chose the bulkhead seats, which were larger than other seats behind. They were definitely more spacious and comfortable than United First Class.
The bathroom was clean and more spacious than United’s. Per the Mrs., it didn’t smell as nice as Cathay’s.
Singapore doesn’t offer amenity kit besides slippers, socks, and eyeshades. The rest of the amenities can be found in the bathroom.
Once we settled in our awesome seats, we requested for champagne. It made us think of how cheap United was for refusing our request in the first leg of the honeymoon.
Once we were airborne, brunch/lunch was served. I chose Japanese option while the Mrs. went with Chinese food.
It was pretty good for airplane food but still kind of bland.
The dessert was colorful and tasted ok, but what I really wanted was a fruit plate that QL got. Although it wasn’t part of the Japanese menu, the attendant was able to track one down.
We then tried to nap for a few hours before we landed in Singapore.
It was a quick six hour flight and before we knew it, we were on the ground. We will definitely find a way to fly with Singapore again. QL liked it more than Korean Air, even though their business seats are newer than Singapore’s.