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Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class Boeing 777-300 Tokyo to Singapore

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class Boeing 777-300 Tokyo to Singapore

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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.

Conrad Tokyo, cold cuts, cheeses
Conrad Tokyo, cold cuts, cheeses

 

Conrad Tokyo, fresh breads and pastries
Conrad Tokyo, fresh breads and pastries

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.

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda



ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

 

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

 

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda



ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

The food was plentiful but we didn’t try much since we just had breakfast at the Conrad.

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

 

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

 

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda



ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

 

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

There were taps for Sapporo, Kirin, and Asahi.

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

They also had a ramen station, which was quite decent.

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda

There was a table with eight different sakes you could try.

ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda
ANA Lounge, Tokyo Haneda



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.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Seat
Singapore Airlines Business Class Seat

 

Singapore Airlines Business Class Seat
Singapore Airlines Business Class Seat

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.

Look at this seat

 

Compare it to a non bulkhead seat…do you see the difference?

The bathroom was clean and more spacious than United’s.  Per the Mrs.,  it didn’t smell as nice as Cathay’s.

Bathroom

Singapore doesn’t offer amenity kit besides slippers, socks, and eyeshades.  The rest of the amenities can be found in the bathroom.

Amenities

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.

Champagne



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.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Lunch
Singapore Airlines Business Class Lunch

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.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Dessert
Singapore Airlines Business Class Dessert

 

Singapore Airlines Business Class Dessert
Singapore Airlines Business Class Dessert



Wife’s option

 

Beef with fried rice

We then tried to nap for a few hours before we landed in Singapore.

Singapore Airlines Business Class Bed
Singapore Airlines Business Class Bed

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.



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