United Airlines brought back Singapore Airlines award space online last week after a four year absence. That makes it easier than ever to take advantage of one particularly great redemption before United’s next devaluation.
United currently charges only 30,000 miles one-way for a business class ticket from South Asia to Australia or New Zealand.
South Asia includes:
- Hong Kong
- Myanmar (Burma)
So take Hong Kong to Melbourne as an example. You can fly over 11 hours in Singapore Airlines Business Class for 30K miles and $62.50. That is an incredible value, even in Singapores’ older business class.
NOTE: Space is limited. Singapore does not release any longhaul premium cabin award space. It does release limited award space on regional flights and mid-haul flights (as far as India or Australia/New Zealand), but it’s not like you’re going to easily find this on all dates. If you want to take advantage of it, you’ll find some great space with enough patience, but it may not be on the dates you need.
Singapore does release some A350 Business Class space on the Singapore to Brisbane route, though I saw nothing available for the next 11 months when checking today.
Also note that you can mix carriers as well — part of the trip can be on Thai Airways and part on Singapore (like Bangkok to Singapore to Auckland).
Economy Class is currently 17.5K miles on the same route, another compelling value if you are short on miles. But be sure to price shop: while Singapore Airlines is likely to be expensive, you may be able to score an insanely cheap ticket to Australia on another carrier.
Remember, United’s next devaluation is on November 01, 2017 so book by October 31st. The award above will rise from 30,000 to 50,000 miles on 11/01. That will still be a good value, but not like the deal available now.
God Save the Points also writes about this here.