How to fly Singapore Airlines’ business class for just £16 without leaving Europe

Jul 11, 2020

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Ever wondered what it’s like to fly Singapore Airlines’ business class? Well, you can do just that without flying all the way to Singapore (SIN) thanks to the airline’s fifth-freedom route between Stockholm (ARN) and Moscow (DME).

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At just 30,500 Singapore KrisFlyer miles and £16 in taxes and fees, the flight from Moscow to Stockholm (or £45 in the other direction), is a great way to experience one of TPG’s highest-scoring business class cabins for significantly less than the 92,000 miles + £225 in taxes and fees it will cost you to fly from London (LHR) to Singapore (SIN) one-way.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Based on TPG U.K.’s most recent valuations, those 32,500 KrisFlyer miles are worth £390. In other words, you can fly one of the better business-class products in the world for just £406 when factoring in the £16 in taxes and fees. While the route has been suspended as a result of the coronavirus crisis, it’s showing up on the carriers’s schedule in August and beyond with one of its A350 aircraft. One-way fares on the route are also reasonable at £469 in business.

Related: A review of Singapore Airlines’ A350-900ULR in business class from Newark to Singapore

If you don’t have enough KrisFlyer miles in your account, you can top it up by transferring your American Express Membership Reward Points at a rate of 1:1. If you don’t have any of those, either, then you could consider signing up for the Platinum Card by American Express, which comes with a welcome bonus of 30,000 points after spending £4,000 in the first six months of cardmembership.

Finding availability is easy and quite open. Log in to your KrisFlyer account and head to the “Book a trip” section of the homepage. Then, be sure to check the “Redeem flights” option and business as your class of travel before adding in DME and ARN as either your departure or arrival airports and finally, the dates you wish to travel.

As it’s not one of the airline’s most popular routes, finding availability shouldn’t be a problem. My search for September this year showed wide-open availability.

It’s worth noting that while you’ll be able to fly Singapore’s famed business class, you won’t get the full experience. The hard product will be the same as you could expect on a long-haul flight. However, for this short 796-mile hop, you shouldn’t expect the same soft product offering — the meal services won’t be the same, and the inflight amenities likely won’t be the same.

The flights operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with the following schedule:

  • SQ361 Stockholm (ARN) 10:15 a.m. Departure ⇒ Moscow (DME) 1:30 p.m. Arrival
  • SQ362 Moscow (DME) 7:15 a.m. Departure ⇒ Stockholm (ARN) 8:35 a.m. Arrival

If you want to do better than business class, then why not give the airline’s coveted Singapore Suites a whirl. The airline operates it with the A380 and some 777 aircraft, with one such route being Singapore (SIN) to Zurich (ZRH), which TPG U.K. Director of Content Nicky Kelvin recently flew for just £19.

Featured image by Zach Honig/The Points Guy

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