On my way to and from Singapore, I had the chance to fly on Singapore Airlines’ brand new Airbus A350-900 business class. The roughly 3 hour flight would run you nearly $2,000 round-trip. The Singapore KrisFlyer program is a transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, and Citi Thankyou, so I transferred Citi Thankyou points to the Singapore Krisflyer program. I ended up redeeming 46,750 Thankyou points and had a fuel surcharge of about $50. More than 4 cents per point is great value, especially when flying what may be the best business class in the world.
The boarding process was very organized and easy. I chose Seat 16A on both flights. I was almost immediately impressed when I first boarded the A350. There is no overhead bin in the center, so it feels like there is much more space!
The A350 also pressurizes at a lower altitude making it less taxing on your body. Some have even said that this plane could end jet lag forever!
The seat was spacious! It felt like I had much more space than a typical business class seat, and even more space than the international first class on American Airlines! The inflight entertainment screen was large and easy to use. I was impressed with nearly everything with the seat. The only improvement I would make would be offer better headphones. If you’re going to have the best business class in the world offer decent headphones. I ended up using my own Bose headphones.
Singapore Airlines has a dining program called “Book the Cook”. These meals are some of the airline’s signature meals that you could order in advance. For my afternoon flight from Hong Kong to Singapore I chose the Grilled Fillet of Beef with Shallot Tarragon Sauce. It’s almost a guarantee that steak will be overcooked on an airplane, but not on this flight!
After the steak there were a couple dessert options, but I went with the raspberry ice cream. It was very frozen, but very delicious! My flight back to Hong Kong was first thing in the morning, so the Book the Cook meal was a waffle with strawberry compote. I have to say it was one of the best waffles I have ever had. The coffee on board was also amazing.
I was blown away by the food on my two short flights. I could only imagine how good the food and service is going to be on a long-haul flight when Singapore Airlines begins flying to San Francisco non-stop next month.
My two short flights in Singapore Airlines were without a doubt the two best business class flights I have ever experienced. The food was great, the service was attentive, and the seat was very comfortable.
The best part about Singapore Airlines award tickets is if you book them on their website you get 15% off the award. My ticket would have cost 55,000 miles if I called to book it, but it was only 46,750 since I booked it online! From my understanding Singapore Airlines’ business class is pretty consistent across their fleet, so you can check out their business class or first class suite from New York to Frankfurt for 97,750 or 114,750 round trip. That’s not bad when you’re flying one of the best products in the sky and the loyalty program is transfer partners with the three major travel credit card programs!