Wait, Alaska Airlines Miles Can Be Used For Long Haul Singapore Airlines Business Class?

I’m shocked to see that Alaska Airlines appears to have wide open award availability for Singapore Airlines business class awards between the U.S. and Asia. In fact it seems they have at least as good availability as is offered to Singapore’s own members.

That’s shocking because there’s a basic rule of Singapore Airlines availability.

  • Singapore only lets their own members book long haul business and first class awards
  • There was a brief exception to this rule where partner programs had full access to Singapore Airlines premium cabin award space but it was a full decade ago.
  • That’s why it’s useful that Chase, Amex, Capital One and Citi points transfer to Singapore’s miles

Oddly, despite being a member of oneworld, Alaska Airlines has a partnership with Singapore Airlines which supports Singapore’s Seattle flight. This bilateral agreement works outside of the normal systems. And perhaps that’s why Alaska Airlines is showing crazy good award space on Singapore Airlines right now. For instance, here is Los Angeles – Singapore next July for two passengers in business class:

Alaska Airlines charges 100,000 miles each way for Singapore Airlines business class between the U.S. and Singapore. This isn’t a cheap award. But it’s fascinating to see availability through an airline’s program besides Singapore’s own. I haven’t tried ticketing this year, but it does appear to be bookable at this time.

Unfortunately Alaska doesn’t offer Singapore redemptions between the U.S. and Europe (Houston – Manchester, New York JFK – Frankfurt) and doesn’t offer premium redemptions at a low price. But there are no fuel surcharges and this was new to me.

(HT: Alexisonsmith)

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