As Japan Airlines (JAL) continues to roll-out the impressive Sky Suite III across the B787-9 Dreamliners and 777-200ERs, there is only two more days left to take advantage of the 35% off Starpoints sale with an eligible Starwood Preferred Guest account.
As you may already know, converting a block of 20,000 Starpoints to an airline frequent flyer program of your choice will get you 5,000 additional miles in most instances and in order to fully take advantage of this promotion, you should either purchase 20,000 Starpoints (to convert 25,000 miles into a participating FPP of your choice) or purchase 30,000 Starpoints and have another family member do the same before pooling them together for 60,000 Starpoints - you can then convert this into 75,000 miles which is sufficient for 3 Business Class tickets on Japan Airlines from Singapore to Tokyo and then another city in the region (e.g. Bangkok, Jakarta and Hong Kong).
Do take note that there is an annual account purchase limit of 30,000 Starpoints so if you have already taken the plunge previously, your account may no longer be eligible for buying more points. Otherwise, buying 20,000 Starpoints for USD 455 (SGD 627) which you can then convert into Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Miles is a fantastic way to get to Japan on Business Class for cheap!
As I was traveling from Haneda Airport (HND) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Japan Airlines' Business Class, I had access to the Sakura Lounge that is operated by JAL. However, since I missed out on the opportunity to check out the new Cathay Pacific lounge in Singapore Changi Airport's Terminal 4 which has just only opened last year, I decided to forgo the Sakura Lounge and check out the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Haneda Airport (HND) instead.
Singapore Airlines has started sending out emails to PPS Club members that complimentary in-flight WiFi is currently made available to all PPS Club members as well as eligible passengers traveling on Business Class, First Class and Suites when traveling on Airbus A350, A380 and Boeing 777-300ER. This brand new initiative by Singapore's flag carrier will allow passengers traveling in First Class and Suites to enjoy up to 100MB of complimentary data in the air regardless of the service provider (e.g. OnAir SBB/GX as well as Panasonic).
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes is back for the month of March 2018 with 30% savings on required KrisFlyer miles on specific routes. Award flights start from just 5,250 and 19,250 KrisFlyer miles in Economy Class and Business Class respectively one-way.
The world's largest international airline, Emirates, has just signed a contract for 20 additional Airbus A380 aircraft as well as 16 options to firm up the MoU that was announced in January. Based on the latest list prices, the total value of this agreement is USD 16 Billion and deliveries are expected to start from 2020.
The first scheduled destination for Singapore Airlines' new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is Osaka (KIX) and services are expected to begin officially in May 2018. Singapore Airlines will become the world's first airline to operate the brand new 787-10 and the national flag carrier has 49 of these on firm order - the first aircraft is due for delivery from Boeing's North Charleston, South Carolina production facility in March 2018.
After pigging out in the lounge (the laksa was as good as I remember it to be!), I went straight to the boarding gate for my Japan Airlines flight to Haneda. The flight was operated on a 15-year old 777-200ER plane that has been retrofitted with the latest Business Class product - the SKY SUITE III. Since this flight did not have a First Class cabin, top-tier members of the JAL Mileage program were the first to board - this includes top-tier elite passengers who are traveling in Economy Class (much like how PPS Club Solitaire passengers are invited to board before Business Class passengers even if they are traveling in cattle class).
Singapore Airlines will be replacing the existing Canberra-Wellington service with Melbourne-Wellington from 03 May 2018. The four-times weekly flights between Singapore and Wellington via Melbourne will be operated under flight number SQ247 and SQ248. In addition to that, daily flights between Singapore and Canberra via Sydney are also planned from 01 May 2018.
In partnership with the Tourism & Events Queensland, Air New Zealand has launched a website where a specially-designed software will monitor a range of visual cues that range from eye, mouth and other facial movements and expressions to create a personalised recommendation to Queensland, Australia.
As I was traveling on Singapore Airlines' Business Class cabin from Denpasar to Singapore, I was given access to the Premier Lounge at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). If you are traveling in coach or if you do not have lounge access, there are restaurants that you can choose from at the airport but the prices are actually quite high. There are three main airport lounges here at the airport - TG Lounge, Premier Lounge and the Garuda Indonesia Lounge (which is supposedly the best one here).
Bali is one of my favourite places to visit (especially for a short weekend trip) as the flights out of Singapore are typically quite affordable. More importantly, there are so many hotels to choose from (even though I always return to the same few properties in the end) and some of the most memorable ones include the legendary St. Regis Bali Resort as well as the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Since my flight from Bali to Singapore was in Business Class, I went straight to the Business Class check-in counters and quickly found myself at the Premier Lounge of the airport not long after.