While checking out some of my upcoming flights on Singapore Airlines, I noticed that the way flights are displayed when you Manage Booking as well as select your seats are different. Even though the changes are not drastic, it is interesting to see how Singapore Airlines now make it easier for you to know exactly which type of aircraft will you be traveling on.
Selecting a flight without checking the aircraft type can be a costly mistake - especially in Business Class and First Class - since it typically depicts what kind of seats you are going to get. For example, Singapore to Shanghai is served by both the A380 as well as the 777-300ER and the latter aircraft that is used in this route has been retrofitted with a newer Business Class product.
The seat selection page also looks different now and while it takes some getting used to, the 'blue' seats are now depicting the ones that are available and the greyed out ones are simply unavailable. If you have a particular seat in mind and you wish to be notified the moment it becomes available, using Seat Alerts on ExpertFlyer is an excellent way to do so.
Now that we have gotten over the fact that UOB and Singapore Airlines have launched a brand new co-branded credit card (which you should definitely apply if you do not mind getting your bonus miles next year), Singapore Airlines has just unveiled a brand new website which enables passengers to look for the cheapest fares easily if their travel dates are flexible.
Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have just announced an expanded codeshare agreement between the two carriers - flights on SQ and GA will be codesharing between Singapore and the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. With this new agreement, there will be nine flights per day on the aforementioned route and this offers travellers more flexibility and options when it comes to flight timings.
With the ability to convert DBS Points into Qantas Points as well as the opportunity to earn more Qantas Points via Mileslife, travellers now have more reason to take advantage of the double points promotion. Upon registration of this special offer, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn double Qantas Points on all eligible Qantas operated flights (with a QF flight number) worldwide - booking must be done between the time of registration and 11:59PM (AEST) 08 April 2019.
Singapore Airlines offered Business Class, First Class and Suites passengers the option to get confirmed meal choices (that are not part of Book the Cook) up to 24 hours prior to the flight's scheduled time of departure. Today, the flag carrier airline of Singapore has announced at the World Gourmet Forum that it will be the first airline to enable Premium Economy Class passengers to pre-order main courses from its in-flight menu from anywhere in the airline's global network from 01 May 2019.
Singapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala (which forms part of the COMO Group) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers. This partnership will see the award-winning wellness cuisine to be introduced on selected Singapore Airlines flights in the second half of this year.
The first ever YOTELAIR property in Asia will finally open in Singapore in the brand new Jewel Changi Airport on 12 April 2019. The YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport will be accessible from all four terminals of Singapore Changi Airport and it will feature 130 smartly-designed cabins that are bookable by the hour (minimum stay of four hours) which makes it perfect for travellers who wish to freshen up (or catch up on some sleep) while transiting in Singapore.
After departing from the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72, I arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport ahead of time and had access to the Vietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge as a Business Class passenger of Singapore Airlines. Unfortunately, that lounge was not exactly ideal to spend time in since the food options were unattractive and the drinks could seriously do with some finesse (or ice for a start). As such, I made my way to the Song Hong Business Lounge next door (access via Priority Pass membership - there are various credit cards in Singapore that will give you free airport lounge access) and was pleasantly impressed by the space here.
Singapore Airlines is celebrating the official launch of KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for travels in March 2019 with a shocking 50% redemption discount off Economy Saver award rates and Business Class redemption at Economy Saver rates on selected routes. This offer is valid for redemption flights to selected destinations across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network, for travel from 1 to 31 March 2019 inclusive. Online redemption has to be done before the end of 28 February 2019. For non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles between 01 March 2019 and 30 April 2019, Premium Economy Class seats can be redeemed at Economy Class Saver rates.
Last year, Qantas announced that it will be opening a second lounge in Singapore Changi Airport for First Class passengers - the brand new lounge (set to open at the end of 2019) will feature a luxurious setting for 240 customers and it will come complete with shower facilities, a la carte dining options with an open kitchen, a cocktail bar as well as plenty of device charging stations. Today, Qantas has finally unveiled the visual concept of the upcoming First Class Lounge and it has been designed by David Caon in collaboration with Akin Atelier.
Japan Airlines (JAL) has just announced that they will be changing the reservation start date for international flights from 330 days to 360 days prior to departure).