Every March, Dad likes to take a “big trip” for his birthday week. Back in July, Singapore first class and business class awards were made bookable on United.com, so we used that as an opportunity to experience Singapore Airlines’ premium first and business cabins for the first time – a perfect way to head to Australia in style!
Rather than choose to fly straight through to Sydney, I structured the trip into “segments”, allowing for full day layovers in San Francisco and Singapore to break up the flying time a bit.
New York – Sydney
Using 80,000 United miles per person, and paying $38.60 each in taxes, here’s what our outbound flights look like:
- United First: Newark to San Francisco, including a nice 14 hour layover to explore San Francisco for lunch and dinner before heading over to the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Lounge at SFO prior to boarding SQ1.
- Singapore First: We are then flying on SQ1 from SFO-HKG (ground layover)-SIN in one of the A380 first class suites. I’m extremely excited about this segment because I’ve always dreamed of flying in Singapore Airlines’ A380 first class suite, but never thought it would be possible because it’s generally not available to book as an award. When we originally booked this ticket in July, we were assigned a first class seat on Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777 (with any older, but still exceptional, first class product); however, we totally lucked out when SQ announced that they swapped the 777 for the A380 on our route. Once we land in Singapore, just like our San Francisco layover, we’ll have a full day to explore Singapore.
- Singapore Business: For our last segment, we will be flying A380 business class on over to Sydney. Once we land in Sydney, we will spend a total of 4 nights there – two at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney and two at the Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney. Both of those properties can be booked for 50,000 Club Carlson points per night, but since Dad is a Club Carlson Visa holder, we were able to get all four nights for just 100,000 Club Carlson points.