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- Lufthansa 747-8i – IAD-FRA
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- Lufthansa First Class Lounge in Munich
- Thai Air First Class 747 | MUC-BKK
- Grand Hyatt Bangkok
- Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Phuket
- Thai Air Business Class Lounges in BKK
- Singapore Business, BKK-SIN
- Singapore First Class Lounge and Private Room
- Singapore Suites Class, Part 1: How and SIN-HKG
The time has come. I anxiously awaited this day for over 6 months. I was finally going to be able to fly in a suite on an airplane. My life would be complete. I kid, I kid.
In the past, Singapore Suites could never be booked by miles and points. But now, you can book Singapore Suites by transferring Membership Rewards (a lot) into Singapore Airlines Krisflyer loyalty program.
But that’s not how I booked my ticket. I actually booked a first class (not suite) ticket through an epic tech glitch on Singapore’s website last June. Then Singapore changed their plane on my final leg home to their Airbus A-380, which doesn’t have a first class, so I got upgraded to Suite class. Awesome sauce.
I used United miles earned from rewards credit cards to make this booking. Shocka. To be specific, miles and points earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Ink Bold® Business Charge Card, or Ink Plus® Business Card (which we bumped the sign-up bonus up to 55,000 miles). Singapore Airlines doesn’t release many – if any – premium seats to their Star Alliance partners, so getting this flight with Ultimate Rewards/United miles probably won’t happen again, unless there’s another tech glitch. *Crossing my fingers*
Anyway, onto the review. This is my flight SIN-HKG which was a little over 3 hours, then I had a stop in HKG. Unfortunately we had to deplane there. Since this flight was so short – I didn’t experience the bed and turn-down service, but instead will be reviewing that portion of Singapore Suites on the final post in this series, HKG-SFO.
I literally was running out of the “Private Room” on my way to board the Singapore A-380. I stopped just long enough to snap a photo of this beauty.
Then I quickly came to an abrupt stop as I was greeted midway down the terminal: “Mr. Whitmore.” (I guess I was the only person in suites class that could have the name “Whitmore.”) I smiled and bounced onboard.
The flight attendant asked “if it was my first time in Suites Class.” Another obvious question I guess. I said yes, and then she offered to take my picture. That was a nice gesture.
I tried to gather my excitement and snap a few pics of the cabin as I boarded. It was a struggle. The sheer size of the plane and cabin was a w e s o m e.
Enclosed suites on a plane?! This is just crazy. After getting a few photos, I started to get situated in my seat. Instantly, I was greeted (again) and asked if I wanted a pre flight drink. Maybe some Dom Perrigon? Indeed.
The suite was spacious and I especially loved the style. Tan leather and wood grain trim everywhere. I wish every seat I sat in was made out of tan leather. I have never flown in a more comfortable seat.
The suite was truly a private experience (except for the flight attendants peeking around the corners every minute). I couldn’t get over how comfortable and spacious the suite was.
I didn’t think the meal service was on par with the what I’ve had when flying Lufthansa in first, but it was still good. There wasn’t any caviar service, which was fine by me because I usually forced myself to eat it on the other flights I’ve taken. And let’s be honest, there was no shortage of food in the First Class or Private Room areas, so I wasn’t that hungry anyway.
I started with the Assorted Asian appetizer, which was pretty average, but edible.
For my main course, I chose the lambchops. They were a tad bit tougher than I would’ve liked, but the flavor was respectable. Come on, I’m not a food critic. I also didn’t “book the cook” prior to my flight because my reservation wouldn’t pull up on the Singapore iPhone app and Singapore Air’s website wouldn’t allow me too.
If an option, I always go with chocolate, ice cream, and strawberries for dessert. And it never disappoints.
After meal service, there was enough time to finish my movie (the entertainment selection was huge) before having to deplane. I was bummed to have to get off the A-380 and break up the service. The service from the flight attendants was over-the-top. I never waited for a refill of champagne or wine, and I was offered hot hand towels many times. Boarding, before dinner, after dinner – there’s never a bad time for a hand towel.
The service and products on this flight were world class, and I felt very fortunate to have experienced it. And I was about to get 12 more hours after a hour layover in HKG.
To be continued…
— Geoff Whitmore