Booking SQ First Class Seats Worth Over $10,000 SGD!

Happy 2018 everyone! More than a year ago, we embarked on this journey to accumulate miles for a pair of SQ first class from Singapore to Narita (Tokyo). If you have read our post on the fastest way to accumulate miles for a pair of SQ first class tickets to Japan, you’ll learn how we managed to do it by utilising the best travel credit cards in Singapore.

New found friends on SQ First Class Flight from SIN to NRT
New found friends on SQ First Class Flight from SIN to NRT

How to Book SQ First Class Tickets on Singapore Airlines Website

Booking SQ First Class Tickets Worth $10,748 SGD
Booking SQ First Class Tickets Worth $10,748 SGD

1. You MUST have sufficient Krisflyer Miles

In order to make a booking using miles redemption on the Singapore Airlines website, you must have sufficient Krisflyer miles for the tickets that you are booking. For this pair of one way SQ first class tickets from Singapore to Tokyo, the tickets costs 60,000 miles each or 120,000 miles for a pair of tickets. As it was booked a year in advance, we were also able to snag the 15% discount when booking online on the SQ website. The 15% online booking discount has since been discontinued by Singapore Airlines 🙁

SQ First Class Award Chart
SQ First Class Award Chart

The termination of the 15% discount was not all that Singapore Airlines did with the revamp in 2016. Today, the same tickets cost 65,000 miles or 130,000 miles for a pair of tickets – without the 15% discount. *even more sad*

2. Book a year in advance or be waitlisted

Due to the limited number of seats in first class (only 8 on the flight that we took), it is a common practice to book a year in advance. This is because

Firstly, once you are sure that you will be taking a particular route (in this case SIN to NRT), it will only cost $20USD if you want to make a change. This is a relatively small fee (if required) to ensure availability of flight. You can read the service fees related to SQ miles redemption here.

Secondly, even if the seats are not available, you can choose to be waitlisted for the seats. Although it requires that you have sufficient miles for the waitlisting to take place, your miles will not be deducted from your account until the tickets are issued to you – which is why some people do multiple waitlisting to ensure availability. This practice though, is not recommended by 2bearbear because it takes away the opportunity of another passenger who may only have that particular travel window.

NRT SG Waitlisted
NRT SG Waitlisted



How much we paid for our SQ First Class Tickets on Singapore Airlines Website

How much we paid for SQ First Class Tickets from SIN to NRT
How much we paid for SQ First Class Tickets from SIN to NRT

Although it seems like we only paid $131 SGD for the pair of SQ first class tickets, in reality, it was a little more. This is because, we had to pay membership fees on travel credit cards that gave better miles accrual rates. Nonetheless, all in all, we paid less than $800 SGD for the pair of SQ first class tickets which costs $10,748 SGD. We also had expenditures of approximately $20,000 SGD spent across all the credit cards (over a 2 year period). Hence, the approximate $10,000 return on $20,000 expenditure translates to a 50% reward! Of course, you will have to be on the constant lookout for expenditures that have $1: 4,6,8 or even 10 miles reward. Check out our post on the Best Travel Credit Cards in Singapore for more details!

Choosing our seats on SQ First Class Tickets from SIN to NRT

Choosing SQ First Class Seats on SQ Website
Choosing SQ First Class Seats on SQ Website

As we booked the flight close to a year in advance, there was only 1 other seat that was already taken (who must be a real travel expert or a real kiasu Singaporean ;P). Hence, we booked the two middle seats on the second row as the separation can be lifted allowing travellers to be “seated” next to each other. Of course in reality, due to the ginormous size of the SQ first class seats (approximately 4 to 5 times the size of an economy class seat), you are still seated a slight distance away. Nonetheless, if you lean in, you can still be able to speak to each other 😉



Book the Cook for meals on SQ First Class Seats

One of the highlights of travelling on the SQ first class seats is the fact that you’ll be able to do fine dining while flying up in the air. Now, that’s what we call travelling in style! We’re talking about Dom Perignon / Krug champagne coupled with Boston Lobster Thermidor (SQ Signature Lobster Dish), Wagyu Sirloin or even confit of duck leg for those in the mood for a French flair.

To do so, click on “Select/Change” for the meals,

Select Meals on SQ First Class Seats
Select Meals on SQ First Class Seats

As it was a midnight flight, a supper was provided, click on “Select Meal”

Select Meals for Supper on SQ First Class Flight
Select Meals for Supper on SQ First Class Flight

For the category, choose “Book the Cook” and you’ll be able to select your desired choice of food for the flight

SQ First Class Boston Lobster Thermidor
SQ First Class Boston Lobster Thermidor
SQ First Class Wagyu Sirloin
SQ First Class Wagyu Sirloin
SQ First Class Classic Lobster Thermidor
SQ First Class Classic Lobster Thermidor

For our flight, we had the Boston Lobster Thermidor, complete with a table setting (salt, pepper and champagne)…

SQ First Class Boston Lobster Thermidor 2bearbear
SQ First Class Boston Lobster Thermidor 2bearbear

Many people have asked what is the difference between “Classic Lobster Thermidor” and “Boston Lobster Thermidor”? Apparently, the Boston Lobster Thermidor is the full lobster version of the classic.

The big question though…was it as good as they say?

Every bit of it…

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We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of booking our SQ first class tickets from Singapore to Narita (Tokyo). In our next post tomorrow, we’ll show you the complete coverage of traveling on SQ first class as well as the much coveted SilverKris Lounge – The Private Room experience!

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