A report from Australia Business Traveler this week indicates that Singapore Air is upgrading a number of their long-haul aircraft to offer a better in-flight experience in the business class cabin. The Boeing 777-200ER planes are currently used to service a number of destinations in Europe with an angled-flat bed. The upgrades will see the seat replaced with a model comparable to those in use on the carrier’s A380 fleet with the most significant improvement being that they are fully flat beds. The first route to consistently see the new seats is Singapore – Amsterdam; other routes will be announced as more planes are converted to the new layout.
This is great news for passengers buying seats on the flights – they get a newer, more comfortable seat as part of the ride. But for passengers looking to redeem frequent flyer points the "upgrade" might not actually be so great. The airline has been notoriously stingy when it comes to releasing seats on their newer configurations for award travel, especially for partner carriers to redeem. The 772ERs used to be a decent option for getting access to award seats. It is not yet clear if Singapore Air will be pulling that inventory back or not. But I’m betting against us.
Win some, lose some, I suppose.
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