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What’s Singapore Airlines First Class Check-In Experience like at SIN?
If you’re flying First Class out of Singapore you are in FOR A TREAT! You’ll arrive at a private First Class check-in within the terminal staffed with porters and guest services personnel. We barely stepped outside our car before we were greeted and treated like absolute royalty. So much for heavy is the crown 😉 The doors slide open and you’re immersed in absolute luxury. Singapore Airlines First Class Check-In experience is fantastic and I’m so glad I was able to enjoy with my folks.
A dedicated staff member then escorts you to a desk where you’ll be processed.
The whole experience is swift, luxurious, and totally VIP. Because we were flying First Class to Dubai we were given access to the Private room: A lounge inside a lounge inside a lounge – yes, this could be a Chris Nolan film. But wait…before you even get to the lounge you have an exclusive immigration processing station that is exclusively reserved for those processed through First Class check-in. I’d recommend traveling with loved ones…you need someone to pick your jaw up from the ground 😉
My goal on this trip was to treat my parents to the very best the world of commercial aviation has to offer. THIS. IS. IT. My Mom, Dad, Miles, and I were all blown away by the experience.
Once you’re out of immigration you’ll see an escalator to the Krisflyer Lounge. Show your golden tickets to be escorted to the Private Lounge. An experience that puts U in exclusive.
We were able to enjoy Singapore Suites and Singapore First Class all because we transferred miles from Flexible currencies into Singapore Krisflyer. We also took advantage of Singapore Airlines generous $100 stopover policy that allows you avoid paying for 2 separate one ways. The best part of all of it has been seeing my parents reaction to the over the top amenities.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.