Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class – Singapore to Jakarta

Singapore Airlines
Flight: SQ 956
Singapore to Jakarta
Departs: 9:30 AM, Arrives: 10:15 AM

 

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Flight SQ 956

After a very long layover, somewhat by choice, after leaving the Singapore Airlines SliverKris Lounge, I headed towards the gate.

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A350

I specifically chose this flight as it is operated by a brand new A350 which had been in service for about 7 months. I found it somewhat strange that Singapore would choose to operate this plane on such a short flight, but I was not one to complain.

I redeemed Singapore Airlines miles for this flight, which was under 15K Singapore Kris Flyer miles, and about $75 in taxes. Tickets in business class were selling for nearly $1,000 on this short flight. Surprisingly, the business class cabin was nearly full.

Once aboard, I was welcomed and directed to my seat.

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Business Class Cabin

I was the first to board, and the business class cabin was empty. The business class cabin is set up in a 1-2-1 configuration, so every seat has direct aisle access.

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Row 11

The two middle seats do have a privacy shield between them.

I chose seat 11K, the front row seat on the right side of the plane.

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Seat 11K

The seats are a nice rich brown. There was a colorful yellow pillow also waiting at my seat.  The seats are very wide, so feeling cramped will not be a problem.

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Leg Room

There is plenty of legroom, with a “cubby” in the corner when sleeping. The cubby had a decent amount of space so your feet wouldn’t get squished while trying to sleep.

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Mirror

Above the foot cubby, there is a sliding door which contains a mirror, although it is somewhat awkwardly placed if really wanting to utilize it.

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Armrest, Storage, IFE Control

The armrests are a textured bronze color, which included the table and storage compartment. The IFE control was also located on the right side.

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Monitor

The TV screen is very large, and had a nice clear picture.

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Seat Controls

The seat controls were located on the left side, and were easy to use.

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Light Controls

To the left of your head were the light controls.

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Outlets

Up in the right corner, behind your head were USB outlets, an HDMI outlet, and electrical outlet.

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Water

For the pre-departure beverage, I chose water, and was given a bottle of mineral water.

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Warm Towel

I was also given a warm towel that was wonderfully scented.

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Singapore to Jakarta Menu

There was a menu in the seat pocket, which was double sided. One side had the menu from Singapore to Jakarta.

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Jakarta to Singapore Menu

The other side had the Jakarta to Singapore meal options.

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Bathroom Sink

The business class bathroom was not too large. It contained a formica sink.

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Amenities

Amenities included mouthwash, cologne, lotion, and face spray.

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Bathroom Flower

There was a flower on the wall to add a splash of color.

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Nasi Lemak

For the meal, I chose the Nasi Lemak. The entrée didn’t look too appealing, but it tasted better than it looked. It came with a small ramekin of salted fish, a couple pieces of melon, and a mocha type flan with fruit.

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Multi-Grain Roll

I chose a multi-grain roll.

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Bent Fork

I did have a problem with my fork as it was obviously bent. I am not sure why this wasn’t picked up by the catering company, as it would be easy to replace any damaged silverware and reflects badly on the airlines.

Service on the flight was friendly and professional, as you would expect on Singapore Airlines. All in all, I really enjoyed this flight, and just wish it would have been longer than an hour and 20 minutes.

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Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport

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SilverKris Lounge

After finally checking in for my flight, I took a quick tour of Terminal 2 before heading to the lounge. It should be noted that check-in for Singapore Airlines opens at 4:30 AM, however on the TV screen in front of their customer service desk indicated that check-in began at 5:30 AM.

I headed to the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, which was actually a mistake since I was flying business class on Singapore Airlines, I could have gone to the SiliverKris Gold Lounge, however, the signage for that lounge is rather poor.

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Signage

I actually passed the lounge on the way to the lounge but the sign was not clear. When going up the escalator the SilverKris Gold Lounge is right to the left once getting off of the elevator.

Once presenting my ticket at the front desk, I was admitted to the lounge and directed to the left.

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Business Center

There is a business center with cubicles, some of which had Mac computers.

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Seating
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Seating

To the right is the main seating area of the lounge, with several different seat arrangements.

The food offerings are located to the left.

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Countertop Seating

There is countertop seating.

There are several refrigerators full of drinks.

Alcohol was being offered at 6 AM.

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Coffee Maker/Hot Chocolate

There are two coffee makers and a hot chocolate machine.

Hot dishes included fried rice with salted fish and chicken, something that resembled fried cheese, chicken curry, fried carrot cake, congee, spaghetti, vegetable curry, sausage, omelets, steamed buns, dim sum, chwee kuay, French toast, pancakes, baked egg Florentine, and noodles.

Cold options included museli, yogurt, fresh fruit, salad fixings, cheese, bread, pastries, cereal, pre-made sandwiches, and desserts.

As I had been on the road for over 24 hours, I was able to take a shower before boarding the flight.

There are two shower rooms, and they are very small. After putting down my carry-on luggage, I was barely able to close the door.

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Shower Room Sink

There is a sink with amenities. A packaged towel is also provided.

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Shower

The shower had two showerheads with dispensed shampoo/conditioner and body wash.

Although small, the shower room was very functional.

The food offerings are pretty diverse and large. The food isn’t that bad either. The lounge did get very packed at times. I think if you had the option, the SilverKris Gold Lounge might be a better option since its likely to be less crowded. I can’t say for sure however, as I did not visit that lounge.

Economy Meals – United & ANA LA to Bangkok

There were really good deals to Asia and Europe in May, so I booked a bunch of tickets to visit some cities that I had been to before, and some that would be new. It was also a good way for me to maintain my Star Alliance Gold status with Turkish Airlines. Unfortunatley, flying on a partner airline doesn’t really mean much other than having extra baggage allowance and lounge access, which I actually think is pretty valuable at some airports

You might have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting upgraded on a partner airline, unless the flight is oversold and all nobody has status on that airline.

My flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo was operated by United Airlines

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Teriyaki Chicken

Lunch consisted of a dish much like Teriyaki Chicken. There was a salad with wheat berries, apples and cranberries, and a roll. The chicken teriyaki tasted much like you would get at Flame Broiler, but the rice was a little on the mushy side. The salad wasn’t bad, but I am not a favorite of sweet things in salad, so the apples and cranberries were a little off putting. I did not eat the roll.

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Raspberry Sorbet

After dishes were removed, which took quite a while, a little container of Raspberry Sorbet was served. It was a little sweet, and not the best sorbet in the world.

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Omelet

Breakfast consisted of an omelet with a sausage link, and potatoes. The eggs were kind of nasty, as they were made with powdered eggs. If the potatoes had been crispy, they would have been much better. Also served was a cookie much like an almond cookie that you would find at a Chinese restaurant, only without the almond. Once again, I did not eat the bread.

After a brief layover, in which I was able to visit the ANA Business Class Lounge at Narita in Terminal 1, I boarded my next flight.

The flight from Tokyo to Bangkok was operated by ANA Airlines.

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Rice Crackers

A snack of Rice Crackers was offered. I didn’t eat these so I don’t know what they tasted like.

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Curry Chicken

The meal consisted of curry chicken with rice and vegetables. Although the chicken didn’t look too appealing, the taste was actually not too bad. The salad was a little on the skimpy side as it consisted of iceberg lettuce, and a few shards of carrot with a sesame dressing. Dessert consisted of a chocolate cake with a slight lemony frosting.

The meals on both airlines are about what you would expect in economy. I would say that the food and portion size was slightly preferred on ANA.

Transferring Ultimate Rewards Points to Singapore Airlines

I recently transferred some Chase Ultimate Reward Points to Singapore Airlines, and was interested in how long the transfer would take to complete.

I had read varying things about the transfer time. Unlike United Airlines or Hyatt, points do not transfer immediately.

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Ultimate Rewards Menu

In order to transfer points, go the Ultimate Rewards site and choose the “Transfer to Travel Partners from the drop down menu.

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Transfer Request Form

You will then be prompted to enter the number of miles to be transferred. I chose to transfer 4,000 Chase Ultimate Reward points to Singapore Airlines.

After entering the number of points to be transferred, you will then be asked to confirm the transfer.

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Confirmation Email

I initiated the transfer on October 7, 2016 at 1:21 AM. I noted that the miles had been transferred into my Singapore Airlines account at approximately 6:30 PM on October 7, 2016.  You will be sent a confirmation email regarding your request.

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Confirmed on Singapore Airlines Site

It took a maximum of 17 hours for Chase Ultimate Rewards Points to transfer over to Singapore Airlines.

If you are planning to transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to Singapore Airlines for award flights, please keep in mind that points do not transfer immediately but should transfer in less than a day.