Only allowing 2 hrs 30 mins to connect between 2 flights at Changi Airport Singapore is cutting it fine?

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enojet

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 03 Apr 2013

Total posts 38

Only allowing 2 hrs 30 mins to connect between 2 flights at Changi Airport Singapore is cutting it fine? Flying in with Firefly (terminal 2) and flying out with Qantas (terminal 1). Most likely need to collect luggage and clear customs before transferring to the next terminal.

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

Cutting it quite fine. I strongly recommend you get more padding. You will probably have to go landside anyway, because you should be required to submit for a document check at the QF check-in even if you have OLCI.

Happy Trails

Member since 11 Apr 2012

Total posts 85

2hrs 30 is plenty if your inbound is on time, but with separate itineraries I wouldn't be comfortable without a plan 'B'.

Fairly sure you won't be able to interline your baggage.

enojet

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 03 Apr 2013

Total posts 38

Thanks. Would purchasing this ticket marketed by MH (MH code share) boost the chances of interlining my luggage? Since they are part of the Oneworld family.    

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

Make sure you have travel insurance,cause if your first flight is late you will miss your Qantas flight .

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

You would make it if you forward your luggage on befor you and only take a carry on bag,this means you would not have any bags to check in.there are a lot off companies that provide the service .

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 992

Agree with the above - two airlines, two terminals and possibly no interlining of bags? A bit too much room for something to go wrong. Might also be worth using FlightAware to check the historical on-time performance of the Firefly flight. I'd rather have an extra hour up my sleeve and spend that in the Qantas Singapore Lounge if the planets align and things do run smoothly, then be rushing like a madman between terminals and be super-stressed (and super-sweaty!) due to something going awry.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

enojet  are you doing SZB/SIN?

enojet

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 03 Apr 2013

Total posts 38

IPH/SIN which is operated twice daily, the alternative flight with earlier arrival would mean that I'll be stuck in Changi for 7hrs. Hoping to spend a bit more time in IPH if possible. 

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

Damn, IPH is a tough one. Is there any reason you're not using PEN?

enojet

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 03 Apr 2013

Total posts 38

PEN was one of the options too, but friends have planned to work their way south. Since I need to return to Aus early, IPH seems to be the best option location-wise. 

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2011

Total posts 249

Not sure why everybody is thinking 2.5 hours would not suffice. Singapore is the most efficient airport in the world, if you cannot do it there, you can't do it anywhere in the world. . You will have plenty of time to transfer, even to re-check bags , clear immigration and change terminals.

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

It's about the risk. S/he needs to arrive bang on time, clear immigration, collect baggage, change terminal and then check in again. It's not impossible at SIN, but it's pushing it.

If I was the OP I would endeavour to find some way to fly out of PEN, or take the additional layover in the Terminal 2 food centre.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Is IPH/SIN on firefly significantly cheaper than IPH/KUL/SIN or IPH/PEN/SIN on MH?

At least you have the convenience of interline check-in for your luggage.

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 May 2011

Total posts 249

MH flies IPH-SIN direct as well. When flying from PEN you can take JQ, MH, SQ and MI direct.

I think transitting in KUL on any airline would be worse than going direct on Firefly. I have a feeling that posters here think that Firefly is not reliable? Being low cost airline does not mean they are always late or cancel flights jst like that, it can happen on any airline and actually looking at on time performance stats you can see they are on par with MH, no difference.

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