Top tips for Singapore transit.

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slim

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Top tips for Singapore transit. Evening folks: I'm planning on taking my mom SYD-HKT-SIN-SYD. I was originally planning on taking JQi to HKT direct, and then through to SIN on 3K with QF home. This gets somewhat complicated though as the JQ sectors have to be booked as a multi-city, with QF ticketed from Singapore on a separate itinerary.

At the the time of outbound travel I'll be QF Platinum & Velocity Gold, and QF Gold & Velocity Gold on return. Upon checking flight prices, I've found a $400+ better deal all the way on SQ, but it involves a 1h10m transit in SQ between SQ232 & MI758.

Incidentally, it would be of greater benefit to my FF status to fly SQ all the way, for a recent change in employment has resulted in my FF loyalty inevitably shifting towards VA in the long term.

As such, my questions to you fine folks (although a bit long winded (apologies)) are:

-is a 1h10m transit time sufficient in singapore to make a connection between SQ & MI (presumably inter-terminal at SIN T3 to T2), providing on-time arrival of SQ232

-can anyone speak to experience of missed connections with SQ? The website seems to think 1h10m is sufficient to connect to HKT with 1h10m, but I'm a bit weary nonetheless, as if it were just me I'd give it a go, but considering I'd not be travelling alone, having a more relaxed journey (and not to mention, the bonus of the F lounge leaving Sydney), is something to consider.

-OR: all-in: would it be better to catch the 9:05am SQ 212 service out of Sydney connecting to MI756 at 1625 with a more reasonable 2h10m layover.

I think its safe to say at this time my preference lies in flying on the 380-serviced SQ232 (providing the aircraft remains that type, which of course is not guaranteed).

Looking forward to hearing from you!

watson374

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To answer your questions directly:

  1. Yes. Minimum connection time at SIN is between SQ and MI is 45 minutes. 1h10m is tight but definitely doable at a brisk walk and with the Skytrain.
  2. I haven't had a missed connection on SQ myself, but in the event of it they should at the very least rebook you on the first flight the next morning and let you overnight in the lounge. Since you have status, you should be looked after given it is on the same ticket. I would be very shocked if you were just dumped a la Jetstar.
  3. SQ 212 may be a better idea if you feel iffy about it, but I would think that the SQ 232 connection is safe enough.

Only in Singapore is a 1h10m layover even considered viable.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Agreed with watson374. Changi oozes efficiency. 1h 10mins is fine. You'll probably get in SIN earlier than scheduled anyway.

As long as you're ticket by SQ or MI on a single ticket, the SQ group will take care of you if you've missed your connection.

I would fly the A380 too (assuming you're in a Suite). It's much of a muchness in Economy now that SQ has stopped offering upper deck Economy seats (I stand to be corrected).

You mentioned F lounge in SYD. Assume you're flying on the A380 Suites (since you're only VA Gold)?

slim

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@watson: thanks for the succinct responses!  I appreciate the breakdown.
@TRB:  thanks as well for the comments.  Planned travel is actually in economy, so I agree, aside from aircraft preference, it seems much of a muchness.  F lounge would only be if we were travelling JQi ex-SYD on the Dreamliner direct.

Think I may prefer to take the more conservative timing with longer layover.  Happier & less stress for the mom department I suspect :)

Cheers! 

moa999

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On this front, how much time would people recommend for a HKT-SIN (paid most likely on Jetstar/Tiger) to SIN-ADL (SQ award).

There is a 4-hr connection on Jetstar (that according to flightstats is generally on time with max 2hrs late) or a bit longer on Tiger.  An even tighter connection on SilkAir but stupid money wanted.

I realise that whatever flight I take I am taking some risk of misconnect.

watson374

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I think the four-hour connection is doable.

TheRealBabushka

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4 hour should be more than enough time. Since SIN/ADL is an award ticket I reckon if there are any dramas in HKT you can call SQ and change it to a later flight. Award tickets are usually more flexible.

And if they say no, I would rock up to the counter at SIN and talk to the supervisor. It helps too if you cancheck expert flyer and see what the loads are on the SIN/ADL flights.

I have had SQ release a revenue inventory for an award after much discussion. Be firm yet polite. And talk to an SQ agent, preferably a Singaporean and not one of thoes imports. Singaporeans deal with non-standard cases better.

Serg

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If you can make even more layover and go to swiming pool that located at 3-rd floor.

slim

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@TRB:
I was about to book the 777 back on the 12:45 flight, but decided on the 380 around 8pm.  And good thing (in econ): it seems that SG offers two variants of the A380, and I managed to score H&K Y seats on the upper deck.  Who knew, two-abreast in economy that isn't at the back of an old 747!

Lets hope they keep this configuraton for a while longer yet!

Thanks again for your feedback. 

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