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United MileagePlus members can once again use their miles to book Singapore Airlines reward flights through the United website, almost four years after these were pulled from United.com.
Since their digital disappearance back in 2013, these bookings were only possible over the phone: a process that took considerably more time than booking online, and often attracted a telephone booking fee, even though dialling up was the only option.
Fast forward to today, and Singapore Airlines flights are once again appearing alongside other Star Alliance flight options when spending United miles:
However, the amount payable on the side to cover taxes, fees and charges on these tickets appears to have increased as part of the changeover.
Telephone bookings made by Australian Business Traveller staff earlier this year on Brisbane-Singapore flights attracted payments of only A$66.10 per passenger, including in business class on flight SQ246, as above: compared to the $91.86 now being quoted for the exact same flight via the United website.
United Airlines is also increasing the number of miles needed to book many Star Alliance flights from November 1 2017, with flights from Australia’s east coast to South East Asia hiked from 30,000 miles to 50,000 miles in business class, per flight.
That includes Singapore Airlines flights from Australia’s east coast to Singapore, so if you have United miles in your account and you’ve been planning a trip, book your journey by the end of October to take advantage of the current, more favourable redemption rates.
Bookings in Singapore Airlines first class and Suites Class – and also in business class aboard the airline’s Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – remain unavailable to United MileagePlus members, as was the case when Singapore Airlines bookings were telephone-only.
United miles can continue to be used to book business class aboard Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A330, A350, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-200ER and Boeing 777-300 (non-ER) flights, however.