Singapore Airlines First Class

How can I travel First Class on Singapore Airlines with HSBC Points?

To the point Find out how to book Singapore Airlines (up to First Class) with your HSBC Rewards points!

HSBC Rewards and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

Singapore Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world. Although the majority of these flights are in the Asia-Pacific region and to Europe, several destinations are served in North America, including Vancouver.

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Singapore Airlines is part of Star Alliance, so you can already use your Aeroplan points to book flights on Singapore Airlines in Economy Class.

However, Singapore Airlines rarely opens business class availability to airline partners (except for regional flights).

However, before COVID-19, we were lucky enough to be able to book four business-class tickets between Johannesburg and Singapore with Aeroplan.

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Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class - Alexandra

But the Holy Grail with Singapore Airlines is to travel in First Class onboard one of its Airbus A380s (especially in the new Suites).

And for this, using KrisFlyer miles from the Singapore Airlines rewards program is mandatory. In Canada, KrisFlyer has only one partner: the HSBC Rewards program.

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Earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles

With the HSBC World Elite Mastercard, you can earn:

  • 6 points for every dollar in travel purchases (a 3% value of travel rewards)
  • 4 points for every dollar spent at grocery stores, gas stations and drugstores (worth 2% in travel rewards)
  • 2 points for every dollar in other purchases (worth 1% in travel rewards)

The HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® is one of the best credit cards for travel purchases, but also everyday purchases. Few cards offer 3% on travel and 2% on everyday purchases such as groceries, gas stations and pharmacies.

Following the acquisition of HSBC Bank by RBC, the HSBC World EliteMD Mastercard® has now been discontinued since October 2023. For another great card with no conversion fees, consider the Scotiabank Passport™ Visa Infinite* Card.

HSBC World Elite® Mastercard® Featured
Program Travel Grocery, Gas, Drugstore Other purchases
Asia Miles 1.92 miles/dollar 1.28 miles/dollar 0.64 miles/dollar
Krisflyer 2.16 miles / dollar 1.44 miles/dollar 0.72 miles/dollar
Executive Club 2.4 miles per dollar 1.6 miles/dollar 0.8 miles/dollar

So, if you collect HSBC Rewards points with a view to transferring them into KrisFlyer miles, it’s as if you were earning:

  • 2.16 AVIOS per dollar for your travel purchases
  • 1.44 AVIOS per dollar for purchases at grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies
  • 0.72 AVIOS per dollar for all other purchases

And once a year (usually at the end of the year), KrisFlyer offers a conversion bonus: you can earn between 10 and 15% bonus miles.

You can’t transfer points to the KrisFlyer program from another credit card in Canada.

While you can find alternative solutions with American Express and RBC for the other two programs.

It is therefore essential to be equipped with the HSBC World EliteMD MastercardMD, especially after obtaining a high welcome bonus as is the case at present :

Redeem Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles

I have been transferring my HSBC Rewards points to KrisFlyer for two years now whenever a redemption bonus comes up.

The danger: Miles expire, no matter what, after 36 months. So, have a specific goal in mind when transferring your HSBC Rewards points to KrisFlyer.

My goal? Flying First Class on the A380. First Class cabins are becoming extinct, as are A380s.

First Class flight options with Singapore Airlines

The most exciting options are the following – provided you can find availability in Saver Award, which is rare (outside COVID-19):

Flight KrisFlyer Miles (Saver)
Singapore – London 125 000
Singapore – Zurich 125 000
Frankfurt – New York 86 000
Singapore – Sydney 85 000
Singapore – Tokyo 70 000
Singapore – Shanghai 53 000
Singapore – Mumbai 53 000
Singapore – Hong Kong 40 500

This means that transferring 100,000 HSBC Rewards points to KrisFlyer during a promotion will earn you 40,300 KrisFlyer miles, enough for a one-way First Class flight from Singapore to Hong Kong.

First Class flight booking with Singapore Airlines

Recently, a unique opportunity arose: availability appeared on the flight from Frankfurt to New York. What’s more, with an Airbus A380 offering the new Suite.

This availability did not last, but I was able to book this flight thanks to the HSBC Rewards points previously transferred to KrisFlyer :

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This ticket cost 86,000 KrisFlyer Miles and 117 euros in taxes, which I paid with the HSBC World EliteMD Mastercard® for several reasons:

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And I earn 1,022 HSBC Rewards points or 6 points per dollar with this purchase:

  • 511 regular points
  • 511 bonus points (travel purchase)
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It would also be possible to use HSBC Rewards points on this travel purchase (but I prefer to transfer my points to airline partners as in this case).

Under normal circumstances, it would have taken 245,000 HSBC Rewards points to earn 88,200 KrisFlyer miles (HSBC points are redeemed in 10,000 point increments starting at 25,000 points transferred).

But as I mentioned earlier, it’s best to wait for a transfer promotion to maximize your HSBC Rewards points. So I only transferred 215,000 HSBC Rewards points to earn 89,010 miles. That’s enough to book this First Class flight experience costing 86,000 KrisFlyer miles.

To give you an idea, 215,000 HSBC Rewards points could also have been redeemed for any travel booking, such as an Airbnb bookings, worth $1,075.

So it’s like I bought this ticket from Frankfurt to New York at this price. A great deal for this type of experience and an 8:35 flight! Follow Milesopedia on Instagram to see the experience!

Here is my complete review on this flight.

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Jean-Maximilien
Jean-Maximilien is an expert in Canada and France about Loyalty programs, Credit cards and Travel. He is the Founding President of Milesopedia.

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