Wow, six months really flew by! On July 9th I was lucky enough to book Singapore First itineraries, taking advantage of award availability normally made exclusively available to Singapore Airline’s own KrisFlyer frequent flyer members. The glitch was most likely due to a system upgrade, though we still don’t have a definitive answer as to exactly what happened, though United and Singapore have honored all tickets. I booked two flights during the glitch, one to Bali and one to Melbourne. The Bali flight is this Thursday!
I plan to spend a few days in Bali and then head on over to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is one of the only countries I haven’t visited in Asia and will be my 67th country overall. I’m hoping to find a fun last minute First routing from KUL back to NYC . Points and miles at my disposal include AA miles, AMEX MR points, BA avios, Chase UR points, SPG points, UA miles, and US miles. I have tons of Delta miles at my disposal, though I’m aiming for an international first class seat (you cannot redeem SkyMiles for First Class on a 3-class cabin). I’ve been monitoring two routings on Lufthansa A380 and 747 flights as well as a Thai Airways routing, but I’m open to any exciting suggestions. I am more than comfortable waiting until the last minute in order to score an amazing ride! My backups will be Cathay, JAL, and ANA, though I’ve experienced each of their latest First offerings.
In terms of hotels in Bali, I have a few nights confirmed with a few more to be decided. Properties I’m considering are the St. Regis, W, Sheraton, Conrad, and Grand Hyatt. I already have two nights confirmed at the W and one at the St. Regis. Both hotels have absolutely ridiculous pay and redemption rates, yet after tracking the hotels daily, I was finally able to find non-refundable rates that dropped the prices by 55-60% off the regularly best available rates at each property. For my remaining nights I’m thinking of trying out the very recently opened Sheraton. It’s reasonable priced at under $150 for my dates or 10,000 points per night, plus everything is brand spanking new. I’d also take advantage of my SPG Platinum suite upgrades. The Conrad and Hyatt certainly look very nice and are reasonably priced, but there have already been several trip reports published on both of these properties (Admittedly, I am very tempted to use my free HHonors Diamond status one last time before I’m downgraded). A nice and comfortable resort is important, though I don’t intend to spend full days on the properties as I love to get out and explore!
As far as hotels in KUL, I’m considering the Hilton (which actually looks nicer than most of the hotels but will require a quick train ride to most attractions), Sheraton, Westin, JW Marriott, and Grand Hyatt. Any recommendations?
Now, my other Singapore First flight to Melbourne was booked with the hope that the 777-300ER on the SIN-MEL leg would be swapped out for the A380 (something that happened last year), putting me in a Singapore Suite Class for over 8 hours! Now I just need to work on return flights… For those of you who booked Singapore First tickets during the glitch, A380 swaps were also announced on the SFO-HKG-SIN and SFO-SIN-NRT routes effective December 28, 2012. However, the additions came at the expense of one of the JFK-FRA-SIN routes which went back to a B777-300ER. In any case, I’m very much looking forward to my suite class ride in February!
Check out this link for full video and pictures of Suite Class. Each individual cabin features sliding doors and window blinds, offering you the freedom to decide on the level of privacy you prefer. While the leather and wood finishes, created in soothing natural hues, enhance the sense of serenity. For the first time ever in air travel, experience the pleasure of sleeping on a distinctively designed, standalone bed; not one converted from a seat. Our signature turndown service, with fine linen and plush, full-sized pillows, ensures a restful slumber. The bed is separate for your seat and whether in our largest seat or on our most comfortable bed, you have countless ways to enjoy this unique, personal space.