Review: Singapore Airlines SQ 392 Premium Economy Singapore to Istanbul

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Seat version: Premium Economy
Frequent Flyer Program: Singapore Airlines Krisflyer
Cost: 25,900 miles + $49.90

I booked this seat through January’s Spontaneous Escapes deal, totally unaware of the amazing deal that was coming the following month. Don’t get me wrong, flying 11 hours in Premium Economy for 25,900 miles and $49.90 in taxes and fees is still a great deal. I was really looking forward to this one as it was my maiden trip in Singapore Airlines Premium Economy.

The seat

This is the most important factor for me whenever I pay more for anything other than Economy. The seat recline and width didn’t feel like much of a difference when compared to Economy. What made the difference for me was the legroom, calf and foot rests. It is no lay-flat but I slept better than expected for a good 6 hours! And I woke up without a butt/neck sore, thanks to the good sleeping position. The extra bit of arm rest between seats helped a little too.

I loved the bottle holders in between the forward seats and the USB port right beside me, above the arm rest.

Only 3 rows of Premium Economy seats on Singapore Airlines A350-900
Only 3 rows of Premium Economy seats on Singapore Airlines A350-900
View from the seat
View from the seat
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USB ports and headphones jacks above the arm rests
USB ports and headphones jacks above the arm rests
Headphones
Headphones
Amenity kit containing socks, comb, ear plugs and sleeping eye mask
Amenity kit containing socks, comb, ear plugs and sleeping eye mask
Sleeping eye mask
Sleeping eye mask
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Book the Cook

Flying Premium Economy from Singapore gives you access to a list of Book the Cook meals to choose from before your flight. I chose Rosemary Beef Brisket for supper and Spiced Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast. Besides the ability to select my preferred meal beforehand, my Book the Cook meals arrived about 5-10 minutes before everyone else.

The beef brisket tasted good and I liked the pancakes too, although I wished the extremely sweet yogurt came in separate container.

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Rosemary Beef Brisket
Rosemary Beef Brisket
Spiced Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes
Spiced Buckwheat Pumpkin Pancakes
Drinks selection
Drinks selection
Supper selection
Supper selection
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Breakfast selection
Breakfast selection
Beautiful wing tip on Airbus A350
Beautiful wing tip on Airbus A350

Service

Service felt Economy-like. But hey, I wasn’t expecting anything more than that.

Conclusion

25,900 miles + $49.80 on Singapore Airlines Premium Economy is part of my small list of Krisflyer sweet spots. The small add-ons like calf and foot rests made all the difference and I would not hesitate to pay the additional 8,400 miles (worth $142.80) over Economy Class in future. Having said that, if Business Class to Istanbul appears in Spontaneous Escapes, it will be for 34,300 miles. For what you are getting, that is a steal and you should be picking it over Economy or Premium Economy because of the small difference in miles required.

If you are still wondering “what is so good about Istanbul?”, I see it as the front door of Europe. Even if I have no intentions to visit Istanbul, I will be able to connect to any major cities in Europe for under $100. Also, Singapore Airlines Krisflyer charges you 92,000 miles each-way for Business Class flights to European cities. That is a whopping 88% more than the 49,000 miles required to Istanbul without the help of Spontaneous Escapes.

Ratings (vs other Premium Economy seats)

Seat: 8/10
Dining: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Privacy: 6/10
Cleanliness: 9/10

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