Award Space Alert: Singapore Airlines Business Class availability from Singapore to Istanbul


Singapore Airlines has released multiple Business Class Saver award seats for flights from Singapore to Istanbul, a hot Krisflyer sweet spot.

Why is Istanbul a Krisflyer sweet spot?

Istanbul, Turkey is categorized in Zone 10 of Krisflyer’s award chart, together with the Middle Eastern and African destinations.

What makes Istanbul a fantastic redemption of Krisflyer miles is the low amount of miles required (~45% less) vs European destinations.

DestinationKrisflyer Miles
(Business Class)
Zone 10:
56.5k11.5 hours
Zone 11:
103.5k13 to 14 hours
11.5 hrs flight to Istanbul vs 13 hrs flight to Milan

As Istanbul is situated at the “front door” of Europe, Krisflyer members can save on ~45% of miles by first flying in Business Class to Istanbul, before booking a separate ticket for the short hop to a preferred European destination.

Related: Sweet Spots: Best ways to redeem Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles in 2023

As shown below, flights from Istanbul to European cities can be really cheap. However, take note of the baggage limitations imposed by the airline that you are travelling on.

Of course, this makes a lot more sense if you are able to allow some time to visit Istanbul itself.

General one-way Economy Class flight prices from Istanbul to European cities
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Award availability

At the moment, I am seeing fantastic Business Class award availability for flights from Singapore to Istanbul, as soon as this week and as far ahead as the next Christmas.

The best part? I could easily find up to 6 Saver seats available per search. There are possibly more seats available.

Unfortunately, I still do not see much availability for the return journey from Istanbul to Singapore. Try looking at Qatar Airways (Privilege Club), Finnair (Asia Miles) or Cathay Pacific (Asia Miles) if you are flying back from Europe.

Award availability as soon as next week
6 Saver Business Class seats available on Christmas weekend

Singapore Airlines Business Class seat

At the moment, Singapore Airlines has scheduled its Airbus A350-900 aircrafts to service this route and they are equipped with the 2013 Business Class seats.

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class (bulkhead) seat
Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class seat (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Bottom line

It’s been a while, but we are finally seeing good Business Class availability between Singapore and Istanbul. If you are looking to travel to Istanbul or Europe during a holiday period, make your booking soon, before they are gone!

H/T: Sq966 from Suitesmile Chat

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