In July of last year, a much publicized phenomenon took hold for about 72 hours – in the midst of system upgrades, Singapore Airlines made First Class award inventory typically reserved only for members of its own KrisFlyer program available to all Star Alliance partner airlines.
While Suites Class, which is the top tier product on the Singapore Airlines A380s was not available as part of this availability wave, Singapore Airlines still has one of the most highly regarded First Class products on its long haul fleet of 777-300ERs and those seats were easily available during this window.
Having taken our earlier trips to Asia during spring and summer months, we realized we should plan our next annual South East Asia trip to happen in the Winter months to get away from the inevitably gray weather in the Pacific Northwest at that time of year. Once we were within the 330 day booking window of January 2013, it was time to start planning! We had already covered Bali and Maldives on previous trips and despite having enjoyed both, Mrs. Points Honeymooner was looking for a new beach destination. Phuket seemed like an obvious choice, and with enough Delta SkyMiles for two business class tickets, I got to work. At first, it looked like our itinerary would closely mirror our honeymoon to the Maldives on Malaysia Airlines, except for avoiding the transit in Beijing. My planned routing was SEA – LAX – (NRT) – KUL – HKT – KUL – (NRT) – LAX – SEA, about 20,398 miles with about 85% on a Malaysia 777, which we had enjoyed flying on our trip to the Maldives.
V1 Itinerary of our 2013 South East Asia Trip