Singapore is one of my favorite destinations, and I’ve been mulling a trip there using my large stash of KrisFlyer miles. However, I’ve been held off by onerous testing requirements. The national flag carrier, Singapore Airlines, has even been required to offer designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights for travelers wishing to avoid some of the headache.
Those testing requirements have been weakened over time, and as of April 1 vaccinated travelers will only be required to take a single PCR test before departure with no testing on arrival. Additional travel insurance is required in case of any COVID-19 complications during your visit (see complete requirements). Singapore Airlines will also be scrapping its VTL flights, so you don’t need to worry about booking the right one.
I’m feeling pretty hopeful at this point about booking my trip. It helps that Singapore is offering a promo right now with discounted award travel from certain U.S. gateways to Singapore. You could pay just 66,500 miles in business class or even less in economy. Discounted bookings are valid for travel between April 1 and May 31. Check out James’s review of Singapore Airlines business class.
Unfortunately my own desire is to take Singapore’s fifth freedom route from Houston to Manchester, book a stopover so I can travel up to Scotland, and then continue on to Singapore. This roundabout trip is much longer than flying over the Pacific but costs roughly the same number of miles. Singapore offers a similar itinerary from New York via Frankfurt. The latter is discounted but not the Manchester route.