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Transport : Airlines

Ever wondered what you would get if you travelled through to the other side of the curtain on your next flight? What riches awaited you and how you would be fine dined and cosseted?

Well, in this article we focus in on just one aspect of our recent flight from London Heathrow on Singapore Airlines A380 in their new First Class Suite.

The food was excellent. Magnificent fine dining in the sky! In fact, this magnificence was not unexpected as Singapore Airlines enjoys a stellar culinary reputation.

Singapore Airlines collaborates with world-acclaimed chefs who own Michelin-starred restaurants, like Singaporean culinary maestro Sam Leong, Suzanne Goin of Los Angeles’ Lucques, Carlo Cracco of the Michelin two-star restaurant of the same name in Milan, and Matthew Moran of one of Sydney’s finest restaurants.

The airline is famous for its ‘Book the Cook’ service where you can select your gourmet main course from a premium selection of dishes at least 24 hours before departure.

The food on offer during this 13 hour flight from London to Singapore was some of the best our team has experienced all their my years of travelling.

Lunch was served shortly after takeoff, and we choose the following selection from the menu:

Canapes: Singapore chicken and beef satay with onion, cucumber, and spicy peanut sauce.
Appetiser: marinated lobster with radish and saffron yoghurt, served with chickpeas, orange and frisee.
Soup: pea cream soup with mussels and squid ink.
Main course: seared Aberdeen angus beef Rossini style, served with foie gras, Anna potatoes-spinach, mesclun salad, and Marsala wine sauce.
Dessert: vanilla meringue on chestnut mousse with vanilla icea cream and mango sauce.
Another dessert: Tarte tatin or warmed classic caramelized apple turnover tart served with milk ice cream and fresh berries.
From the basket: a variety of fresh fruits.
Apres dinner treat: Charbonnel and Walker chocolates.

Mid-flight, we ordered a snack, Kway Teow noodles with chicken, black mushroom and Oriental chicken stock which tasted excellent.

Ninety minutes prior to landing, above the Gulf of Bengal, the following breakfast was served:

Freshly squeezed orange juice.
Selection of sliced fresh fruits.
Bircher muesli, rolled oat soaked in milk and natural yoghurt with fresh berries.
Natural yoghurt.
Pancake with Kaya mascarpone cheese, mixed berry and apple compote.

The food really was First Class as you can see from the extensive photos above, and served in fine dining style with white tablecloths and so forth.

Fly First For Free

Interestingly, our reporter did not pay cash for this flight. He paid 115,000 KrisFlyer miles and 200 GBP (British Pound) for the one way journey from London to Singapore. KrisFlyer is the frequent flyer program of Singapore Airlines and an award seat in SQ’s A380 First Class suites can only be booked via KrisFlyer (and not via any other Star Alliance loyalty program).

He managed to acquire 120,000 KrisFlyer miles by transferring 100,000 ‘old’ SPG points (now equivalent to about 300,000 ‘new’ SPG points) to his KrisFlyer account. SPG is the loyalty program of Starwood Hotels, now owned by the Marriott Hotel Group.

One problem remained. Singapore Airlines normally charges an insane amount of KrisFlyer miles, 210,000 in total, for a one way First Class ticket between any European destination (including London) and Singapore. They do release a limited amount of saver awards thought on certain routes (sometimes in advance, sometimes last-minute), which requires fewer KrisFlyer miles. Saver awards between London and Singapore require 115,000 KrisFlyer miles instead of 210,000 miles for regular awards.

However, availability of saver awards on SQ’s new A380 First Class cabins is virtually zero. But a miracle happened and a last-minute saver award became available on the SQ317 route, which he quickly confirmed.

If you are US based, you can also fly to Hawaii, Europe or further for free by taking out this excellent (free) credit card. Read more in our easy guide.

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Review by my friends at Luxury Travel Expert