OneWorld F Around the World / The Singapore Four : Conclusion (April 2015)
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lcy plane
REVIEW – British Airways Cityflyer : Economy Class – London City to Zurich (E170)
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OneWorld F Around the World / The Singapore Four : Conclusion (April 2015)
October 14, 2016
lcy plane
REVIEW – British Airways Cityflyer : Economy Class – London City to Zurich (E170)
October 14, 2016

A Tale of Two Islands – SQ Suites, TG F/J – Conrad Koh Samui and Wreck Diving

Planning

After very kindly offering to test out SQ Suites on a short hop between SIN and PVG, I was able to verify to my girlfriend Kamara that the product passed muster.

Upon my return I immediately began to pore over the SQ award chart, noting the sweet spots in the chart as well as picking out the availability trends online. Flying SQ Suites long-haul was going to be the focal point of our next trip, the only question was how and when. I’d gotten a taste and now I wanted more, way more.

SQ already has some pretty hefty fuel surcharges and we all know that departing ex-LHR can add quite substantially to the cost of any flight. Moreover, the award availability in Suites tends to be fairly poor, with two seats on a single flight being a distinct rarity. As such, I started to look elsewhere for a European departure point…

We live very close to LCY and have started to use it as a feeder mechanism for our long haul flights (a flight to ZRH or FRA for two is significantly cheaper than a taxi to LHR plus two lots of UK long haul Air Passenger Duty). We can get from our front door to either ZRH or FRA in a little over two hours. Heathrow during a Friday evening rush hour? More or less the same.

Not only that; availability tends to be significantly better out of Europe than ex-LHR.

So:

  • Cheaper
  • More convenient
  • Greater flexibility

We had a particular set of dates in mind and ZRH had two seats available less than two months out, on a Saturday! These were super easy to book via the SQ website.

We had a couple of Hilton Free Credit card nights saved up and had been longing to try out the Conrad in Koh Samui. The base level room is a free standing villa on stilts with an ocean view and a private infinity pool – cash rates tend to be around the $580 mark.

I lived in Thailand for a few months and have returned multiple times since. It was the starting point for my first ever F flight as well as the origin for my first ever flight on the Whalejet. As such I have a fond place in my heart reserved for the Land of Smiles.

Nonetheless, I really wanted to try something new.

It turned out that we could connect onward to MNL from SIN in First Class with a very comfortable connection time, at no extra mileage cost. This is the longest free First Class connection route ex-Europe on Singapore Air.

So, it was decided – we would start the trip with four nights in the Philippines.

Using Avianca miles I was able to find availability on Thai Business from MNL-BKK and then home on Thai First on the refurbished 744, from BKK back home to LHR.

Island hopping in Palawan, Phillipines
Singapore Suites Class Lunch
Our private pool at the Conrad Koh Samui
Busuanga Bay Lodge - Palawan, Phillipines
Beverly Hills Hotel
Island hopping in Koh Samui
Krug and Tea in Bed - Singapore Suites
Dinner at Jahn - Conrad Koh Samui
Private Wine Cellar Dinner - Conrad Koh Samui
The Caviar Trolley - Thai Airways First Class