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User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4270 times:

Can i get some ideas of how one would go about getting to Singapore from the states? Money is an issue. Anything would be helpful!

Thanks
Paul

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User currently offlineTrey From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 250 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4253 times:

I recently flew through LAX and Tokoyo to SIN on Singapore Air.
Someitmes Malaysian has cheap deals if you don't mind going through KL.


User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4247 times:

If money is an issue, you may want to try NW or UA (assuming that inflight service is not an issue for you). Both fly from the US to SIN via NRT and HKG respectively. They are definitely cheaper than most carriers operating that route. However, you may want to check with your local travel agent. SQ sometimes has some darn good deals out of the US as well.



There's always a better way to fly...
User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

Thanks for those ideas! I will look into those possiblities!

Paul


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4210 times:

Saab340: If you could supply me with dates, I believe I can be of more help  Smile


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4209 times:

Can I get back to you on that Singapore_Air? Thanks for your interest!

Paul


User currently offlineEx_SQer From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1435 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

Do a search on the web - China Airlines almost always comes out as the cheapest. Also, where in the US are you?

User currently offlineJesseycy From New Zealand, joined Aug 2001, 343 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

A note of warning, if you are planning to take China Airlines! Remember to buy travel insurance! It's just my opinion, but you wouldn't get me to take a China Airlines flight even if it is free!

SQ's good for service, although they are a bit on the expensive side. Same for CX as well. If you want good transportation, why don't you try Malaysia? They have some cheap deals, and they're pretty good as well....


User currently offlineSpeedbird092 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4147 times:

A note of warning, if you are planning to take China Airlines! Remember to buy travel insurance!

.... and a parachute! Big grin


User currently offlineBusinessflyer From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

Generally NW has the cheapest airfares out of the US to Singapore, or so they are always advertising in the Straits Times, but the service is not exactly good! It also depends on which way you are flying. If you are coming from the East, you should look at Alitalia and KLM. From the West, NW and even airlines such as JAL can be quite cheap.

User currently offlineAndrew From Singapore, joined Dec 1999, 369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

If you're going to be travelling that great a distance, I think signing up with a FFP will be a good idea, if you aren't already a member in one.

The alliance that you ultimately decide on will, most importantly, depend on the location of your home base. It makes sense to join an alliance with a carrier that's prominent at your home base, or a carrier that you fly most often with.

A round-trip between the US and Singapore will most certainly qualify you for a a pretty decent award redemption on any alliance.

Good luck with your selection, and have a good trip, mate!


Andrew



User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4103 times:

How about Philippine Airlines ??

User currently offlineMas777 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 2935 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

Malaysia Airlines offers some of the best fares to Southeast Asia from LAX and EWR - complete with service that is comparative to SQ, CX and other top carriers... why not give them a try?

User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 4010 times:

Thanks Everyone for the input!

Below are a few questions about the trip:

Is it a better idea to start from a major hub such as Chicago Ohare or to start from a small connection such as Des Moines?

In taking NW is it better money wise to start from DTW or MSP?

If it is possible to stay within the Star Alliance what airline(s) are cheapest that serve Singapore?

Thanks again everyone for you time input!!

Paul


User currently offlineEasyjet From Australia, joined May 2001, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

The cheapest option is to fly Northwest. Try NW19 MSP/NRT/SIN
It arrives SIN at about 12:00-1:00 AM in the morning.
Fares are cheaper when you fly less segments.

Check the fare difference online at http://www.nwa.com
In some instances, you can be better off financially starting from a small connection. It all depends on the fare basis.

The star alliance options are SQ and UA, both are quite expensive. In any case, if you do choose Star Alliance, go SQ. My personal opinion is that the IFE is fantastic.

Cheers.


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4751 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3973 times:

Money is an issue? Northwest... Join the Worldperks FFP because a round trip from US to Asia normally qualifies you for a free trip within the US. However, if in-flight service concerns you, Worldperks FFP's mile can be accrued on Malaysia Airlines as well! Just as cheap, but service 10 times better with PTVs in Y Class (EWR or LAX).

Star Alliance carriers are normally more pricy (SQ, UA).

You have not told us where are you flying out from?



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User currently offline9V-SVA From Singapore, joined Aug 2001, 1860 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3951 times:

Singapore Airlines(Star Alliance member)

Operates to in US:

SFO
LAX
LAS(2 Aug 02)
ORD
EWR
JFK

LAS and ORD are served by Boeing 777-212ER aircraft, while the rest are served by 747-400s, with the exception of the SFO run which has 1 744 and 1 A340(to be replaced with B772 soon).

9V-SVA



9V-SVA | B772ER
User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

I hope to be flying out from Des Moines Iowa if possible. But I can drive to MSP, ORD or even DTW if need be.

Paul


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3901 times:

Saab340: Got a date yet?


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineAviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3895 times:

Singapore_Air

Saab340: If you could supply me with dates, I believe I can be of more help

You would have to be one of the forums biggest morons. Why would anyone need help from some pimply teenager, when they can go to www.singaporeair.com or ring SQ's reservations office themself, and get the exactly the same fares which you will get. You ain't nothing special, and I doubt, in fact, I know without a doubt, that SQ ain't going to give you anything which other people aren't going to be able to get by ringing SQ themselves.

Stop making out like you are public_relations@singaporeair.com.sg and get back to being a teenager....i.e. jerking off over girlie mags (or whatever gets you going)  Insane

Saab340

Other options from America include China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines and Air China. Maybe give these airlines a ring and find out what their promotional fares are like.


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3880 times:

Aviatsiya.ru: My dear, I think that your logic is flawed considering the fact that you have replied to the thread. I also find it amusing that you have actually answered Saab340's question when he could go to various airlines' websites and get the information himself.

Also, you got the e-mail address wrong. Pity.

I am merely trying to help out like the others here. Unfortunately, it;s hard to help when money is the factor and dates aren't supplied.



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4751 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3876 times:

Aviatsiya.ru,

I believe Singapore_Air's intentions are good, whether is he a pimply teenager jerking off to girlie mags or not. This is a forum so its free for all. It is obvious that the person that posted this thread needed some "human opinion" about travelling out of the US, maybe its his first trip?

So lets cut S_A some slack here. We all know he sings praises of SIA if it was his last breath of life, and he is not even Singaporean. So he will continue to do so... just let him be.

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offlineAviatsiya.ru From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3861 times:

Singapore_Air....the difference between you and I (apart from me not being a *****) is that I have actually worked for worlds worst airline. The email address for HQ PR used to be public_relations@singaporeair.com.sg (this is what we used to give customers who requested it) (public_affairs is another one). I imagine that the reason they got rid of it, is that they are sick and tired of inane emails from some guy in the UK named Khoawhatever.  Insane

Ryanair....Why should we cut him any slack? He goes around on these forums, trying to make out he has some professional affiliation to SQ, when in actual fact he doesn't.

Trey...care to tell me what my care factor level over your comments should be? In fact, when you come up with what my care factor should be, here, take 40c and go tell someone who could "care" less.  Insane

Saab340...another option...depending on which coast of America you are on, could be Aeroflot via MOW/BKK.


User currently offlineEconojetter From Malaysia, joined May 2001, 430 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

Saab340,

In cities where the Asian immigrant population is significant, there are Asian-operated travel agencies that specialise in Asian travel. The prices they offer are usually very competitive. Here's one (based in NYC) I used to call and have them mail my tickets to me when I lived in upstate NY: L&Y Travel Services Co. (Multi Service Enterprises, Inc.) tel:
1-800-258-4900
I left the states 6 years ago, so it may not exist anymore or may operate under a different name etc. If you know anyone of Asian origin who travels fairly often to Asia, ask him/her to recommend a travel agency. Obviously, there are bogus ones out there, so you should be extra careful (e.g. keep receipts, faxes etc.) and ideally go to one that has been recommended to you by someone you trust. Pls note that I do not, in any way, guarantee the service of L&Y. You might just want to call up and get some quotes. After that, you can compare prices with those that your local travel agent or known online budget travel sites will offer. My guess is that you will find the best price through some travel agency and not directly from any particular airline, especially for a fairly indirect routing. You will also find that, as a budget traveler, you have fairly little say on your routing or itinerary.
Meanwhile, I doubt NW would offer very good prices from where you are just because you are close to MSP and DTW, both dominated by NW. The travel agencies I mentioned will most likely have special deals with Asian airlines, usually Korean, EVA Air (Taiwan), China Airlines (Taiwan), Asiana (S. Korean). Both Korean and China have poorer than average safety record, I believe you have been informed by now. From personal experience and hearsay, the 4 abovementioned airlines are usually among the cheapest on the transpacific market although Singapore (also Cathay, JAL or ANA, which are normally perceived as costlier options) may surprise with special low fares during off-peak seasons. Again it will ultimately depend on which agency you purchase your tickets from, while the various posts here on this forum can only give you a list of possibilities.

Good luck.



User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

I would like to make it clear that I would like to cease the immature argument at hand and that we should concentrate on getting Saab340 one way or the other. Thank you Ryanair and Trey (though please, no swearing!)


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
25 N521NA : Aviatsiya.ru, if you're going to be an asshole go somewhere else please... thank you.
26 SIA fan : Based on Econojetter idea, Asian travel agents might be able to find you better prices. Here's one: Vacation Planner, you can call them toll-free at 1
27 Aviatsiya.ru : OK...benefit of the doubt time. I want to travel from Los Angeles to Singapore one-way one adult on 7 August 2002. Can you tell me what the fare you w
28 Aviatsiya.ru : Cmon man....waiting for that fare from you.....can't you help me out?
29 SQ325 : SQ025 JFK-FRA-SIN you arrive 6:15am @ SIN!
30 Ryanair!!! : LAX-SIN... check out the SIA website. They have internet fare specials... Plus a great way to travel because chances are it would be an e-ticket. No h
31 Singapore_Air : I have no intention in aiding individuals who show no respect or maturity. As Ryanair!!! said, visit the SIA website. www.yahoo.com should direct you
32 Post contains images Aviatsiya.ru : Priceless!! Absolutely priceless!!! Where did I say that I wanted a fare for a Singapore Airlines flight? The reason you won't give me the fare, is th
33 Post contains images Hkg82 : Aviatsiya.ru: You've made a point, but it isn't going to get to him (Singapore_Air).... It's amazing the number of people he's managed to seriously pi
34 Spark : I keep a constant watch on fares to SIN from SFO and OAK on my Yahoo travel watcher. The fares are almost always under $600. Most of the time UA is th
35 Jesseycy : Singapore_Air, you are becoming quite the celebrity! Together with Hkgspotter1 Maybe we should hold some type of polls to vote for the most known memb
36 Ryanair!!! : Stop all these senseless picking on one another please... at the end of the the day, we are all trying to help one another with the help of our person
37 Mas777 : From DTW or MSP, you could fly NWA via the Pacific or via Amsterdam. Purchase a ticket with Malaysia Airlines (KLM and supposedly NWA's partner) and y
38 SixStarAnsett : Aviatsiya.ru, I love the sense in your post: ...is that I have actually worked... So you don't work with an airline any more? There's a shocker... You
39 Post contains images Nicolasrolland : If you feel like coming thru Vancouver SQ operate lovely flights on 772ER Come and visit Vancouver Airport you'll enjoy it Im sure It's flight SQ17 AN
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