Flight Review: Singapore Airlines New Business Class Sydney to Singapore (SQ212)

Flight Review: Singapore Airlines new Business Class Sydney to Singapore (SQ212)

  • Take a 360 VR view of Singapore Airlines newest Business Class seats.
  • 8-hour long haul day-time flight on Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER.  
  • Find out how to book seats on points for families flying with kids. 

    The whole experience with Singapore Airlines makes flying long-haul a real pleasure instead of an ordeal - especially when flying with kids. From the airport lounge to priority boarding,  massive sprawling leather seats that fully recline into lie-flat beds to super attentive cabin crew, this is the ticket.

    If you don't fly much or have only ever flown long haul in Economy then you'll be in for a real treat. 

    My wife, who has not flown farther than Fiji or Bali in the past three years, put it best, “This is such a huge step up from Economy. I can see why you go to such lengths to find Business Class seats on points!”

    4.88 out of 5
    • Amenities & IFE
    • Cabin & seat
    • Food & drink
    • Service
    This is such a huge step up from economy
    This is such a huge step up from Economy

    How to book Singapore Airlines Business Class on points

    In short, earn a bunch of KrisFlyer miles and redeem them for points seats.

    Usually, when I travel I book my seats with a few weeks notice, sometimes only a few days out. 

    Travelling with family is different because we needed certainty for three seats so on this trip I booked six months ahead of travel and spent 62,000 KrisFlyer Miles plus $92 taxes for each seat on this Sydney to Singapore leg of our journey to Europe. 

    Compare that to $2,500 for each ticket if I’d bought the same flights using cold hard cash, instead of KrisFlyer miles.

    In all, we booked three amazing Business Class seats on points!

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    SQ212 uses a B777 300ER
    SQ212 uses a Boeing 777 300ER to fly Sydney to Singapore
    The airbridge onto Singapore Airline's B777 300ER
    The airbridge onto Singapore Airline's B777 300ER
    The runway overpass over the highway Sydney
    Look at all that traffic doing the morning congo line into the city
    Singapore Airlines taking over over Sydney Airport Domestic T3
    See ya later Sydney Airport. You can see the Qantas Dash 8 planes parked up below.
    Bye Bye Sydney
    Bye Bye Sydney

    Booking seats for kids and infants

    In short, booking points seats for families with kids can be done. It's not too difficult. And it's so worth it.

    You can book adults and kids over two years old on the Singapore Airlines website. 

    However, the website doesn't let you book infants online. You need to call up with your Reference Code to make the booking for your infant and have them added to your first booking. We booked our infant as a lap child. 

    Infants are charged at full whack on points or you have the choice of paying 10% of the going rate for the Business Class fare.

    Flying with kids in business class
    Flying with kids in Business Class

    Flying with kids and infants

    I talked with the Singapore Airlines cabin crew about this and they say that families flying in Business Class with little kids and infants is a regular occurrence.

    The cabin crew is all set up and ready for families flying with little kids and infants.

    Credit Card Compare is producing the ultimate guide to flying with kids, you'll want to get that when we publish it. 

    The all Singapore cabin crew were impeccably dressed and super friendly to our kids. 

    We were able to take our stroller to the aircraft door, we were welcomed into our seats, helped with cabin luggage, and were brought a few little surprises of toys to keep the kids entertained. Super helpful to my wife to get seated with our one and half year old baby reclining the seat into its lay-flat position to set it up as a bed.

    The beautiful cabin and new Business Class seats

    Low lights down the aisle in Singapore Airlines Business Class cabin
    Even on morning flights cabin crew dim the lights and pull down the window shades to make it easier for sleepers
    Singapore Airlines new business class cabin
    Behind the curtain in Singapore Airlines newest Business Class cabin

    Singapore Airlines new Business Class seats give passengers tonnes of storage space for bags above in overhead bins and all around your seat.

    We sat in row 15 up against the galley bulkhead because it is the bassinet space. The lovely leather surfaced bench space makes it really good for seating with kids to join you during the flight. 

    In fact, row 15 on this flight in Singapore Airlines newest Business Class seats is not far off First Class. You'll have a lot more foot space and the bench space, much more than the rest of the cabin. Snag it if there are no families flying with kids. Just compare that to the rows behind. See my pics.

    Flying the newest Business Class on Singapore Airlines, makes the Business Class cabins of most other leading airlines look a bit “ordinary”. Since I recently flew British Airways on the same route from Sydney to Singapore, I’ll compare it to BA Club World Business Class seats. 

    The fully reclined lie flat bed in the new Singapore Airlines business class
    The fully reclined lie flat bed in the new Singapore Airlines Business Class

    BA gets a bad wrap from a lot of travel bloggers and a lot of the criticism is unfair. But compared to Singapore it does feel very dated, a bit cramped, and nowhere near as comfortable by comparison. The British Airways crew are friendly and do a good job. The service is fine, a little hit and miss. The food and drink onboard BA is generally really good. 

    The food

    Real food for lunch.
    Singapore Airlines serve real food for lunch.

    The food was fresh and delicious. On this 8am flight out of Sydney breakfast and lunch were served. 

    Throughout the flight, lots of snacks offered too, such as yogurt, fresh fruit, biscuits, and ice cream too! 

    No chicken nuggets and chips on the menu though for toddlers so bring your own snacks for kids.

    Staying hydrated on SQ212
    Staying hydrated on SQ212

    Here's a good example of the excellent level of service. If you ask for a drink of apple juice and instead of getting it served to your toddler in a tall open glass, perfect for spilling, they’ll get it in a little takeaway cup with a straw and lid just like McDonald's. Perfect!

    Kids drink cup on SQ212
    Try spilling this kids drink cup!
    Arriving into Singapore
    Arriving into Singapore
    Singapore Changi Airport Jewel Waterfall
    Nestled in the centre of Singapore Changi Airport terminals is The Jewel, the world's tallest indoor waterfall

    How to get into Business Class on the cheap

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