Singapore Airlines First Class: SFO-HKG-SIN B777-300ER
I was very fortunate to find Singapore Airlines First Class availability during the time I needed to travel and I couldn’t wait to fly! Using my Chase Ultimate Reward points, I transferred 118,000 points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. The one-way ticket from SFO to Bali via SIN was 118,000 miles and ~$47 in fees/taxes. Business Class on this same route would be 88,000 miles so a 30,000 mile premium is worth it in my opinion on an airline such as Singapore Airlines.
After spending time in the United Polaris Lounge, it was time to board SQ1 (SFO-HKG-SIN). It was my 1st time flying First Class on their B777 whereas I flew in Suites Class on their A380 2 years ago. Upon boarding, I was greeted by 2 flight attendants who assisted me to my seat. I was seated in 1K. There are only 4 First Class seats in a single row on the latest 777-300ER. This creates a very exclusive cabin and the attention to detail is second to none. The flight attendant brought me a pre-flight beverage of 2004 Krug Champagne. Excellent way to kick off a trip to Bali! We pushed back from the gate on time and we were off to Hong Kong. With a 1:15AM departure, I was ready to get in the air so I could have dinner then sleep. Just after takeoff I was served warmed nuts and Johnny Walker Blue with coke.
Singapore Airlines offers “Book the Cook” which allows you to preorder meals that aren’t on the normal menu. I opted for the Lobster Thermidor for dinner and a Japanese breakfast. Dinner started with an appetizer of malossol caviar with crabmeat salad followed by a silky hen soup and finally the lobster. Wow! It was 2AM, but all of it was amazing. I topped it off with a walnut chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream. I was off to bed after I changed into the provide PJ’s and the flight attendant made my bed.
WiFi was included (100MB) at no charge in First Class, although it is limited to 1 device. I had to pay $23 for the 100MB plan on my 2nd device as the voucher didn’t mention you couldn’t switch devices. The provider, Panasonic, ended up refunding me due to the confusion. The speeds weren’t super fast, but sufficient at 0.6Mbps down. You wouldn’t want it to be too fast as they charge based on usage (MB) and not time based (unlimited MB).
I was able to get 7 hours of sleep which is excellent while flying. The seat is very wide to start with so it creates an excellent bed. My Japanese breakfast was very interesting with different types of seafood and side dishes. I always like trying new foods and enjoy seafood. The breakfast was very good and they served a yogurt with fruit in between courses. The flight attendant got me hooked on the TWG Silver Moon tea so I had a few cups of it. I ended up buying a box at TWG upon landing in Singapore. It was that tasty!
We landed on time in Hong Kong for a refuel and a 1.5 hour layover. You are required to exit the plane and go through security again prior to boarding for the onward journey to Singapore. The Singapore First Class lounge in HKG wasn’t anything special, but I was able to grab a few snacks and water.
The final leg from HKG to SIN was a short 4 hour flight which I was awake during the entire flight. We were served breakfast again and I had preordered the Japanese breakfast again. It started with some fresh fruit then the main course was a fresh fish served in a banana leaf. It was very tasty and a perfect light meal. We landed into rainy Singapore on time. I didn’t want the flight to end, but I was looking forward to staying at St. Regis Bali.
Conclusion: The service was excellent and the seat offered plenty of space to get sleep. It doesn’t get much better than this unless you are flying private. I wish I had enough miles to always fly Singapore Airlines First Class! Singapore Airlines is in my Top 5 best airlines in the world. Give them a try 🙂
Palo, your review is the only recent one that’s true to the date. A lot of the other reviewers flew before 2017 and claimed to have flown in 2018. However, they were still in the 8 seats first cabin and still went to the now demolished Singapore Airlines SFO Lounge, very disappointing and irresponsible. Love your updated review with the 4 seat First cabin and Polaris Lounge. Very informative and to the point. Thank you!