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Travel from New York to Singapore for $492 roundtrip throughout much of March and end of September through December. There is one stop in, Guangzhou, in both directions. These are all in fares on China Southern that include a free checked bag, a free carry on, and a free personal item.

Contents:

  1. When are the cheap fares?
  2. Why Singapore?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$492 Roundtrip from New York to Singapore

These fares are on ITA Matrix (here’s why you want to search airfare on ITA Matrix) for $492 roundtrip for many dates from the end of September through December of this year. There are also a few roundtrips in March if you want to travel soon. Other departures are just tens of dollars more.

This calendar shows 10 day roundtrips between New York and Singapore.

Google Flights works well too (also shows a calendar of lowest fares by different trip lengths), and is often faster than ITA Matrix.

You can find that price on China Southern’s website.

Tip for when you’re searching–don’t put a space between New and York, write it “NewYork”, or else the search engine will give you an error.

The fares are only 454 euros ($485) roundtrip on momondo.com if you want to save $24 at the expense of potentially worse customer service in case of needing a change or cancellation.

 

Why Singapore?

Singapore is a tropical island so it has pleasantly hot weather all year (70s and 80s). An island nation means tons of seafood and beaches. You can also get your fair share of iconic architecture, upbeat night life, and crazy urban green spaces like the Gardens by the Bay in the city.

The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
The Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Photo by Jaafar Alnasser

Back in 2015, CNN Travel wrote 50 Reasons Why Singapore Is the World’s Greatest City if you want more inspiration.

Mileage Earning

Here’s how the process of crediting to a partner works. ITA Matrix lists the fare class as K.

Delta lists K as earning 75% of the distance flown on its earning chart for China Southern, a SkyTeam member. JFK to CAN to SIN is 9,641 miles (you can check that on gcmap.com, so you’d earn 7,230 redeemable miles.

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and one free checked bag up to 50 pounds each included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should buy this ticket with he Barclaycard Arrival Plus. The card comes with 50,000 Arrival miles after spending $3,000 on the card in the first three months. Arrival miles can be redeemed for 1 cent each toward any travel expense. Here is How to Redeem Arrival Miles.

With the Arrival Plus, you don’t even have to wait to meet the minimum spending requirement before you spend the miles. Open an Arrival Plus, put whatever revenue tickets on the card you want now to help you meet the minimum spending requirement, and then redeem Arrival miles within 120 days to offset the charges.

Don’t have the Arrival Plus card? Put it on whatever card you have travel statement credits for, like the Sapphire Reserve or Citi Prestige. Don’t have any travel statements credits to earn? Check out the Best Credit Card to Buy Airfare.

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