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Travel from Houston (IAH) to Moscow (DME) nonstop for $399 roundtrip on Singapore Airlines. Book by Monday August 10 and start travel by December 1. This is an advertised sale.

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  1. When are the $399 fares?
  2. Visas?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket
  5. Singapore Baggage Policy

$399 Roundtrip from Houston to Moscow

This is part of Singapore’s Houston to Moscow to Singapore service on a 777-300ER. First and Business Class awards on the route are a great value.

Here are all the fare rules. Note that the route only flies five days a week, so there are no real restrictions except that you must start travel between 9/1 and 12/1 and stay less than one month.

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To book, start on the fare’s promo page on


Americans traveling to Russia need a visa obtained in advance. Check out the State Department for more information.

Mileage Earning

These are K class fares from Singapore. If you want to credit miles to a partner, K fares earn zero miles with United and LifeMiles. With Singapore, they earn 10% of flown miles. That means you’ll earn about 1,187 Singapore miles from flying the trip.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

You should definitely purchase your Singapore ticket with a credit card that imposes no foreign transaction fees. Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will apply to this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement for a net price of $149 for a roundtrip to Russia!

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 40,000 point sign up bonus, access to Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

Singapore Baggage Policy

You can take one carry on and one personal item for free. You can have two checked bags of up to 23 kg (50 pounds) each for free. (Full policy.)

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Hat Tip Secretly Flying