Enjoying Singapore Airlines Suites Class

Derek Low leaned back in his soft hand-stitched Italian leather armchair and took a sip of his Dom Pérignon. His tummy rumbled. It was almost time for his five-course dinner. He stretched and looked out the window where, 36,000 feet below, the lights of India twinkled. Derek smiled. Life was good.

Derek was in the middle of a luxurious experience most of us will never have: flying Singapore Airlines Suites Class. How luxurious? Think private suite, caviar and a double bed. No wonder the suites have been voted as the most luxurious in the world. (See the Top Ten Airlines for Business Class here)

Flying in style doesn't come cheap. A suite on flight from Singapore to New York costs around US$18,400. The young engineer didn't have that kind of cash, but he did have a bunch of frequent flyer miles. So Derek cashed in 93,500 miles and booked a one-way flight to New York.

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The Golden Ticket

Derek's adventure began at Changi Airport in Singapore where there's a special check-in lounge for First Class and Suites passengers. "It looks like a hotel lobby and there's even a bellhop who carries your luggage," Derek says.

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Gateway to the VIP Lounge

After checking in, Derek was personally escorted to Singapore Airlines ultra-VIP lounge, "The Private Room." He'd heard great things about the food, so he treated himself to several entrees including lobster.

When it was time to board, a fight attendant ushered Derek to the Airbus A380 via a private jet bridge. Here are some of the highlights of his trip:

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Derek is taken to his suite

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Let the adventure begin!

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Suites guests get free high-end toiletries

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Derek using the in-suite entertainment system

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Derek ate a lot of amazing food, including caviar

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Derek booked the middle suite which converts to a double bed

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In short order, the flight attendants had converted Derek's suite into a bedroom

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Derek getting ready for some shut-eye

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Is it a waste to sleep on an $18,000 flight?

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After a snooze, it was time for more food - lobster thermidor!

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... and beef!

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After eating again, Derek took a nap in one of the single beds before landing in New York.

"As we finally landed at New York, a huge problem presented itself ― I didn’t want to leave the plane," he says.

"I have to say, after being served Dom Pérignon in a double-suite bedroom at 36,000 feet, I’m not sure flying experiences get any better than this.

"But eventually I got off the plane, because New York's not too bad.”

You can read Derek's blog and see more images here.

And here's video of the Singapore Airlines Suites:

Amazing, isn't it? Time to start saving those airline miles!

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Doug Murray is a journalist and traveller. Based in Vancouver, he's been to more than 50 countries and lived in West Africa, Mexico and Guatemala. Over the past decade, Doug has written for all of Canada's major media outlets (Global, CTV, CBC) and dozens of international publications on a variety of topics including travel, business and daily news. Follow him on Twitter @borderfilms
Image credit: Derek Low.