Confirmed: I am going to Singapore!

Last month, I purchased a cheap fare to Singapore on United Airlines.  I am using this as a mileage run for a move to United Premier Platinum.  The Points Guy values Premier Gold at $2,455 and Premier Platinum at $4,385, that’s almost $2,000 in value.

For the past few weeks, the entire trip was in limbo because of a work situation, but that all changed today.  I received the go ahead for travel to Singapore.  Since my original flight was originating at LAX for the direct, 17 hour trip to Singapore, I had to find a way to LAX from Dallas.  I found a roundtrip ticket between DFW and LAX for ~$220 on United.  This makes the total price of my roundtrip from Dallas to Singapore, ~$860.


I paid for all of it with my American Express Platinum card, which is 5 X bonus points for booking directly with the airline.  I will earn 4,300 American Express Membership Rewards points.  Now, if only some of these points will show up in my Membership Rewards account.


I will earn approximately 4,400 redeemable miles (because of the cheap fare), but that will push me over the threshold for a free one way flight in the United States at the Saver Award level (12,500 miles).  I value this to be $250.  All things told, I should have a positive return on my trip of $1,400 in value…not too bad.


I’m ecstatic because 1) I don’t have to cancel and rebook a more expensive ticket 2) I level up to Premier Platinum 3) I will get to enjoy one of my favorite cities in the world.  See you soon Singapore.


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