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In the fall of 2017, there was a great roundtrip fare sale from Los Angeles (LAX) to Singapore (SIN) for approximately $600. The 17 hour flight was on United Airlines and served as its longest at the time. I used the trip as a mileage run to move from United Premier Gold to Premier Platinum. The flight tested my patience, but it was a very cool experience. A few days ago, SFGATE reported that United Airlines is cancelling the LAX to SIN route and adding another daily San Francisco (SFO) to SIN flight October. A United Spokesman issued the following statement:
“To better serve customers who asked for alternative departure and arrival times to and from SIN (Singapore), we plan to shift our LAX-SIN flight to a second SFO-SIN frequency starting October 27, 2018.”
As Chris McGinnis points out, SFO to SIN will have three daily nonstop flights, two on United Airlines and one Singapore Airlines. I find it strange that United Airlines has the need for two daily nonstop flights from SFO. In my opinion, the second flights introduces unnecessary competition with its Star Alliance partner.
LAX is usually crowded and delays occur more often than any other airport that I transit. The move to San Francisco will give premium cabin customers the option of visiting the United Polaris Lounge or the American Express Centurion Lounge during their layover. All things considered, I do not think the schedule change is a big deal.