Singapore Airlines and United Airlines Increase Competition

Singapore Airlines and United Airlines do not the best relationship, even though both are the member of the Star Alliance.  A few months ago, I wrote a post about United canceling its Los Angeles to Singapore route in order to add another flight from San Francisco.  This is in direct competition with Singapore Airlines.

As I was going through my emails recently, two emails immediately caught my attention that were dated August 24th.  The first one was from Singapore Airlines at 0937 and the second was from United Airlines at 1142…just two hours apart.

1)  Enjoy great fares from $675 with The Great Singapore Airlines Getaway

Experience more of the world with The Great Singapore Airlines Getaway and enjoy great prices to great places, along with a host of great perks – including a chance to win 1 million KrisFlyer miles.

After clicking through the book now link, I got the following:


2)  Our economy fares to Singapore start at $680

Start your Singapore adventure with a more convenient travel experience.

Take advantage of a second daily flight to Singapore from San Francisco. Fly   in the evening and arrive in the morning, ready to explore Singapore. Or, fly in the morning and arrive in the evening to rest and relax before your adventure begins.


I know that there is a need for travel between Singapore and San Francisco, I simply cannot imagine that the all of the flights will go out at or near capacity.  I enjoy visiting Singapore and San Francisco equally, but I think this will make San Francisco International Airport crowded and make visiting lounges there unpleasant.  Who knows, maybe I am wayyy off base here, it just how I feel about it.

Final Word

I do not have a clue why Singapore Airlines and United Airlines seem to want to battle each other in San Francisco when they are members of the same alliance.  It is really unfortunately because United is my domestic airline, while I prefer Singapore when flying internationally.  I wish that they would have a better partnership.  Alas, it does not seem like that will happen any time soon.

What do you make of the increased competition between the two airlines?

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