Why it pays to upgrade on your next long-haul flight

The ‘getting there’ is just as important as the destination itself, so why wouldn’t you want to travel with an extra splash of style? Here’s why it’s worth it…

Team Wanderlust
17 August 2023
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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines are no strangers when it comes to comfort and quality on every flight, but their premium cabins take things up a notch further. From cuisine created by Michelin-starred chefs to one of the widest seats in the sky, and lie-flat beds at the push of a button – there is so much to look forward to on board. Plus, award-winning service and unparalleled luxury awaits you. Here’s why it pays to upgrade…

Want a little extra comfort?

Pick Premium Economy

Your stomach will be satisfied by Singapore Airlines’ culinary offering in Premium Economy (Singapore Airlines)

Before you fly

With premium economy, not only can you enjoy a 35kg baggage allowance, but you can also skip the queues thanks to priority check-in and boarding. What’s more, you can order your favourite meal before you fly. Make the most of the ‘Book the Cook’ service and choose from a wide range of dishes created by Michelin-starred chefs up to 24 hours before your flight. Then, sit back and relax, safe in the knowledge that your favourite dish awaits you on board. With cuisine inspired by the airline’s internal culinary panel of renowned chefs, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable meal. From Malay-inspired curries, to stir-fried noodles, the mouth-watering choices are endless – and knowing that it’s all waiting for you on your flight only adds to that pre-trip excitement. Where else can you enjoy fine dining at 30,000 feet?

Enjoy extra legroom in Premium Economy (Singapore Airlines)


Upgrade to Premium Economy, and the impeccable treatment continues long after you’ve boarded the plane. The spacious seats are designed with comfort in mind – you can enjoy a 38-inch seat pitch, up to 19.5-inch width and an eight-inch recline. After boarding, sip your complimentary glass of champagne and immerse yourself in the latest blockbusters. With a 13.3-inch touchscreen monitor there is no better way to enjoy the advanced in-flight entertainment system. With more than 1,900 options, including movies, television programmes, music, games and apps, you can sit back with your noise cancelling headphones and enjoy your favourite show uninterrupted. Ready for a snooze? Pop your feet up and stretch out your legs – Premium Economy passengers have calf and footrests attached to their seats. You can also store your personal items where they remain in reach for the entire flight, including the complimentary bottle of water to keep you hydrated. Built into your seat are two USB ports, a fully adjustable personal reading light and the power supply you need to charge your electronic devices. KrisFlyer members can also enjoy complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi.

Fancy indulging yourself?

Choose Business Class

Singapore Airlines’ service matches its high-quality Business Class cabin (Singapore Airlines)

Before you fly

Looking for a little more luxury? Soak up Singapore Airlines’ award-winning service and hospitality from the comfort of your Business Class seat. The superior experience begins on the ground with a dedicated check-in desk, fast track security and priority boarding. A Business Class ticket also guarantees you priority baggage with an enhanced allowance. After a seamless check-in process, why not relax in the Singapore Airlines’ SilverKris Business Class Lounge at London Heathrow Airport before you fly? The space is designed to feel like a home from home, where you can relax in a serene and peaceful setting. Looking to freshen up before your flight? Take a shower, before sipping your favourite cocktail at the bar, or tasting a medley of dishes from a delectable buffet of food made fresh on the day. Just make sure you leave space for that gourmet meal waiting for you on board. The ‘Book the Cook’ service builds yet more anticipation for your trip, allowing passengers to choose their favourite cuisine up to 24 hours before they fly. The exclusive menu features dishes from around the globe, crafted by a dedicated team of world-renowned chefs.

Enjoy fine-dining in the sky in Business Class (Singapore Airlines)


You can look forward to yet more luxury service on board, where seats recline directly into a lie-flat 6ft 5inch bed at the push of a button, giving you the flexibility to transform your seat environment from lounge to bedroom whenever you need to. Plus, the cocoon-shaped shell and retractable divider guarantee ultimate privacy. With noise-cancelling headphones and an 18.8-inch HD screen, you can enjoy the very best when it comes to in-flight entertainment. The cutting-edge system will even save your playlists and preferences for future flights. Enjoy the latest releases, safe in the knowledge that the dish you handpicked pre-flight via the ‘Book the Cook’ service will soon be making its way to you. And you can dine in style at 30,000 feet, on Narumi porcelain plates and bowls. Fancy a glass of something special to accompany your meal? The on-board sommelier is on hand to recommend the best tipples, with champagne and wines from the finest vineyards across the world. If a spot of reading takes your fancy, you’ll find a light that adjusts positioning and brightness. Up for a snooze instead? When it’s time to wind down, a plush blanket and pillow make that post-lunch nap effortless. Or why not get comfortable with an elite selection of toiletries from Penhaligon’s of London? Rejuvenate with a facial mist spray, or enjoy your very own pair of slippers and eyeshade on longer flights.

Want the top-notch treatment?

Go First Class or Suites

Enjoy a super-comfy double bed in Singapore Airlines’ Suites (Singapore Airlines)

For the ultimate in decadence, look no further than a First Class cabin or Suites. The welcoming experience begins long before you board your flight, with luxury at every turn in the Singapore Airlines’ First-Class Lounge at London Heathrow, where you can choose from an à la carte menu that is made fresh to order. Fly on board the A380 from London Heathrow and enjoy privacy from the moment you step foot on the plane. Make your way to the private cabin on the upper deck, where each of the six suites feature electronically-controlled swivel seats, upholstered in full grain leather by Poltrona Frau. Take your pick from thousands of options available from the in-flight entertainment system and enjoy it all on your 32-inch HD touchscreen screen, before curling up for a rest on your standalone bed. This can also be converted into a double bed with an adjoining suite. Flying on the B777? Experience a private cabin of just four seats and enjoy one of the widest seats in the sky at 35 inches, which can transform into a lie-flat 6ft 8in bed. Indulge in gourmet dining, and feast on a four-course menu designed by world-class chefs, accompanied by a chilled glass of the finest Taittinger Comtes de Champagne – the ultimate first-class flying experience.

Feeling inspired?

From 22 June 2024, Singapore Airlines will be adding five weekly flights from London Gatwick to complement their existing four daily flights from London Heathrow and five weekly flights from Manchester Airport to Singapore. Seamlessly connect onwards to destinations across South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. From Manchester, you can also fly non-stop to Houston, Texas.

Start planning your luxury experience in the sky with Singapore Airlines.

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