Getting into SilverKris First lounge when flying SQ J with no status

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  1. MSPeconomist
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    Here's something I discovered at SIN by accident when an agent walked me to the wrong lounge. It's worked for me several times since then, including sometimes--this is much riskier to try--getting into TPR. Of course, no guarantees and YMMV.

    First of all, you need an itinerary that includes FC, albeit perhaps on another carrier. In my case, this was served by domestic FC on DL connections on the same award ticket as SQ. When you arrive at the airport, be sure that the SQ agent prints the boarding passes for the flights on other airlines. Most of the time, including in SIN, they will do this automatically. At outstations, you might have to insist. It's better not to try OLCI because then the SQ agents have an excuse to print only the SQ BPs.

    Sometimes (in particular, for my first experiment), the SQ agent will automatically see the flight in FC and print your BP for that segment on the FC SQ stock with the red banner on top. If not, point out that you of course are not travelling in coach and want your BP to reflect your cabin class correctly. You need to have a fresh SQ FC BP, even if not for a SQ flight.

    Have all BPs in hand when you approach the KrisFlyer lounge. The agents at the reception podium will look through your papers to find the departing SQ flight, which in this case is the blue-banded boarding pass. If you look confident and like you know the lounge, they'll probably just waive you in. (In fact, they once waived me in and gestured to the first class side when I was departing on SQ in FC rather than leading me to TPR and on that occasion, I just walked myself to the TPR entrance with no problem. When I first discovered the trick, the agent mistakenly walked me to TPR based on my DL FC BP.)

    In SQ T3, the first class side and the business class food area are the same direction, so look like you're going there, rearrange your BPs so that the FC one is on top, and walk into the FC side of the lounge. You might want to pause on the way to inspect the business class food, which is more extensive than the food offerings on the FC side and can be used also by FC passengers. With your red BP visably on top, no one will challenge you to look more closely at your BPs when you walk confidently into the FC seating area, even if you ask for champagne.

    If you want to go for broke and try to enter TPR with your documents, this is a much bigger risk and can get you escorted to the business class side by the dragon guarding TPR. Again, YMMV.
     
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    Some luck you have. They've always checked my BP's, including the one time I had a gold BP; I've never been waived in.
     
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    Gold? I'm envious. Was it truly a class above first? I hope if was a very long flight.
     
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    Thank you for your post, and thank you for your avatar (finally) :)
     
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    You're very welcome. I'm sorry it's not one of the avartari that you wanted me to use, but I don't want to be confused with SS. We all want to pretend that we're unique.
     
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    Fine with me, at least when I see this swirly thing I know it is you, lots of those little blue bowling pins on the site now.
     
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    My coworker (who's also a big aviation geek and airliners.net guy) and I were giddier than school girls when we saw the gold bp's; we called our then employer's travel office and they confirmed we were booked in R and it was not a mistake.

    Unfortunately it was the second shortest 388 flight, SIN-NRT, but the suite itself was awesome and great SQ F catering as always.

    The suite itself is great and the bed is probably one of the best in the sky (JL's F with tempurpedic bedding would be tied for first with it). Great IFE, however, I think LX and JL F have bigger/better IFE screens.

    Yes, it is better than their first, but to truly make it a class above first, I think they should go all out do upgraded PJ's, catering (if you ask how, I'm sure someone with a much larger income could answer that) and maybe a whole new 'Suite' lounge in SIN and LHR, and an IFE screen that's truly as wide as the Suite itself.
     
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    I've never been on an A380, although right after their introduction, one of them spent the night just outside of my window at the SIN T3 transit hotel. It was tough to tear myself away from drolling by the window to get some needed sleep.

    However, on one of my Singapore visits the (former) general manager of Raffles was talking about being invited to some charity event that involved visiting the suites on SQ's then brand-new A380, I think early in the day of the inaugural flight from SIN to SYD, IMO too short and a waste for the A380 and suites.

    Maybe someday if I can use miles that I have for a ticket.....
     
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    May be someday.. :)
    Since you are active in other forum site, I am sure you know how to take a chance in getting A380, especially you started this thread for taking an opportunity going into SKL FC and TPR. I have heard some flyers have booked an F award using BD miles for example, and bet for equipment change to A380. This has happened since the introduction of A380. The latest one was SQ11/12 which did not happen due to the natural disaster in Japan. I heard that a few of those opportunistic flyers blaming SQ for pulling out A380 for the route. I mean they don't get the Suites, and got upset with SQ.
    Personally, I am not fond of the Suites. I feel so lonely up there. :) But yes, I tried the product and had fun with it. And the Suites doesn't fit with my personal preference when flying. In addition, it's too damned expensive.
     
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    Yes, I did try my best by booking SQ11/12 and SQ 25/26 with DL miles as late as possible given availability and my schedule constraints. For a while I was hopeful that it would work, but I missed the announced date for SQ11/12 to switch to the A380 by a week or two. (I think SanDiego1K was one from that other place who did seem to get lucky.)

    When the earthquake and its aftermath happened, I immediately wondered if SQ would move quickly to cut capacity on their Tokyo routes, but I had forgotten to check what they decided until not. Do you know where the A380s that were scheduled for LAX and NRT are flying instead?
     
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    Looking at existing routes It looks like there's no additional A380's on the schedule and they've added 744's in to 2x daily to MEL.
     
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    Very intriguing! We will be transiting SIN on an award ticket that has 2 F segments on US. This will be our first ever J class flights on SQ so even the J class lounge would be a treat but if we get into the F lounge, we'd probably die! I'll have to see if the check in clerk prints our US segments on the F class boarding passes. Thanks for the idea!
     
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    Once the agent printed my DL boarding pass on coach (green ribbon) stock, but when I pointed out that I was flying FC, she quickly replaced it with the FC SQ boarding pass for the flight without a problem. Don't accept a coach boarding pass for your FC connections. If needed, you could say that you're concerned that the GA might not let you board with FC on your US flight if they see the coach boarding pass.
     
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    MSPeconomist, I'm trying R class next year! :D

    I didn't even know they had Gold BP. Thought it was the same as First. Interesting...
     
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    First is a reddish/brown.
     
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    From a BlissWorld trip report (a person who really has great trip reports BTW IMHO)- a great photo of the "Suites" also showing the boarding pass (the First passes are an ugly brown/red/rust colour):
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    kwai, I think First is supposed to be Burgundy Red.

    TRAVELSIG, thanks for the picture!
     
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    Burgundy is a reddish brown... no? :D
     
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    Hehe, I need a reference.. :p
     
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    Suites are gold (surprise) while FC is dark red, not bright fire-engine red.

    :p:DBurgundy is wine colored. ;):cool:
     
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    So is Pinot Gris. :D:eek:
     
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    So is champagne, in fact it's champagne colored.:p;)
     
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    Not Rosé am afraid.. :p But you're right, it looks like a Dom 2000.. :D
     
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