New Flights to Seattle with Asia's Best AirlinesThree of Asia’s top-tier airlines are commencing non-stop flights to Seattle in the United States. Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Japan Airlines will all start flights from their respective hubs to Seattle from next year, and each of these airlines have ample award availability. So there has never been a better time to redeem points to Seattle!

Home to Pike Place Market, the iconic Space Needle, the world’s first Starbucks store, and just a short drive from Mount Rainier, Seattle is one of the coolest destinations on the US west coast. For aviation geeks, Seattle is also home to the Boeing aircraft factory and the excellent Museum of Flight.

Even if you’re looking to travel elsewhere across the United States or Canada, you may wish to take advantage of the excellent award availability to Seattle at present. You can use Qantas points to book a seat to Seattle on Japan Airlines or Cathay Pacific. And Singapore Airlines flights can be purchased using Velocity points or Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles. From Seattle, you can easily connect to destinations across North America as Seattle’s airport is a hub for both Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

Japan Airlines’ New Flights to Seattle

Japan Airlines (JAL) will commence daily flights from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to Seattle from 31 March 2019. The flights will be on a 3-class Boeing 787-8 with spacious 8-abreast seats in Economy. As it happens, the Tokyo-Seattle flights also connect well with JAL’s Sydney-Tokyo services. Here’s the schedule:

  • JL68 Narita 18:05 – Seattle 11:05
  • JL67 Seattle 14:20 – Narita 16:30 (+1 day)

There is ample award availability in both Economy and Business Class. A one-way award seat from Sydney to Seattle via Tokyo will cost you 75,000 Qantas points in Economy, 112,500 Qantas points for Premium Economy or 139,000 points for Business. In addition, taxes and carrier charges of $293.53 are payable. You can book on the Qantas website.

Screenshot from Qantas website
Screenshot from Qantas website

Cathay Pacific’s New Flights to Seattle

Cathay Pacific’s new flights from Hong Kong to Seattle will also commence on 31 March 2019, but only operate 4x weekly. Here is the schedule:

  • CX858 Hong Kong 23:55 – Seattle 21:00
  • CX857 Seattle 01:05 – Hong Kong 05:25 (+1 day)

Connections via Hong Kong to Seattle with Cathay Pacific are available from most major Australian cities. The number of Qantas points required for an award seat from Australia to Seattle is the same as with Japan Airlines. But with Cathay Pacific, the charges on a one-way award booking are higher at $383.58.

A cheaper way to book award seats to Seattle on either Cathay Pacific or Japan Airlines is with Asia Miles. The frequent flyer program of Cathay Pacific, Asia Miles charges fewer miles than Qantas Frequent Flyer for the same flights. You can transfer points from many Australian credit cards to Asia Miles.

Singapore Airlines’ New Flights to Seattle

Singapore Airlines is also launching non-stop flights to Seattle from Singapore. Commencing on 3 September 2019, the flights will run 4x weekly to the following schedule:

  • SQ28 Singapore 09:25 – Seattle 09:05
  • SQ27 Seattle 10:40 – Singapore 17:30 (+1 day)

A 3-class A350 will be used on the Seattle run. There is award availability on the Singapore-Seattle route on various dates, in all three classes of travel. Connections from Australia are also available.

You can book a seat using KrisFlyer miles on the Singapore Airlines website. A one-way Business award seat from Singapore to Seattle will set you back 88,000 KrisFlyer miles and just ~$73 in taxes.

Screenshot from Singapore Airlines website
Screenshot from Singapore Airlines website

It is also possible to book a seat using Velocity points. But you’ll have to call Virgin Australia as the Singapore-Seattle route cannot be booked on Virgin’s website.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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