Singapore Airlines Premium Economy: A Worthwhile Investment

On a recent trip to Frankfurt, our member dxwell decided to splurge on Premium Economy tickets with Singapore Airlines. After a very pleasant flight, they now wonder why they hadn’t tried Premium Economy sooner!

I recently flew SQ Premium Economy from SIN to FRA and found both the hard product and soft product to be of very high quality. Now I feel stupid to have not booked PE every time for international long haul given the small additional cost.

This member arrived in Frankfurt feeling refreshed, having had an enjoyable and comfortable flight. This member estimates that for this trip, Premium Economy cost 50% more than an equivalent Economy ticket. They believe this investment was well worth it.

After getting off the flight in such high spirits, there was never a thought for the cost. As we walked up the gangway we all said “let’s book PE EVERY time – it is so good!”.

So, why is dxwell raving about the Singapore Airlines Premium Economy experience? One key difference is the seat. On the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777, Premium Economy seats are layed out in a 2-4-2 configuration. This makes them wider than regular Economy seats. They also come with a large TV screen, greater legroom, a leg rest and better overall support. While the seat is by no means a flat bed, the extra comfort can make all the difference between a restful sleep and a restless night in the air.

The PE seats are a significant improvement on economy. You really appreciate the extra seat width and the additional 6 inches of leg room is very noticeable. Little things like a 6 inch wide armrest means that you don’t play elbows with your fellow passenger. For resting, there is both an adjustable footrest and a calf rest so your legs are very well supported.

Our member was also very pleased with the on-board service. Their pre-ordered meal was delicious, and the cabin crew were caring and attentive throughout the flight.

The staff were superb on this flight, from champers on takeoff to much care through the entire flight. I really meant to take note of the steward’s name so I could lodge a compliment to SQ – the service was that good. Very attentive service and that response that nothing is a trouble when you asked for something.

Other members that have tried Premium Economy agree that it’s worth paying a little extra for. But just how much extra is another matter. In dxwell‘s case, the 50% “surcharge” over cattle class was worthwhile. But some airlines, such as Qantas, price their Premium Economy class well above Economy.

That really is an excellent fare. And probably puts PE into consideration for many. But if looking at carriers such as qantas, they’re asking for $4000-$6000+ for PE to Europe, can get full business class for $4500… makes PE unattractive.

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