How to take a $16,000 luxury flight for less than $500

Singapore has one of the world’s top ranked luxury classes.  (Courtesy of Singapore Airlines)

Singapore Airlines is ranked as the best in the world, so it makes sense that their first-class services are enveloped in the sleek veneer of absolute luxuryand an accordingly eye-watering price.

But frequent flier and travel blogger Sam Huang of TopMiles managed to snag a $16,000 round-the-world ticket for just $480 plus 119,000 of his KrisFlyer miles. ( KrisFlyer miles are gathered through Singapore Air’s frequent flier program. They can be earned through certain credit cards and retail or hotel purchases, as well as by flying Singapore or partner airlines.)

The ticket included two multi-day stopovers, taking him from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney in the most opulent digs the sky has to offer.

Perks of Huangs trip prior to takeoff included a Christmas-themed lobster-and-champagne dinner; private security line and immigration checkpoints for first-class passengers; access to an exclusive airport lounge; and even a separate jetway for boarding.

And then theres the in-flight experience itself: His suite on the A380 was a private cubicle with floor-to-ceiling walls, all set up with Ferragamo amenities and leather furniture.

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