Singapore Airlines has great First Class award availability – for their own elite members. If you try to book them with partner miles (ie. United, US Airways, etc), you will find it close to impossible to find many seats. However, due to Singapore Airlines “upgrading” their reservations systems, it appears that ALL of the First Class availability was released to partners! That means that you can book one of the nicest products in the sky. I attached a sample itinerary to show you some numbers (a Rochester to Maldives reservation, First class outbound and Business on the return).
Granted, they are not cheap. It will run you 140,000 miles to 160,000 miles to do this, but it could make for one nice trip of a lifetime! So, if you have collected a whole bunch of United miles and Ultimate Reward points through some of the deals and cards I have mentioned in the past, get booking! I feel kind of bad that I already have a use for my United miles – makes it very difficult to avoid pulling the trigger on this! If someone does it, make sure you let me know how it is. This deal will probably be gone by morning. Remember, Ultimate Reward points transfer at 1:1 to United (instantly) and you have 24 hours to cancel your award reservation, so book now and work out the details later!
Link to Flyertalk thread where I saw this
An earlier post with some helpful info with regards to booking United awards