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There are a number of times and cutoffs and activities that happen before a plane leaves. How long these activities take depends on how many people are involved, in other words on the size of the plane. These include: paging passengers who have yet to demonstrate they'll be admitted to the target country, and looking at their passports. The more people ...


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I assume your flights via Singapore are both on Singapore Airlines (SQ) and on a single ticket, in which case: 1 hr is likely sufficient, but SQ will take care of you if it's not. Changi is an extremely efficient airport and you don't need to go through Customs/Immigration for a transfer. SQ flights to/from both India and the US use Terminal 3, which you ...


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I just checked my previous tickets from Singapore Airlines and it seems to be normal that the boarding time starts 1 hour before the flight for flights departing from Changi Airport. One reason for that is probably that the baggage checks at that airport are at the gate only and thus they might want to allow for enough time in case somebody's baggage needs ...


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It's more likely that there was a problem with the seat. This could be, but is not limited to (and I've seen all of these): malfunctioning/broken seatbelt. seat stuck in the reclined position. loose screw in seat broken component in seat support structure As such, until they get a chance to service it, they move you. Presumably because of the different ...


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Many years ago there used to be free showers at Changi, but they have since been removed. Today the options are : The Ambassador Transit Hotels as you've listed in terminals 1, 2 and 3 (SGD $8.56, including a free non-alcoholic drink) The Ambassador Transit Lounge in terminals 2 and 3 (same price as above) The Rooftop Pool at the Ambassador Transit Hotel ...


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As already noted, airport security in Tokyo won't care. Your problem is going to be the laws in Singapore, specifically the Singapore Penal Code, article 292: Sale of obscene books, etc. 292.—(1) Whoever — (a) [...] has in his possession any obscene book, pamphlet, paper, drawing, painting, representation or figure, or any other obscene ...


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On all airlines, the cabin crew are there primarily for safety and secondarily to provide amenities such as food and drink. So if the cabin crew does not confidently feel that they can provide you an alcoholic beverage because: you are drunk, are already belligerent, or that you might become so if you drink too much — they are well within their rights to ...


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Airlines ask people to come earlier on some flights for several reasons, for example: The long-distance last flights of the day sometimes try to leave as early as possible. If people arrive earlier, this helps a lot. I made this experience frequently, along with the appropriate announcements. Some airlines try to get people to the gate much earlier because ...


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Fortunately, the answer is rather mundane: it's short for Self-service check-in, meaning you've already checked in online but had a boarding pass reissued at the airport. As far as I can tell this changes nothing about airport security etc, so I'm not entirely sure why this is worth recording on the boarding pass, but apparently somebody thought it was.


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When it comes to putting miles into your account with Frequent Flyer Program X, it is always Frequent Flyer X's rules that count. The fact that ANZ would give your their miles for the flight if you were an ANZ member is irrelevant. Generally, it doesn't matter which *A program you join, but there are oddities when a particular fare class earns miles in one ...


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Yes, you can leave airport by yourself for up to 96 hours. See the "Travellers who are nationals of India" at the bottom, as there are some additional requirements if your US visa is a single-entry visa. There is nothing near the airport, but taxi from airport to Marina Bay Sands and downtown area takes about 20-25 minutes. MRT to downtown would take about ...


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It was fairly widely reported that fuel costs made the flights uneconomical. The maintenance of the A340-500s SIA retained specifically for the flight also contributed, as they only had five A340-500s. Sample quotes: It is widely known in the industry that SIA’s A340-500 non-stop flights to the U.S. are unprofitable, because of the four-engined ...


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The flight you're referring to flies from Singapore to Sydney, then on Canberra, then finally back to Singapore - picking up and dropping passengers at each stop. For passengers flying from Singapore to Canberra, you do NOT clear immigration or customs in Sydney. However you DO need to exit the plane and take all of your carry-on items with you. You'll ...


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Many flights, especially for more complex itineraries or if you are in the middle of your journey, cannot be changed online. Airline websites, if they allow changes at all, often only handle the simple cases; human intervention is required in more complex situations. You'll need to contact the agent responsible for your booking. If you booked with a travel ...


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Singapore Airlines actually close boarding just ten minutes before departure, so there is indeed absolutely no need to get to the gate an hour before departure. Back in the days when I flew out of Changi pretty much weekly, it was standard procedure for me to arrive at the airport 30 min before departure. (Already checked in, access to citizen/PR lanes in ...


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No you don't need to claim and recheck your bags. For future reference at Changi, if you're flying with SQ on the same ticket they will transfer them for you. Here's the answer from their Twitter: Are both flights booked under the same booking ref? If yes, the baggage will be check through to the final destination.


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The simplest way of finding out your mileage earning on a partner airline or codeshare operating each segment of your trip is to plug the fare class into the wheretocredit web site. You can see the Miles & More earning on Singapore airlines here. You'll need to know the fare class for each segment which is not always readily apparent.


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One of the complexities of codeshare flights in the *alliance network is that the mileage earnings are based on the rates of the operating carrier, not the marketing carrier. (in your case the rate of Singapore airlines). This means you would need to check the fare class of the singapore airlines flight against the earnings table of lufthansa's M&M ...


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You have two issues: what will security in Tokyo do, and what will customs in Singapore do? Security doesn't care what your stuff is for, or where you are going, they just care if it looks like something that might be dangerous, or is on top of something that might be dangerous. Having anything embarrassing in carry on is risky. They will root through your ...


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This comes down to whether Singapore Airlines is able to check your bags through despite the two separate tickets. They are not required to do so under Star Alliance rules, but they're generally known to be on the more generous side, compared to some airlines that will absolutely refuse to do it. Make sure you have all the ticket information for your ...


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Since you're on Singapore airlines, I would enquire about the stopover benefits from flying Singapore airlines. This could be anywhere between: Hotel + Attractions for 1 night for $1 per person (possible couples only though). Valid for Australia, possible others, stay for $1. Or a simple one-night fee for the full package, usually at a very reduced price. ...


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"It's one ticket" Yes, you will be checked in for both flights and your baggage should be checked through to SIN. The Agent will confirm this at SFO. 1:55 is not really a short connection time, even if you have to walk from T3 to TBIT, they're adjacent. It's possible Singapore Airlines will issue you a new Boarding Pass at the gate, just listen for any ...


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While sometimes the airlines are simply trying to get you to board early to speed up there turnround time, and don't close boarding until much later, there are some important occasions when this early boarding time is significant and important. The most usual reason is when the flight will be boarding by stairs in the field and not by a normal gate. In this ...


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As pointed out in the other answer, there's no refund due to refused visas, and no airline I know of except Ukraine International provides for this. You can only get the airport taxes refunded. Also UK visa refusals cannot be appealed, you can only make a fresh application with evidence addressing the reason for refusal. You may wish to ask a separate ...


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After flying this itinerary, I can narrate my experience for any future travellers along this route. The answer given by @hilmar is more or less accurate. Please note that if you happen to choose this itinerary with Singapore Airlines, then you need to arrange for your own transport between airports along with your check-in luggage. I am talking ...


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I don't believe so. SleepInAirport lists 5 places you can shower, and all are pay lounges / areas. That said, Changi was also the top-rated airport for RnR during a stopover, so maybe a nap is enough to freshen up...?


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I see no reason they will not handle it as normal checked baggage -- of course if you're travelling to the US you'll be limited to two pieces of checked baggage, if not you'll be limited by weight. Here's the Singapore Airlines baggage page (which you've probably already seen). Assuming you're flying from/to the US and taking only one other suitcase I ...


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Somewhat surprisingly, the answer is no: one guest is OK, but additional kids are not. From customer service: Please be advised that you only have one guest allowance included when you access our lounges using your [Krisflyer Gold] membership card. However, you can purchase 2 Single Entry passes to the lounge for your 2 children for $65 (per person). It ...


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Some airlines/airplanes have dedicated spaces for baby cradles/bassinets, usually placed in front of the seats at the border between plane sections. This is true in particular for long-haul flights, since the planes tend to be bigger. Each airplane has its own mounting system with the compatible bassinet. Below is a picture of what I am talking about: These ...


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