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Emirates vs Singapore Airlines

Which premium airline is worth spending your money on?

Emirates and Singapore Airlines are known for their high standards of service, with both airlines being ranked high among the top airlines in the world every year. But which airline is worth splurging on and has all the bells and whistles you want?

From frequent flyer rewards to baggage allowances, classes available and alcoholic beverages served, we compared every category of air travel so you can make an informed decision about which airline to fly with.

Emirates vs Singapore Airlines

FeatureEmiratesSingapore AirlinesVerdict
Where does it fly to?150+ destinations in these regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • The Middle East
90+ destinations in these regions:

  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • The Americas
  • The Middle East
Emirates flies to more destinations
What star rating is it?4-star5-starSingapore Airlines has a higher star rating
What classes are available?First class, business class and economy classSuites, first class, business class, premium economy class and economy classSingapore Airlines offers more class options
What is the baggage allowance?Economy class allows one 7kg carry-on and two 23kg checked bagsEconomy class is permitted one carry-on bag that weighs up to 7kg. One checked bag is allowed that weighs up to 30kgEmirates allows more checked baggage
Where does it fly from in Australia?
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Canberra
  • Darwin
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
Singapore Airlines flies to and from more destinations in Australia
What's the in-flight entertainment like?Emirates offers 2,500+ options of movies, TV shows, music and gamesSingapore Airlines offers 1,000+ movies, TV, music, games and appsEmirates has more entertainment options
Can I make changes/cancellations?Yes, on certain tickets, though fees applyYes, changes and cancellations can be made though fees apply. Not all tickets may be refunded but taxes will beBoth airlines offer changes and cancellations
What type of plane will I fly on? Do they have an A380?Emirates only flies two types of planes:

  • A380
  • Boeing 777
Singapore Airlines flies:

  • A330-300
  • A380-800
  • A350-900
  • Boeing 777-200
  • Boeing 777-200ER
  • Boeing 777-300
  • Boeing 777-300ER
Singapore Airlines flies more types of planes
Which frequent flyer programs is it with?SkywardsKrisFlyer and The PPS ClubBoth airlines offer frequent flyer programs but Singapore Airlines also offers a premium frequent flyer program
Is there Wi-Fi?Yes, 20MB is free for the first two hours. More data can be purchased from US$9.99 for 150MBYes, Wi-Fi is available for purchase on select flightsBoth airlines offer Wi-Fi but only Emirates has it as complimentary
Can I price match?Yes. If the same flight on another site is US$20+ cheaper, Emirates will refund the differenceYes. If the same itinerary is found for $1 cheaper, Singapore Airlines will refund the differenceBoth airlines offer price matching but Singapore Airlines has a lower price difference in order to qualify for a refund
Does it serve alcohol?Yes, beers, wines, hot and cold drinks are served and are complimentaryYes, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails are served and are included in the flight priceBoth airlines offer complimentary drinks
Is there online chat?Contact is available by emailContact is available by phone and emailNeither airline offers online chat but Singapore Airlines has more contact options
Does it charge for infants?Infants under two years are charged 10% of the adult fare when sitting on the adult's lapInfants under two years are charged a percentage of the adult fare when sitting on an adult’s lap. One adult may travel with two infantsBoth airlines offer discounted fees for adults travelling with infants
Does it fly pets?Yes. Guide dogs are permitted in the main cabin. All other animals must travel as checked baggage or cargo depending on the routeYes, guide dogs are allowed to accompany passengers in the cabin. All other animals must travel as checked baggage or cargoBoth airlines fly pets
What are my payment options?
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Diners Club
  • American Express
  • PayPal
  • Real-time or online bank transfer
  • Western Union
  • Offline bank transfer
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Masterpass
  • PayPal
Emirates offers more payment options
Can I book round the world fares?Yes, up to six stopovers can be madeYes.Both airlines offer round the world fares
Can I book multi-city fares?Yes.Yes.Both airlines offer multi-city fares
Any features to find the best price?Emirates offers Featured FaresSingapore Airlines offers Fare DealsBoth airlines offer the option to find discounted flights

Who offers the best price?

We took two top airlines and compared flights from Sydney to Paris on the exact same days to see which airline came out on top as the cheapest.

The verdict?

Emirates won as the cheapest airline for this flight, coming in $227.60 cheaper than Singapore Airlines.

Emirates:

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Singapore Airlines:

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Is it a good airline to fly with?

We compared Emirates and Singapore Airlines’ star ratings and customer ratings to see which airlines people like best. Emirates is a 4-star airline while Singapore Airlines is a 5-star airline.

The verdict?

Singapore Airlines’ higher star rating seems to be for a good reason as it comes out with a higher rating of 8/10 as graded by customers, while Emirates has been given 6/10. Singapore Airlines has consistent 4-star ratings in all categories including food and beverages, inflight entertainment, seat comfort, staff service and value for money. Emirates rates between 3 and 4 stars in each category.

Singapore Airlines is also consistently voted the top or second best airline in the world by Skytrax.


What are the deals like?

We reviewed which airline’s website was easier to use to navigate to its deals page, and also found out which airline offers better deals.

The verdict?

For ease of use it’s a tie. Both airlines have very easy to navigate deals pages. But we have to give this round to Singapore Airlines which has slightly more expensive prices for deals but offers a much bigger selection of deals to destinations across the globe. Emirates was very limited in comparison.

Europe flights from $1,089 return

Deal expires

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include London, Zagreb, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Athens and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-London.

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Asia flights from $396 return with Singapore Airlines

Deal expires

Valid for travel from 20 July 2018 - 15 September 2018. Destinations include Singapore, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Phuket, Hanoi, Beijing, Shanghai, Cambodia and Tokyo. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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Singapore flights from $369 return with Singapore Airlines

Deal expires

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Darwin-Singapore.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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