A travel hacker scored a $12,000 suite on Singapore Airlines for $100 — here's what it was like

Dan Gillaspia is an attorney by day and travel hacker by night. Armed with 45 credit cards and detailed spreadsheets, he's a pro at racking up miles and rewards to put towards his next adventure. He also shares his tricks on his website, UponArriving.

Recently, his tricks got him a $12,000 suite on a Singapore Airline flight from Tokyo to Singapore for only $100.

 

Attorney Dan Gillaspia runs the website UponArriving, on which he covers the latest developments in credit cards, airline and hotel award programs, and other travel topics.

Using 100,000 miles from two credit cards, the $12,000 suite on Singapore Airlines only cost him $100 out of pocket.

The flight attendants greeted him and his partner by name when they arrived.

The flight attendants greeted him and his partner by name when they arrived.

"You knew right away that this was going to be a special flight," he said.

The cabins were designed by Jean-Jacques Coste, a French luxury yacht designer.

The cabins were designed by Jean-Jacques Coste, a French luxury yacht designer.

"It's got this cozy, train cabin feel to it, with these interior shades, wood grain, and diamond stitched leather," he said.

"It's amazing. You don't feel like you're on a plane, really."

Onboard, Gillaspia had his first taste of caviar.

Onboard, Gillaspia had his first taste of caviar.

He said the service on Singapore Air is the best out of any airline.

He said the service on Singapore Air is the best out of any airline.

"You feel like royalty the entire time, especially when they pull out the double bed and you're able to sleep like you would in a hotel," he said.

Two suites can be combined to create one queen sized bed and double room.

Having paid only $100 for the suite made the experience even more surreal.

Having paid only $100 for the suite made the experience even more surreal.

Suites have full (shared) bathrooms and Ferragamo toiletries.

"You almost feel guilty, like you snuck in or something," he said.

Still, he managed to power through the imposter syndrome.

Still, he managed to power through the imposter syndrome.

Champagne flows freely.

"When you're lying there in your first-class suite drinking champagne, you're not going to feel too bad about it," he said.