It’s that time again! Singapore Airlines has released this month’s Spontaneous Escapes deals. Each month, Singapore KrisFlyer runs this promotion which allows you to book a bunch of routes for about 30% fewer miles than the usual saver level award rate. You can find economy, premium economy and business class options from multiple regions of the world.
How to Earn Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
Most of you are probably set when it comes to earning Singapore KrisFlyer miles. But, just in case you’re a bit newer to this and want to prep for the next Spontaneous Escapes, you have several options to get your hands on the necessary miles.
The points you earn with American Express Membership Rewards cards (Learn More), Chase Ultimate Rewards cards (Learn More) and Citi ThankYou Points cards (Learn More) transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer at a 1:1 ratio.
You can also earn Capital One miles (Learn More) that transfer at a 2:1 ratio and Marriott Bonvoy points (Learn More) that transfer at a 3:1 ratio — with a 5,000-mile bonus when you transfer 60,000 points.
Spontaneous Escapes Details
To take advantage of this month’s Spontaneous Escapes, you need to book by April 30, 2019 and travel between May 1 and May 31, 2019. Now, you know why they call these deals spontaneous. You can waitlist an award, however — and this is important — the ticket must be issued by April 30 or you won’t get the promo mileage rate.
As you might expect, these deals are on a first come, first serve basis so don’t expect them to last until April 30. Also, make sure you check the Spontaneous Escapes page for eligible flights as not all flights on a given route are eligible for the promo rate.
Our Favorite Deals This Month
While all these deals have a set 30% discount this month, there are a few that are of particular interest to us. Specifically, we wanted to flag great options from the U.S. and Europe as well as flights within Asia.
San Francisco to Singapore
Let’s start with San Francisco to Singapore. This is probably the best deal this month as its the only long-haul business class option. With the promo, you can book a one-way flight to Singapore for 66,500 KrisFlyer miles instead of the usual 95,000 miles.
Unlike other deals which are non-stop to Singapore, the only eligible flight on this route is SQ 1 which is a fifth-freedom flight to Hong Kong. For only 66,500 KrisFlyer miles, we think the layover is worth it. Besides, Hong Kong is a great airport and you’ll have access to Singapore Air’s business class lounge.
Now, there are two restrictions on this option to keep in mind. First, the promo rate is only available from San Francisco to Singapore, not the reverse. Second, while you can usually pay about $100 for a stopover on a one-way award ticket booked with KrisFlyer miles, you cannot do so on these bookings.
London or Paris to Singapore
If you’re looking for a flight to Singapore from Europe, Paris and London Heathrow are this month’s options. For 26,600 KrisFlyer miles, you can book a one-way economy class ticket which means you’ll save nearly 12,000 miles off the usual 38,000 miles. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better economy rate than this promo is offering.
Extend A Trip In Asia
If you already have flights booked to Asia or are piecing together an extended trip through the region, there are lots of intra-Asia promo flights. The one that stands out to us is between Singapore and Seoul. The flight time on this one is listed at about 6.5 hours and you can book business class for 32,900 KrisFlyer miles one-way. Two of the eligible flights are even on a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
For some context, this flight would usually require 47,000 KrisFlyer miles. Also, when you think about it, the flight isn’t much shorter than a New York-London flight. At 32,900 KrisFlyer miles, it really is a steal to fly one of the world’s best airlines in business class.
You can also book economy class for 17,500 miles to Korea and Japan rather than the usual 25,000 miles. A 3.5-hour flight to/from Hong Kong is only 10,500 miles or 21,350 in business class.
How To Search And Book
Singapore Airlines recently added a flexible search option which we think will make your search easier. When you do so, you’ll get a snapshot — Saver, Waitlist and Advantage — of what is available across seven days. Pick a Saver date and you should be able to find a flight eligible for the promo. Just make sure you select Redeem Flights before you run your search so you don’t accidentally look for cash fares.