Let’s focus on the great news first. Singapore Airlines, a “five star” airline with one of the best business class seats in the game, is offering round trip business class from London to a variety of cities in Southeast Asia for 92,000 miles round trip, and taxes under £300!
That’s “deal of the year” for sure, in the UK points world, considering most airlines charge that one way, with taxes and surcharges at least double those figures. But like many things with travel crossing international borders these days, the offer comes with as much uncertainty as promise.
Here’s everything you need to know, to bag this outstanding deal, or at least be informed about how to land deals like this in the future.
Singapore KrisFlyer Promo
Singapore Air is offering 50% off the usual number of points needed for these always expensive, always sought after flights between London and Asian gateways including: Bangkok, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and the Maldives.
This means just 92,000 points will get you round trip.
Singapore Air KrisFlyer miles can be created almost instantly, by transferring Amex Points into Singapore KrisFlyer. For those hoping to use these from the USA, Amex, Citi, Capital One and Chase are also transfer partners..
Note: don’t transfer points until you fully understand the opportunity. Points can’t be transferred back into Amex from Singapore.
So, the red flags. These deals are amazing, but they’re limited to travel completed in 2021. They need to be flown before December 31st, 2021. You must also book by the 17th of May.
Being that most of Asia remains closed to outsiders, and there’s no crystal guide as to when that will change, at least not without quarantine, there’s an element of risk here. I cannot wait to be able to stop saying that, because it makes writing these things a bit painful.
Thailand “plans” to welcome fully vaccinated travelers to Phuket without quarantine, but all indications from the country cast doubt on July’s expected date to be pushed back.
How To Book, Or Think About It
These flights must be booked at SingaporeAir.com, using Singapore Air KrisFlyer miles. Other Star Alliance loyalty program currencies will not work, and certainly not at these rates. Head here for the dedicated promo page.
Once there, you can search for any of the routes listed above, like London Heathrow to Phuket, all of which will transit via lovely Singapore. Depending on the travel rebound, you may end up on an Airbus A380, Boeing 777 or Airbus A350. Here’s GSTP’s review of the Singapore A380 in business class.
Per Singapore Air, here’s exactly how it goes…
Log in to your KrisFlyer account with your KrisFlyer membership number and password at the top right corner of this page.
Select ‘Book a Flight’ on your dashboard
Click ‘Redeem flights’ and select your travel details
Discounted redemption offer will be reflected in the ‘Promo from’ column and in the booking summary panel after you have selected the flights. Seats are limited, and redemption availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.Singapore Air
Great Opportunity, Maybe!
This is one of the best points deals of the last few years, thanks to the combination of a reasonable number of miles and very low taxes charged, compared to UK carriers like BA on the routes. And currently, BA isn’t operating Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur anyway, which makes those routes unviable to begin with!
If you are open to a leap of faith, this could work out.