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, all on sale.
With the cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world and plenty more restaurants with Michelin stars, how could you not want to visit and eat your way through Singapore, or use it as the perfect jumping off point for Southeast Asia?
How to Earn Singapore KrisFlyer Miles
You are probably all set when it comes to earning Singapore KrisFlyer miles, which is why you’re here, but, just in case you’re a bit newer to this and want to prep for the next Spontaneous Escapes promo, you have plenty of options to get your hands on the necessary miles for next time.
The points you earn with American Express Membership Rewards cards, Chase Ultimate Rewards cards and Citi ThankYou Points cards transfer to Singapore KrisFlyer at a 1:1 ratio. Here are some of our favourites:
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
- Ink Business Preferred Credit Card
- American Express Gold Card
- The Platinum Card From American Express
- Citi Premier
- Citi Prestige
You can also earn Capital One miles with the Capital One Venture or Capital One Spark Miles that transfer at a 2:1 ratio. Finally, Marriott Bonvoy points that transfer at a 3:1 ratio — with a 5,000-mile bonus when you transfer 60,000 points — and there are a variety of cards to help you earn Marriott points.
Those with the Amex UK cards and Membership Rewards points to burn can also transfer points to Singapore KrisFlyer at a 1:1 ratio.
Spontaneous Escapes Details
To take advantage of this month’s Spontaneous Escapes, you need to book by August 31, 2019 and travel between September 1 and September 30, 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 August 31 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 August 31. 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 a great business class option from Singapore to Germany as well as some flights to Japan and South Korea. Not only are these great award rates but you won’t have to pay any surcharges on these tickets either, just the standard taxes/fees.
Make sure you check the promo page details as some routes are restricted to specific flights.
Singapore To Australia Or New Zealand
Whether you’re looking for a flight from Singapore to Australia/New Zealand or vice versa, you have a few options during this month’s promo. You can fly business class to/from Brisbane (BNE), Canberra (CBR) and Christchurch (CHC) for only 43,400 KrisFlyer miles instead of the usual 62,000 miles.
The Australia routes do have some restrictions you should know before making plans though. If you’re flying to Brisbane, you are limited to two flights — SQ 255 and SQ 265. On the return, you must fly on SQ 256 or SQ 266. The blackout dates for this route are September 25 through September 30.
Similarly, the promo has blacked out September 22 through September 30 if you want to fly to/from Canberra and you must take SQ 288. While this is a direct flight, it is not a non-stop flight as you will make a stop in Sydney on your way to Canberra.
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 in each direction are on a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
This flight would usually require 47,000 KrisFlyer miles and, when you think about it, it’s not 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. If you’d prefer an economy flight, you can use 17,500 miles to fly to South Korea and Japan rather than the usual 25,000 miles.
These two options have really become a staple for the Spontaneous Escapes promo.
Singapore To South Africa
If you’d like to visit South Africa after a visit to Asia, you can book a one-way business class award ticket from Singapore (SIN) to Johannesburg (JNB) — SQ482 — for 34,300 KrisFlyer miles. Again, that’s a 30% discount off the usual mileage rate. Keep in mind that September 20 through September 30 are blackout dates so you’d need to travel before that.
You can also book premium economy for 25,900 miles on this same flight and with the same blackout date restrictions.
Premium Economy Deals To The USA And Germany
If premium economy is more your style, you can book a non-stop flight to/from Los Angeles (LAX) for 47,600 KrisFlyer miles. With flight times of 15.5 to 17 hours, you’ll appreciate that extra legroom and recline so you can stretch out on the long journey. To take advantage of the promo rate, you’ll need to find award space on SQ 35 to Singapore or SQ 36 to Los Angeles.
Unlike the other deals listed this month, the premium economy deal to/from Los Angeles does NOT work during September. Instead, you must travel between October 1 and 31. If nothing else, it gives you a little more time to ask for time off from work!
Similarly, you can fly to or from Düsseldorf for 45,150 miles on flights SQ 338 or SQ 337, respectively. Last but not least, you can fly SQ 326 from Singapore to Frankfurt for 45,150 miles as well. Unfortunately, this option does not work for flights to Singapore. Either way, both are great options for our UK and EU-based friends.
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.
With miles so easy to earn in the U.S., there’s really no reason you can’t earn plenty of Singapore KrisFlyer miles. The key, as always, is to use as few as possible when booking award flights and Spontaneous Escapes helps you do just that.
This month, I’m really liking the deals to/from Australia and New Zealand. This promo could be a great way to hop down to either country or perhaps visit Southeast Asia on your way home from Australia/New Zealand.