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Krisflyer Monthly Redemption Deals- 30% off SQ Y and J awards

(Edit: Jimmy on the comments spotted something different between this promotion and the previous ones we’ve seen. Previous promotions allowed you to cancel completely unused tickets for a miles refund. The T&C of this promotion do not. Something to be aware of)

Krisflyer has been offering various discounted award redemptions on SQ and MI flights recently. Here are the recent promotions that we’ve had

May 2015: 50% off SQ and MI economy awards
Feb 2016: 30% off SQ and MI economy awards
July 2016: 50% off MI economy awards
October 2016: 50% off MI economy awards
November 2016:  30% off SQ premium economy and economy awards 
June 2017: 50% off MI business and economy awards

Although these promotions were certainly welcome, they never covered SQ Business Class. At most they’d cover MI J, and there was one promotion for SQ PY, but SQ J was never discounted.

Till now.

SQ has started offering “Krisflyer Monthly Redemption Deals”. The name of the promotion gets me excited because it implies we’ll see new deals every month.

The catch is that you have to travel within the next month- so for the current promotion you have to book between now and 31 August and travel between 1-30 Sept (both dates included). I imagine the same convention will be followed on subsequent deals.

If you have that kind of flexibility, then there are some interesting deals to be had. You can by all means go and look for economy deals, but I wanted to focus on the business class deals on offer this time round.

Here’s the list:

list of discounted Business Class awards. Note that SQ has made a typo- SIN-BNE is not SQ494/495, that belongs to Dubai

Of all these flights, I’d encourage you to look at the following if you wanted to try SQ‘s newest business class. These routes reliably have SQ’s 2013 Business Class seat.

  • SQ494/495 to Dubai (77W)
  • SQ422/423 to Mumbai (A350)
  • SQ828/827 to Shanghai (77W)
  • SQ806/801 to Beijing (77W)

Image result for sq new business class

The other catch is that you need to get your award ticketed before 31 August. Therefore, if you see that saver awards are on waitlist, you’ll need to either find a new date or waitlist yourself and bug them like crazy to clear the waitlist. To be absolutely clear, if your award waitlist clears after 31 August, notwithstanding the fact you’re travelling between 1-30 Sept, you will be paying the non-discounted rate.

So kudos to SQ for starting these promotions, and let’s hope we see other long haul destinations added for subsequent promotions.

Edit: And, of course, thanks to Chelsea who pointed this sale out to me. I’d better add myself back to SQ’s mailing list

A look at SQ’s 70th Anniversary amenity kit (and will this become a fixture?)

I love amenities kits. I can’t say I’ve ever used any of the products inside (what with my flawless skin and lack of upper body strength to open some of those tight containers) but they make great souvenirs of a journey. Here’s my pickings from a few years of travel…

Gotta catch ’em all. Thanks to Louis and Julia for the TK and KLM ones respectively. You know which ones those are, right?

Anyone who’s flown in SQ’s premium cabins recently will know that the airline has partnered with fancypants brand The Laundress to offer a special limited edition amenities kit to mark SQ’s 70th anniversary. I’m not quite sure what to make of the fact that The Laundress’ press release has a file photo of one of SQ’s 747s but anyway…

I received my kit on a recent SIN-DXB flight, handed out straight after takeoff. (I did not get a kit on my return leg from DXB-SIN, for reasons I can’t quite explain. I’m pretty sure they’re distributed both on inbound and outbound legs- maybe someone forgot to load them)

The kit is wrapped in protective plastic. I got the grey version, but there’s a black version floating out there too with separate contents.

Inside you’ll find hand sanitizer, fabric deodorizer (didn’t know that was a thing) and crease release spray, a thoughtful clear ziplock bag in case you need to bring these through security (in all my journeys no one has really cared I never put my liquids into a clear ziplock bag) and a loofah. At least I think it’s a loofah.

I later took a more glam shot at home.

At least I think it’s more glam. Try to ignore the chair legs on the LHS.

I mentioned that there are two types of kits and they have separate contents. Mark over at The Shutterwhale flew SIN-PEK a while back and here’s what he got-

Singapore Airlines' 70th Anniversary Amenity Kit Singapore Airlines SQ802 Business - SIN to PEK
Photo Credit: Mark Chua @ The Shutterwhale

I have to say I prefer the black kit, both from an aesthetics point of view and contents. Or maybe it’s just because he photographed it better.

In typical Singaporean fashion, these kits are already selling on Carousell. I suppose that’s one way of picking them up if you’re a collector.

Could this be the start of something grand?

SQ’s historical disdain for amenities kits is well documented, as this article by AusBT shows-

“I ask myself, ‘Do I want to spend $6-8 million just on an amenity kit?”‘ poses Mr Tan Pee Teck, Singapore Airlines’ Senior Vice President for Product & Services

“At last count, I think there were 38 airlines with business class that gave amenity kits (but) you can’t really differentiate yourself through an amenity kit” Tan explains to Australian Business Traveller.

“And if you travel very often, this thing is just left behind. So we decided to pump the money into other things for business class, and just make sure that our bathroom is stocked properly.”

Amenities kits are only given out in First Class and Suites on SQ, with business class passengers having to settle for toothbrushes and eye masks cobbled together from the trolley and loo.

But Loyalty Lobby reports that SQ has been circulating surveys to Krisflyer members asking them what they think of the kits.

photo credit: Loyalty Lobby
photo credit: Loyalty Lobby
photo credit: Loyalty Lobby

Man, whoever answers “not necessary at all” to question 5…

This leaves me hopeful that SQ is smelling the coffee and seriously contemplating adding an amenities kit as a regular fixture in their J cabin. I’m not privy to the financial details, but I always assumed many cosmetics companies would kill to be able to market their products to a well-heeled audience like those who travel in SQ’s premium cabins. Surely the cost of sourcing sample sized products plus a fancy bag wouldn’t be too much?

There are limited supplies of this 70th anniversary kit and the airline didn’t announce when it will be on offer till. In fact, what I find interesting is that Singapore Airlines didn’t announce anything at all (or if they did, I missed it). All the PR on this has come from The Laundress’ side, all the coverage is quoting The Laundress. The only mention I can find from SQ is this small notice on their PPS club newsletter.

It’s almost as if SQ doesn’t want people getting their hopes up…

SQ’s new A380 cabin products not coming until 2018?

So much for playing A380 roulette. As per AusBT, Singapore Airline’s launch of its new A380 cabin products may be delayed until the start of next year.

With every day that passes I’ve grown more and more skeptical that we’d see a product launch this year. At first I thought they’d announce the products in the run up to NDP to capitalize on the nationalistic fervor, Then I thought they’d at least launch it by the end of 2017 as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations. But the fact is, we’ve heard absolutely nothing up to now. Apart from some vague confirmation that the new A380s will launch on the SIN-SYD route, it’s been radio silence on all fronts. We only have one photo of the new A380, and that’s an exterior shot on its ferry flight from Toulouse to Hamburg back in March 2017.

BP_11_New SQ Suites Class_Image 1
Credit: Eurospot (17 March 2017)

I’m currently holding three confirmed Suites award tickets that I booked speculatively a few months ago-

  • SQ221, 1 Dec SIN-SYD
  • SQ231, 2 Dec SIN-SYD
  • SQ308, 2 Dec SIN-LHR (booked when I was trying to hedge between LHR and SYD as launch locations)

The more I think about it, the more I feel time is running out for a product launch this year. All major media outlets (The Milelion notwithstanding) will presumably be invited to the media event, and they haven’t announced anything yet in the way of dates. I’m assuming that one month’s notice is the general standard in the aviation industry for media invites. Based on what’s happened in the past, here’s the gap between product announcement and first flight

So  let’s take the average of 2.5 months minimum for that. This gives us 3.5 months of buffer, meaning that we’re looking at best at a around Christmas/after Christmas launch. At best.

If we haven’t heard anything by the end of the month, I’ll begin moving some of these bookings to Feb/March of next year. If you, like me, hold speculative bookings, you might want to consider your options too.