KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for May 2018 announced

Book these discounted awards by 30 April 2018 for travel between 1 May 2018 and 31 May 2018.

Singapore Airlines releases a list of discounted KrisFlyer redemption Saver awards to select destinations every month called “Spontaneous Escapes“. These discounted awardsare going at a 30% discount compared to their normal redemption cost.

Like clockwork, Singapore Airlines has released the list for May 2018. You’ll need to book these discounted award tickets by 30 April 2018 and tickets booked on Spontaneous Escapes rates are valid for travel from 1 May 2018 – 31 May 2018. 

Just a reminder that tickets issued under the Spontaneous Escapes promotion are non-changeable and cannot be cancelled as well. This is unlike regular award tickets which at least allow you to refund your booking for a fee. Thus, your travel plans have to be very firm before taking advantage of this promotion (or you should buy a travel insurance policy that covers miles and points bookings).

Also note that if you are waitlisted on a Spontaneous Escapes award and should your waitlist not clear by 30 April 2018, you will be charged the normal rates for your award ticket.

Bali dropped, Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul on discount and many more

Unlike April’s list, Bali has now been dropped from the list of destinations available for South East Asia but Bangkok still remains. Further up North, Hong Kong is still being included but this time around, business class seats are on offer for selected flights.

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Favourite holiday destinations of Taipei and Seoul are also in the list of available destinations. SQ856 to Hong Kong and SQ861 from Hong Kong operating with the new A380 is on the list of flights that are being discounted, so if you’ve been wanting to try out the new A380 business class but don’t have the time to head to Sydney, this would present a good chance for you to do so as well.

The Suites seat map for both SQ856 and SQ861 confirms that it will indeed by the new A380 since Suites are configured in a 1-1 layout on the new A380s.

The list of destinations on offer to Australia largely remains the same but there is the inclusion of Perth this month. Interestingly, Sydney on SQ221 and SQ222 is on offer yet again giving you the chance to experience the new A380 products for less.

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Also, SQ215 and SQ216 to and from Perth are the flights being operated by the brand new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner with the new regional business class product and hence this is a great chance to snag a discounted award flight to experience it for yourself. However if you’re interested in trying out the new regional business class product but can’t afford the time to head to Perth, Bangkok would still be served with the Boeing 787-10 in May on select days and at 14,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way in business class, I would definitely go for it. (Update : SQ972 goes back to being operated by the Airbus A330 from 7 May 2018 onward)

Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner Business Class Cabin

Our favourite European destination of Dusseldorf makes yet another appearance in the KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes list. This time round Frankfurt, Munich and London are also included in the list of discounted destinations to Europe, albeit them being available for redemption in economy class only.

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For the list of destinations being offered on SilkAir, nothing really catches my eye and everything on offer is only for redemption in economy class.

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Do take note of the blackout days which apply throughout the month for flights to Hong Kong and Taipei, as well as the blackout dates applicable for other city pairs.

Here’s the full list of destinations for your perusal :

Singapore Airlines

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Jakarta5,250SQ95012,250SQ950
Jakarta to Singapore5,250SQ95112,250SQ951
Singapore to Bangkok8,750SQ976 / SQ978 / SQ98214,000SQ976 / SQ978 / SQ982
Bangkok to Singapore8,750SQ973 / SQ983 / SQ98114,000SQ973 / SQ983 / SQ981
Singapore to Hanoi8,750SQ17614,000SQ930
Hanoi to Singapore8,750SQ17514,000SQ175
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh8,750SQ184 / SQ18614,000SQ184 / SQ186
Ho Chi Minh to Singapore8,750SQ177 / SQ18314,000SQ177 / SQ183 / SQ185
Singapore to Manila14,000SQ912 / SQ916
Manila to Singapore14,000SQ917 / SQ919 / SQ921

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Guangzhou19,250SQ852
Guangzhou to Singapore19,250SQ853
Singapore to Hong Kong10,500SQ856 / SQ860 / SQ866 / SQ868 / SQ872 / SQ890Not available for flights on Monday19,250SQ856 / SQ860 / SQ866 / SQ868 / SQ872 / SQ890Not available for flights on Monday
Hong Kong to Singapore10,500SQ857 / SQ861 / SQ863 / SQ871 / SQ891Not available for flights on Friday19,250SQ857 / SQ861 / SQ863 / SQ871 / SQ891Not available for flights on Friday
Singapore to Taipei10,500SQ878
Taipei to Singapore10,500SQ877 / SQ879Not available for flights on Friday
Singapore to Beijing24,500SQ802
Beijing to Singapore24,500SQ807
Singapore to Shanghai14,000SQ826 / SQ828 / SQ830 / SQ832 / SQ83624,500SQ826 / SQ828 / SQ830 / SQ832 / SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore14,000SQ833 / SQ83524,500SQ827 / SQ833 / SQ835
Singapore to Seoul17,500SQ60230,100SQ008 / SQ602/
Seoul to Singapore17,500SQ6031 – 5 May 201830,100SQ007 / SQ603 / SQ607

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad24,500SQ530
Ahmedabad to Singapore24,500SQ531
Singapore to Chennai24,500SQ528
Chennai to Singapore24,500SQ529
Singapore to Colombo24,500SQ468
Colombo to Singapore24,500SQ469
Singapore to Dhaka12,950SQ446 /SQ44824,500SQ446 /SQ448
Dhaka to Singapore12,950SQ447 /SQ44924,500SQ447 /SQ449
Singapore to Kolkata24,500SQ516
Kolkata to Singapore24,500SQ517
Singapore to Male12,950SQ45224,500SQ452
Male to Singapore12,950SQ45124,500SQ451

South West Pacific

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Perth14,000SQ21522,750SQ215
Perth to Singapore14,000SQ21622,750SQ216
Singapore to Brisbane19,600SQ26540,600SQ235 / SQ245 / SQ255 / SQ26525 – 31 May 2018
Brisbane to Singapore19,600SQ26640,600SQ236 / SQ246 / SQ256 / SQ26625 – 31 May 2018
Singapore to Melbourne19,600SQ24740,600SQ247
Melbourne to Singapore19,600SQ24840,600SQ248
Singapore to Sydney19,600SQ221 / SQ23140,600SQ221 / SQ231
Sydney to Singapore19,600SQ222 / SQ232 / SQ28840,600SQ222 / SQ232 / SQ288
Singapore to Wellington19,600SQ24740,600SQ247
Wellington to Singapore19,600SQ24840,600SQ248

Middle East

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dubai31,500SQ494
Dubai to Singapore31,500SQ495

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dusseldorf26,600SQ33859,500SQ338
Dusseldorf to Singapore26,600SQ33759,500SQ337
Singapore to Frankfurt26,600SQ326
Frankfurt to Singapore26,600SQ325
Singapore to London26,600SQ308 /SQ31826 – 31 May 2018
London to Singapore26,600SQ305 /SQ31726 – 31 May 2018
Singapore to Munich26,600SQ328
Munich to Singapore26,600SQ327

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSBLACK OUT PERIOD
Singapore to Balikpapan5,250
Balikpapan to Singapore5,250
Singapore to Lombok5,250
Lombok to Singapore5,250
Singapore to Makassar5,250
Makassar to Singapore5,250
Singapore to Chiang Mai8,750
Chiang Mai to Singapore8,750
Singapore to Hanoi8,750
Hanoi to Singapore8,750
Singapore to Luang Prabang8,750
Luang Prabang to Singapore8,750
Singapore to Mandalay8,750
Mandalay to Singapore8,750
Singapore to Phnom Penh8,750
Phnom Penh to Singapore8,750
Singapore to Siem Reap8,750
Siem Reap to Singapore8,750
Singapore to Vientiane8,750
Vientiane to Singapore8,750

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSBLACK OUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kunming10,50026 – 31 May 2018
Kunming to Singapore10,50026 – 31 May 2018
Singapore to Shenzhen10,500
Shenzhen to Singapore10,500
Singapore to Wuhan10,500
Wuhan to Singapore10,500
Singapore to Hiroshima17,500
Hiroshima to Singapore17,500

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSBLACK OUT PERIOD
Singapore to Colombo12,950
Colombo to Singapore12,950
Singapore to Trivandrum12,950
Trivandrum to Singapore12,950

South West Pacific

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSBLACK OUT PERIOD
Singapore to Cairns19,600
Cairns to Singapore19,600

Concluding Thoughts

It’s always nice to see more destinations that are being offered each month, especially those that are being served by Singapore Airlines latest aircraft and products. It’s also good to see more North Asian destinations being included actually as this coincides nicely with the upcoming June school holidays.

Dusseldorf has been appearing without fail each month, meaning there should be plenty of seats available on that flight. Even though your favourite European city might not be on offer in business class, you can always use Dusseldorf as a spring board to get to your final destination by booking a cheap onward connecting flight.

Just another reminder that tickets booked on a Spontaneous Escapes discounted rate are non-changeable and it cannot be cancelled as well. So do make sure your plans are firm before performing a booking for a Spontaneous Escapes award.

Matthew Chong
Addicted to luxury travel while trying not to go broke, Matthew is always on the prowl for the best deals in the travel industry. When he's not busy studying, he can be found trawling the internet and reading up on credit cards, airlines and hotels. He also wouldn't mind taking you out on a date.

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one wing

Please could you give us an opinion on whether in these situations whether we should still redeem economy or business.

I will just be going around the Asia regions on offer, the flights are less than 3 hrs, business class is roughly 60% more miles.

Crystal Meideng

For me I would as I have miles to spare. I don’t get many off days every year.

Unless I need the miles elsewhere. I would go for more value in business class.

If you have like a million miles in your account, you should not think of this. But I you are trying & trying to save up miles for big trip. Then I would recommend you to book economy and save the miles for longer flight.

Ken

The best value redemptions, so far as SQ is concerned, are always F redemptions, because the dollar value is the highest, because SQ never gives discounts on F seats. However, this is “perfect world” scenario, in that you have ‘deep pockets’ of miles to burn.. therefore, ‘best compromise’ redemptions are in J, where it’s much better value (even though SQ has J sales, dollar quantum still quite high). Worst value would be Y, simply because, for example, why redeem 25,000/ 30,000 miles for Return BKK/HKG, for which u had to spend (eg.) $13,000/$15,000 to get those miles, when you could’ve… Read more »

one wing

Agreed you guys are right. Seems like I should fly budget airlines for the short trips within 4 hrs from Singapore and redeem business class seats when I fly further to places like Japan and beyond.

Thanks guys

Ken

Actually, u should check out promo fares from full service carriers before jumping into LCCs.. very often, fares similar or just a bit more than LCCs.. depending on how near/far away your flights are.. and LCCs, you need be careful of baggage allowance and changes, do which everything may be chargeable and when you start stacking them up, sometimes LCCs winds up more expensive!

Of course not all the time, but can.. and that’s one of the ways LCCs make money.

one wing

agreed. i tend to book of skyscanner cause i care more about the time of the flight than the carrier. i can use the bar to filter out the non suitable flight times

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