Airlines Deals

Weekly Airfare Deals Roundup: 1 July 2018 – 7 July 2018

Your blockbuster roundup of current airfare sales

To avoid sales clutter, we’ve decided to start a weekly series on airfare deals. Here’s where we’ll feature a summary of all but the most time-sensitive of deals (e.g flash sales). Purchases made through any of the links in this article supports The Milelion through an affiliate commission. 


Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines is currently running a sale from now until 16 July 2018 with all tickets bought during this sale valid for travel between now until 31 May 2019. You can view all the available destinations on offer over at the Malaysia Airlines website.

In this sale, good value Business Class fares are back with excellent Economy Class fares on offer too. London Heathrow at S$920 in Economy Class is quite a good price with Melbourne priced at S$585 being quite a good bargain as well. Up front in Business Class, flights to Japan start from S$1,581 which is still a fairly decent Business Class fare. Taipei at S$1,071 is quite a good fare as well but note that you’ll be traveling on their Boeing 737-800 on flights to Taipei.

Malaysia Airlines B737-800 Business Class Seat. (Photo Credits: AusBT)

Malaysia Airlines is concurrently holding another promotion called Golden Upgrades which runs from now until 24 July 2018. In this promotion, you will be able to be upgraded from Economy Class to Business Class on flights from/to ASEAN countries when connecting through Kuala Lumpur onward to your final destination. To enjoy this offer, simply enter “GOLDENUPGRADES” under the promo code field when performing a flight search. This offer is subject to availability. Under this promotion, selected destinations in the Malaysia Airlines network are available for booking at the Golden Upgrades rate. Malaysia Airlines has provided a guide on which destinations are available as well as how to go about obtaining the upgrade.

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Source: Malaysia Airlines

The Economy Upgrade fares are slightly higher than your normal Economy Promo fares to factor in the Business Class flight and privileges you will be having. Taking the example of a return flight to Tokyo Narita, we can see that a normal Economy Promo fare costs half of the Economy Upgrade fare. So although Malaysia Airlines is marketing this as a complimentary upgrade, in reality you are already paying for the upgrade. I’ve listed a comparison of the Economy Promo and Economy Upgrade fares below. The difference of close to S$300 is obvious that the upgrade isn’t actually “complimentary”. Although at S$800 odd, it is still a pretty decent price to be had given that you will have lounge access in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on your outbound flight and at Kuala Lumpur before your flight back to Singapore.

(L) Economy Promo fare (R) Economy Upgrade fare

Click HERE to book your tickets with Malaysia Airlines

KLM

KLM is still running their airfare sale which will end on 10 July 2018. I’ve covered more on this sale in last week’s edition of our Weekly Airfare Roundup and you can find out more details of the sale there. In summary, they are offering great fares to Europe which covers the December school holidays and even the Christmas period. Round trip Economy Class fares to Europe start from S$813, fares to North America start from S$1,365 and there are also decent sale fares to Bali which start from S$273 in Economy Class. The full list of destinations on offer can be viewed here and tickets must be booked via the KLM website. 

Click HERE to book your tickets with KLM

Emirates

Emirates has good fares on offer to Europe and beyond which are on sale until 18 July 2018. Fares to Europe start from S$999 and North America from S$1,499 for a round trip Economy Class ticket. Australia is also on sale and tickets to Australia under this sale runs can be purchased from now until 1 August 2018. Tickets bought during this sale are valid for travel from now until 31 March 2019 and you can view the full list of destinations that are on sale here.

Click HERE to book your tickets with Emirates

Finnair

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Finnair is running its sale from now until 20 July 2018 with great Economy Class and Business Class fares to Europe. There are several departure periods for these sale tickets which are from 4 September–17 December 2018 and 9 January–25 May 2019 and all travel must be completed by 31 May 2019. Take note that departures on Friday and Saturdays will not be priced at these sale fare rates. Tickets can be booked on the Finnair website here.

Source: Finnair

There are great fares on offer to Europe with fares starting from S$830 to Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Business Class fares are exceptionally good with fares to London from S$3,500 and Stockholm from S$3,200. Finnair flies their new A350-900 aircraft on the Singapore – Helsinki route with Economy Class in a 3-3-3 layout and Business Class in a 1-2-1 layout so on the comfort side of things there’s not much to worry about.

Click HERE to book your tickets with Finnair

LOT

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LOT is running their fare sale where fares to Europe start from just S$749. It isn’t explicitly stated when the sale will end so I would recommend purchasing these tickets sooner rather than later if you’re comfortable with the price. You can view the full list of destinations on offer here.

Source: LOT

For those of you who do not know who LOT Polish is, they’re the national airline of Poland and they have just resumed direct services between Singapore and Warsaw in late May 2018. They operate the Boeing 787 aircraft between Singapore and Warsaw where Economy Class is laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration as is the standard on all Boeing 787s. LOT has quite an extensive route network in Eastern Europe so if you’re heading there for your holidays, why not give LOT a look!

Click HERE to book your tickets with LOT

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is currently holding its sale where they are offering American Express cardholders special Economy Class fares. Tickets must be purchased with an American Express card. This sale runs from now until 23 July 2018 and the travel period for each destination varies according to your selected fare. Tickets must be booked on the Cathay Pacific website.

Click HERE to book your tickets with Cathay Pacific

Concluding Thoughts

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There’s certainly plenty of good deals to be had, especially for flights to the Northen Hemisphere for the year end holidays and Christmas/New Year period. You can always use wheretocredit.com to check which frequent flyer program will earn you the most miles for crediting your flights to them.

If you are unsure of which credit card to use to maximize your mileage earning returns, you can refer to the table below!

Credit Card Miles Per Dollar Bonus Spend Cap
DBS Woman’s World Card 4 Capped at S$2,000 per month
DBS Altitude 3 Capped at S$5,000 for online airfare and hotels per month
HSBC Revolution/Maybank Horizon Visa Signature 2 No cap for HSBC Revolution. Maybank requires you to spend min $300 a month to earn 2 mpd on air tickets. Bonus TREATS points are capped at 30,000 per month, or $7,500 of pure airline spending

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LOT also offers good PY fares for connections to Europe. At 1800-1900 SGD it beats all other PY competitors, e.g. SQ, LH, OS, BR, BA, AF, etc. The hard product seems to be decent and comparable to the likes within the LH group. Will report back in October after I tried it out.

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Hi

Assuming you have managed to book an econ upgrade on MAS, how do you go about to actually request for a biz class upgrade and how much do you have to pay for the upgrade?

Thanks.

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