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KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for January 2019 announced

Redeem selected Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class awards for 30% off. Book by 31 December 2018, fly in January 2019, or February 2019 for USA

Every month, Singapore Airlines releases a list of discounted KrisFlyer Saver awards to select destinations called “Spontaneous Escapes“. These awards go at a 30% discount compared to their normal redemption prices.

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KrisFlyer has just released its January 2019 spontaneous escapes list. These awards:

  • Must be booked and ticketed by 31 December 2018 (waitlists that clear after 31 December 2018 will be charged the regular rate, regardless of when you waitlisted)
  • Must be flown from 1-31 January 2018 or 1-28 February 2019 (for US destinations only)

Tickets issued under Spontaneous Escapes cannot be changed or cancelled, unlike regular award tickets which allow this for a fee. If you’re booking a Spontaneous Escapes award, be sure about your travel plans, or buy a travel insurance policy that covers miles bookings.

January’s Spontaneous Escapes List

Here are the destinations for January 2019’s Spontaneous Escapes promotion:

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Again we see the return of discounted Premium Economy awards to the United States on Singapore Airlines’ non-stop flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York (EWR). Discounted Business Class awards are also available for travel to Los Angeles on their non-stop flights as well. Flights to the United States booked during this month’s Spontaneous Escapes promotion are valid for travel in February 2019. 

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Be sure to note the various blackout periods which might apply to certain flights and/or city pairs.

What’s good this month?

The offerings for January’s Spontaneous Escapes are rather slim, with favourite holiday destinations such as Bangkok missing. Australia, New Zealand, and Europe are nowhere to be found in the list again.

If you wish to experience Singapore Airlines’ new cabin products for less with Spontaneous Escapes awards, there are opportunities to do so. Singapore Airlines is serving Ho Chi Minh on select days(SQ186) and Taipei daily(SQ876/SQ877) with their Boeing 787-10 aircraft which features the new regional Business Class seat.  I’ve flown it to Bangkok and you can read my full review here. Also, here’s a ground tour of the aircraft from Aaron at the Boeing 787 PPS event.

Singapore Airlines new Regional Business Class seat

If you have been wanting to try out Singapore Airlines’ new A380 Business Class product, you could snag yourself a Spontaneous Escapes award flight on SQ856/SQ861 to /from Hong Kong and SQ830/SQ833 to/from Shanghai. Aaron tried it out earlier in the year and he loved it.  You can have a read of Aaron’s review of the new Singapore Airlines A380 Business Class seat here.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Business Class seat

If you’re planning to head to the United States in February 2019, discounted Business Class award seats are available at Spontaneous Escapes rates exclusively to Los Angeles. The seat that is being used on the Airbus A350-900ULRs that ply the route is the same 2013 Business Class seats which can be found on the long-haul Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class Seat
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If you were thinking of snagging a discounted Premium Economy award to San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York (EWR), be sure to try and secure a solo seat at the back of the plane. These seats come with tons of storage and more importantly, no seatmate!

Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR Premium Economy solo seats

Personally, I would not recommend using your hard-earned miles on redeeming a Premium Economy class seat to the United States or to anywhere else. With fares hovering between S$1,500-S$1,700 on these non-stop flights to the United States, you might want to consider looking at purchasing revenue fares instead of using your miles.

Here’s the full list of destinations on offer:

Singapore Airlines

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Jakarta12,250SQ962
Jakarta to Singapore12,250SQ955,SQ957
Singapore to Surabaya12,250SQ930
Surabaya to Singapore12,250SQ931
Singapore to Hanoi8,750SQ176, SQ18814,000SQ176, SQ188
Hanoi to Singapore8,750SQ175, SQ18714,000SQ175, SQ187
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh8,750SQ184, SQ18614,000SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh to Singapore8,750SQ177, SQ18314,000SQ177, SQ183

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Guangzhou10,500SQ85019,250SQ850
Guangzhou to Singapore10,500SQ85124 – 31 January 201919,250SQ85124 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Hong Kong19,250SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ868
Hong Kong to Singapore19,250SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ871SQ891/SQ863/SQ861: 1 – 2 January 2019
Singapore to Taipei10,500SQ876, SQ87819,250SQ876, SQ878SQ878: 1 – 2 January 2019
Taipei to Singapore10,500SQ877, SQ8791 – 6 & 30 – 31 January 201919,250SQ877, SQ879SQ877/SQ879: 1 – 2 January 2019
Singapore to Beijing14,000SQ800, SQ802, SQ80624 – 31 January 201924,500SQ800, SQ802, SQ806
Beijing to Singapore14,000SQ801, SQ805, SQ80716 – 31 January 201924,500SQ801, SQ805, SQ80724 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Shanghai14,000SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ83626 – 31 January 201924,500SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore14,000SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ83323 – 31 January 201924,500SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ83324 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Nagoya17,500SQ6722 – 7 January 2019
Nagoya to Singapore17,500SQ6712 – 7 January 2019
Singapore to Seoul30,100SQ612
Seoul to Singapore30,100SQ611

The Americas (February 2019)

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Los Angeles45,500SQ36, SQ3861,600SQ36
Los Angeles to Singapore45,500SQ35, SQ3761,600SQ35
Singapore to San Francisco45,500SQ34
San Francisco to Singapore45,500SQ33
Singapore to New York49,000SQ22
New York to Singapore49,000SQ21

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Lombok5,250MI124, MI128
Lombok to Singapore5,250MI123, MI127
Singapore to Makassar5,250MI142
Makassar to Singapore5,250MI141, MI143
Singapore to Hanoi8,750MI654
Hanoi to Singapore8,750MI653
Singapore to Luang Prabang8,750MI787
Luang Prabang to Singapore8,750MI787
Singapore to Phnom Penh8,750MI602, MI606, MI608
Phnom Penh to Singapore8,750MI601, MI605, MI607
Singapore to Vientiane8,750MI787
Vientiane to Singapore8,750MI787

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Chengdu10,500MI936, MI93823 – 31 January 2019
Chengdu to Singapore10,500MI935, MI93715 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Fuzhou10,500MI992, MI99621 – 31 January 2019
Fuzhou to Singapore10,500MI991, MI99525 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Shenzhen10,500MI962, MI966
Shenzhen to Singapore10,500MI961, MI96518 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Xiamen10,500MI92226 – 31 January 2019
Xiamen to Singapore10,500MI92119 – 31 January 2019
Singapore to Hiroshima17,500MI8682 – 7 January 2019
Hiroshima to Singapore17,500MI8672 – 7 January 2019

Concluding Thoughts

It’s a little worrying to see Premium Economy awards constantly being discounted for travel to the United States on their new non-stop flights and it has already been reported that Singapore Airlines is having trouble filling up these flights at the rear. After all, spending up to 18-hours in a metal tube isn’t exactly tantalizing.

Hopefully we will see a return of discounted awards to Australia, New Zealand as well as Europe in the next Spontaneous Escapes promotion.


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AnnieT

Congrats to MileLion: first cab off the rank (I look at) with this month’s Spontaneous Escapes. INTERESTING OPTION to get to Hong Kong Y class, and be so grateful for the ML community’s comments. Seems a good workaround, but? SQ itself doesn’t offer economy level redemptions Singapore-Hong Kong BUT Silk Air does, to Shenzen. Rome2Rio states that’s just a 15 min train ride to Hong Kong. I understand, as an Aussie, I don’t need a visa if I’m in transit for under 24 hours; would ‘scoot’ up Queensland-Singapore. I so want to get back to beloved Singapore again and also… Read more »

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Do note that Shenzhen airport is quite a long way to the city centre. It is 1hr30 min by metro from the airport to the border MTR station in Luohu/Lo Wu. From there, it’s another 1 hour 15 min on the MTR to central Kowloon. To rub salt into the wound, the route is operated by Silkair. Conclusion: totally not worth it in my opinion, just pay the extra to fly straight into HK if that’s where you actually want to go.

James
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James

Izzit value for mile to redeem the Nagoya economy at 30% off? Realise sq doesn’t offer biz to Nagoya that often.

robin350
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robin350

Food for thought everyone.

Does it make a regular saver redemption more worth it (88,000 miles one-way SIN-LAX) compared to Spontaneous escape because you can add a stop over (SIN-NRT)? Vice Versa (88,000 miles one-way LAX-SIN, with a stop over NRT-SIN).

The T&C for spontaneous escape does not allow one to add stopover albeit lower miles requirements.

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Ken

Hi robin350.. it’s kinda depends on whether one is looking at doing a stopover, or not, no..?

One could say that a JFK>sin>LHR (with sin being the USD100 stopover) would make the most “worth it” redemption.. but that doesn’t mean that there’s a queue of people wanting/needing to do so.. in other words, comparing “spontaneous escapes” to “stopovers tricks” aren’t really an apple-to-apple comparison..

Merry Christmas.. ?

timothy
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I believe last month’s spontaneous escapes was released shortly after February 15 (GMT +8). Wondering if anyone has a clue when the deals for March will be released?