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KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for August 2019 announced

Spontaneous Escapes for August 2019 are out, with 30% off selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir awards.

KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for August 2019 have been announced, with 30% off selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights.

Click here to view this month’s Spontaneous Escapes

All Spontaneous Escape awards must be booked and ticketed by 31 July 2019 and are for travel between 1-31 August 2019 (both dates inclusive, blackout dates apply). This gives you 16 days to book, slightly more generous than the historical 14 day average we’ve seen.

Ground Rules of Spontaneous Escapes

  • Tickets cannot be changed or cancelled. Be sure about your travel plans or buy a travel insurance policy that covers miles bookings
  • Tickets must be booked online; no phone bookings are permitted
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with the $100 stopover trick 
  • Discounts may apply in one direction only e.g. SIN-BKK may be on discount but BKK-SIN may not. Be sure to read the offers carefully 
  • You must ticket your award during the promotion period. If your waitlist clears after the promotion period ends, you’ll pay the regular price
  • Blackout dates apply. If you’re not seeing discounts, this may be why
  • Your travel must be completed within the Spontaneous Escapes promotion period to qualify. For example, if you fly on the last day of the month but land on the first day of the following month, no discount applies
  • Remember that the discount will only appear once you’ve clicked on the selected award

33 destinations on offer for August 2019

Average does not include Feb-19, which featured 3 US destinations announced in Dec-18’s Spontaneous Escapes

August 2019 features 33 destinations in total (I count Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita as 2 separate destinations), which is slightly smaller compared to previous months.

Data nerd? Check out 20 months of historical Spontaneous Escapes pricing here!
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Here’s the summary of what’s available for SIA and SilkAir in August 2019:

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What’s good this month?

It’s relatively slim pickings for August 2019, compared to some of the previous Spontaneous Escapes we have seen. However, the following options caught my eye:

Frankfurt in Business Class

As I’ve noted in my historical Spontaneous Escape analysis, Europe hardly appears, much less Europe in Business Class.

That’s why it’s  great to see Frankfurt popping up this time round, with SIN-FRA Business Class seats on SQ326 available at just 64.4K miles. Note that this is only available one-way (i.e. FRA-SIN will be regular price), and on one of the two daily flights (i.e. SQ26 is not available).

SQ326 is served by a B777-300ER, which means you’ll get to experience a very comfortable 2013 Business Class seat for the 13h 45 minutes flight time.

Enjoy Singapore Airline’s 2013 Business Class seat on B77W flights to Frankfurt

What I was surprised to see was that Business Saver award space is actually really good throughout August. I don’t know if it’ll stay that way, however, so you’d best get booking soon. Even if you’re not thinking of going to Frankfurt, it can be a useful staging point to connect to the rest of Europe.

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Bangkok, why not

There’s plenty of flights to Bangkok available and this is a route that lets you try the 2018 Regional Business Class on not one, not two but three daily flights (SQ970, SQ978, SQ982 to BKK, SQ973, SQ981 and SQ983 to SIN).

Catch Singapore Airlines’ 2018 Regional Business Class seat to Bangkok on three daily flights for just 15.05K miles

This is an excellent product for such a short flight, as I reviewed recently. Sure, redeeming miles for short haul premium cabins may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to treat yourself, you could do worse with 15.05K miles one-way.

Latest Business Class seats to Shanghai

If you’ve been eyeing Singapore Airline’s latest A380 cabin products, the only destination that has them this month is Shanghai (SQ830/833). 27.3K miles for a 5.5 hour flight may not be the best deal in the world, but when the seat is this good it’s hard to argue.

Singapore Airlines’ latest A380 Business Class

Fly Singapore Airlines to Phuket

This is more for novelty than value, but SIA recently started operating some of SilkAir’s Phuket routes due to capacity shortages on the SilkAir side. From July to October 2019, SQ992/993 replaces MI760/749, leaving SIN at 0950 and arriving in HKT at 1045.

The 2009 Regional Business Class seat you can expect to find on the B777-200
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The flight is operated by a B777-200, which means you’ll have to make do with Singapore Airlines’ angled flat 2009 Regional Business Class seat. But hey, when the alternative is a narrowbody jet with recliner seats…

Don’t bother with Premium Economy

Delhi, Mumbai, Seoul, Tokyo and Los Angeles are available for Premium Economy redemptions, but it’s not a good idea to use your miles for those, and Spontaneous Escapes don’t do anything to change that. You’re better off saving up a little bit more for a Business Class Spontaneous Escape, given the big gap in comfort and small gap in miles.

Conclusion

Spontaneous Escapes are a great way of stretching your miles, especially if you’re traveling with your family. Remember to ticket your awards before 31 July!

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Here’s the full list of destinations available (best viewed on desktop):

Singapore Airlines

South East Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 5,250 SQ116, SQ118 13,300 SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 SQ107 13,300 SQ107
Singapore to Jakarta 5,250 SQ950 13,300 SQ950
Jakarta to Singapore 5,250 SQ951 13,300 SQ951
Singapore to Brunei 13,300 SQ182
Brunei to Singapore 13,300 SQ181
Singapore to Bangkok 8,750 SQ970, SQ974, SQ976, SQ978, SQ982 8 – 10 August 2019 15,050 SQ970, SQ974, SQ976, SQ978, SQ982 8 – 10 August 2019
Bangkok to Singapore 8,750 SQ973, SQ975, SQ983, SQ981 11 – 13 August 2019 15,050 SQ973, SQ975, SQ981, SQ983 11 – 13 August 2019
Singapore to Phuket 8,750 SQ992 8 – 10 August 2019 15,050 SQ992 8 – 9 August 2019
Phuket to Singapore 8,750 SQ993 11 – 14 August 2019 15,050 SQ993 12 August 2019
Singapore to Yangon 8,750 SQ998 15,050 SQ998
Yangon to Singapore 8,750 SQ997 15,050 SQ997
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City 15,050 SQ178, SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore 15,050 SQ177, SQ183, SQ185
Singapore to Hanoi 15,050 SQ176, SQ188
Hanoi to Singapore 15,050 SQ175, SQ187

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing 27,300 SQ800, SQ802, SQ806
Beijing to Singapore 14,000 SQ807 10 – 12 August 2019 27,300 SQ801, SQ805, SQ807
Singapore to Shanghai 14,000 SQ828, SQ830 9 – 12 August 2019 27,300 SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ832, SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore 14,000 SQ833, SQ835 9 – 12 August 2019 27,300 SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ833, SQ835
Singapore to Fukuoka 17,500 SQ656 1 – 18 August 2019 32,900 SQ656
Fukuoka to Singapore 17,500 SQ655 1 – 18 August 2019 32,900 SQ655
Singapore to Nagoya 17,500 SQ672 16 – 19 August 2019 32,900 SQ672 14 August 2019, 16 – 18 August 2019
Nagoya to Singapore 17,500 SQ671 10, 12 August 2019 32,900 SQ671 9 – 10 August 2019, 12 – 13 August 2019
Singapore to Osaka 17,500 SQ620, SQ622 32,900 SQ618, SQ620, SQ622 14 – 18 August 2019
Osaka to Singapore 17,500 SQ619, SQ621, SQ623 1 – 18 August 2019 32,900 SQ619, SQ621, SQ623 8 – 13 August 2019
Singapore to Tokyo 17,500 SQ12, SQ634, SQ632, SQ638 32,900 SQ630, SQ634, SQ638
Tokyo to Singapore 17,500 SQ11, SQ633, SQ635, SQ637, SQ639 1 – 18 August 2019 32,900 SQ11, SQ637, SQ639
Singapore to Seoul 17,500 SQ602, SQ612 1 – 11 August 2019 32,900 SQ602, SQ608, SQ612
Seoul to Singapore 17,500 SQ603, SQ607, SQ609 1 – 4 August 2019, 9 – 12 August 2019 32,900 SQ603, SQ607, SQ611

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad 12,950 SQ530 27,300 SQ530
Ahmedabad to Singapore 27,300 SQ531
Singapore to Bangalore 12,950 SQ504 27,300 SQ504
Bangalore to Singapore 12,950 SQ505 27,300 SQ505
Singapore to Chennai 12,950 SQ528 5 – 12 August 2019 27,300 SQ528
Singapore to Kolkata 12,950 SQ516 27,300 SQ516
Kolkata to Singapore 27,300 SQ517
Singapore to Mumbai 27,300 SQ424, SQ426
Singapore to New Delhi 27,300 SQ402, SQ406
New Delhi to Singapore 27,300 SQ401, SQ403

Europe

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Frankfurt 64,400 SQ326

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy awards

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing 22,400 SQ800, SQ802, SQ806
Beijing to Singapore 22,400 SQ801, SQ805, SQ807
Singapore to Shanghai 22,400 SQ828, SQ830, SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore 22,400 SQ825, SQ831, SQ833
Singapore to Seoul 24,150 SQ612
Seoul to Singapore 24,150 SQ611
Singapore to Tokyo 24,150 SQ630
Tokyo to Singapore 24,150 SQ639, SQ11 9 – 12 August 2019 for SQ11

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Mumbai 22,400 SQ422, SQ424
Mumbai to Singapore 22,400 SQ421
Singapore to New Delhi 22,400 SQ406

North America

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Los Angeles 47,600 SQ36, SQ38
Los Angeles to Singapore 47,600 SQ35, SQ37

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kota Kinabalu 5,250 MI392, MI396
Kota Kinabalu to Singapore 5,250 MI391, MI395
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 5,250 MI320, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341
Singapore to Penang 5,250 MI348, MI350, MI354, MI356
Penang to Singapore 5,250 MI345, MI347, MI353, MI355
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 MI223, MI225
Singapore to Chiangmai 8,750 MI702, MI706 7 – 10 August 2019
Chiangmai to Singapore 8,750 MI701, MI705 9 – 14 August 2019
Singapore to Phuket 8,750 MI750, MI754, MI756, MI758 8 – 10 August 2019
Phuket to Singapore 8,750 MI749 12 August 2019
Singapore to Yangon 8,750 MI518, MI520
Yangon to Singapore 8,750 MI519, MI521

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Hiroshima to Singapore 17,500 MI867 8 – 15 August 2019

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Bangalore 12,950 MI424 9 – 12 August 2019
Bangalore to Singapore 12,950 MI423 9 – 12 August 2019
Singapore to Chennai 12,950 MI436
Singapore to Coimbatore 12,950 MI456
Singapore to Kathmandu 12,950 MI412, MI414
Singapore to Kochi 12,950 MI464, MI468
Singapore to Kolkata 12,950 MI488
Singapore to Visakhapatnam 12,950 MI442
Visakhapatnam to Singapore 12,950 MI441

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Correct me if I’m wrong, the warmer countries tend to be featured while countries experiencing cold winter tends to not to be in the SE. No Aussie, NZ this time. Most north Asian cities are available during the peak summer heat and Dubai isn’t available maybe due to the haj period.

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Did some random checks on the SIN-HKT routing. Two of the listed flights, MI 752 and MI 760, don’t seem to be scheduled to fly in August 2019 at all. Trying to let the CSO on the online webchat know about this to get to the bottom of the issue, but he/she is simply asking me to book available flights. PR fail.

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Raeza

Guess what, they redid the flights available for redemption on SIN-HKT / HKT-SIN. A CSO called to thank me for pointing our the mistake .

You may want to update your data.

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So you recommend paying the full redemption rate for business to LA rather than flying the much cheaper premium economy redemption?

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