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KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for October 2019 announced

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

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

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View this month’s Spontaneous Escapes here

All Spontaneous Escape awards must be booked and ticketed by 30 September 2019 and are for travel between 1-31 October 2019 (both dates inclusive, blackout dates apply). The one exception is Los Angeles, which is for travel between 1-30 November 2019. This gives you 14 days to book, on par with the historical 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

48 destinations on offer for October 2019

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October 2019 features 48 destinations in total (I count Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita as two separate destinations), which is slightly more than compared to previous months.

Data nerd? Check out 23 months of historical Spontaneous Escapes pricing here!

Here’s the summary of what’s available for SIA and SilkAir in October 2019:

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What’s good this month?

October 2019 features roughly the same number of destinations as September 2019, but what’s changed is the distribution.

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Absent are Spontaneous Escapes stalwarts like Bangkok, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hanoi, and Hong Kong (odd, because you’d think with the protests they’d have a ton of spare capacity on that route). SilkAir also reverts to all Economy after offering some Business Class awards last month. 

Here’s what caught my eye: 

Istanbul, Manchester, Houston feature for the first time

Singapore Airlines’ Premium Economy on the A350 | Photo Credit: TPG

October 2019 marks the first month we’ve seen Istanbul, Manchester or Houston ever feature in Spontaneous Escapes (we’ve seen the fifth freedom route MAN-IAH been offered in June 2019, but not SIN-MAN or SIN-MAN-IAH). 

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Unfortunately, no discounted Business Class awards are available on these routes. Istanbul is only available in Economy Class, while Manchester and Houston are available in Premium Economy.

I’d be hard pressed to recommend burning your hard-earned miles on Premium Economy, even at a discount. That said, some would argue that with Spontaneous Escapes, you’re paying a small premium over Economy Class to fly Premium Economy. I suppose if you’re starting from the position of redeeming Economy Class, then yes- it’s correct to say that this is a small premium for a small incremental comfort. It’s not my cup of tea, but I’ve learned that the best redemption is the one that makes you happy. 

Gateway to Europe

I noted in my meta-analysis of Spontaneous Escapes that we don’t really see Europe feature all that often. This month’s a bit of an outlier in that we’re seeing four European destinations, the most in any Spontaneous Escapes since March 2019.

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class, available on SQ326 and SQ338 to Frankfurt and Dusseldorf

Only Frankfurt and Dusseldorf have Business Class awards, but their central position in Europe makes them good springboards to access the rest of the continent. It’s not difficult to find a cheap budget flight to London, Paris, Stockholm, Munich, or any of SQ’s Europe destinations that don’t feature in premium cabins. 

New Business Class only available on one route

Last month’s Spontaneous Escapes offered the chance to try SQ’s latest 2017 Business Class to Mumbai, but Mumbai’s no longer on offer this month.

Singapore Airlines’ latest A380 Business Class
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This leaves Shanghai as the only route where you can try the new product at a discounted rate. You’ll want to book SQ830/833 to snag this seat.

Options to Australia

2018 Regional Business Class seat, available to Adelaide

We’ve not seen Sydney or Melbourne feature in Spontaneous Escapes since June 2019, but Adelaide (ADL-SIN) is on offer in Business Class. This gives you the opportunity to try Singapore Airlines’ regional A350-900s, which are equipped with the 2018 Regional Business Class seat. Brisbane is also worth a look, with Business Class awards at only 43,400 miles in both directions. 

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 30 September!

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

Singapore Airlines

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Brunei13,300SQ182
Brunei to Singapore13,300SQ181
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur5,250SQ116, SQ11813,300SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250SQ10713,300SQ107
Singapore to Jakarta5,250SQ950, SQ958, SQ960, SQ962, SQ964, SQ96813,300SQ950, SQ958, SQ960, SQ962, SQ964, SQ968
Jakarta to Singapore5,250SQ951, SQ953, SQ955, SQ95713,300SQ951, SQ953, SQ955, SQ957
Singapore to Surabaya5,250SQ930, SQ932
Surabaya to Singapore5,250SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City8,750SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore8,750SQ183, SQ185
Singapore to Manila8,750SQ92124 – 25 October 2019SQ91624 – 25 October 2019
Manila to Singapore8,750SQ92127 – 28 October 201915,050SQ915, SQ92127 – 28 October 2019
Singapore to Yangon8,750SQ99815,050SQ998
Yangon to Singapore8,750SQ99715,050SQ997

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing14,00027,300SQ800, SQ802, SQ80601 – 10 October 2019
Beijing to Singapore14,000SQ801, SQ805, SQ80701 – 06 October 201927,300SQ801, SQ805, SQ80701 – 04 October 2019
Singapore to Shanghai14,000SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ83201 – 15 October 201927,300SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ832, SQ83601 – 15 October 2019
Shanghai to Singapore14,000SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ833, SQ83501 – 05 October 201927,300SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ833, SQ83501 – 05 October 2019
Singapore to Fukuoka17,500SQ65614 – 31 October 201932,900SQ656
Fukuoka to Singapore17,500SQ65513 – 23 October 201932,900SQ655
Singapore to Nagoya17,500SQ67218 – 29 October 201932,900SQ67210 – 16 October 2019
Nagoya to Singapore17,500SQ67118 – 21 October 201932,900SQ67110 – 20 October 2019
Singapore to Osaka17,500SQ620, SQ62217 – 27 October 2019
Osaka to Singapore17,500SQ621, SQ62311 – 20 October 2019
Singapore to Tokyo17,500SQ63011 – 27 October 201932,900SQ630
Tokyo to Singapore17,500SQ63910– 21 October 201932,900SQ11
Singapore to Seoul32,900SQ602, SQ608, SQ612
Seoul to Singapore32,900SQ603, SQ607, SQ611

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad 27,300SQ53018 – 31 October 2019
Singapore to Bangalore12,950SQ504
Bangalore to Singapore12,950SQ505
Singapore to Colombo12,950SQ46827,300SQ468
Colombo to Singapore12,950SQ46927,300SQ469
Singapore to Dhaka27,300SQ448
Dhaka to Singapore27,300SQ449
Singapore to Kolkata27,300SQ51601 – 14 October 2019
Kolkata to Singapore27,300SQ51701 – 14 October 2019
Singapore to Malé12,950SQ452
Malé to Singapore12,950SQ451

Australia and New Zealand

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Adelaide to Singapore43,400SQ278
Singapore to Brisbane43,400SQ25501 – 13 October 2019
Brisbane to Singapore19,600SQ23643,400SQ266

Middle East and Turkey

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dubai17,500SQ49424 – 25 October 2019
Dubai to Singapore17,500SQ49527 – 28 October 2019
Singapore to Istanbul17,500SQ392

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Frankfurt26,600SQ32664,400SQ326
Singapore to London26,600SQ306, SQ308, SQ318, SQ322
Singapore to Düsseldorf64,400SQ338

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Bandung5,250MI192, MI196
Bandung to Singapore5,250MI191, MI195
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur5,250MI320, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341
Singapore to Kota Kinabalu5,250MI391, MI395
Kota Kinabalu to Singapore5,250MI392, MI396
Singapore to Lombok5,250MI124, MI128
Singapore to Makassar5,250MI142, MI144
Singapore to Penang5,250MI350, MI352, MI356
Penang to Singapore5,250MI347, MI349, MI353, MI355
Singapore to Semarang5,250MI102, MI104
Semarang to Singapore5,250MI103
Singapore to Surabaya5,250MI224, MI226
Surabaya to Singapore5,250MI223, MI225
Singapore to Yogyakarta5,250MI152, MI154
Yogyakarta to Singapore5,250MI151, MI153
Singapore to Phnom Penh8,750MI602, MI606, MI608
Phnom Penh to Singapore8,750MI601, MI605, MI607
Singapore to Siem Reap8,750MI614, MI616
Singapore to Yangon8,750MI519, MI521
Yangon to Singapore8,750MI518, MI520

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Chengdu to Singapore10,500MI935, MI93701 – 03, 23 – 31 October 2019
Singapore to Shenzhen10,500MI962, MI966, MI96804 – 09, 25 – 31 October 2019
Shenzhen to Singapore10,500MI961, MI965, MI96901 – 03 October 2019
Singapore to Xiamen10,500MI92204 – 12 October 2019
Xiamen to Singapore10,500MI92101 – 03, 22 – 24 October 2019
Singapore to Hiroshima17,500MI868
Hiroshima to Singapore17,500MI867

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Colombo12,950MI428, MI430
Colombo to Singapore12,950MI427, MI429
Singapore to Hyderabad12,950MI472,
Hyderabad to Singapore12,950MI471
Singapore to Kochi12,950MI464, MI468
Kochi to Singapore12,950MI463, MI467

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Darwin14,000MI801, MI80301 – 13 October 2019
Darwin to Singapore14,000MI802, MI804
Cairns to Singapore19,600MI812, MI814

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy awards

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing22,400SQ800, SQ802, SQ80601 – 15 October 2019
Beijing to Singapore22,400SQ801, SQ805, SQ80701 – 04 October 2019
Singapore to Shanghai22,400SQ828, SQ830, SQ83601 – 15 October 2019
Shanghai to Singapore22,400SQ825, SQ831, SQ83301 – 05 October 2019
Singapore to Seoul24,150SQ612
Seoul to Singapore24,150SQ611
Singapore to Tokyo24,150SQ630, SQ634
Tokyo to Singapore24,150SQ11, SQ635, SQ639

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Brisbane to Singapore32,900SQ246

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Düsseldorf to Singapore45,150SQ337
Singapore to Frankfurt45,150SQ326
Singapore to London45,150SQ306, SQ308, SQ318, SQ322
Singapore to Manchester45,150SQ5201 – 05, 23 – 29 October 2019

North America

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Los Angeles47,600SQ36
Los Angeles to Singapore47,600SQ35
Singapore to Houston51,100SQ5201 – 05, 23 – 29 October 2019
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There’s a bug, one can’t see your front page with latest posts when one clicks milelion.com – thought you should know

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Hi Aaron, under SQ heading you’ve posted all MI flights and also missing the biz class sectors.