KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for November 2019 announced

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

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

View this month’s Spontaneous Escapes here

All Spontaneous Escape awards must be booked and ticketed by 31 October 2019 and are for travel between 1-30 November 2019 (both dates inclusive, blackout dates apply). This gives you 16 days to book, slightly longer than usual. 

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

54 destinations on offer for November 2019

November 2019 features 54 destinations in total (I count Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita as two separate destinations), which is more than average compared to previous months.

Data nerd? Check out 24 months of historical Spontaneous Escapes pricing here!

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

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What’s good this month?

After a brief absence last month, this month sees Spontaneous Escapes stalwarts Bangkok, Mumbai, Hanoi and Hong Kong return to the fold. There’s still plenty of options to Japan and Australia, with deals to be had in Business Class to cities like Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. 

SilkAir is only offering Economy awards once more, but I wouldn’t really consider redeeming my miles for their current Business Class products anyway. 

Here’s what caught my eye: 

Europe bonanza

I noted in my meta-analysis of Spontaneous Escapes that we don’t really see Europe feature all that often. So imagine my surprise to see nine European destinations this month, including never seen before cities like Milan. 

Unfortunately, the bulk of these destinations are only available in Economy or Premium Economy. Even with a discount, I’d find it hard to recommend burning your hard-earned miles on these cabins. I suppose, however, that if you were just trying to get as many people as possible to Europe for a vacation, then this might be a deal for you. 

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

The only European cities with discounted Business Class awards are Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. On the bright side, these are great places to use as springboards to the rest of Europe via Lufthansa. Moreover, Dusseldorf is available in both directions this time round, versus the usual one-way offer we see in previous months. 

San Francisco and New York on sale

It’s rare to see Business Class awards to the USA get discounted, so it’s good to see San Francisco available to and from Singapore for 66,500 miles each. This is a great price, although it’s available on the one-stop SQ1/2 via HKG only (i.e. not the non-stop options). This route is served by a B77W with the 2013 Business Class seat.

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class

This month also sees a Spontaneous Escapes debut for New York JFK as the elusive SQ25/26 finally goes on offer, albeit in Economy Class only. 

The sharp-eyed among you may be wondering if it makes sense to get to JFK by combining these two awards: 

  • SIN-FRA in Business Class (64,400 miles)
  • FRA-JFK in Economy Class (15,750 miles)

This costs a total of 80,150 miles, for which you’ll enjoy 13h 10 mins in Business Class (60%), and 8h 55 mins in Economy (40%). Given the regular price to fly this entire route in Business Class is 99,000 miles, I’d have to say the math doesn’t make sense. 

Singapore Airlines has historically released Spontaneous Escapes to the USA two months in advance of travel, but this month’s deals are meant for travel in November, just like all other destinations. 

Plane to Busan

Singapore Airlines will be taking over SilkAir’s Busan routes from 28 October, and it’s not because of capacity shortages arising from the 737 MAX 8 groundings. Rather, it’s because demand to Busan is strong enough to warrant an upgauge from a B737-800 to an A330-300 (an additional 123 seats)

Singapore Airlines A330-300 Business Class Seats

Unfortunately, the A330 isn’t a plane I’d advise you to redeem miles on, even with Spontaneous Escapes. Save your miles for a better Business Class experience. 

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 October!

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 SQ112, SQ116, SQ118 13,300 SQ112, SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 SQ107 13,300 SQ107
Singapore to Bali 5,250 SQ946, SQ948 13,300 SQ938, SQ942, SQ946, SQ948
Bali to Singapore 5,250 SQ939, SQ949 13,300 SQ939, SQ943, SQ947, SQ949
Singapore to Jakarta 5,250 SQ950, SQ958, SQ960, SQ962, SQ964, SQ968 13,300 SQ950, SQ958, SQ960, SQ962, SQ964, SQ968
Jakarta to Singapore 5,250 SQ951, SQ953, SQ955, SQ957 13,300 SQ951, SQ953, SQ955, SQ957
Singapore to Surabaya 5,250 SQ930, SQ932 13,300 SQ930, SQ932
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 SQ931, SQ933 13,300 SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Bangkok 8,750 SQ970, SQ976, SQ982, SQ978 21 – 30 November 2019 15,050 SQ970, SQ976, SQ982, SQ978
Bangkok to Singapore 8,750 SQ983, SQ981 15,050 SQ973, SQ983, SQ981
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City 8,750 SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore 8,750 SQ183
Hanoi to Singapore 8,750 SQ187
Singapore to Yangon 8,750 SQ998 15,050 SQ998
Yangon to Singapore 8,750 SQ997 15,050 SQ997

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing 14,000 SQ802 27,300 SQ800, SQ802, SQ806
Beijing to Singapore 14,000 SQ805, SQ807 27,300 SQ801, SQ805, SQ807
Singapore to Shanghai 14,000 SQ826, SQ828 27,300 SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore 14,000 SQ825, SQ827, SQ833 27,300 SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ833
Singapore to Busan 17,500 SQ616 32,900 SQ616
Busan to Singapore 17,500 SQ615 32,900 SQ615
Singapore to Seoul 32,900 SQ600, SQ602, SQ608, SQ612
Seoul to Singapore 32,900 SQ603, SQ607, SQ609, SQ611
Singapore to Fukuoka 32,900 SQ656
Fukuoka to Singapore 32,900 SQ655
Nagoya to Singapore 17,500 SQ671 32,900 SQ671
Singapore to Tokyo 17,500 SQ630 28 – 30 November 2019 32,900 SQ630
Tokyo to Singapore 17,500 SQ639 1– 4 November 2019 32,900 SQ639, SQ11
Singapore to Hong Kong 10,500 SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ868, SQ2 21,350 SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ868, SQ2
Hong Kong to Singapore 10,500 SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ871, SQ1, SQ3 21,350 SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ871, SQ1, SQ3
Hong Kong to San Francisco 23,100 SQ2 28 – 30 November 2019 62,300 SQ2
San Francisco to Hong Kong 62,300 SQ1, SQ3

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad 27,300 SQ530 1 – 12 November 2019
Ahmedabad to Singapore 12,950 SQ531 1 – 10 November 2019 27,300 SQ531 1 – 12 November 2019
Singapore to Bangalore 12,950 SQ504 27,300 SQ504
Bangalore to Singapore 12,950 SQ505 27,300 SQ505
Singapore to Chennai 27,300 SQ528
Chennai to Singapore 27,300 SQ529
Singapore to Dhaka 12,950 SQ448 27,300 SQ448
Dhaka to Singapore 12,950 SQ449 27,300 SQ449
Singapore to Kolkata 12,950 SQ516 14 – 30 November 2019 27,300 SQ516
Kolkata to Singapore 27,300 SQ517
Mumbai to Singapore 12,950 SQ425 1 – 10 November 2019
Singapore to Malé 12,950 SQ452 27,300 SQ452

Australia and New Zealand

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Adelaide 43,400 SQ279
Adelaide to Singapore 43,400 SQ278
Singapore to Brisbane 19,600 SQ235, SQ255 43,400 SQ245, SQ255, SQ265
Brisbane to Singapore 19,600 SQ246, SQ256 15 – 30 November 2019 43,400 SQ246, SQ266
Canberra to Singapore 19,600 SQ288 15 – 30 November 2019 43,400 SQ288
Melbourne to Singapore 19,600 SQ218 15 – 30 November 2019 43,400 SQ208
Singapore to Sydney 43,400 SQ231
Sydney to Singapore 43,400 SQ222

Middle East and Turkey

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Istanbul 17,500 SQ392 20 – 30 November 2019
Istanbul to Singapore 17,500 SQ391

Europe

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Barcelona 26,600 SQ378 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 2019
Singapore to Düsseldorf 26,600 SQ338 64,400 SQ338
Düsseldorf to Singapore 26,600 SQ337 64,400 SQ337
Singapore to Frankfurt 26,600 SQ326 64,400 SQ326
Frankfurt to Singapore 26,600 SQ325
Frankfurt to New York 15,750 SQ26
New York to Frankfurt 15,750 SQ25
Singapore to Munich 26,600 SQ328
Munich to Singapore 26,600 SQ327
Singapore to London 26,600 SQ306, SQ308, SQ318, SQ322 1 – 3 November 2019
London to Singapore 26,600 SQ305, SQ317, SQ319, SQ321 1 – 8 November 2019
Singapore to Zurich 26,600 SQ346
Zurich to Singapore 26,600 SQ345

USA

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to San Francisco 26,600 SQ2 66,500 SQ2
San Francisco to Singapore 66,500 SQ1, SQ3
Singapore to New York 28,000 SQ26
New York to Singapore 28,000 SQ25

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 5,250 MI320, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341
Singapore to Penang 5,250 MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354, MI356
Penang to Singapore 5,250 MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353, MI355
Singapore to Balikpapan 5,250 MI134, MI138
Balikpapan to Singapore 5,250 MI133, MI137
Singapore to Bandung 5,250 MI192, MI196
Bandung to Singapore 5,250 MI191, MI195
Singapore to Lombok 5,250 MI124, MI128
Lombok to Singapore 5,250 MI123, MI127
Singapore to Makassar 5,250 MI142, MI144
Makassar to Singapore 5,250 MI141, MI143
Singapore to Medan 5,250 MI238, MI234
Medan to Singapore 5,250 MI237, MI233
Singapore to Semarang 5,250 MI102, MI104
Semarang to Singapore 5,250 MI101, MI103
Singapore to Surabaya 5,250 MI224, MI226
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 MI223, MI225
Singapore to Yogyakarta 5,250 MI152, MI154
Yogyakarta to Singapore 5,250 MI151, MI153
Singapore to Phnom Penh 8,750 MI602, MI606 13 – 17 November 2019
Phnom Penh to Singapore 8,750 MI601, MI605 7 – 11 November 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 1 – 7 November 2019

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kochi 12,950 MI462, MI468 20 – 30 November 2019
Kochi to Singapore 12,950 MI461, MI467

Australia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Darwin 14,000 MI801, MI803
Darwin to Singapore 14,000 MI802, MI804 23 – 30 November 2019
Singapore to Cairns 19,600 MI812, MI814 1 – 10 November 2019
Cairns to Singapore 19,600 MI811, MI813 20 – 30 November 2019

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 Tokyo 24,150 SQ634
Tokyo to Singapore 24,150 SQ11
Singapore to Hong Kong 17,150 SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ2
Hong Kong to Singapore 17,150 SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ1, SQ3

Australia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Brisbane to Singapore 32,900 SQ246 23 – 30 November 2019
Canberra to Singapore 32,900 SQ288
Melbourne to Singapore 32,900 SQ228
Singapore to Sydney 32,900 SQ231

Europe

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Düsseldorf 45,150 SQ338
Düsseldorf to Singapore 45,150 SQ337
Singapore to Frankfurt 45,150 SQ326
Frankfurt to New York 32,900 SQ26
New York to Frankfurt 32,900 SQ25
Singapore to London 45,150 SQ306, SQ308, SQ318, SQ322 1 – 3 November 2019
London to Singapore 45,150 SQ305, SQ317, SQ319, SQ321 1 – 8 November 2019
Singapore to Paris 45,150 SQ334, SQ336
Paris to Singapore 45,150 SQ333,SQ335 1, 4, 5, 9 November 2019
Singapore to Milan 45,150 SQ356
Singapore to Rome 45,150 SQ366

 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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gni

“This route is served by a B77W with the 2013 Business Class seat.”

Is that supposed to be a good or bad thing…? O_O

Barry Allen

It can be a good or bad thing.

It depends on whether you like the 2013 business class seat on the B77W.

SG GOOD LIFE

Nice work as usual Aaron. You’re still the num 1 miles guy in SG!

Torn

I have a Business Saver redemption ticket booked for SIN-PEK in November. Question is whether it’s worth it to cancel that ticket to redeem a spontaneous escape? I can’t seem to find the answer to this in your other articles. It saves me 11,700 miles for a US$75 cancellation charge, so on the face of it I would think yes. And in terms of process, don’t think I can change route etc, so it would be cancel (pay US$75), ask SQ to expedite re-crediting of miles (any charge for calling them to do this?), and book the spontaneous escape. Anything… Read more »

freedom

Don’t ever try to redeposit your miles unless necessary. You can make changes to your redemption such as “change of route, cabin class, award type or add a stopover on Singapore Airlines / SilkAir” for US$25. You can change to another route with same or more miles for US$25. Is 11,700 miles worth US$25? This should be the question.

Torn

I don’t want to change any of that. Plus there’s no miles savings with your suggestion so don’t see how you arrived at “is 11,700 miles worth US$25″… In any case, even if I did such a change, I think it would be similar to changing from Biz Advantage to Biz Saver – I could ‘change’ the award type but I wouldn’t get the balance miles back.

freedom

if you have enough miles to book a new trip, just book a new one(the spontaneous rate) and change the current one to another route you like. That’s why the difference is only US$ 25 vs 11,700 miles.

Torn

I see. Unfortunately no other travel plans yet so this wouldn’t work. And I (ideally) don’t want to transfer additional CC miles to book a Spontaneous Escapes flight. So am hoping cancelling and recycling the miles for a new booking is viable (given it’s 2 weeks till end of month).

Torn

edit – sorry internet lagged and i posted twice by accident!

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