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KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for December 2019 announced

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

KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for December 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 30 November 2019 and are for travel between 1-31 December 2019 (both dates inclusive, blackout dates apply). This gives you 15 days to book, on par with what we historically see. 

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

30 destinations on offer for December 2019

December 2019 features 30 destinations in total (I count Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita as two separate destinations), which is much lower than average compared to previous months. It’s somewhat unsurprising, given that December is peak travel season for people in Singapore.  

Data nerd? Check out 25 months of historical Spontaneous Escapes pricing here!
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Here’s the summary of what’s available for SIA and SilkAir in December 2019: 

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What’s good this month?

If you were hoping to score a December getaway to Bali, Bangkok, or Australia (except Perth), you’re going to be disappointed because these Singapore holiday hotspots are absent this month. That said, 30 destinations is slightly better than December 2018’s miserly 22 options. 

Here’s my thoughts on this month’s destinations.

Christmas in Europe

If you fancy checking out the Christmas markets in Europe you’ll be pleased to see that Dusseldorf is available in Business Class both to and from Singapore.

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Even if Dusseldorf isn’t your intended European destination, it’s a good idea to book the long haul leg in Business Class comfort, before connecting to a budget/Economy Class flight to finish your journey. Dusseldorf is within 2 hours of most major European cities, and a good staging point for your trip.  

Flights to Dusseldorf use the A350-900 aircraft, with the 2013 Business Class seat. 

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class

Don’t bother with Premium Economy

The operative rule for Premium Economy redemptions doesn’t change with Spontaneous Escapes- it’s simply not a good use of your miles. I’d much rather save up a little more and get a full Business Class experience, than paying for what’s essentially Economy+

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

You might be tempted by the non-stop flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles, but watch out for those early January blackout dates. Moreover, Singapore Airlines tends to offer heavily-discounted Premium Economy fares on these routes, which makes this a dubious redemption even at 30% off. 

SilkAir Business Class options return, but why bother

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SilkAir is offering both Business and Economy Class awards this month (most of the times it’s just Economy), but I wouldn’t really consider redeeming my miles for their current Business Class products

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Until Singapore Airlines subsumes SilkAir and refits their aircraft with full-flat Business Class seats, you’re going to encounter tired, uncomfortable recliners that are well past their prime. 

Conclusion

December’s crop of Spontaneous Escapes is slim pickings, and I wouldn’t expect that to pick up for January either. That said, if you’ve found a destination you’re heading to anyway, then Spontaneous Escapes are a great way of stretching your miles, especially if you’re traveling with family.

Remember to ticket your awards before 30 November!

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 Jakarta5,250SQ950, SQ958, SQ960, SQ962, SQ964, SQ96813,300SQ950, SQ958, SQ960, SQ962, SQ964, SQ968
Singapore to Surabaya5,250SQ930, SQ93213,300SQ930, SQ932
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City8,750SQ184, SQ18622 – 31 December 201915,050SQ178, SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore8,750SQ183, SQ18515,050SQ177, SQ183, SQ185
Singapore to Yangon15,050SQ998
Yangon to Singapore15,050SQ997

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing14,000SQ800, SQ802, SQ8061 – 25 December 201927,300SQ800, SQ802, SQ806
Beijing to Singapore27,300SQ801, SQ805, SQ807
Singapore to Shanghai14,000SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ8361 – 22 December 201927,300SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore27,300SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ833
Singapore to Seoul32,900SQ602, SQ608, SQ612
Seoul to Singapore32,900SQ603, SQ607, SQ611
Singapore to Fukuoka17,500SQ6561 – 23 December 2019
Fukuoka to Singapore32,900SQ65520 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Nagoya17,500SQ6721 – 17 December 201932,900SQ6721 – 15 December 2019
Nagoya to Singapore17,500SQ67120 – 31 December 201932,900SQ67124 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Osaka32,900SQ620, SQ6221 – 24 December 2019
Osaka to Singapore32,900SQ62321 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Tokyo32,900SQ6301 – 21 December 2019
Tokyo to Singapore32,900SQ63919 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Hong Kong10,500SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ86826 – 31 December 201921,350SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ868
Hong Kong to Singapore10,500SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ87121,350SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ871

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad27,300SQ530
Ahmedabad to Singapore27,300SQ53126 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Bangalore27,300SQ502, SQ504
Bangalore to Singapore27,300SQ503, SQ505
Singapore to Colombo27,300SQ468
Colombo to Singapore27,300SQ469
Singapore to Dhaka27,300SQ446, SQ448
Dhaka to Singapore27,300SQ447, SQ449
Singapore to Kolkata27,300SQ51611 – 23 December 2019
Kolkata to Singapore27,300SQ51720 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Malé12,950SQ452

Australia and New Zealand

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Perth14,000SQ213, SQ223, SQ215, SQ225

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Düsseldorf64,400SQ33818 – 29 December 2019
Düsseldorf to Singapore64,400SQ33712 – 21 December 2019
Frankfurt to New York15,750SQ2628 – 31 December 2019

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Surabaya5,250MI224, MI22613,300MI224, MI226
Surabaya to Singapore13,300MI223, MI225
Singapore to Da Nang15,050MI632, MI64020 – 31 December 2019
Mandalay to Singapore8,250 (Typo on SIA website- it should be 8,750 miles)MI151, MI153   
Singapore to Yangon15,050MI518, MI520
Yangon to Singapore15,050MI519, MI521

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Hiroshima32,900MI868
Hiroshima to Singapore32,900MI867

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kochi27,300MI462, MI46820 – 29 December 2019
Kochi to Singapore12,950MI46114 – 31 December 201927,300MI461, MI467
Singapore to Chennai27,300MI436
Chennai to Singapore12,950MI43520 – 31 December 201927,300MI435
Singapore to Kathmandu27,300MI416

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Darwin14,000MI801, MI80343,400 (Typo on SIA website- it should be 25,500 miles)MI801, MI803
Singapore to Cairns43,400MI811, MI813

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy awards

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Beijing22,400SQ800, SQ802, SQ806
Beijing to Singapore22,400SQ801, SQ805, SQ807
Singapore to Shanghai22,400SQ826, SQ828, SQ830, SQ836
Shanghai to Singapore22,400SQ825, SQ827, SQ831, SQ833
Singapore to Osaka24,150SQ62227 – 31 December 2019
Tokyo to Singapore24,150SQ631, SQ633, SQ635, SQ63717 – 31 December 2019
Singapore to Seoul24,150SQ612
Seoul to Singapore24,150SQ611
Singapore to Hong Kong17,150SQ860, SQ856, SQ866
Hong Kong to Singapore17,150SQ863, SQ861, SQ865

USA

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Los Angeles47,600SQ36, SQ381 – 12 January 2020
Los Angeles to Singapore47,600SQ35, SQ371 – 14 January 2020
Singapore to San Francisco47,600SQ341 – 12 January 2020
San Francisco to Singapore47,600SQ331 – 17 January 2020
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