KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for January 2020 announced

Spontaneous Escapes for January 2020 are out, with 30% off selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir awards

KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for January 2020 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 December 2019 and are for travel between 1-31 January 2020 (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

32 destinations on offer for January 2020

Average excludes Feb 2019, where only 3 USA destinations were available.

January 2020 features 32 destinations in total (I count Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita as two separate destinations, and exclude 5th freedom flights), which is lower than average compared to previous months. Just like last month, we’re seeing relatively fewer destinations on offer given it’s peak travel period for people in Singapore. 

Data nerd? Check out 26 months of historical Spontaneous Escapes pricing here!
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Here’s the summary of what’s available for SIA and SilkAir in January 2020: 

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What’s good this month?

Dusseldorf is available again in Business Class from mid-January onwards, so my advice last month still holds if you want to see winter in Europe. Istanbul makes a rare appearance, but only in Economy and Premium Economy Class. There’s nothing to Australia, and only options from Adelaide and Darwin, making it hard to hack a trip to the Australian Open. 

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

Early January getaway to Bali (or the Maldives?)

If you fancy taking the first week of January 2020 off, then a discounted Business Class award to Bali may hit the spot at 26,600 miles round-trip. Do note that your return flight from Bali to Singapore must be 7 January or later. 

Singapore Airlines B787-10 Business Class

You’ll be able to try Singapore Airlines’ 2018 Regional Business Class seat on this route with SQ942 and 946. I flew on this route for the first part of my honeymoon, and although the flight is short, it’s enough for a quick meal, a short movie and a brief nap. 

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Unfortunately, beyond Bali there aren’t really many options for a regional getaway. Bangkok isn’t on the list, nor Ho Chi Minh, nor Phuket, nor Koh Samui. You could do Penang, which has availability for the early part of January, if that floats your boat. 

The other option is Male, because January is a great time to visit- hot, sunny days with excellent water visibility. There aren’t any Business Class awards, sadly, but 25,900 for a round-trip Economy Class ticket might be good for those trying to stretch their miles. Spontaneous Escapes awards are available for the whole of January. 

South Korea and Japan, if you’re not afraid of the cold

This is fine.

I sleep with the air conditioning close to 16 degrees, so it’s safe to say I fear no cold. If you feel the same way, then rejoice because Seoul, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Nagoya (to Singapore only), and Osaka are all available in Business Class. 

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The first week of January is mostly blocked out, but from the second week onwards things open up. I hear the January weather in Tokyo is 2-10°C, so pack (or shop) accordingly. You’ll find a mixture of aircraft plying the routes to Japan, including the 2013 Business Class seat. 

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class

SilkAir Business Class options available again, but don’t expect much

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Just like last month, SilkAir is offering both Business and Economy Class awards again (most of the times it’s just Economy). However, I wouldn’t consider redeeming my miles for their current Business Class products

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Until Singapore Airlines fully integrates 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. The ergonomics are terrible, and it’s really not much better than Economy. 

We do know that Singapore Airlines has used the enforced downtime on the B737 MAX 8 to paint some of them in SQ livery, and this shot of 9V-MBN gives some hope we may see the new narrowbody products soon. 

Credit: Reddit

Conclusion

Slim pickings for January 2020, but if you’ve found a destination you’re heading to anyway, then this is a great way of stretching your miles, especially if you’re traveling with family. Remember to ticket your awards before 31 December!

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 Kuala Lumpur5,250SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ11822 – 25 January 202013,300SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ11925 – 29 January 202013,300SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119
Singapore to Jakarta5,250SQ9501 – 10 January 2020
Jakarta to Singapore5,250SQ951
Singapore to Surabaya5,250SQ930, SQ9321 – 10 January 202013,300SQ930, SQ9321 – 10 January 2020
Surabaya to Singapore5,250SQ931, SQ93313,300SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Bali13,300SQ938, SQ942, SQ946, SQ948
Bali to Singapore13,300SQ939, SQ943, SQ947, SQ9491 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Hanoi8,750SQ188
Hanoi to Singapore8,750SQ18727 – 31 January 2020

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Seoul17,500SQ600, SQ602, SQ608, SQ61223 – 28 January 202032,900SQ602, SQ608, SQ612
Seoul to Singapore17,500SQ609, SQ603, SQ607, SQ6111 – 12 January 2020, 22 – 24 January 202032,900SQ603, SQ607, SQ6111 – 5 January 2020
Singapore to Fukuoka17,500SQ6561 – 6 January 2020, 23 – 26 January 202032,900SQ6561 – 5 January 2020, 23 – 27 January 2020
Fukuoka to Singapore17,500SQ6551 – 5 January 202032,900SQ6551 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Tokyo17,500SQ630, SQ632, SQ634, SQ636, SQ638, SQ121 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 26 January 202032,900SQ630, SQ634, SQ6381 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 26 January 2020
Tokyo to Singapore17,500SQ631, SQ633, SQ635, SQ639, SQ637, SQ111 – 12 January 202032,900SQ6391 – 6 January 2020
Nagoya to Singapore17,500SQ6711 – 6 January 202032,900SQ6711 – 7 January 2020
Singapore to Osaka17,500SQ618, SQ620, SQ6222 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 26 January 202032,900SQ618, SQ620, SQ6222 – 5 January 2020
Osaka to Singapore17,500SQ619, SQ621, SQ6231 – 7 January 202032,900SQ619, SQ621, SQ6231 – 5 January 2020, 10 – 12 January 2020
Singapore to Hong Kong10,500SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ86828 – 31 January 202021,350SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ86828 – 31 January 2020
Hong Kong to Singapore10,500SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861,SQ865, SQ87121 – 27 January 202021,350SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ87121 – 27 January 2020

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad27,300SQ5301 – 5 January 2020
Ahmedabad to Singapore27,300SQ5311 – 5 January 2020
Singapore to Kolkata12,950SQ5161 – 6 January 202027,300SQ5161 – 5 January 2020
Kolkata to Singapore27,300SQ5171 – 5 January 2020
Bangalore to Singapore12,950SQ502, SQ50427,300SQ504
Singapore to Mumbai12,950SQ424, SQ4261 – 6 January 202027,300SQ424, SQ4261 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Dhaka27,300SQ448
Dhaka to Singapore27,300SQ447, SQ449
Singapore to Malé12,950SQ452
Malé to Singapore12,950SQ451

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Adelaide to Singapore43,400SQ278, SQ2761 – 5 January 2020

Turkey

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Istanbul17,500SQ392
Istanbul to Singapore17,500SQ391

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Düsseldorf64,400SQ3381 – 11 January 2020
Düsseldorf to Singapore64,400SQ3373 – 12 January 2020
Singapore to London26,600SQ308, SQ3181 – 14 January 2020
London to Singapore26,600SQ305, SQ317, SQ319, SQ3211 – 14 January 2020
Frankfurt to New York15,750SQ261 – 8 January 2020
New York to Frankfurt15,750SQ261 – 7 January 2020

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur5,250MI320, MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI34222 – 25 January 202013,300MI320, MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI34125 – 29 January 202013,300MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI327, MI329, MI339, MI341
Singapore to Penang5,250MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354, MI35621 – 26 January 2020, 31 January 202013,300MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354, MI35622 – 25 January 2020
Penang to Singapore5,250MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353, MI3551 – 2 January 2020, 23 – 31 January 202013,300MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353, MI35526 – 29 January 2020
Singapore to Surabaya5,250MI224, MI2261 – 10 January 2020
Surabaya to Singapore5,250MI223, MI225
Singapore to Bandung5,250MI192
Bandung to Singapore5,250MI191, MI193, MI195
Singapore to Bali13,300MI176
Bali to Singapore13,300MI1751 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Yangon8,750MI518, MI5201 – 7 January 2020, 26 – 31 January 2020
Yangon to Singapore8,750MI519, MI5211 – 7 January 2020, 26 – 31 January 2020
Mandalay to Singapore8,750MI5232 – 4 January 2020   

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Hiroshima17,500MI8681 – 9 January 202032,900MI868
Hiroshima to Singapore17,500MI8671 – 5 January 202032,900MI8671 – 5 January 2020

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kochi12,950MI4621 – 5 January 202027,300MI4621 – 5 January 2020
Kochi to Singapore27,300MI4611 – 5 January 2020
Singapore to Hyderabad12,950MI47227,300MI472
Singapore to Chennai12,950MI43627,300MI436
Singapore to Bangalore12,950MI424
Malé to Singapore12,950MI479
Singapore to Kathmandu12,950MI41627,300MI416
Kathmandu to Singapore12,950MI41527,300MI415

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Darwin to Singapore14,000MI802, MI8041 – 5 January 202025,550MI802, MI8041 – 5 January 2020
Singapore Airlines Premium Economy awards

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Tokyo24,150SQ634, SQ6381 – 6 January 2020, 24 – 25 January 2020
Tokyo to Singapore24,150SQ11, SQ6371 – 11 January 2020
Singapore to Seoul24,150SQ612
Seoul to Singapore24,150SQ6111 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 24 January 2020
Singapore to Hong Kong17,150SQ860, SQ856, SQ86628 – 31 January 2020
Hong Kong to Singapore17,150SQ1, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865SQ1: 1 – 6 January 2020, 23 – 27 January 2020
SQ863, SQ861, SQ865: 21 – 27 January 2020
Tokyo to Los Angeles46,200SQ121 – 14 January 2020
Los Angeles to Tokyo46,200SQ111 – 18 January 2020

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Mumbai22,400SQ4241 – 7 January 2020

Turkey

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Istanbul25,900SQ392
Istanbul to Singapore25,900SQ391

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to London45,150SQ308,SQ3181 – 13 January 2020
London to Singapore45,150SQ305, SQ317, SQ319, SQ3211 – 13 January 2020

USA

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Frankfurt to New York32,900SQ262 – 6 January 2020
New York to Frankfurt32,900SQ251 – 7 January 2020

 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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AG

Hi Aaron, any idea if I have 2 Saver economy class redemptions already booked, is it possible to upgrade those to Business class with these deals? Thanks!

AG

Ok thanks for your reply! I’ll probably book new business class spontaneous escape tickets then, and use the current economy ones on another route at a later stage. Thank you

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