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!

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. 

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. 

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

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

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 SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118 22 – 25 January 2020 13,300 SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119 25 – 29 January 2020 13,300 SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119
Singapore to Jakarta 5,250 SQ950 1 – 10 January 2020
Jakarta to Singapore 5,250 SQ951
Singapore to Surabaya 5,250 SQ930, SQ932 1 – 10 January 2020 13,300 SQ930, SQ932 1 – 10 January 2020
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 SQ931, SQ933 13,300 SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Bali 13,300 SQ938, SQ942, SQ946, SQ948
Bali to Singapore 13,300 SQ939, SQ943, SQ947, SQ949 1 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Hanoi 8,750 SQ188
Hanoi to Singapore 8,750 SQ187 27 – 31 January 2020

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Seoul 17,500 SQ600, SQ602, SQ608, SQ612 23 – 28 January 2020 32,900 SQ602, SQ608, SQ612
Seoul to Singapore 17,500 SQ609, SQ603, SQ607, SQ611 1 – 12 January 2020, 22 – 24 January 2020 32,900 SQ603, SQ607, SQ611 1 – 5 January 2020
Singapore to Fukuoka 17,500 SQ656 1 – 6 January 2020, 23 – 26 January 2020 32,900 SQ656 1 – 5 January 2020, 23 – 27 January 2020
Fukuoka to Singapore 17,500 SQ655 1 – 5 January 2020 32,900 SQ655 1 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Tokyo 17,500 SQ630, SQ632, SQ634, SQ636, SQ638, SQ12 1 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 26 January 2020 32,900 SQ630, SQ634, SQ638 1 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 26 January 2020
Tokyo to Singapore 17,500 SQ631, SQ633, SQ635, SQ639, SQ637, SQ11 1 – 12 January 2020 32,900 SQ639 1 – 6 January 2020
Nagoya to Singapore 17,500 SQ671 1 – 6 January 2020 32,900 SQ671 1 – 7 January 2020
Singapore to Osaka 17,500 SQ618, SQ620, SQ622 2 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 26 January 2020 32,900 SQ618, SQ620, SQ622 2 – 5 January 2020
Osaka to Singapore 17,500 SQ619, SQ621, SQ623 1 – 7 January 2020 32,900 SQ619, SQ621, SQ623 1 – 5 January 2020, 10 – 12 January 2020
Singapore to Hong Kong 10,500 SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ868 28 – 31 January 2020 21,350 SQ890, SQ860, SQ856, SQ866, SQ872, SQ868 28 – 31 January 2020
Hong Kong to Singapore 10,500 SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861,SQ865, SQ871 21 – 27 January 2020 21,350 SQ857, SQ891, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865, SQ871 21 – 27 January 2020

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 – 5 January 2020
Ahmedabad to Singapore 27,300 SQ531 1 – 5 January 2020
Singapore to Kolkata 12,950 SQ516 1 – 6 January 2020 27,300 SQ516 1 – 5 January 2020
Kolkata to Singapore 27,300 SQ517 1 – 5 January 2020
Bangalore to Singapore 12,950 SQ502, SQ504 27,300 SQ504
Singapore to Mumbai 12,950 SQ424, SQ426 1 – 6 January 2020 27,300 SQ424, SQ426 1 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Dhaka 27,300 SQ448
Dhaka to Singapore 27,300 SQ447, SQ449
Singapore to Malé 12,950 SQ452
Malé to Singapore 12,950 SQ451

Australia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Adelaide to Singapore 43,400 SQ278, SQ276 1 – 5 January 2020

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
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 Düsseldorf 64,400 SQ338 1 – 11 January 2020
Düsseldorf to Singapore 64,400 SQ337 3 – 12 January 2020
Singapore to London 26,600 SQ308, SQ318 1 – 14 January 2020
London to Singapore 26,600 SQ305, SQ317, SQ319, SQ321 1 – 14 January 2020
Frankfurt to New York 15,750 SQ26 1 – 8 January 2020
New York to Frankfurt 15,750 SQ26 1 – 7 January 2020

SilkAir

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 MI320, MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342 22 – 25 January 2020 13,300 MI320, MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341 25 – 29 January 2020 13,300 MI319, MI321, MI323, MI325, MI327, MI329, MI339, MI341
Singapore to Penang 5,250 MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354, MI356 21 – 26 January 2020, 31 January 2020 13,300 MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354, MI356 22 – 25 January 2020
Penang to Singapore 5,250 MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353, MI355 1 – 2 January 2020, 23 – 31 January 2020 13,300 MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353, MI355 26 – 29 January 2020
Singapore to Surabaya 5,250 MI224, MI226 1 – 10 January 2020
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 MI223, MI225
Singapore to Bandung 5,250 MI192
Bandung to Singapore 5,250 MI191, MI193, MI195
Singapore to Bali 13,300 MI176
Bali to Singapore 13,300 MI175 1 – 6 January 2020
Singapore to Yangon 8,750 MI518, MI520 1 – 7 January 2020, 26 – 31 January 2020
Yangon to Singapore 8,750 MI519, MI521 1 – 7 January 2020, 26 – 31 January 2020
Mandalay to Singapore 8,750 MI523 2 – 4 January 2020      

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Hiroshima 17,500 MI868 1 – 9 January 2020 32,900 MI868
Hiroshima to Singapore 17,500 MI867 1 – 5 January 2020 32,900 MI867 1 – 5 January 2020

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kochi 12,950 MI462 1 – 5 January 2020 27,300 MI462 1 – 5 January 2020
Kochi to Singapore 27,300 MI461 1 – 5 January 2020
Singapore to Hyderabad 12,950 MI472 27,300 MI472
Singapore to Chennai 12,950 MI436 27,300 MI436
Singapore to Bangalore 12,950 MI424
Malé to Singapore 12,950 MI479
Singapore to Kathmandu 12,950 MI416 27,300 MI416
Kathmandu to Singapore 12,950 MI415 27,300 MI415

Australia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Darwin to Singapore 14,000 MI802, MI804 1 – 5 January 2020 25,550 MI802, MI804 1 – 5 January 2020
Singapore Airlines Premium Economy awards

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Tokyo 24,150 SQ634, SQ638 1 – 6 January 2020, 24 – 25 January 2020
Tokyo to Singapore 24,150 SQ11, SQ637 1 – 11 January 2020
Singapore to Seoul 24,150 SQ612
Seoul to Singapore 24,150 SQ611 1 – 7 January 2020, 22 – 24 January 2020
Singapore to Hong Kong 17,150 SQ860, SQ856, SQ866 28 – 31 January 2020
Hong Kong to Singapore 17,150 SQ1, SQ863, SQ861, SQ865 SQ1: 1 – 6 January 2020, 23 – 27 January 2020
SQ863, SQ861, SQ865: 21 – 27 January 2020
Tokyo to Los Angeles 46,200 SQ12 1 – 14 January 2020
Los Angeles to Tokyo 46,200 SQ11 1 – 18 January 2020

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Mumbai 22,400 SQ424 1 – 7 January 2020

Turkey

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Istanbul 25,900 SQ392
Istanbul to Singapore 25,900 SQ391

Europe

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to London 45,150 SQ308,SQ318 1 – 13 January 2020
London to Singapore 45,150 SQ305, SQ317, SQ319, SQ321 1 – 13 January 2020

USA

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Frankfurt to New York 32,900 SQ26 2 – 6 January 2020
New York to Frankfurt 32,900 SQ25 1 – 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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