KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for March 2020 announced

Spontaneous Escapes discounts revert to 30% from last month's 51%...but are you willing to travel during this period?

KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for March 2020 have been announced, with 30% off selected Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights.

View this month’s Spontaneous Escapes here

It has to be said that this is no ordinary period, however. With the Covid-19 spread showing no signs of abating, many people are thinking twice about travelling. 

If you’re planning to book a Spontaneous Escapes nonetheless, take note that these bookings, by right, are not changeable or refundable. Although Singapore Airlines is making an exception for Spontaneous Escapes booked in January (for travel in February), you should not go into this expecting that they’ll do the same for travel in the following month. 

All Spontaneous Escape awards must be booked and ticketed by 29 February 2020 and are for travel between 1-31 March 2020 (both dates inclusive, blackout dates apply). This gives you 12 days to book, slightly less than what we historically see (but this is a short month anyway).

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

55 destinations on offer for March 2020

March 2020 features 55 destinations in total (I count Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita as two separate destinations, and exclude 5th freedom flights), which is higher than average compared to previous months.

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No doubt load factors have suffered on account of Covid-19, so we’re seeing a fairly wide range of destinations despite the March school holidays. 

Data nerd? Check out all the historical Spontaneous Escapes destinations here!

Here’s the summary of what’s available for SIA and SilkAir in March 2020: 

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What’s good this month?

Before we get into what’s good, let me emphasize how important it is to give your travel plans some serious thought before pulling the trigger. If you think there’s a chance you may not want to travel should the Covid-19 situation worsen, then you either sit this one out, or buy travel insurance that covers miles and points

It’s no surprise that Singapore Airlines has excluded all mainland China destinations this month (Shanghai and Beijing are usually nailed-on certainties to appear in Spontaneous Escapes)- they hardly want to be seen encouraging people to travel there! Hong Kong and Taiwan are likewise missing. 

However, we are seeing quite a few European and Australian destinations, as well as good value opportunities within the region. 

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

Some attractive European options

Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich are all available in Business Class, and although it’s not as good as last month’s 51% off bonanza, 64,400 miles plus no fuel surcharges is an excellent price to pay for a 12+ hour Business Class flight. 

These routes are operated either by B77Ws or the long-range configured A350-900s, which means a chance to try the 2013 Business Class seat. 

Singapore Airlines 2013 Business Class

The exception is Zurich, where the A380-800 flight is operated by Singapore Airlines’ latest 2017 Business Class. This is still a relatively rare quantity in the SQ fleet, on account of the airlines’ glacial rate of refitting. 

Singapore Airlines 2017 Business Class

Singapore Airlines 2017 Business Class

San Francisco, non-stop

March sees San Francisco popping up on the deals list, and 66,500 miles for Business Class is a fantastic bargain. This is available both to and from the city, on SQ1/2. Do note that this flight will go non-stop from 17 Feb to 28 Mar 2020, as Singapore Airlines seeks to avoid Hong Kong. 

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This means the flight will be operated by an A350-900 instead of a B77W, but in any case the seat is the same.

Bonanza down under

Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide are all available in Business Class both to and from Singapore (there’s also Canberra, but who wants to go there?). You’ll pay just 43,400 miles one-way, and there’s a mix of 2013 and 2018 Business Class seats. 

Singapore Airlines 2018 Regional Business Class

 

Regional getaway?

Singapore Airlines 2009 Regional Business Class

If you’d prefer to stay within the region, then Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Bali are my picks. You’ll pay 15,050 miles for one-way Business Class for the first 3, and 13,300 miles for Bali. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll get an aircraft with the 2018 Regional Business Class seat. If you’re not, well, at least it’ll be short flight on the 2009 Regional Business Class. Learn how to find out about what seats you can expect with this handy guide. 

Conclusion

I’ve decided to do a short trip to Koh Samui in March 2020, so these Spontaneous Escapes have come at a good time. If you’re hoping to hop on, remember to ticket your awards before 29 February 2020. 

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 Lumpur5,250SQ104, SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ11813,300SQ104, SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250SQ105, SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ11913,300SQ105, SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119
Singapore to Jakarta5,250SQ950, SQ958, SQ96013,300SQ950, SQ958, SQ960
Jakarta to Singapore5,250SQ953, SQ96713,300SQ953, SQ967
Singapore to Surabaya5,250SQ930, SQ93213,300SQ930, SQ932
Surabaya to Singapore5,250SQ931, SQ93313,300SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Bali13,300SQ938, SQ940, SQ942, SQ946, SQ948
Bali to Singapore13,300SQ939, SQ941, SQ943, SQ947, SQ949
Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan13,300SQ148
Bandar Seri Begawan to Singapore13,300SQ147
Singapore to Yangon8,750SQ99815,050SQ998
Yangon to Singapore8,750SQ99715,050SQ997
Hanoi to Singapore8,750SQ175, SQ187
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City8,750SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore8,750SQ183, SQ185
Singapore to Bangkok8,750SQ970, SQ976, SQ978, SQ98213-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ970, SQ976, SQ978, SQ98213-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Bangkok to Singapore8,750SQ973, SQ98113-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ973, SQ981, SQ98313-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Singapore to Manila8,750SQ912, SQ916, SQ91815,050SQ912, SQ916, SQ918
Manila to Singapore8,750SQ915, SQ919, SQ92115,050SQ915, SQ919, SQ921
Singapore to Phuket8,750SQ99213-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ99213-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Phuket to Singapore8,750SQ99313-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050SQ99313-15 March, 20-22 March 2020

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Seoul17,500SQ60213-16 March, 21-23 March 202032,900SQ602, SQ608
Seoul to Singapore17,500SQ603, SQ609, SQ60732,900SQ603, SQ607, SQ609
Singapore to Fukuoka32,900SQ65618-30 March 2020
Fukuoka to Singapore32,900SQ655
Tokyo to Singapore17,500SQ631, SQ635, SQ637, SQ63919-22 March, 25-29 March 202032,900SQ11
Nagoya to Singapore17,500SQ6714-14 March 202032,900SQ67125-29 March 2020
Osaka to Singapore17,500SQ62118-22 March 2020

South Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Ahmedabad12,950SQ53027,300SQ530
Singapore to Kolkata27,300SQ517
Kolkata to Singapore27,300SQ516
Dhaka to Singapore27,300SQ447
Singapore to Malé12,950SQ452
Malé to Singapore12,950SQ451

Australia & New Zealand

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Adelaide19,600SQ2791-10 March 202043,400SQ279
Adelaide to Singapore19,600SQ27826-31 March 202043,400SQ278
Singapore to Brisbane19,600SQ25543,400SQ255, SQ265
Brisbane to Singapore19,600SQ23643,400SQ236, SQ266
Singapore to Canberra19,600SQ28843,400SQ288
Canberra to Singapore43,400SQ288
Singapore to Melbourne19,600SQ207, SQ227, SQ237
Singapore to Sydney19,600SQ211, SQ221, SQ23143,400SQ231, SQ241
Sydney to Singapore19,600SQ222, SQ232, SQ28843,400SQ288
Singapore to Wellington19,600SQ247
Wellington to Singapore19,600SQ248

Africa & Middle East

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dubai17,500SQ49434,300SQ494
Dubai to Singapore17,500SQ49534,300SQ495
Singapore to Johannesburg17,500SQ48234,300SQ482
Johannesburg to Singapore17,500SQ48134,300SQ481

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Paris to Singapore26,600SQ333
Singapore to Barcelona26,600SQ38864,400SQ388
Barcelona to Singapore26,600SQ38764,400SQ387
Düsseldorf to Singapore64,400SQ337
Singapore to London26,600SQ308
London to Singapore26,600SQ305, SQ31720-31 March 2020
Milan to Singapore26,600SQ35520-31 March 2020
Rome to Singapore26,600SQ36521-28 March 202064,400SQ365
Singapore to Zürich26,600SQ346
Zürich to Singapore26,600SQ34564,400SQ345

USA

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to San Francisco26,600SQ266,500SQ2
San Francisco to Singapore26,600SQ1, SQ3166,500SQ1

SilkAir

South East Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Kuala Lumpur5,250MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI34213,300MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore5,250MI321, MI323, MI325, MI327, MI329, MI339, MI34113,300MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341
Singapore to Penang5,250MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI35413-15 March, 20-22 March 202013,300MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354
Penang to Singapore5,250MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI35313-15 March, 20-22 March 202013,300MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353
Singapore to Bandung5,250MI192, MI194, MI19615-31 March 2020
Bandung to Singapore5,250MI191, MI193, MI19515-31 March 2020
Singapore to Bali13,300MI176
Bali to Singapore13,300MI175
Singapore to Surabaya5,250MI22613,300MI226
Surabaya to Singapore5,250MI22513,300MI225
Singapore to Lombok5,250MI124, MI12813,300MI124, MI128
Lombok to Singapore5,250MI123, MI12713,300MI123, MI127
Singapore to Medan5,250MI234, MI238
Medan to Singapore5,250MI233, MI237
Singapore to Davao City8,750MI56215,050MI562
Davao City to Singapore8,750MI56215,050MI562
Singapore to Cebu8,750MI56215,050MI562
Cebu to Singapore8,750MI55915,050MI559
Singapore to Phuket8,750MI750, MI756, MI75813-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050MI750, MI756, MI75813-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Phuket to Singapore8,750MI749, MI75113-15 March, 20-22 March 202015,050MI749, MI75113-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Singapore to Koh Samui15,050MI774
Koh Samui to Singapore15,050MI771
Singapore to Yangon8,750MI51815,050MI518
Yangon to Singapore8,750MI51915,050MI519
Singapore to Siem Reap8,750MI614, MI61615,050MI614, MI616
Singapore to Phnom Penh8,750MI602, MI606, MI60815,050MI602, MI606, MI608
Phnom Penh to Singapore8,750MI601, MI605, MI60715,050MI601, MI605, MI607

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 Chennai12,950MI43627,300MI436
Chennai to Singapore27,300MI435
Singapore to Hyderabad12,950MI472
Singapore to Kochi12,950MI46827,300MI468
Kochi to Singapore27,300MI467
Singapore to Colombo12,950MI428
Colombo to Singapore12,950MI427
Singapore to Kathmandu27,300MI416
Kathmandu to Singapore27,300MI415
Singapore to Malé12,950MI480
Malé to Singapore12,950MI479

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIODMILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Cairns19,600MI811, MI81343,400MI811, MI813
Cairns to Singapore19,600MI812, MI81426-31 March 202043,400MI812, MI814
 

Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Awards

North Asia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Tokyo to Singapore24,150SQ11

Australia

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Canberra32,900SQ288
Canberra to Singapore32,900SQ288
Singapore to Melbourne32,900SQ217, SQ227, SQ237
Melbourne to Singapore32,900SQ218
Singapore to Sydney32,900SQ221, SQ231
Sydney to Singapore32,900SQ212, SQ232, SQ288

Africa & Middle East

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dubai25,900SQ494
Dubai to Singapore25,900SQ495
Singapore to Johannesburg25,900SQ482
Johannesburg to Singapore25,900SQ481

Europe

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Paris45,150SQ334
Paris to Singapore45,150SQ333, SQ335
Barcelona to Singapore45,150SQ387
Düsseldorf to Singapore45,150SQ337
Rome to Singapore45,150SQ365
Zürich to Singapore45,150SQ345
Frankfurt to New York32,900SQ26
New York to Frankfurt32,900SQ25

USA

FROMMILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASSFLIGHT NO.BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Los Angeles47,600SQ36, SQ38
Los Angeles to Singapore47,600SQ35, SQ37
Singapore to San Francisco47,600SQ2
San Francisco to Singapore47,600SQ1
New York to Singapore51,100SQ21
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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Sam

Check insurance carefully – some e.g. Aviva will not pay any COVID-19 claims regardless of destination. Others like DBS are still insuring as long as it isn’t China.

Anonymous

Where in Ko Samui will you be staying? Any reviews?

rtk

It’s life changing.. until I was told about unexpected guests in some of their corner villas.. snakes! Still one of the best getaways of my life, all thanks to your review.

cheesecake

In which case, you need to reset your expectations because many of the Diamond perks you mentioned in the previous review have all been “enhanced” away, based on my last trip there in Nov 2019:
– No more free sunset boat trip (now chargeable as they changed the local operator)
– No more lucky draw upon checkin (yes, you will miss the soap!)
– Shanghai Tang toiletries now in common dispensers in bathroom (single use alternatives only Temple Spa or The Refinery provided)

Otherwise overall still a pleasant stay.

sammy

Hi Aaron, are you going to redeeming by points?
Caz I am also willing to go Koh samui Conrad, but become quite struggled when i figure out the points spent there would be the same as Conrad Maldives.

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