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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. 

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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. 

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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 SQ104, SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118 13,300 SQ104, SQ106, SQ112, SQ116, SQ118
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 SQ105, SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119 13,300 SQ105, SQ107, SQ113, SQ117, SQ119
Singapore to Jakarta 5,250 SQ950, SQ958, SQ960 13,300 SQ950, SQ958, SQ960
Jakarta to Singapore 5,250 SQ953, SQ967 13,300 SQ953, SQ967
Singapore to Surabaya 5,250 SQ930, SQ932 13,300 SQ930, SQ932
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 SQ931, SQ933 13,300 SQ931, SQ933
Singapore to Bali 13,300 SQ938, SQ940, SQ942, SQ946, SQ948
Bali to Singapore 13,300 SQ939, SQ941, SQ943, SQ947, SQ949
Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan 13,300 SQ148
Bandar Seri Begawan to Singapore 13,300 SQ147
Singapore to Yangon 8,750 SQ998 15,050 SQ998
Yangon to Singapore 8,750 SQ997 15,050 SQ997
Hanoi to Singapore 8,750 SQ175, SQ187
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City 8,750 SQ184, SQ186
Ho Chi Minh City to Singapore 8,750 SQ183, SQ185
Singapore to Bangkok 8,750 SQ970, SQ976, SQ978, SQ982 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 15,050 SQ970, SQ976, SQ978, SQ982 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Bangkok to Singapore 8,750 SQ973, SQ981 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 15,050 SQ973, SQ981, SQ983 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Singapore to Manila 8,750 SQ912, SQ916, SQ918 15,050 SQ912, SQ916, SQ918
Manila to Singapore 8,750 SQ915, SQ919, SQ921 15,050 SQ915, SQ919, SQ921
Singapore to Phuket 8,750 SQ992 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 15,050 SQ992 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Phuket to Singapore 8,750 SQ993 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 15,050 SQ993 13-15 March, 20-22 March 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 SQ602 13-16 March, 21-23 March 2020 32,900 SQ602, SQ608
Seoul to Singapore 17,500 SQ603, SQ609, SQ607 32,900 SQ603, SQ607, SQ609
Singapore to Fukuoka 32,900 SQ656 18-30 March 2020
Fukuoka to Singapore 32,900 SQ655
Tokyo to Singapore 17,500 SQ631, SQ635, SQ637, SQ639 19-22 March, 25-29 March 2020 32,900 SQ11
Nagoya to Singapore 17,500 SQ671 4-14 March 2020 32,900 SQ671 25-29 March 2020
Osaka to Singapore 17,500 SQ621 18-22 March 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 12,950 SQ530 27,300 SQ530
Singapore to Kolkata 27,300 SQ517
Kolkata to Singapore 27,300 SQ516
Dhaka to Singapore 27,300 SQ447
Singapore to Malé 12,950 SQ452
Malé to Singapore 12,950 SQ451

Australia & New Zealand

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Adelaide 19,600 SQ279 1-10 March 2020 43,400 SQ279
Adelaide to Singapore 19,600 SQ278 26-31 March 2020 43,400 SQ278
Singapore to Brisbane 19,600 SQ255 43,400 SQ255, SQ265
Brisbane to Singapore 19,600 SQ236 43,400 SQ236, SQ266
Singapore to Canberra 19,600 SQ288 43,400 SQ288
Canberra to Singapore 43,400 SQ288
Singapore to Melbourne 19,600 SQ207, SQ227, SQ237
Singapore to Sydney 19,600 SQ211, SQ221, SQ231 43,400 SQ231, SQ241
Sydney to Singapore 19,600 SQ222, SQ232, SQ288 43,400 SQ288
Singapore to Wellington 19,600 SQ247
Wellington to Singapore 19,600 SQ248

Africa & Middle East

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dubai 17,500 SQ494 34,300 SQ494
Dubai to Singapore 17,500 SQ495 34,300 SQ495
Singapore to Johannesburg 17,500 SQ482 34,300 SQ482
Johannesburg to Singapore 17,500 SQ481 34,300 SQ481

Europe

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Paris to Singapore 26,600 SQ333
Singapore to Barcelona 26,600 SQ388 64,400 SQ388
Barcelona to Singapore 26,600 SQ387 64,400 SQ387
Düsseldorf to Singapore 64,400 SQ337
Singapore to London 26,600 SQ308
London to Singapore 26,600 SQ305, SQ317 20-31 March 2020
Milan to Singapore 26,600 SQ355 20-31 March 2020
Rome to Singapore 26,600 SQ365 21-28 March 2020 64,400 SQ365
Singapore to Zürich 26,600 SQ346
Zürich to Singapore 26,600 SQ345 64,400 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 26,600 SQ1, SQ31 66,500 SQ1

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 MI322, MI324, MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342 13,300 MI326, MI328, MI330, MI340, MI342
Kuala Lumpur to Singapore 5,250 MI321, MI323, MI325, MI327, MI329, MI339, MI341 13,300 MI321, MI323, MI325, MI341
Singapore to Penang 5,250 MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 13,300 MI346, MI348, MI350, MI352, MI354
Penang to Singapore 5,250 MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 13,300 MI345, MI347, MI349, MI351, MI353
Singapore to Bandung 5,250 MI192, MI194, MI196 15-31 March 2020
Bandung to Singapore 5,250 MI191, MI193, MI195 15-31 March 2020
Singapore to Bali 13,300 MI176
Bali to Singapore 13,300 MI175
Singapore to Surabaya 5,250 MI226 13,300 MI226
Surabaya to Singapore 5,250 MI225 13,300 MI225
Singapore to Lombok 5,250 MI124, MI128 13,300 MI124, MI128
Lombok to Singapore 5,250 MI123, MI127 13,300 MI123, MI127
Singapore to Medan 5,250 MI234, MI238
Medan to Singapore 5,250 MI233, MI237
Singapore to Davao City 8,750 MI562 15,050 MI562
Davao City to Singapore 8,750 MI562 15,050 MI562
Singapore to Cebu 8,750 MI562 15,050 MI562
Cebu to Singapore 8,750 MI559 15,050 MI559
Singapore to Phuket 8,750 MI750, MI756, MI758 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 15,050 MI750, MI756, MI758 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Phuket to Singapore 8,750 MI749, MI751 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020 15,050 MI749, MI751 13-15 March, 20-22 March 2020
Singapore to Koh Samui 15,050 MI774
Koh Samui to Singapore 15,050 MI771
Singapore to Yangon 8,750 MI518 15,050 MI518
Yangon to Singapore 8,750 MI519 15,050 MI519
Singapore to Siem Reap 8,750 MI614, MI616 15,050 MI614, MI616
Singapore to Phnom Penh 8,750 MI602, MI606, MI608 15,050 MI602, MI606, MI608
Phnom Penh to Singapore 8,750 MI601, MI605, MI607 15,050 MI601, MI605, MI607

North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Hiroshima 32,900 MI868
Hiroshima to Singapore 32,900 MI867

South Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Chennai 12,950 MI436 27,300 MI436
Chennai to Singapore 27,300 MI435
Singapore to Hyderabad 12,950 MI472
Singapore to Kochi 12,950 MI468 27,300 MI468
Kochi to Singapore 27,300 MI467
Singapore to Colombo 12,950 MI428
Colombo to Singapore 12,950 MI427
Singapore to Kathmandu 27,300 MI416
Kathmandu to Singapore 27,300 MI415
Singapore to Malé 12,950 MI480
Malé to Singapore 12,950 MI479

Australia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD MILES REQUIRED FOR BUSINESS CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Cairns 19,600 MI811, MI813 43,400 MI811, MI813
Cairns to Singapore 19,600 MI812, MI814 26-31 March 2020 43,400 MI812, MI814
 

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North Asia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Tokyo to Singapore 24,150 SQ11

Australia

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Canberra 32,900 SQ288
Canberra to Singapore 32,900 SQ288
Singapore to Melbourne 32,900 SQ217, SQ227, SQ237
Melbourne to Singapore 32,900 SQ218
Singapore to Sydney 32,900 SQ221, SQ231
Sydney to Singapore 32,900 SQ212, SQ232, SQ288

Africa & Middle East

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Dubai 25,900 SQ494
Dubai to Singapore 25,900 SQ495
Singapore to Johannesburg 25,900 SQ482
Johannesburg to Singapore 25,900 SQ481

Europe

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Paris 45,150 SQ334
Paris to Singapore 45,150 SQ333, SQ335
Barcelona to Singapore 45,150 SQ387
Düsseldorf to Singapore 45,150 SQ337
Rome to Singapore 45,150 SQ365
Zürich to Singapore 45,150 SQ345
Frankfurt to New York 32,900 SQ26
New York to Frankfurt 32,900 SQ25

USA

FROM MILES REQUIRED FOR PREMIUM ECONOMY CLASS FLIGHT NO. BLACKOUT PERIOD
Singapore to Los Angeles 47,600 SQ36, SQ38
Los Angeles to Singapore 47,600 SQ35, SQ37
Singapore to San Francisco 47,600 SQ2
San Francisco to Singapore 47,600 SQ1
New York to Singapore 51,100 SQ21
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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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