New KrisFlyer Experiences: Redeem miles for Boeing 737 flight simulator or doggie cruise

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KrisFlyer members can now redeem miles for a flight simulator or doggie cruise, but neither's particularly exclusive nor good value.

Singapore Airlines has launched two new activities on its KrisFlyer Experiences platform, offering KrisFlyer members the opportunity to redeem miles for a Boeing 737 simulator experience, or a dog cruise on the Royal Albatross dining ship. 

Here’s the details of these new experiences: 

ExperienceCostPaxDates
Boeing 737 & VR Family Flight Experience 38,000 miles 
-Coming Soon-
215 Sep to 1 Dec 2021
Young Aviators Enrichment Programme 20,000 miles 
-Coming Soon-
1
Royal Albatross Dog Cruise- Small/Medium Dog 50,000 miles 2 + 1 dogUse within 6 months; every Wed evening
Royal Albatross Dog Cruise- Large Dog 60,000 miles 2 + 1 dog

All experiences are non-refundable once redeemed, and members can redeem as many of each item as they wish, subject to availability. 

❓ What are KrisFlyer Experiences?
KrisFlyer Experiences launched back in January 2020, allowing members to redeem their KrisFlyer miles for money-can’t-buy experiences. Past experiences have included various online workshops, high-end dining packages, and a KrisFlyer cruise-to-nowhere. KrisFlyer Experiences can be redeemed for the member or his/her friends and family.

Flight Simulators

Family Flight Experience

Family Flight Experience

Take turns to be the Captain of a Boeing 737. From take-off to landing, experience different weather conditions and learn the basics of the autopilot.

Feel the roar of the afterburners as you soar over some of the world’s most iconic cities and landscapes in a F/A-18 fighter jet at supersonic speeds. Then, enjoy the adrenaline and freedom of flight in VR. View the full programme here.

This experience costs 38,000 miles, and once redeemed, can be booked anytime up till 1 December 2021. Two different activities are included:

1 x 60 Minute Boeing 737 Experience2 x 30 Minute VR Experience
Venue: Flight Experience, Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Ave, #02-06Venue: Funan Mall, 107 North Bridge Road, #03-K05
  • Pre-flight briefing and 1:1 instruction by a professional pilot
  • Up to 2 participants can share the flying time in the pilot’s seat
  • Up to 2 take-offs & landings per participant
  • Printed Certificate of Achievement for each participant
  • Up to 2 observers/participants can be seated in the rear jump seats
  • Lounge access for additional guests with light refreshments
  • Observers can watch a live feed of the action on the lounge TV
  • Additional participants (chargeable at S$25/pax) are not included in the stated package price redeemable with KrisFlyer miles
  • Maximum capacity in the flight deck may be limited due to prevailing Covid-19 Safe Management Measures
  • Recommended minimum age: 4
  • Pre-flight briefing and instruction by a professional pilot
  • Up to 2 take-offs & landings per participant
  • Participants may elect to fly consecutively or concurrently (side-by-side)
  • Participants may choose to fly different aircraft types
  • Scenic flight with customised missions/ challenges, or
  • Multiplayer combat /dogfights for experienced flyers
  • Recommended minimum age: 6 (young participants may not be able to wear the VR headset and will have to use the TV screen when flying)
  • The pre-flight briefing is included within the stated duration of the flight package.

For avoidance of doubt, it’s not either/or; your redemption allows you to enjoy both of the above activities. The Boeing 737 session takes place at the Singapore Flyer while the VR session is at Funan Mall, so you may book both on separate dates. 

If you were lucky enough to try the Boeing simulator during Inside SIA, do note that this is a different sort. Singapore Airlines’ training centre uses a full flight simulator, with hydraulic jacks to simulate movement. The simulator at Flight Experience is a fixed based simulator, and hence lacks the movement of the former. No prizes for guessing which one is more immersive (or expensive). 

Flight simulators
Flight simulator at SIA training centre- not what you’ll be getting with this experience

Bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance, and no cancellation or changes are permitted within 24 hours of the booked time. Booking requests can be sent to [email protected] 

Young Aviators Enrichment Programme

Young Aviators Programme

If you child is keen to explore aviation as a potential career pathway or simply curious to learn more about what it takes to be a pilot, the Extended Young Aviators Enrichment Program is tailored for them.

Recommended for those ages 6- 18 years old, participants will learn how airplanes fly from professional pilots before turning their knowledge into action in a Boeing 737 flight simulator.

Participants will also get a 30-minute orientation by a professional pilot, 30 minutes of flying and more! View the full programme here.

This experience costs 20,000 miles, and once redeemed, can be booked anytime up till 1 December 2021. It’s a separate programme recommended for children aged 6-18, and includes just the Boeing 737 flight simulator component with 30 minutes of flying time. 

Young Aviators Enrichment Programme
Venue: Flight Experience, Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Ave, #02-06
  • Conducted by a professional pilot
  • 30-minute lecture
  • 30-minute flying time with pre-flight briefing
  • An additional 30 to 60 minutes of flight learning observation time from the rear jump seat, depending on group size
  • Interactive Q&A session with a pilot
  • Up to 2 take-offs & landings per participant
  • Printed individualized Certificate of Achievement
  • Individual photo taken at the controls
  • Boeing 737 lapel pin and other mementos
  • Recommended for those ages 6-18 years old.
  • At least 2 pax per session

Just like the Family Flight Experience, all bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance, and no cancellation or changes are permitted within 24 hours of the booked time. Booking requests can be sent to [email protected] 

Dog Cruise

Dog Cruise (Small/Medium)
Dog Cruise (Big)

During the 2.5-hour cruise, members can look forward a welcome mocktail and a 3-course plated dinner with free flow soft drinks and a specially created KrisFlyer dessert. Your fur kid will also be treated to a 3-course plated dinner and free flow water.

Now I’ve seen everything. For 50,000/60,000 miles, KrisFlyer members can redeem a dinner cruise with their small & medium (<20kg) / big dogs (20kg and above). 

This takes place on the Royal Albatross every Wednesday from 6.30 p.m to 9 p.m. Both humans and pooches get their own three-course dinner; the FAQ helpfully notes that your dog is not allowed to eat from your plate. 

But can they play poker

Tickets are changeable, transferable and valid for six months from the date of redemption. Bookings must be made at least 72 hours in advance through [email protected].

Unfortunately, the mile doggie is not much of a seafarer, and prefers to spend his days in various states of unconsciousness. 

It’s a tough life. 

Is it worth it?

While KrisFlyer Experiences is supposedly about money-can’t-buy experiences, both of these activities are very much purchasable by the general public.

The retail cost of a 60-minute Boeing 737 experience is S$295, and two VR experiences a further S$65 each. Singapore residents enjoy a further 10% off, so all things considered, you get a value of 1 cent per mile. 

That’s poor enough, but the dog cruise isn’t any better. This normally costs S$494/530 for a couple with a small/medium dog, and S$577 with a large dog. Therefore, the value per mile is roughly 0.96-1.06 cents per mile.

If you like either of these experiences, you’d be much better off paying cash for them.

Conclusion

The latest KrisFlyer Experiences are interesting ones indeed, but neither one represents particularly good value for your miles. Moreover, it’s not even an exclusive event (unlike the KrisFlyer cruise to nowhere); you’re basically using miles instead of cash to pay. 

I’d pass on these if I were you.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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sl00001

They are selling the “real” simulator on Krisshop, it is interesting why they didn’t marketed this under the Experiences.

Zezima

https://www.krisshop.com/en/product/962f4516a1ed23f1/boeing-flight-simulator-experience-for-2.html

This! $1397.42 (After Tax) for 2 pax for a total of 2 hours (About $700 for 1 hour per pax each)

sl00001

Yup – I booked as I missed out last time!

Dan

That’s not too bad, it costs around US$150-200 per hour to train in a prop simulator which is far less complex and much smaller scale

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