In the pre-COVID days (remember them?), KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes was one of the most-anticipated events each month, with Singapore Airlines releasing a series of discounted KrisFlyer awards for last-minute travel.
Members could typically save 30% off selected Singapore Airlines awards in Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class, although this sometimes was upsized to as high as 51%. Figures it had to happen the month that global air travel encountered an unprecedented shutdown!
In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Spontaneous Escapes promotions will be temporarily unavailable.
But not for long.
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes are returning
KrisFlyer’s official Instagram account dropped the following teaser post today:
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out they’re referring to the relaunch of Spontaneous Escapes, after a hiatus of two years. It’s likely we’ll hear an announcement within the next week, with travel for the 1-30 April 2022 period (or possibly 1-31 May 2022 in the case of Premium Economy awards).
While KrisFlyer hasn’t revealed any potential destinations, the photos used in the post give the impression of an alpine destination, perhaps Switzerland or Germany.
But we can also look at past data to see which destinations are shoo-ins for inclusion.
I previously analysed 20 months of Spontaneous Escapes data, and the following destinations featured the most frequently:
- Beijing (18 of 20)
- Dhaka (17 of 20)
- Shanghai (16 of 20)
- Ahmedabad (16 of 20)
- Kolkata (16 of 20)
- Yangon (16 of 20)
- Shenzhen (15 of 20)
- Jakarta (14 of 20)
- Hanoi (14 of 20)
- Guangzhou (13 of 20)
- Seoul (13 of 20)
- Manila (13 of 20)
- Ho Chi Minh City (13 of 20)
- Sydney (13 of 20)
- Brisbane (12 of 20)
- Hiroshima (12 of 20)
- Kuala Lumpur (12 of 20)
- Chennai (12 of 20)
- Nagoya (12 of 20)
However, a good number of these are in countries that have yet to reopen like China and Japan, so I wouldn’t expect them to feature this time round.
I think it’s more likely we’ll see a selection of discounted awards to Australia and Europe, with a smattering of USA and South East Asian options as well. If you pressed me for some specific names, I’d say Ahmedabad, Bangkok, Brisbane, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Sydney.
I’d also say you shouldn’t expect Amsterdam, Barcelona, Munich, Newark or Rome to feature, given how rare they were pre-COVID (but surprise me, Singapore Airlines!), nor any discounted awards for First or Suites.
Of course, the other question is whether Spontaneous Escapes awards will be offered for VTL flights. High demand for these services has meant that award space is very hard to come by, much less Saver awards.
But if the rumours are true and the VTL concept really does get scrapped from April, then the VTL/non-VTL designation will cease to be significant just in time for Spontaneous Escapes.
What are Spontaneous Escapes?
In case you need a refresher, here’s the ground rules for redemption bookings under Spontaneous Escapes.
- Tickets must be booked online; no phone bookings are permitted
- Tickets cannot be changed or cancelled. Be sure about your travel plans or buy a travel insurance policy that covers miles bookings
- Travel must be completed within the 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
- Awards must be ticketed within the promotion period. If your waitlist clears after the promotion period ends, you’ll pay the regular price
- Blackout dates apply
- 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
- Cannot be booked in conjunction with the $100 stopover trick
- Remember that the discount will only appear once you’ve clicked on the selected award in the booking interface
A key feature of Spontaneous Escapes awards is that they’re strictly non-refundable and non-changeable. After all, they’re meant to help the airline fill last-minute inventory that’s likely to spoil; why should they offer backsies?
It remains to be seen whether Singapore Airlines’ complimentary rebooking policy will override this, although it currently applies to all bookings up till 31 March 2022, and Spontaneous Escapes, if announced this month, will be valid for travel from 1-30 April 2022.
With travel picking up and more countries reopening each month, Singapore Airlines has seen fit to relaunch its popular KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes promotion.
I’d expect to see some updates come next week, with travel taking place in the April 2022 period (May 2022 for Premium Economy, as per past patterns).
Which destinations are you hoping to see for the inaugural (re-inaugural?) edition of Spontaneous Escapes?