It’s back: Full list of KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes for April & May 2022 announced

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Save 30% off Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class awards with KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes, for travel between 1 April and 31 May 2022.

Last week, Singapore Airlines dropped some big hints about the return of its highly-popular Spontaneous Escapes awards, and sure enough, they’re back after a two-year hiatus!

Spontaneous Escapes have been announced for April and May 2022, with 30% off redemptions for selected Singapore Airlines routes in Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.

Spontaneous Escapes

Spontaneous Escapes: Ground Rules

All Spontaneous Escape awards must be booked and ticketed by 31 March 2022 and are for travel between 1 April to 31 May 2022 (blackout dates may apply).

This is a change from pre-COVID days, where Economy and Business Class redemptions were only available for the following month, while Premium Economy Class redemptions were available for two months later. 

The other change is that Singapore Airlines has rejigged its booking interface to show Spontaneous Escapes awards under a special Promo category (no, it’s not a devaluation!). This is the one you should select when making your booking. 

You might recall that prior to COVID, Spontaneous Escapes were a subset of Saver awards. This created some unique problems, namely that if you wanted to book a regular Saver award (because it came with added flexibility, unlike Spontaneous Escapes awards), you couldn’t actually do it!

I don’t know why they include a no show fee for the Promo category, because if you miss a Spontaneous Escapes flight, my understanding is that your miles are forfeit

Now that Spontaneous Escapes are a separate Promo category unto themselves, you have the freedom to choose to pay the regular Saver prices if you so wish.

Spontaneous Escapes veterans should also know that awards are strictly non-cancellable and non-changeable. How does that translate in a post-COVID world? Singapore Airlines has made the following concession.

For (i) any flights cancelled by SIA, or (ii) if a SQ-operated flight was removed from a Participant’s booking due to Covid-19 and governmental regulatory changes, the miles redeemed in the unused portion of the ticket will be refunded into the relevant Participant’s KrisFlyer account with no additional fees charged.

However, requests to change any booking details, or to retain the ticket for future use will not be granted. Participants may submit their request via the Assistance Request form.

I want to make something clear: the above applies to regulatory changes, not conditions as they exist at the time of booking. For example, Japan is currently closed to the world. If you book a speculative Spontaneous Escapes booking for Japan (yes, it’s available) in May, and Japan doesn’t open by May, you have no basis to go to Singapore Airlines asking for a refund. 

In contrast, Bali is currently open to visitors. If you book a Spontaneous Escapes booking for Bali in May, and Bali subsequently closes, then yes, you will have grounds for a refund. 

Do note that the complimentary rebooking policy (recently extended to 31 May 2022) does not apply to Spontaneous Escapes awards! Therefore, it’s crucial that you purchase travel insurance that covers miles & points bookings. I wrote about a few policies back in 2018, which to the best of my knowledge should still apply now. 

Which travel insurance policy covers miles and points bookings?

Here’s the other things you should know about Spontaneous Escapes deals.

❓  Spontaneous Escapes: The Basics
  • Tickets must be booked online; no bookings via phone 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 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
  • Awards must be ticketed within the Spontaneous Escapes 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
  • 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 used in conjunction with the $100 stopover trick 

What if you have an existing award?

If you’ve already holding on to a confirmed award on a flight that is now under Spontaneous Escapes, you will need to:

  1. Book the Spontaneous Escapes rate
  2. Cancel the existing booking and pay the redeposit fee

I strongly recommend doing it in this order, in case the Spontaneous Escapes award space disappears in the meantime. It does mean you’ll need sufficient miles on hand, of course. 

On average, miles take up to a week to be re-credited to your account, but you can ask the CSO to put in a request to expedite the process. I’ve had miles returned as soon as immediately after a cancellation, but YMMV. 

What’s available for Spontaneous Escapes?

South East Asia

North Asia

South Asia and West Africa

Australia

Europe

USA

Premium Economy awards are also available, but honestly, I think you’re better off avoiding these. The comfort gap between Premium Economy and Business Class is wide (a recliner seat, no matter how good it is, will never beat a full flat bed), whereas the comfort gap between Economy and Premium Economy is marginal. Therefore, I’d rather look for a destination offering 30% off Business Class awards. 

If you insist on checking them out anyway, you can find the full list of awards here.

My picks

Bangkok looks to be a fantastic option at 8,750/15,050 miles for Economy/Business, especially given there’s no blackout dates. The travel process to Thailand also looks set to be simplified over the next few months, with that pesky on-arrival PCR test hopefully a thing of the past by May!

Bali is also a great deal at 13,300 miles for Business Class, and remember, there’s no more quarantine either. Hotels are going at dirt-cheap rates still, due to low occupancy. I’m seeing Conrad villas price at just under S$200 a night!

I’d certainly throw my hat into the ring for Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne too at 19,600/43,400 miles for Economy/Business. There’s some tricky blackout periods to negotiate for Melbourne, but otherwise it’s hard to argue with the value. Here’s a recap of the testing requirements you’ll need for travel. 

Australia VTL: Summary of COVID-19 testing requirements

Rome is another stonking deal at 64,400 miles in Business Class, now that Italy is open to Singapore visitors once more. Alternatively, consider Barcelona, Copenhagen, Milan, Frankfurt or Zurich- basically any European destination with 30% off in Business Class is fantastic.

It’s exceedingly rare to see New York JFK and New York EWR offered on Spontaneous Escapes, so I’d snap up this rare unicorn at 69,300 miles for Business Class if I were you.

Conclusion

After two long years, Spontaneous Escapes is back once again, and the opportunity to save 30% off awards for April and May travel is lucrative indeed.

What will you be booking for Spontaneous Escapes? 

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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Wan

Sydney and Brisbane are in the list too OMG!!!

Mike

i just checked bali, jakarta and KL. they’re on the list too

anon

Still need to make sure we qualify for entry before booking.. HK has spontaneous escape but its not allowed lol

silverbomb

the right word is SHN, visitors are allowed if overcoming SHN to get to their destination. this is especially for people who are HKers that’s returning home 1-way or have families they want to visit in years.

Sam

Germany (FRA and MUC) are also available…but FRA only the A359 flight (SQ326) is available for spontaneous escapes.

S&S

BLR J is available.

S&S

leek

What happens if you got infected and can’t take the flight har?

silverbomb

article already written in bigger fonts what happens for covid related.

after you recover you book your own flight on any airline la also can if you are infected overseas. if you have travel insurance that covers such travel disruption due to covid, then you might be able to claim some part of it. check with your insurer on claims (likely per day cap) for such expenses to cover unexpected expenses like additional accommodation, rebooking flight especially now Covid travelling with insurance is all the more important.

Last edited 6 months ago by silverbomb
Help

What’s the most worthwhile destination to redeem the Hilton stay from Ascend card?

Putin

Any insurance for Europe in case NATO goes to war?

Somebody

As if Anglo-Saxons will shed blood for Slavs! Nuclear blackmail or not, NATO going to war won’t happen till you threaten Poland.

Jason

All the Australian destinations seem to have the offer (SYD, MEL, BNE, PER, ADL).

Que

Promo award can cancel if Japan still not open by May?

Last edited 6 months ago by Que
silverbomb

For (i) any flights cancelled by SIA, or (ii) if a SQ-operated flight was removed from a Participant’s booking due to Covid-19 and governmental regulatory changes, the miles redeemed in the unused portion of the ticket will be refunded into the relevant Participant’s KrisFlyer account with no additional fees charged. > read the t&c again. if you book flight to countries like Japan thru this, you accept you comply with whatever Covid measures (hotel SHN for X no. of days) that particular country has because you already knew at point of redemption that country is not open without covid restrictions.… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by silverbomb
Jeremy

I already have tickets redeemed for Zurich at the normal rates. For the dates (month of May) that I want to travel there is a waitlist for the promo rates. Should do waitlist for the promo? And cancel and pay the fees if I get them? Make sense?

Jeremy

Ah okay then I doubt it would work out

D K

Hi Aaron, can you kindly advise on the following: 1. I booked SIN BKK return some time ago for travel in April 2022 with miles 2. With the spontaneous promo, I wanted to cancel my existing tickets and rebook the same flights with fewer miles 3. When I tried to cancel the tickets via app, I was informed that the miles used for the initial booking has expired and hence I would receive 0 miles refund if I were to proceed with the cancellation. 4. But I recall that all miles expiry has been extended by SQ but I cant… Read more »

traveller

call up sq hotline, inform them of the aboce, and share the reply here with us.

BSLTW

Seems like cannot redeem 1 way economy and 1 way Business ?
Seems like can’t redeem a 1 way ticket too ?
which apply to all types mileage redemption ?

BSLTW

I found the 1 way checkbox at the calendar selection….. (cockeye me)

Eddy

Trying to book MEL-SIN-MNL but the amount of promo miles is 58450 (43400 + 15050) when it should be just 43400. SYD-SIN-MNL gives the correct amount of promo miles. Odd.

Sky

Which travel insurance policy that covers miles bookings?

anon

Does the discount only apply ex sin? or return?

M L

…no flights to Kyoto?

YVR

Can’t find any YVR even though it’s in the list. Sold out or error?

Yar

I have redeemed an Advantage ticket booked, and just got a waitlist slot approved for the spontaneous fare.
When I tried to book the spontaneous fare, it errored it. Do I have to cancel the Advantage ticket first before can lock in the spontaneous ticket?

Ling

Hey Milelion, any news on when Spontaneous Escapes for April will be announced?

Boba

looking out for this as well!

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