Spontaneous Escapes have been announced for December 2022, with 30% off redemptions for selected Singapore Airlines routes in Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class.
You can now book these awards on a first-come-first-serve basis up till 30 November 2022.
Do note that Spontaneous Escapes awards may not appear on the Singapore Airlines mobile app (this issue seems to affect Android users more than iOS). If you’re encountering this issue, try using the desktop website instead.
Spontaneous Escapes: Ground Rules
|❓ Spontaneous Escapes: The Basics
All Spontaneous Escape awards must be booked and ticketed by 30 November 2022 and are for travel between 1-31 December 2022 (blackout dates may apply).
Singapore Airlines has rejigged its booking interface to show Spontaneous Escapes awards under a special Promo category. 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 a problem, namely that if you wanted to book a regular Saver award (because it comes with a cancellation option, unlike Spontaneous Escapes awards), you couldn’t actually do it!
Now that Spontaneous Escapes are a separate category unto themselves, you have the freedom to choose to pay regular Saver prices if you so wish.
Spontaneous Escapes awards are strictly non-cancellable and non-changeable (SIA’s free rebooking policy doesn’t apply here, and in any case ended on 31 July 2022). 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.
-Spontaneous Escapes T&Cs
The above applies to regulatory changes, not conditions as they exist at the time of booking. If you make a speculative booking to a country that hasn’t reopened, and it still hasn’t reopened by the time of travel, you won’t be entitled to a refund. In contrast, if you make a booking to a country that is currently open and it subsequently closes its borders, then you will be able to seek assistance.
Since no concession is made for travellers who cannot fly due to COVID-19, the onus is on you to purchase travel insurance that covers miles & points bookings.
My picks for this month
December is peak period for travel, and it’s therefore no surprise that the Spontaneous Escapes drought continues.
Bali for 14,700 miles in Business Class is worth a look, provided you can navigate the long blackout periods (1-2 Dec, 15-26 Dec). You could even consider it for 5,950 miles in Economy, given how high cash fares can be during the month.
I’m not sure if Hong Kong warrants a visit given its current restrictions on tourism, but if you want to go nonetheless then 23,800 miles could be attractive.
Don’t even think about the USA or Europe; there’s virtually nothing happening except Frankfurt for 29,400 miles in Economy Class (and blackouts for 75% of the month!)
Full list of Spontaneous Escapes
Business & Economy Class
South East Asia
West Asia & Africa
Premium Economy Class
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 prefer to look for a destination offering 30% off Business Class awards.
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:
- Book the Spontaneous Escapes rate
- Cancel the existing booking and pay the redeposit fee (US$75 for Saver, US$50 for Advantage)
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.
Depending on your luck, miles may be recredited immediately to your account, but can take up to 4-6 weeks. If you need them urgently, the CSO can put in a request to expedite the process, but YMMV.
Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes for December are out, but with flights so full there’s very little in the way of Christmas presents. Bali is probably the pick of the lot, although whether or not you “need” Business Class on such a short flight is another question altogether.
If long-haul Economy isn’t an issue then Frankfurt could be a good deal at 29,400 miles, but 3/4 of the month is blacked out so it’s hard to make a case for that either.
What will you be booking for Spontaneous Escapes?