Spontaneous Escapes have been announced for April 2023, 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 31 March 2023.
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 31 March 2023 and are for travel between 1-30 April 2023 (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 (thereby enjoying additional flexibility).
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
Nothing really catches my eye this month, with the drought on long-haul Business Class awards continuing. There are no Business Class offers for Australia, Europe (save a fifth freedom flight between Frankfurt to New York JFK for 56,700 miles) or the USA.
If all you care about is getting there, then I suppose 29,400 miles for Economy Class from Frankfurt, London and Munich to Singapore can be good value, with Munich also available in 49,700 miles in Premium Economy Class.
Hong Kong is featured again at 11,550/23,800 miles for Economy/Business, and with relaxed entry requirements (no more masks too!) might be worth a visit.
However, do note the extensive blackout dates for April, with 11 out of 30 days blocked off. Also, the only flights available are SQ898, which departs at 7.55 p.m from Singapore, and SQ899, which departs at 9.05 a.m from Hong Kong. Neither timing is ideal because you’ll end up “wasting” two nights.
Premium Economy awards on the non-stop San Francisco and Newark flights are available at 52,500 and 56,350 miles respectively, though you’ll need to decide if you’re willing to stomach a Premium Economy seat on an ultra-long haul flight.
For what it’s worth, there are a lot of offers for travel to India, so if that’s your cup of tea then go for it.
Full list of Spontaneous Escapes
Business & Economy Class
South East Asia
West Asia & Africa
Premium Economy Class
West Asia & Africa
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 April 2023 are out, although there’s very little of interest unless you’re willing to stomach long-haul Economy Class travel, or plan to visit India.
Don’t forget to ticket your awards by 31 March 2023 to enjoy the discounts.
What will you be booking for Spontaneous Escapes?