KrisFlyer Miles News Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines Increases Cape Town Flights to Daily, a Redemption “Sweet Spot”

Bookings and redemption flights are now loaded into the reservation system, for the extra four flights per week.

Singapore Airlines announced today that from March 2018 it will increase frequency on the Singapore to Cape Town route from the current four times per week service to a daily flight, to meet growing demand.

The route will continue to be served by the Airbus A350 via Johannesburg in both directions. While Singapore to Johannesburg was always a daily service, the aircraft currently does not continue to Cape Town every day.

SQ A350
SIA became the first airline to operate the Airbus A350 to Cape Town, in October 2016.

Schedule

Until 25th March 2018
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ478 SIN0125 – JNB0610 359 ·23·5·7
SQ478 SIN0210 – JNB0650 359 1··4·6·
SQ478 JNB0710 – CPT0925 359 ·23·5·7
SQ479 CPT1040 – JNB1240 359 ·23·5·7
SQ479 JNB1345 – SIN0610* 359 1234567

* – next day

From 26th March 2018
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ478 SIN0125 – JNB0610 359 ·23·5·7
SQ478 SIN0200 – JNB0635 359 1··4·6·
SQ478 JNB0710 – CPT0925 359 ·23·5·7
SQ478 JNB0735 – CPT0945 359 1··4·6·
SQ479 CPT1040 – JNB1240 359 ·23·5·7
SQ479 CPT1100 – JNB1255 359 1··4·6·
SQ479 JNB1345 – SIN0610* 359 ·23·5·7
SQ479 JNB1355 – SIN0610* 359 1··4·6·

* – next day

It’s a redemption “sweet spot”

As we mention in our how much is a KrisFlyer mile worth section, Cape Town is a well-known redemption “sweet spot” on the SIA network, as the miles rate is low and the cost of getting there, especially in business class, and even via the Middle East, is high.

The rate in business class is 45,000 miles each way for a ‘Saver’ redemption, plus S$34.00 in taxes on the outbound, and about S$50 in taxes on the way back. This gives you great bang for your buck in miles terms, as a round-trip with say Qatar Airways via Doha is still north of S$5,000 return in business.

CPTSIN_J
If you can find a saver redemption (they are still a bit few and far between for March and April), this is a great value award…
SQ A350 J (Luxury Travel Expert).jpg
…for 13 hours in a seat like this. (Photo: Luxury Travel Expert)

The flights have been loaded into the reservation system, and while redemptions are still a bit scarce we expect this to improve, as demand will take some time to bed in on routes with significantly increased frequency.

We’re trying the route out ourselves in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for a full review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s