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Spontaneous Escapes for October 2018 including non-stop USA discounts

It's the usual selection of 30% off saver awards on selected Singapore Airlines redemptions in October, plus a special 'pay one class down' miles offer on selected A350ULR flights.

SQ A380 Tail (Böhringer Friedrich)

Welcome to the latest round of Singapore Airlines’ monthly Spontaneous Escapes promotion. This month we’re looking at the KrisFlyer redemption discounts offered for October 2018.

Book by 30th September 2018 to be eligible for 30% off the miles needed on selected routes.

There’s also a special discount of between 23,000 and 30,000 miles for some non-stop USA flights on the A350ULR to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York in both Premium Economy and Business Class.

What is Spontaneous Escapes?

There’s nothing too complicated about the Spontaneous Escapes offer – these are seats Singapore Airlines can’t fill in October even at saver award rates. The cost for them to have you occupying a seat which would otherwise fly empty is minimal (you’re still paying the taxes remember). In return they get to reduce the number of KrisFlyer miles in circulation which reduces liability on their balance sheet.

If you can fit one of these discounted redemptions into your travel plans at short notice then none of that really matters of course – what’s important is that you’re getting a good deal compared to usual.

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Do bear in mind of course that unlike a normal KrisFlyer redemption, any booking made under the Spontaneous Escapes offer is non-changeable and non-refundable.

Non-stop USA specials

Singapore Airlines is offering a range of discounts on new Airbus A350ULR flights this month, for travel in October and November 2018.

On selected flights, pay the Economy miles rate for a Premium Economy award ticket, or the Premium Economy rate for a Business award ticket.

A350ULR (Singapore Airlines)
Some of the latest A350ULR flights are included in a special offer this month. (Image: Singapore Airlines)

These also need be booked by 30th September 2018 for the lower rates. They are for travel in October and November to New York, and November only for Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Premium Economy Class

Singapore to Los Angeles
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
38,000
SQ38 A350ULR
Los Angeles to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
38,000
SQ37 A350ULR
Singapore to New York
Miles Flights Aircraft
70,000
40,000
SQ22 A350ULR
New York to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
70,000
40,000
SQ21 A350ULR
Singapore to San Francisco
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
38,000
SQ34 A350ULR
San Francisco to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
38,000
SQ33 A350ULR

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Business Class

Singapore to Los Angeles
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
88,000
65,000
SQ38 A350ULR 2013 J
Los Angeles to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
88,000
65,000
SQ37 A350ULR 2013 J
Singapore to San Francisco
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
88,000
65,000
SQ34 A350ULR 2013 J
San Francisco to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
88,000
65,000
SQ33 A350ULR 2013 J

These are very competitive rates for non-stop flights to the USA on Singapore Airlines’ latest A350 aircraft in either cabin. 40,000 miles in Premium Economy to New York is very cheap indeed if you can cope with 19 hours in a seat like that.

Do be aware though that Singapore Airlines is aggressively discounting Premium Economy seats at the moment on these routes with cash return trips from Singapore available for around S$1,300 – S$2,200.

You would also earn at least 17,500 KrisFlyer miles for these cash round-trip bookings. That seriously reduces the ‘value per mile’ for your 76,000 / 80,000 round-trip KrisFlyer miles redemption in these cases, so do the maths as this certainly falls close to or below our minimum threshold for redemption.

You may recall our article from June this year about SIA’s new enhanced Premium Economy seat for the A350ULR. If you missed it – check out the details here.

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Singapore Airlines are launching an enhanced Premium Economy seat on the A350ULR, including ‘solo’ window seats. (Photo: The Points Guy)

Otherwise in Business Class it’s the 2013 J seat in a 1-2-1 configuration operating on these ULR flights. We reviewed the product earlier this year. At 65,000 miles to or from Los Angeles or San Francisco, again a great rate.

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The 2013 J seat. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Non-stop USA award availability

We checked award availability for these non-stop USA flights and broadly found that for New York flights there are at least two Premium Economy award seats each day between 11th October and 30th November, with the rare exception of a few dates at the very start and end of the period.

For Singapore to San Francisco in Business Class we found only one day with a single award seat on SQ34, however there is much better availability in this cabin on Los Angeles flights.

As with New York, Premium Economy availability on the San Francisco and Los Angeles routes is fairly wide open.

October offers – SIA Business products

Before we get into the full route tables for the main October 2018 discounts, let’s start by addressing the most regular question people ask each time this offer comes around. Which Singapore Airlines long haul Business Class or new regional Business Class seats are included this month?

Fear not, we have a specific table with this exact information and without further ado, here it is:

Spontaneous Escapes – October 2018
SIA New Business Class products on offer
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2017 J

(full seat details)

24,500 Miles:

  • Singapore – Shanghai (SQ830)
  • Shanghai – Singapore (SQ833)

19,250 Miles:

  • Singapore – Hong Kong (SQ856)
  • Hong Kong – Singapore (SQ861)
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2013 J

(full seat details)

65,000 Miles:

  • Singapore – Los Angeles (SQ38)
  • Los Angeles – Singapore (SQ37)
  • Singapore – San Francisco (SQ34)
  • San Francisco – Singapore (SQ33)

24,500 Miles:

  • Singapore – Beijing (SQ800)
  • Singapore – Beijing (SQ806)
  • Beijing – Singapore (SQ801)
  • Beijing – Singapore (SQ805)
  • Singapore – Shanghai (SQ828)
  • Singapore – Shanghai (SQ836)
  • Shanghai – Singapore (SQ825)
  • Shanghai – Singapore (SQ831)

19,250 Miles:

  • Singapore – Hong Kong (SQ860)
  • Singapore – Hong Kong (SQ866)
  • Hong Kong – Singapore (SQ863)
  • Hong Kong – Singapore (SQ865)
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2018 RJ

(full seat details)

14,000 Miles:

  • Singapore – Bangkok (SQ982)
  • Bangkok – Singapore (SQ983)
  • Singapore – Ho Chi Minh (SQ186)
  • Singapore – Manila (SQ918)
  • Manila – Singapore (SQ915)

Note that some blackout dates apply, see the full route-by-route analysis tables below for full details.

SilkAir 50% discount offer

Don’t be confused by last month’s 50% off (practically network-wide) on SilkAir Business and Economy Class redemptions. While the offer period for that deal ran for two months, spanning September and October, you still had to book by 31st August to be eligible.

This month there are no SilkAir flights included in the Spontaneous Escapes offer.

New ‘2017 Business Class’ award availability

Shanghai

Shanghai on the new A380 with the 2017 Business Class seats is a good value way to try this new product in October for 24,500 KrisFlyer miles each way, down from the usual saver award rate of 35,000 miles.

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Outside the blackout dates award availability looks very good, especially on the Shanghai – Singapore sector with 6 or more saver award seats in Business Class offered on several days.

Singapore to Shanghai (SQ830)

October 2018 (SQ830 SIN-PVG)
M T W T F S S
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
WL WL WL WL WL
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
WL 4 2 2 WL WL 4
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
WL 4 WL WL 3 1 4
29 30 31
WL 6+ 4

Note: WL – Waitlist. Spontaneous Escapes blackout dates 1st-8th October for this route.

Shanghai to Singapore (SQ833)

October 2018 (SQ833 PVG-SIN)
M T W T F S S
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
6+ 3 6+ 1 4 WL
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
WL 6+ WL 3 WL 3 5
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
3 6+ 6+ 6+ 2 6+ 5
29 30 31
3 6+ 4

Note: WL – Waitlist. Spontaneous Escapes blackout dates 1st-8th October for this route.

Hong Kong

For Hong Kong it’s a similar story – generally good availability on the SQ856 morning service from Singapore to Hong Kong, and excellent availability on the return sector SQ861 with 6 or more saver awards available for grabs in Business Class on 19 of the 25 days included in the Spontaneous Escapes offer at 19,250 miles.

Singapore to Hong Kong (SQ856)

October 2018 (SQ856 SIN-HKG)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 4 2
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
6+ 1 WL WL WL WL
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
2 5 WL WL 5 2 5
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
3 5 WL WL 4 5 5
29 30 31
3 WL 6+

Note: WL – Waitlist. Spontaneous Escapes blackout dates 4th-8th October for this route.

Hong Kong to Singapore (SQ861)

October 2018 (SQ861 HKG-SIN)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4 6+ 6+ 6+
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
5 6+ 4 6+ 6+ 3 6+
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
WL 6+ 6+ 6+ 2 6+ WL
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 4
29 30 31
6+ 6+ 3

Note: WL – Waitlist. Spontaneous Escapes blackout dates 1st-3rd October for this route.

Singapore Airlines October Economy Class discounts

Here’s the full list of Singapore Airlines Economy Class routes on offer (30% off) for October 2018. Required miles are shown for a one-way redemption, with aircraft types operating the flights also indicated.

Note that aircraft type information is correct up to the end of the northern summer season – approximately 27th October 2018. For the last few days of October 2018 aircraft types may vary as the winter season commences.

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Economy Class

South East Asia

Singapore to Jakarta
Miles Flights Aircraft
7,500
5,250
SQ950 777-300
Jakarta to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
7,500
5,250
SQ951 777-200
Singapore to Bangkok
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ976 A330
Bangkok to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ973 A330
Singapore to Hanoi
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ188 A330
Hanoi to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ187 A330
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ184 A330
Ho Chi Minh to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ177 A330
Singapore to Manila
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ912 777-200
Manila to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ915 787-10
Singapore to Yangon
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ998 A330
Yangon to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
12,500
8,750
SQ997 A330

North Asia

Singapore to Guangzhou
Miles Flights Aircraft
15,000
10,500
SQ850 A330
Blackout: 1 – 8 October 2018
Guangzhou to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
15,000
10,500
SQ851 A330
Blackout: 1 – 8 October 2018
Singapore to Hong Kong
Miles Flights Aircraft
15,000
10,500
SQ890 777-200
Blackout: 4 – 8 October 2018
Hong Kong to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
15,000
10,500
SQ857 777-200
Blackout: 1 – 3 October 2018
Singapore to Beijing
Miles Flights Aircraft
20,000
14,000
SQ802 A380
Blackout: 1 – 9 October 2018
Beijing to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
20,000
14,000
SQ805 777-300ER
Blackout: 1 – 9 October 2018
Singapore to Shanghai
Miles Flights Aircraft
20,000
14,000
SQ826 777-300
Blackout: 1 – 10 October 2018
Shanghai to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
20,000
14,000
SQ825 777-300ER
Blackout: 1 – 10 October 2018
Singapore to Nagoya
Miles Flights Aircraft
25,000
17,500
SQ672 787-10
Nagoya to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
25,000
17,500
SQ671 787-10

South Asia

Singapore to Chennai
Miles Flights Aircraft
18,500
12,950
SQ528 A330
Chennai to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
18,500
12,950
SQ529 A330
Singapore to Dhaka
Miles Flights Aircraft
18,500
12,950
SQ446 A330
Dhaka to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
18,500
12,950
SQ447 A330
Singapore to Mumbai
Miles Flights Aircraft
18,500
12,950
SQ422 A350
Mumbai to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
18,500
12,950
SQ421 A350

Singapore Airlines October Business Class Discounts

Listed below are all the routes with 30% off in Business Class with Singapore Airlines in October 2018. The required miles are shown for one-way redemption. We also indicate not only the aircraft types operating these flights, but the all-important seat types too. See these links for further details about the seat types:

2006 J2009 RJ2013 J2017 J2018 RJ

Note that aircraft and seat type information is correct up to the end of the northern summer season – approximately 27th October 2018. For the last few days of October 2018 aircraft and seat types may vary as the winter season commences.

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Business Class

South East Asia

Singapore to Jakarta
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
17,500
12,250
SQ950 777-300 2009 RJ
Jakarta to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
17,500
12,250
SQ951 777-200 2009 RJ
Singapore to Bangkok
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ976
SQ978
SQ982
A330
A330
787-10
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
2018 RJ
Bangkok to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ973
SQ981
SQ983
A330
A330
787-10
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
2018 RJ
Singapore to Hanoi
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ188 A330 2009 RJ
Hanoi to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ187 A330 2009 RJ
Singapore to Ho Chi Minh
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ184
SQ186
A330
787-10
2009 RJ
2018 RJ
Ho Chi Minh to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ177
SQ183
A330
A330
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
Singapore to Manila
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ912
SQ916
SQ918
777-200
777-300
787-10
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
2018 RJ
Manila to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ915
SQ919
SQ921
787-10
777-200
777-300
2018 RJ
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
Singapore to Yangon
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ998 A330 2009 RJ
Yangon to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
20,000
14,000
SQ997 A330 2009 RJ

North Asia

Singapore to Guangzhou
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
27,500
19,250
SQ850
SQ852
A330
A330
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
Guangzhou to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
27,500
19,250
SQ851
SQ853
A330
A330
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
Singapore to Hong Kong
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
27,500
19,250
SQ890
SQ860
SQ856
SQ866
SQ872
777-200
A350
A380
777-300ER
A330
2009 RJ
2013 J
2017 J
2013 J
2009 RJ
Blackout: 4 – 8 October 2018
Hong Kong to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
27,500
19,250
SQ857
SQ891
SQ863
SQ861
SQ865
777-200
777-200
A350
A380
777-300ER
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
2013 J
2017 J
2013 J
Blackout: 1 – 3 October 2018
Singapore to Beijing
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ800
SQ802
SQ806
777-300ER
A380
777-300ER
2013 J
2006 J
2013 J
Blackout: 1 – 9 October 2018
Beijing to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ801
SQ805
SQ807
777-300ER
777-300ER
A380
2013 J
2013 J
2006 J
Blackout: 1 – 9 October 2018
Singapore to Shanghai
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ826
SQ828
SQ830
SQ832
SQ836
777-300
777-300ER
A380
777-200
777-300ER
2009 RJ
2013 J
2017 J
2009 RJ
2013 J
Blackout: 1 – 8 October 2018
Shanghai to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ825
SQ827
SQ831
SQ833
SQ835
777-300ER
777-300
777-300ER
A380
777-200
2013 J
2009 RJ
2013 J
2017 J
2009 RJ
Blackout: 1 – 8 October 2018
Singapore to Seoul
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
43,000
30,100
SQ602
SQ608
A330
A330
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
Seoul to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
43,000
30,100
SQ603 A330 2009 RJ

South Asia

Singapore to Ahmedabad
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ530 A330 2009 RJ
Ahmedabad to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ531 A330 2009 RJ
Singapore to Chennai
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ528 A330 2009 RJ
Chennai to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ529 A330 2009 RJ
Singapore to Colombo
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ468 A330 2009 RJ
Colombo to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ469 A330 2009 RJ
Singapore to Dhaka
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ446
SQ448
A330
A330
2009 RJ
2009 RJ
Dhaka to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
35,000
24,500
SQ447
SQ449
A330
A330
2009 RJ
2009 RJ

See the following links for further details about the Business Class seats:

2006 J2009 RJ2013 J2017 J2018 RJ

Terms and conditions

Most of our readers are familiar with the rules regarding Spontaneous Escapes bookings, however if it’s new to you or you need a recap here’s a reminder of the T&Cs:

  • Book by 30th September 2018.
  • Valid for flights from 1st – 31st October 2018, with the exception of New York (11th October – 30th November 2018) and Los Angeles / San Francisco (1st -30th November 2018).
  • Valid for ‘Saver’ award tickets on selected routes.
  • Blackout dates apply on certain routes (e.g. Singapore to Shanghai in Business Class blocked 1st-8th October).
  • Once booked, these promotional redemption rates are non-changeable and cancellable.
  • All flights in the chosen itinerary must be included in the offer, otherwise the miles rate reverts to standard ‘Saver’ rates for the whole itinerary with no discount. We recommend booking one-way legs so you can still save, for example on one direction of a return trip.
  • Stopovers are not allowed (again, think one-way redemptions with this offer).
  • Waitlist Saver redemptions are included in the discount, however the waitlist must clear on or before 30th September otherwise the regular ‘Saver’ rate will apply.

Summary

The headline this month is the option to pay ‘one class lower’ on selected Singapore Airlines A350 ultra long-haul flights to and from the USA. This offers some very competitive miles rates on these flights like 38,000 miles one-way in Premium Economy and 65,000 miles in Business Class.

Unfortunately New York is not included in the Business Class offer and availability of Business Class saver award seats on the non-stop San Francisco route looks sparse.

On the whole however for the regular Spontaneous Escapes offer it’s a rather thin list compared to usual, with no Europe or Australia / New Zealand options. SilkAir redemptions have also disappeared completely for October.

There are two routes with discounts on the latest long-haul 2017 Business Class fitted to the new A380s with good award availability as we’ve shown. There are also a good number of options flying the 787-10 aircraft in the new regional Business Class seat, though that is restricted to shorter routes this month with no offers on longer routes like Tokyo, Osaka or Perth.

Remember if you’re unable to secure a return flight at the discounted rates, book two one-way tickets instead. You’ll pay the usual ‘Saver’ rate for the non-discounted sector but at least the whole itinerary will not be at the standard rate.

One last ‘golden rule’ to always bear in mind with this offer is that you will want to have pretty firm plans before taking advantage, because you can’t modify or cancel these bookings once made.

(Cover Photo: Böhringer Friedrich)

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