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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.

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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.

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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