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KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes January 2019 offers

30% off a range of Singapore Airlines and SilkAir saver redemptions in January 2019, with Business and Premium Economy offers non-stop to the USA in February

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The first list of Spontaneous Escapes offers for those looking for an early 2019 getaway has been released, with 30% off Singapore Airlines and SilkAir saver redemptions for the month of January 2019.

Again there’s an additional deal for non-stop USA flights for the following month, February 2019, this time including a limited Business Class offer in addition to the usual raft of Premium Economy seats.

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Spontaneous Escapes

Almost every month there are routes on which Singapore Airlines can’t realise ideal loads and revenues, due to the seasonal nature of demand. It’s not feasible for them to switch aircraft types and frequencies around on routes much more often than twice per year, so fare adjustments and special offers come into play to keep the load factors as healthy as possible year-round.

Sometimes though even that’s not enough, and ‘Spontaneous Escapes’ has now become a longstanding monthly offer for KrisFlyer members to enjoy a discount, typically 30%, off saver award tickets for travel on selected routes during the following month.

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A last minute getaway can save you thousands of miles with the Spontaneous Escapes promotion. (Photo: Airbus)

There are some terms and conditions of course, not least that these award tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable once booked, unlike a normal saver award. You’ll need pretty firm travel plans, so for the full list of restrictions see the T&C summary at the end of this article.

January offers – SIA Business products

We always start off with the answer to the most important question – “Which Singapore Airlines long-haul Business Class or new regional Business Class seats are included this month?”

Here’s how it looks for January 2019 in the premium SIA cabins:

Spontaneous Escapes – January 2019
SIA New Business Class products on offer
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2017 J

(full seat details)

35,000
24,500 Miles:

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

27,500
19,250 Miles:

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

(full seat details)

88,000
61,600 Miles:

  • Singapore – Los Angeles (SQ36, Feb only)
  • Los Angeles – Singapore (SQ35, Feb only)

43,000
30,100 Miles:

  • Singapore – Seoul (SQ612)
  • Seoul – Singapore (SQ611)

35,000
24,500 Miles:

  • Singapore – Beijing (SQ802)
  • Singapore – Beijing (SQ806)
  • Beijing – Singapore (SQ801)
  • Beijing – Singapore (SQ807)
  • Singapore – Shanghai (SQ828)
  • Shanghai – Singapore (SQ831)

27,500
19,250 Miles:

  • Singapore – Hong Kong (SQ860)
  • Hong Kong – Singapore (SQ863)

17,500
12,250 Miles:

  • Singapore – Jakarta (SQ962)
  • Jakarta – Singapore (SQ957)
11A

2018 RJ

(full seat details)

27,500
19,250 Miles:

  • Singapore – Taipei (SQ876)
  • Taipei – Singapore (SQ877)

The 2018 Regional Business Class has never been so prolific on the network as it is in January 2019, with 15 destinations on offer. We flew the new seats on the day they entered service in April 2018, and rated the product very highly.

You would expect perhaps that there might therefore be several options to try out this new product with a discount this month.

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Unfortunately it is very limited. For those wanting to try the new 2018 Regional Business Class, Singapore to Taipei (SQ876) and Taipei to Singapore (SQ877) are your only options in January with 30% off, for a rate of 19,250 miles each way in this cabin.

Ok that’s not 100% true – the SQ186 Singapore to Ho Chi Minh flight does sometimes feature the 787-10 with this new product installed, however it is only used on a few dates in January 2019 on that service.

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If you’ve yet to try the 2018 Regional Business Class, it’s available for 19,250 miles to or from Taipei during January. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

These flights take around 4 hours so we think that’s actually a good rate for Business Class, especially since the new cabin is a great experience if you haven’t tried it yet.

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Non-stop USA discounts: February 2019

Discounted awards for Business Class seats on the non-stop A350ULR are back this month, for travel in February 2019, but its not great news. Firstly only one route is included, Los Angeles. Secondly only one flight is eligible, the newer SQ35/36 which only runs three days per week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Discounts are for February 2019, but must still be booked by 31st December 2018 to be eligible.

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A350ULR – Business Class

Singapore to Los Angeles
Miles Flights Aircraft
88,000
61,600
SQ36
A350ULR
Los Angeles to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
88,000
61,600
SQ35
A350ULR

There are only 12 flights in each direction included in the offer for February 2019. We checked award availability and found that only half of those flights between Singapore and Los Angeles have immediate redemptions available.

February 2019 (SQ36 SIN-LAX)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3
WL WL
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
5 6+ WL
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
6+ 6+ WL
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
5 6+ WL
25 26 27 28
WL

WL – Waitlist

For the Los Angeles to Singapore route it’s even worse, with only four flights currently featuring availability.

February 2019 (SQ35 LAX-SIN)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3
WL WL
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
WL WL WL
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
6+ 5 WL
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
6+ WL 6+
25 26 27 28
WL

WL – Waitlist

Down the back though, once again, Singapore Airlines is offering a 30% discount for all Premium Economy saver awards on the new non-stop A350ULR flights to and from Newark, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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A350ULR – Premium Economy Class

Singapore to Los Angeles
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
45,500
SQ36
SQ38
A350ULR
A350ULR
Los Angeles to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
45,500
SQ35
SQ37
A350ULR
A350ULR
Singapore to Newark
Miles Flights Aircraft
70,000
49,000
SQ22 A350ULR
Newark to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
70,000
49,000
SQ21 A350ULR
Singapore to San Francisco
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
45,500
SQ34 A350ULR
San Francisco to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft
65,000
45,500
SQ33 A350ULR

Booked loads are still painfully low in this cabin on some of these routes. Between Singapore and Los Angeles, for example, ExpertFlyer data shows that only 22.6% of Premium Economy seats are currently booked on the 40 A350ULR flights operating that month (849 out of 3,760 seats).

On some flights only three or four passengers are booked into the 94-seat cabin. That will improve of course as the departure dates approach, but it’s hard to see the airline reaching anywhere close to a level it is comfortable with on most of these flights, particularly in view of the heavy discounting still ongoing for cash tickets.

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Some A350ULR flights in February are particularly empty in Premium Economy

This month the Spontaneous Escapes offer is for February 2019, but must still be booked by 31st December 2018 to be eligible.

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Premium Economy Class on Singapore Airlines’ A350ULR flights is still proving a tough sell for customers. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Again we checked the latest round-trip cash fares available on these ULR routes in Premium Economy during February, and found them to still be heavily discounted.

  • SIN-EWR-SIN S$1,695
  • EWR-SIN-EWR S$2,055
  • SIN-LAX-SIN S$1,495
  • LAX-SIN-LAX S$1,918
  • SIN-SFO-SIN S$1,495
  • SFO-SIN-SFO S$1,987

You’re getting 1.6 cents per mile to 2.1 cents per mile using KrisFlyer miles in this case. That doesn’t account for the miles you would earn on a round-trip with a cash fare on these routings – at least 16,800 for a San Francisco return, making the true value even less.

Our advice is therefore the same as last month – don’t bother using miles on these A350 ULR non-stop USA Premium Economy routes, even at 30% off. Provided you can get one of the fares above, which are widely available in February, it’s a poor deal and you should save your miles for a better value redemption.

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Singapore Airlines January Business Class discounts

Here is the full list of Singapore Airlines Business Class routes on offer for January 2019. For the second month only 10 routes are included, though it’s a slightly different selection this time round. You’ll get 30% off if you can book by the end of this month and travel during January.

As always, we include those all-important Business Class seat types as well as the aircraft types, helping you choose better on your preferred route (or who knows, choose your route based on your preferred seat type!).

If you’re unfamiliar, here are the details for each of the Business Class seat types for your reference:

2006 J2009 RJ2013 J2017 J2018 RJ

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Business Class

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Singapore to Jakarta
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
17,500
12,250
SQ962 A350 2013 J
Jakarta to Singapore
Miles Flights Aircraft Seats
17,500
12,250
SQ955
SQ957
777-300
A350
2009 RJ
2013 J