Welcome to our analysis of the March 2019 edition of Singapore Airlines’ Spontaneous Escapes offer. This month it’s back down to earth with a bump, following February’s bumper offer of 50% off Economy Chlass and 45% to 61% off Business Class saver awards it’s back to the more typical 30% discount across the board.
For the first time, with the exception of A350ULR routes, some Premium Economy Class discounts are also available on some other Singapore Airlines routes, such as Tokyo, Seoul and London.
30% off selected saver redemptions
Last month Singapore Airlines celebrated the permanent launch of the monthly Spontaneous Escapes deal with a fantastic offer. It was for Business Class seats at Economy Class redemption rates (which meant 45% to 61% off depending on the redemption zone) or half price Economy redemption rates (which we don’t need to tell you meant 50% off the miles needed for those award tickets).
This month it’s back down to earth with a little thud, the airline repeating the more regular offer of 30% off in these cabins for travel in the month of April.
Some destinations however have retained the ‘pay Economy, get Business’ offer, namely Singapore to Delhi and Mumbai where you can fly for 18,500 miles (the usual Economy saver rate) instead of 39,000 miles, a 53% discount. That makes it cheaper to fly in Business Class with 53% discount (18,500 miles) than in Premium Economy (which is discounted by 30% and therefore costs 22,400 miles). Crazy.
Edit: Singapore Airlines made a typo in the original Spontaneous Escapes release. Delhi and Mumbai are in fact 27,300 miles each way, which makes more sense.
Premium Economy awards are also available for 30% off on a wider range of routes than usual.
April offers – SIA newest Business products
Let’s start with the answer to the most popular question we are asked when this promotion comes around – “Which Singapore Airlines long-haul Business Class or new Regional Business Class seats are included this month?”
Lots of you want to try the new seats, so here’s how it looks for April 2019 in the latest premium SIA cabins:
|Spontaneous Escapes – April 2019
SIA New Business Class products on offer
A 5.5 hour trip in the 2017 Business Class seat on the new A380 to and from Shanghai at 27,300 miles in April is a good value way to try out this new seat. Sadly that’s the only offer for this cabin in April.
For the 2013 Business Class there is a wider range of options, including Sydney and Canberra on the 777-300ER , the only Australia options this month.
Options for the 2018 Regional Business Class are limited to Ho Chi Minh (15,050 miles) and Kuala Lumpur (13,300 miles), which is a shame as there were starting to be more extensive offers on this product type lately.
Before we get into the full route list for this month’s offer, every month almost without fail we get asked the same question. “I searched the right route on the right date, but it still shows the full redemption amount!”
That’s because the Singapore Airlines website and app don’t make it obvious that the discounted miles rate is being applied – have faith! Click the ‘Saver’ rate and then check the drop-down box, where the discounted rate will then be shown, provided your flight is applicable for the discount. Here’s how it looks:
Non-stop USA discounts: May 2019
An increasingly common monthly inclusion since the recommencement of non-stop flights between Singapore and the USA last year has been discounted Premium Economy Class redemptions on several of these routes.
That’s not too surprising, with the airline struggling hard to fill these seats on A350ULR flights at anywhere close to the rates it expected, let alone those needed just to break even.
Discounted awards for Business Class seats on the non-stop A350ULR are back this month, for travel in May 2019, but its not great news. Firstly only one route is included, Los Angeles. Secondly only Premium Economy is eligible, on only one flight number in each direction. This time it’s discounted by 30%, rather than available at Economy Class award rates like last month.
Discounts are for May 2019, but must still be booked by 31st March 2019 to be eligible.
A350ULR – Premium Economy Class
|Singapore to Los Angeles|
|Blackout:||29 – 31 May 2019|
|Los Angeles to Singapore|
|Blackout:||29 – 31 May 2019|
Flights in May on these routes are available full-fare for the following roundtrip cash prices:
- Singapore – Newark: S$1,698
- Singapore – Los Angeles: S$1,498
- Singapore – San Francisco: S$1,768
That results in a value of between 2.0 cents and 1.9 cents per mile on these routes, even with 30% off the usual award rates.
Singapore Airlines April 2019 Business Class discounts
Here is the full list of Singapore Airlines Business Class routes on offer for April 2019.
You’ll pay 30% off the usual saver redemption rates if you can book by the end of March and travel during April.
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 aircraft or seat type!).
If you’re unfamiliar, the following table shows each of SIA’s five Business Class seat types for your reference. The links are to our dedicated site pages with all the product details.
|Singapore Airlines Business Class seat types|