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Over 140 Business Class saver awards on SIA’s new Brussels flight

Heading to Europe in late 2020? Brussels might be the place to start (or finish) if you want to use your miles to fly Singapore Airlines Business Class

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Earlier today we wrote about Singapore Airlines resuming its flights between Singapore and Brussels, after a 17-year gap in services. These new Airbus A350 flights will start on 25th October 2020 and operate four days per week, with 42 of the popular 2013 long-haul Business Class seats installed.

First here’s a recap of the schedule for this new service.

From 25th October 2020
Flight From / To Aircraft Days
SQ304 SIN2355 – BRU0650* 359 ··345·7
SQ303 BRU1120 – SIN0655* 359 1··456·

* Next day

Flights are now loaded

Singapore Airlines started this morning by loading approximately the first week’s worth of flights on this route, including KrisFlyer award space, however from November 2020 onwards there were no schedules loaded.

This afternoon the full schedule has been made bookable, and we’ve scoured the KrisFlyer Business Class saver award space on all the flights currently programmed through to the last bookable date, 6th December 2020 (355 days from now).

KrisFlyer award space

Here’s how the Business Class saver award space looks on the Singapore – Brussels route for all the flights currently loaded into the reservation system.

Remember these are the airline’s 2013 Business Class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.

October 2020 (SQ304 SIN-BRU)
M T W T F S S
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
WL
26 27 28 29 30 31
4 4 4
November 2020 (SQ304 SIN-BRU)
M T W T F S S
1
2
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
4 4 4 4
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
4 4 4 4
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
4 4 4 4
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
4 4 4 4
30
December 2020 (SQ304 SIN-BRU)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6
4 4 4 4

Updated 1.45am on 19th December 2019. We’ll continue to update the totals over the coming days so do refresh this page for the latest overview.

As you can see there are practically four instantly confirmable saver awards on every flight on this route. That means the rare ability for the whole family to fly to Europe in style next winter, if you have enough miles.

Furthermore there is extensive waitlist availability on top of that, right up to six seats, and we think there is a better than usual likelihood of your waitlist clearing on this “new” route.

Here’s how it looks in the Brussels – Singapore direction. Slightly more constrained in that saver award space is currently capped at 2 seats on most flights, but that’s still good for a couple.

October 2020 (SQ303 BRU-SIN)
M T W T F S S
26 27 28 29 30 31
WL 2 2 2
November 2020 (SQ303 BRU-SIN)
M T W T F S S
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2 2 2 2
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
2 2 2 2
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
2 2 2 2
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
2 2 2 2
30
2
December 2020 (SQ303 BRU-SIN)
M T W T F S S
1 2 3 4 5 6
2 2 2

Updated 1.45am on 19th December 2019. We’ll continue to update the totals over the coming days so do refresh this page for the latest overview.

As a reminder from our previous article, these are the one-way KrisFlyer redemption rates you’ll pay by cabin on the Singapore – Brussels route:

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KrisFlyer Redemption Singapore ⇄ Brussels
Saver Advantage
Economy 38,000 70,000
Premium Economy 64,500 n/a
Business 92,000 120,000

You’re therefore looking at 92,000 KrisFlyer miles each way for these saver award seats in Business Class.

At the time of writing, no award space has yet been made available on this route to Star Alliance and SIA partner airline frequent flyer programmes, in any cabin class.

Redeem into Europe

Don’t forget you can use this new Brussels option to redeem all the way into Europe or beyond on the Brussels Airlines network.

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You can use this new Brussels flight to tap into awards to a variety of European cities

The Star Alliance award rate then takes precedence for an itinerary with at least one Star Alliance carrier included, but that’s the same anyway in Business Class between Singapore and Europe at 92,000 miles – so the rate applies all the way to your final destination.

Taxes are low

Taxes when departing Europe to Singapore can be a significant factor, as they are also payable when you redeem using KrisFlyer miles.

This most significantly applies from the UK, where aviation taxation is the highest in the world thanks to APD, and to a lesser extent from France and Germany.

Only the Belgium Passenger Service And Security Charge of EUR30.78 (currently converting to S$46.40 at IATA Consolidated Exchange Rates on 17th December 2019) is payable on your award ticket from Brussels to Singapore.

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You won’t be hit with significant taxes when departing Brussels on a Singapore Airlines award ticket

This makes it the 6th cheapest redemption option from Europe to Singapore when flying Singapore Airlines using KrisFlyer miles. Here’s how it looks against the other routes, with no surprises where you need to avoid redeeming from.

Route Y W J F
AMS – SIN $42.00 N/A
ARN – SIN
transit DME
$83.40 N/A
ARN – SIN
stopover DME
$100.60 N/A
BCN – SIN $32.60 N/A
BRU – SIN $46.40 N/A
CDG – SIN $80.40 $141.60
CPH – SIN $33.30 N/A
DME – SIN $25.00 N/A
DUS – SIN $125.40 N/A
FCO – SIN $63.00 N/A
FRA – SIN $155.30
LHR – SIN $232.60 $406.20
MAN – SIN $172.70 $346.30 N/A
MUC – SIN $136.20 N/A
MXP – SIN $40.90 N/A
ZRH – SIN $48.30

Correct at 17th December 2019. Variation due to exchange rates will occur.

Brussels Airlines applies a fuel surcharge

Be aware that if you’re redeeming with Brussels Airlines, or continuing your journey with them, the carrier imposes a Fuel and Insurance Surcharge (YQ), which you’ll have to pay in addition to any KrisFlyer miles used.

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You’ll pay a fuel surcharge when redeeming KrisFlyer miles on a Brussels Airlines flight. (Photo: Brussels Airlines)

It ranges from EUR43.00 (approximately S$65) within Europe to EUR136.00 (approximately S$205) to and from the USA. KrisFlyer will pass this charge on to you at the booking stage, meaning a simple Brussels to London flight on SN attracts higher taxes and fees than a Brussels to Singapore one on SQ!

Summary

A large supply of saver Business Class award availability on the reinstated Brussels route has been loaded into the award system practically from day one, giving you a great opportunity to redeem one of Singapore Airlines’ most popular long-haul Business Class seats on a Europe route, even when travelling as a group in some cases.

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There are lots of saver award seats up for grabs on the 13-hour Brussels route. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

We’ll keep the award tables above updated over the coming days as many of these award seats will no doubt start to be snapped up, so check back for the latest overview of availability.

Remember you can redeem 355 days out, with new seats loaded at 8am Singapore time each day, and with the Christmas and New Year 2020 season soon coming into view, this is one route to keep an eye on for your Europe trips.

(Cover Photo: MainlyMiles)

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