In just under 12 hours from now, probably the most popular of SIA’s ‘Discover Your Singapore Airlines’ experiences is set to go on sale. This one will get you up, close and personal with the latest cabins inside one the airline’s brand new Airbus A380 ‘Version 3’ aircraft for an onboard meal a couple of weekends from now.
There will be at least one dining experience available for sale on each of the following dates:
- Saturday 24th October 2020
- Sunday 25th October 2020
Here’s what else we know about the events, and perhaps more importantly for some, what we don’t yet know.
It’s cheap in some cabins, but expensive in others
Rather like airline tickets themselves, you’ll pay a steep premium to dine in the latest Singapore Airlines Suites or Business Class cabins compared to Economy Class.
Tickets are priced at just S$53.50 ‘down the back’ in Economy and S$96.30 in the airline’s slightly more spacious Premium Economy cabin, but take a trip upstairs and you’ll find Business Class priced at S$321 and Suites at S$642 per head.
Here’s how the pricing will look, including GST. Note that KrisShop displays the price (and alternative KrisFlyer miles requirement) excluding GST until you reach the payment stage.
Paying with KrisFlyer miles is awful value
With KrisShop being chosen as the sales platform for the ‘Discover Your Singapore Airlines’ experiences, KrisFlyer miles redemption is unfortunately a terrible deal, a function of the store’s fixed redemption rate of 0.8 cents per mile.
That means unless you have more KrisFlyer miles than you know what to do with, you’ll almost certainly want to be paying in cash for this experience, even in the premium cabins.
There’s almost no way it’s worth parting with 80,250 KrisFlyer miles, for example, instead of paying S$642 for the Suites experience. That’s enough miles for a 7-hour First Class or Suites Class flight from Singapore to Japan as a saver award (with 10,000 miles to spare), or for two people to fly from Singapore to Shanghai or Beijing in Business Class.
Note that you can choose to pay none, part, or all of the GST-inclusive cost of any KrisShop purchase with KrisFlyer miles, but the dreadful 0.8 cents per mile rate is fixed even if you only use a small number of miles.
For example, a dining experience in Economy Class will set you back 6,687 KrisFlyer miles if you don’t want to part with any cash.
Some credit cards will earn you extra miles
You’ll earn 1.5 mpd on net spend at KrisShop.com, transferred into your KrisFlyer account “up to 30 business days” after the transaction, but better still there are a range of credit cards offering bonus miles rates for transactions that are either online purchases or fall under MCC 5309: Duty Free Stores (KrisShop counts as both).
Here’s an example of cards we know will give you between 2 mpd and 6 mpd for KrisShop transactions, the equivalent of earning up to 7.5 mpd in total for the Restaurant A380 @Changi experience (since the KrisShop isn’t paying 1.5 mpd on the GST component, it will never quite hit 7.5 mpd overall).
|UOB PRVI Miles Amex||6.0*||S$500*|
|KrisFlyer UOB||3.0||No cap|
|Amex KF Blue||2.0||No cap|
|Amex KF Ascend||2.0||No cap|
* Subject to successful registration for this 6 mpd offer.
For example if you haven’t used your HSBC Revolution card (see our review) in October and therefore still have your monthly S$1,000 cap available, you can use it to purchase the Business Class A380 restaurant experience for two of you at S$321 each (S$642 total) and earn miles as follows:
- S$600 (net) x 1.5 mpd = 900 KrisFlyer miles from KrisShop
- S$642 x 4 mpd = 2,568 miles from HSBC
- 3,468 miles total
That’s the equivalent of 5.4 mpd for the transaction, and given that we value KrisFlyer miles at 1.9 cents each (when redeemed sensibly, i.e. not at KrisShop!), you’re getting about S$65 ‘value-back’ from this transaction (around 10%).
It’s also around 1,800 miles more than you’ll earn using a more mundane 1.2 mpd card for general local spend, like the Citi PremierMiles.
Tickets go on sale at midnight sharp
Singapore Airlines announced that sales for the “Restaurant A380 @Changi” experience will go on sale on 12th October 2020, however with strong interest in the event it’s important for you to know exactly when that will happen.
The airline confirmed to Mainly Miles that it will be opened for bookings at midnight.
|Ticket Sales Start:
12th October 2020
That means being online at midnight tonight to be in with the best chance of securing the tickets of your choice for this experience.
You should find the Restaurant A380 @Changi tickets appearing first at the following page on the KrisShop site:
A lucky few will get an aircraft tour
Once you’ve successfully booked you dining experience, you’ll be able to indicate your interest in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Singap