The SIA@Home concept was the first of Singapore Airlines’ on-ground experiences in the ‘Discover your Singapore Airlines’ programme, featuring home delivery of the airline’s First Class and Business Class in-flight meals, complete with wine or Champagne pairing and optional ‘Book-the-Chef’ service.
You’ll also get an amenity kit (or three!) thrown in, including the airline’s brand new Penhaligon’s Business Class version with selected meals.
After offering a festive menu over the Christmas period, KrisShop has now launched a range of Lunar New Year menus for SIA@Home, featuring a brand new option from Michelin-starred Chef Zhu Jun.
“Make your Lunar New Year celebrations more special with our First Class or Business Class dining experience in the comfort of your home.
“Our world renowned International Culinary Panel Chef Zhu Jun has specially created two festive menus, available only from 12 January to 28 February, to be paired with your choice of wine or champagne.”Singapore Airlines
These menus include the airline’s famous satay and caviar, paired with seasonal favourites like Fa Cai Yu Sheng, Baby Abalone with Szechuan Pepper, Braised Duck with Black Moss and Fried Sea Bass in Orange Lime Sauce.
As before, these experiences don’t come cheap. A total of six Lunar New Year packages are now available through KrisShop, ranging from S$308 through to S$950 including GST, with additional charges for ‘Book-the-Chef’.
Though the main SIA@Home selection still includes four menu concepts in total, for the lunar new year edition a brand new chef and “route” has been added:
- Zhu Jun Menu (Singapore to Shanghai)
If you’re interested in the Singapore to Sydney, New Delhi, Paris or Tokyo options, these are not marketed under this lunar new year option but are still available through SIA@Home.
Business Class Meals & Amenities
Here are the Business Class meal options and pricing or KrisFlyer miles equivalent, including GST. Note that the KrisShop site will display pricing excluding GST until you reach the payment confirmation stage.
Wine and Dine
A festive meal for 2. Each package comprises SIA’s signature satay canapé, appetiser, main course, dessert and festive cookies. Business Class packages include a choice of French wine or Brut Champagne and a pair of Business Class amenity kits.
A festive meal for 2. Each package comprises SIA’s signature satay canapé, appetiser, main course, dessert and festive cookies. The All-Inclusive Business Class package includes a choice of French wine or Brut Champagne, a 22-piece Business Class tableware set, a pair of Business Class amenity kits and other amenities.
Remember all these Business Class options come with the brand new Penhaligon’s Amenity Kit. These were provided on board over the Christmas and New Year period, and will launch permanently on Singapore Airlines flights later in 2021.
We have a full review of these new kits.
First Class Meals & Amenities
Here are the First Class meal options and pricing or KrisFlyer miles equivalent, including GST. Note that the KrisShop site will display pricing excluding GST until you reach the payment confirmation stage.
Wine and Dine
A festive meal for 2. Each package comprises SIA’s signature satay canapé, appetiser, soup, main course, dessert and festive cookies. First Class packages include an additional Oscietra caviar appetiser, a choice of either a bottle of Burgundy red or white wine and a pair of First Class amenity kits.
Champagne and Dine
A First Class festive menu for 2 comprising SIA’s signature satay canapé, Oscietra caviar, appetiser, main course, dessert and festive cookies. Enjoy this exquisite menu with a bottle of the Krug Grand Cuvée. Each package also includes a pair of First Class amenity kits.
Wine and Dine with Tableware
A First Class festive menu for 2 comprising SIA’s signature satay canapé, Oscietra caviar, appetiser, main course, dessert and festive cookies. You may also select either a bottle of Burgundy red or white wine. In addition, receive a 22-piece First Class tableware set and a pair of First Class amenity kits.
A festive meal for 2. Each package comprises SIA’s signature satay canapé, appetiser, main course, dessert and festive cookies. The All-Inclusive First Class package includes an additional Oscietra caviar appetiser, a bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée Champagne, and a choice of either a bottle of Burgundy red or white wine. In addition, you will receive a 22-piece First Class tableware set, three First Class amenity kits, two sleeper suits and other amenities.
You’ll find links to the full menu for each of the concepts by cabin class, including the wine and Champagne options, at the following links.
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Alternatively, check the KrisShop page for the package of your choice to see all the inclusions, such as amenity kits and tableware.
How it works
Once you’ve made your purchase through the KrisShop, the ‘cabin crew concierge’ will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your choice of wine, together with your preferred delivery date and time.
Menus cannot be customised for dietary preferences, and all SIA@Home orders will be combined in a single delivery. To schedule deliveries to multiple locations or at different timings, you’ll have to make separate transactions.
For example if you want to try a First Class meal this weekend then a Business Class one later in the month, be sure to split these into two separate purchases.
The delivery can be scheduled between 9am and 9pm daily. Confirmation must be made three days before the preferred date of delivery, not including the date of order if it is made after 12pm.
Delivery should take place within one month from purchase of package. SIA@Home orders cannot be cancelled and are non-refundable. Changes to your menu selection will not be allowed within three days of the delivery date.
Delivery is to Singapore addresses only.
We tried out the Singapore to Paris Business Class menu (non-festive) when SIA@Home first launched, and while the preparation and plating was hard work, we have to say it was an enjoyable evening!
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Cash is king
Though none of these meal options is cheap, you’ll want to be using cash to purchase rather than redeeming KrisFlyer miles.
That’s because of the poor 0.8 cents per mile value KrisShop gives you as a ‘default rate’ to offset cash purchases, leading to some ridiculous miles rates as you can see above.
An experience costing S$688 (S$736.16 including GST), for example, will set you back over 92,000 miles if you don’t want to part with any cash. That’s enough to redeem a Business Class saver award from Singapore to London!
You should therefore be paying cash and instead earning miles through your KrisShop transaction for these experiences, not redeeming.
All six of these festive meal combinations have the option of adding the ‘Book-the-Chef’ service when you are scheduling the delivery date and time.
“Those who are looking to bring their SIA experience to the next level also have the option to Book-the-Chef through our cabin crew concierge, to enjoy the services of a private chef who will reheat, plate and serve the meal for customers in their homes.”Singapore Airlines
During the call with the cabin crew concierge, you can enquire about this optional add-on, though there are limited slots available.
“The Book-the-Chef service is available for a top up of S$300 for one to two packages bought, and $480 for customers who purchase more than two packages.
“For two packages or fewer, an SIA chef will visit the home of the customer to personally re-heat, plate and serve the dishes. For re-heating, plating and serving of dishes from more than two packages, the chef will be accompanied by an assistant.”KrisShop
These prices are subject to GST, so it works out as a total of S$321 for one to two packages and S$513.60 for more than two packages.
That means for the cheapest Business Class package at S$308 you’ll be spending a total of S$629 including your own personal chef, right up to an eye watering S$1,271 for the top First Class All-Inclusive experience with a chef.
Which credit card to use
You’ll earn 1.5 mpd on net spend at KrisShop.com, transferred directly into your KrisFlyer account.
KrisShop.com transactions are online purchases processed under MCC 5309: Duty Free Stores.
That means you can tap into some 4 mpd earn rates with a variety of credit cards, subject to their monthly requirements and spending caps.
Here’s an example of cards we know will give you upwards of 4 mpd for KrisShop transactions, the equivalent of earning almost 5.5 mpd in total for the SIA@Home experience (since the KrisShop isn’t paying 1.5 mpd on the GST component, it will never quite hit 5.5 mpd overall).
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Here’s an example using the HSBC Revolution card (see our review) to purchase the most expensive First Class dining experience for two at S$888 (S$950.16 including GST):
- S$888 (net) x 1.5 mpd = 1,332 KrisFlyer miles from KrisShop
- S$950 x 4 mpd = 3,800 miles from HSBC
- 5,132 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$97 ‘value-back’ from this transaction (around 10%).
It’s also over 2,600 miles more than you’ll earn using a more mundane 1.2 mpd card for general local spend, like the Citi PremierMiles, so do try to use a 4 mpd bonus card if possible.
After offering a festive twist over the Christmas period, it’s time for the SIA@Home packages to have a Chinese New Year option too for January and February 2021, to ring in the year of the Ox.
Pricing remains high, starting at S$308, with those wanting the full First Class experience including a bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée Champagne, a red or white wine, tableware, three Lalique amenity kits, pyjamas, slippers, socks and eyeshades will be parting with S$950 at the top end!
Opting for the ‘Book-the-Chef’ experience will also continue to set you back at least an additional S$321.
Whether any of these options is worth it is of course for you to decide! Much of the pricing built in to these packages is for the ‘uniqueness’ of the experience, which some will value more than others.
If you are going to place an order, remember not to redeem KrisFlyer miles (given the lousy value offered) but instead to use your best miles-earning credit card when paying to supplement KrisShop’s own 1.5 mpd accrual rate.
Will you be ordering one of the Lunar New year SIA@Home sets? Let us know in the comments section below.
(Cover Photo: Singapore Airlines)