Singapore Airlines has launched three new menus for the Spring-Summer 2021 season, for those wanting to recreate the in-flight dining experience at home with one of the airline’s First Class or Business Class meals, complete with wine or Champagne pairing and optional ‘Book-the-Chef’ service.
The SIA@Home concept was the first of Singapore Airlines’ on-ground experiences in the ‘Discover your Singapore Airlines’ programme, launched in late 2020, and this particular initiative has been continued with recent festive and lunar new year special menus, but this time round there’s an extra incentive to give it a go.
That’s because of SIA’s new campaign to help you retain or upgrade your KrisFlyer or PPS Club status tier without flying, meaning you’ll get a generous side serving of status credits with every KrisShop order, including these home-delivered meals, until February next year.
There’s also a double status credits offer for Elite members ordering between now and 21st April, and remember you can schedule your SIA@Home experience up to a month from the purchase date.
The new SIA@Home menus
There are new menus launched for the latest season across three of the selections; Tokyo; Paris and Sydney.
Chef Zhu Jun’s menu (Singapore to Shanghai), which featured as a lunar new year option, has also been retained and modified slightly from the festive version.
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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.
More expensive packages even include Narumi or Wedgwood tableware and Lalique crystalware.
“Enjoy new seasonal dishes and chef signatures with our new Spring-Summer 2021 menus for SIA@Home packages.“Singapore Airlines
New additions for the Spring-Summer menus include a Lobster Tail with Caviar on the Tokyo First Class menu and a Seared King Salmon with Quinoa in Truffle Vinaigrette on the Sydney Business Class menu.
One thing hasn’t changed – these experiences don’t come cheap! Prices range from S$276 through to S$950 including GST, depending on the package and inclusions, with additional charges for ‘Book-the-Chef’.
A new benefit: Earn status credits
Singapore Airlines recently launched a new campaign to help KrisFlyer and PPS Club members renew or even upgrade their status tier without flying, through incentives such as everyday spend with partners and transfers from credit card points into miles.
Part of the offer includes some great status credit earning rates for KrisShop purchases right through to 28th February 2022, including these SIA@Home dining sets, with double credits available for purchases made by 21st April 2021.
Status credits earning
|Status Tier||7 Apr 2021
21 Apr 2021
|22 Apr 2021
28 Feb 2022
|PPS Club||2 PPS Value
|1 PPS Value
|KrisFlyer Elite||6 Elite miles
|3 Elite miles
|3 Elite miles
For example a KrisFlyer Elite Silver member ordering the Georges Blanc First Class SIA@Home menu between now and 21st April 2021 at S$448 + GST would earn 2,688 Elite Miles (448 x 6), within 7 days of the transaction.
That’s in addition to 1.5 KrisFlyer miles per dollar spent at KrisShop, for a total of 672 miles (448 x 1.5), plus up to 4 mpd through an eligible miles-earning credit card on the tax-inclusive amount for an additional 1,916 miles (479 x 4).
Remember you won’t earn Elite miles or PPS Value on any amount paid or offset using KrisFlyer miles, so be sure to opt for the full cash option.
In any event, you’ll always want to be using cash to purchase rather than redeeming KrisFlyer miles at KrisShop, because of the poor 0.8 cents per mile value offered as a ‘default rate’ to offset cash purchases, leading to some ridiculous miles rates for large purchases like these.
Business Class Amenity Kit
All the SIA@Home Business Class options come with the airline’s brand new Penhaligon’s Amenity Kit. These were provided on board over the recent Christmas and New Year period, and to all passengers on the inaugural Boeing 737-800 flights. They will be progressively rolled out on longer flights this year.
We have a full review of these new kits.
Another recent addition to the SIA@Home selection is the choice of two additional ‘Singapore Airlines Signatures’.
Previously only available as a First Class add-on designed for two, there’s now also a ‘Signatures for One’ and a 48-piece Signature Satay to choose from. Here are the options with their prices excluding GST.
Note that the KrisShop site will display pricing excluding GST until you reach the payment confirmation stage.
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 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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All the SIA@Home 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$276 you’ll be spending a total of S$597 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
Earlier we touched on the fact that in addition to the status credits you’ll receive from KrisShop purchases under the current promotion, you’ll also continue to earn the year-round 1.5 mpd on net spend at KrisShop, 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 KrisShop isn’t paying 1.5 mpd on the GST component, it will actually net you around 5.4 mpd overall).
|KrisFlyer UOB||3.0||No cap|
|Amex KF Blue||2.0||No cap|
|Amex KF Ascend||2.0||No cap|
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 and Chinese New Year, Singapore Airlines has revamped some of its SIA@Home menus for the Spring-Summer season.
Pricing remains high, starting at S$276, 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!
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 haven’t tried SIA@Home yet, or even if you have, the added benefit right now is the inclusion of a generous quantity of status credits in the form of Elite miles or PPS Value.
This will go some way towards your status renewal or tier upgrade this year, especially if you’re an existing Elite member ordering by 21st April.
(Cover Photo: Singapore Airlines)