If you need to make a business trip to Singapore next month, now's the time to turn your mountain of KrisFlyer miles into a business class flight with Singapore Airlines.
The airline's latest KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes promotion unlocks reward seats in the 'business class saver' category at the rates usually applied to 'economy saver' tickets, which in some cases means you need to use half as many miles.
For example, the Spontaneous Escapes rate for Sydney to Singapore is just 28,000 KrisFlyer miles one-way – more than 55% off the usual asking amount.
So while the Spontaneous Escapes promotion is aimed at a short-notice holiday jaunt, it's also smart play for the business traveller looking to make the most of their miles.
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes: what you need to know
This is what you'll need in your KrisFlyer account to fly out in business class from Australia, plus the current conversion rate from Velocity points (if that’s your domestic frequent flyer currency of choice).
|One-way flights (business class)||KrisFlyer Miles||Converted from Velocity Points|
|28,000 miles||43,400 points|
|Perth-Singapore||20,000 miles||31,000 points|
Yes, Brisbane is missing from that list: for the Brisbane-Singapore flights, Singapore Airlines offers only economy class fares through its Spontaneous Escapes package (at 14,000 miles one-way).
Only certain flights and destinations are eligible: Spontaneous Escapes don't apply to the entire Singapore Airlines network, and as we've cited in the case of Brisbane, some routes won’t have business class included. Internationally, there is a scattering of destinations included across Asia and Europe, plus Los Angeles. The full list of eligible flights can be found here.
Book by Thursday 28 February: the cut-off is 11:59pm Singapore time, which is equivalent to 2:59am, Friday 1 March in Sydney and Melbourne (we recommend you book before midnight local time, just to be on the safe side).
Travel during March only: You must travel between 1 March to 31 March, inclusive. An exception is made for premium economy flights to Los Angeles, which are open for travel until the end of 30 April.
The entire itinerary must be eligible: The special rates will apply only if every flight in your itinerary is listed on the promotion's website. While this won't be an issue for simple one-way bookings, it'll become more problematic for multi-city and return itineraries.
If you can't find any eligible flights on the way home for example, then consider making two one-way bookings so at least half of your trip is at the discounted rate.
The promotion is online only: Phone bookings through the KrisFlyer contact centre will be charged at normal redemption rates and also incur a US$25 service fee.
Be aware of points transfer times: If you're saving points with American Express Membership Rewards or other similar programs which can then transfer points across to KrisFlyer, take note of how many days it’ll take to make that transfer. For example, American Express transfers usually take under 24 hours, but they advertise ‘up to 3 days’, which you should factor into your planning.
Transfers from a Velocity account to KrisFlyer are instant, which makes it a handy way to top up your balance in a pinch. The exchange rate is 1.55 to 1 in either direction.
You might be able to hold seats first: If you don’t have enough KrisFlyer miles in your account yet but you can see availability on the dates you want, try calling up the contact centre to put those seats on hold to mitigate the risk of someone else snatching those prized seats from you.
If successful, you could theoretically go ahead and transfer your points, cancel the hold on the seats once your KrisFlyer account is credited, and re-book them online immediately to get the special promotional rate.
How to book a KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes flight
You can only do this online, so start by logging in to your KrisFlyer account and entering your desired flight details.
Ensure ‘Redeem flights’ is checked for a redemption booking, and tick ‘Flexible travel dates’ if your schedule is indeed flexible.
Next up, a seven-day calendar will pop-up if you were flexible. While this doesn’t provide too much useful information, at least you can tell which days have Saver awards or Advantage awards only. As it's Saver fares you're looking for, you can quickly see there's no point searching Friday 22 March.
On the next screen, select your desired routing. If you’ve picked an eligible flight, then the discounted price will pop-up in the top-right corner, despite the normal rate still showing on the selection screen.
From here onwards, just proceed as usual to the check-out, and soon you’ll be rewarded with what might just be the best-value business class flight you’ve ever booked.