KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Becomes a Staple, Offers Up to 50% Savings!

Earlier this year, Singapore Airlines made some changes to the KrisFlyer program. They’ve already increased redemption rates and allowed multi-class upgrades weeks ago, and made multi-day award search possible not long after. As part of those changes, KrisFlyer is permanently featuring monthly redemption discounts on some of their flights with Spontaneous Escapes.

Spontaneous Escapes

This KrisFlyer feature garnered interest largely out of offering members a way of redeeming their miles at a reduced rate. Redemption usually cost around 30% less miles than their posted award rates, but only for specific destinations and with some blackout dates.

Back in the second half of December 2018, they offered this promotion of sorts for flights on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir for flights in the month after. As an added bonus, Singapore Airlines flights to most US destinations in February 2019 were also eligible.

 

Promotion for February 2019

KrisFlyer just announced this month’s Spontaneous Escapes with its best discounted rate offer so far:

  • 50% redemption discount off Economy Saver award rates for travel in Economy Class; and,
  • Business Class redemptions at regular Economy Saver rates

The offer applies to available redemption flights to specified destinations across the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network, for travel in the whole month of March. Nonstop flights to/from Los Angeles in Premium Economy in the months of March and April are also available at Economy Class Saver rates. The MileLion sums up this month’s offerings quite well in charts.

Take note that the promotional rate applies to all redemptions that are booked AND ticketed by February 28th. Therefore, any waitlist redemption that does not clear by this month get charged the full standard rate when it does. But given their new policies announced earlier this year, such waitlist requests should be either confirmed or cancelled until 14 days before the flight date.

With this month’s discounts, even a redemption in Economy Class looks tempting. With those rates, you can save nearly 20,000 miles booking Economy Class seats on flights to/from London, Rome, or Zurich, for example. Alternatively, you could also end up spending only half as much by booking Business Class flying to/from Australia and New Zealand!

Singapore Airlines New Business Class Seat

 

Final Word

It’s great to hear that Singapore Airlines is making Spontaneous Escapes a permanent feature of its KrisFlyer program. By upping the ante on redemption discounts, they’re making an interesting proposition in using up miles for an urgent itinerary.

Is this a game changer? Hardly. But knowing that there’ll always be some destinations on offer at the second half of each month opens up a lot of options when it comes to travel, especially when burning those miles that are expiring quite soon.

If you’re planning a vacation at least half a year away you may be better off paying for the flight or redeeming for really rare (read: Suites) cabin experiences. If you’re aching for a reward someplace else sometime soon, Spontaneous Escapes may offer you great value.