Spontaneous Escapes for September 2023 is out! For those who are unfamiliar, Spontaneous Escapes is a monthly affair where you can get discounted Singapore Airlines flights by redeeming your KrisFlyer miles. The discount is almost always 30% off Saver rates which is quite significant.
Here are some of the more interesting redemptions that I think are worth considering:
|Destination||Class||Miles||Taxes^||Cost of Flight*|
|Bali||Economy||5,950 × 2||S$83.50||S$202.50 to S$232.25|
|Bangkok||Economy||9,450 × 2||S$93.40||S$282.40 to S$329.65|
|Seoul (Incheon)||Economy||18,900 × 2||S$91.00||S$469.00 to S$563.50|
^Indicative tax amount; please do your own search for exact figures
Those who have followed my adventures would remember that I took Spontaneous Escapes to Bali earlier this year, and I still think it is a reasonably priced redemption to make. Bali is again available for booking this month for travels in September.
Also available this month are Bangkok and Seoul if you have a spontaneous feel for these destinations next month. The redemptions are all pretty good value if you have procured your miles for cheap. Personally, I might opt for budget airlines to Bangkok since the flight time is short, but Seoul looks like a worthy redemption at this price.
You can tap here for a full list of redemptions available.
How is the cost per flight derived?
The cost per flight is derived by the acquisition cost per mile added to the tax payable for the redemption. Miles can often be bought through services like ipaymy, Cardup, or Citi PayAll. For instance, the current promo for Citi PayAll (ending later this month) allows users to essentially buy each mile at 1 cent each.
While not directly buying miles, opting to use a miles card in place of a cashback card often incurs opportunity cost. If you use a 4 miles per dollar card instead of a 5% cashback card, your cost per mile is technically 1.25 cents each.
Remember that you still need to pay taxes when redeeming flights with your KrisFlyer miles, and this should be added to your cost of miles to better gauge how much each flight costs you.
Use UOB KrisFlyer Card
Just for this month, KrisFlyer UOB Credit and Debit Cardmembers can get an additional 5% miles-back on flights redeemed under the KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes promotion. This promo is valid only for the first 158 cardmembers.
You must register by sending the following SMS to 77862 after you have booked your flight and received your booking reference number:
KFSPE<space>Last 4 alphanumeric digits of NRIC/Passport<space>Booking Reference Number
(Example: If your NRIC is S1234567A and booking reference is XYZ123, send “KFSPE 567A XYZ123″)
Holiday in September?
To use this promo, go to Singapore Air’s website and log in to your KrisFlyer account. Search for flights in September 2023 to eligible destinations, and look for the “Promo” column. Not all dates have the promotional rate, and tickets can sell out. Plus, blackout dates apply.
Also, such bookings cannot be refunded or changed unless Singapore Air cancels the flight. You should consider buying insurance that covers flights booked by miles if you want to play it safe.
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