As part of the merger into Singapore Airlines, SilkAir will be transferring a number of routes into Scoot over the next two years. These planned changes are expected to take place from April 2019 and they are scheduled to complete by the second half of 2020. As part of the whole realignment, Scoot will also be transferring some of its services to existing destinations served by Singapore Airlines and SilkAir.
From SilkAir to Scoot:
Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, in April 2019
Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Visakhapatnam in India, between May 2019 and October 2019
Changsha, Fuzhou, Kunming and Wuhan in China, between May 2019 and June 2019
Chiang Mai in Thailand, in October 2019
Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, in December 2019
Balikpapan, Lombok, Makassar, Manado, Semarang and Yogyakarta in Indonesia, between May 2020 and July 2020
From Scoot to SIA (Both are existing SIA destinations):
Bengaluru and Chennai in India, in May 2019 and May 2020
From Scoot to SilkAir (Both are existing SilkAir destinations):
Shenzhen in China, from June 2019
Kochi in India, from October 2019
In addition, SilkAir will be converting its Mandalay route to a seasonal service. Existing services will end in March 2019 and will resume in November 2019, continuing until January 2020. Scoot will meanwhile be suspending services to Honolulu with effect from June 2019 as a result of weak demand. Dates are indicative as a result of required regulatory approvals. Customers with existing bookings will be provided the option to switch to the new Scoot, SIA or SilkAir flights where possible, or be provided refunds.
Terminal 2 of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) is a relatively new addition to the third busiest airport in China. Officially opened back in April 2018, this 600,000 sqm space is home to China Southern Airlines but more importantly, a brand new lounge (accessible via Priority Pass) that I was meaning to check out — Premium Lounge. My flight from Guangzhou back to Singapore was on Singapore Airlines and it was conveniently departing from the relatively-new Terminal 2 of the airport.
The school holidays in June are coming right up so if you are a working parent and you would like to go somewhere with your children next month, it is worthwhile to check out the latest KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes. Enjoy 30% savings on the number of required KrisFlyer miles to a wide selection of destinations in the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network - simply redeem online between now and 31 May 2019 for travel from 01 June 2019 to 30 June 2019 inclusive.
I have been to The Qantas Singapore Lounge on many occasions and it is probably one of my favourite airport lounges in Singapore. The quality of food is good, the interiors are beautiful, there is a proper bar (that does solid cocktails) and the lounge will also be expanding this year to cater for more premium cabin guests. Since my last visit to the British Airways Lounge and Concorde Bar was during the peak hours, I was not able to get a decent shot of the interiors and as such, I have decided to drop by the airport a little earlier to check out the BA lounge next door.
As you may already know, on my flight from Singapore to Brisbane, my seat in Business Class was unable to recline fully on an overnight flight and after reaching out to the Qantas Customer Care team, I was being offered 5,000 Qantas Points ‘as a gesture of goodwill’. While my flight was a commercial ticket (meaning to say, I paid good money for it), it is worth noting that a redemption in the same cabin class will cost 60,000 Qantas Points one way - therefore, 5,000 Points is definitely not a reasonable compensation amount in my opinion. After replying that 5,000 Qantas Points is unreasonable, I have now gotten a counter offer for 7,000 Qantas Points or have my QFF account credited with two Business Lounge passes.
Damaged Business Class seat that cannot lie-flat on a redeye flight. Qantas has now offered me 5,000 points ‘as a gesture of goodwill’.
After spending a long weekend in Hanoi and one of the city's most luxurious hotels, the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72. I headed to the Noi Bai International Airport and spent some time in both the Vietnam Airlines Lotus Lounge as well as the Song Hong Business Lounge. Check out my Business Class experience on Singapore Airlines from Hanoi to Singapore.
I flew twice on Qantas last year in Business Class and was really disappointed with the current A380 cabin product - they are old, poorly maintained (and cleaned!) but more importantly, the service on that flight was fairly lackluster as well. With that being said, I did enjoy my day flight from Melbourne back to Singapore on the Qantas A330-300 Business Class product. One of the things that I noticed on both flights however is that the cabin crew did not try to upsell any items on the menu - this means that you have a higher chance of not getting your meal choice on the flight (since some dishes just sound better than the rest).
Now that we have gotten over the fact that UOB and Singapore Airlines have launched a brand new co-branded credit card (which you should definitely apply if you do not mind getting your bonus miles next year), Singapore Airlines has just unveiled a brand new website which enables passengers to look for the cheapest fares easily if their travel dates are flexible.
Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have just announced an expanded codeshare agreement between the two carriers - flights on SQ and GA will be codesharing between Singapore and the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. With this new agreement, there will be nine flights per day on the aforementioned route and this offers travellers more flexibility and options when it comes to flight timings.
With the ability to convert DBS Points into Qantas Points as well as the opportunity to earn more Qantas Points via Mileslife, travellers now have more reason to take advantage of the double points promotion. Upon registration of this special offer, Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to earn double Qantas Points on all eligible Qantas operated flights (with a QF flight number) worldwide - booking must be done between the time of registration and 11:59PM (AEST) 08 April 2019.