You should know the drill by now - 30% off required KrisFlyer Miles to selected destinations on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir in July 2018 with the latest episode of Spontaneous Escapes. There may not be any public holidays in July but if you are thinking about a weekend escape, you will be able to travel in style (and by style I mean Business Class) from just 12,250 KrisFlyer Miles each way.
Redemption has to be made before the end of 30 June 2018 for travel between 1-31 July 2018. Here are some of my top picks for the month ahead - miles listed are for one-way only:
- Guangzhou in Business Class: 19,250 Miles
- Hong Kong in Business Class (try the new A380 Business Class product!): 19,250 Miles
- Beijing in Business Class (check out what to do in Beijing!): 24,500 Miles
- Osaka in Business Class (experience the new Regional Business Class!): 30,100 Miles
- Johannesburg in Business Class (10 hours of flight time!): 31,500 Miles
- Siem Reap in Economy Class (one of the rare few places where redeeming miles on Economy Class is justifiable): 8,750 Miles
If you have been following me on Instagram, it is no secret that Bali is one of my personal favourite getaways. In fact, I have already been to Bali five times this year and there is no saying what may happen in coming months. In my opinion, the best flights from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) are operated by Singapore Airlines and KLM - both of these airlines use the Premier Lounge and Garuda Indonesia Lounge respectively for Business Class passengers. I think it is safe to say that the Premier Lounge is perhaps one of the most unimpressive and uninspiring airport lounges that I have ever been to. As such, I was really surprised to find out that the T/G Lounge (which I have been three times now this year) is so much nicer even though it looks fairly uninteresting from the outside.
Escape the tropical heat in Singapore this winter season with Emirates’ seasonal fare to the USA and Europe. All-inclusive Economy Class and Business Class fares to the aforementioned destinations from Singapore start from S$1,169 and S$5,869 respectively. Bookings have to be made between now and 28 October for travel between 19 October 2018 and 31 May 2019.
The Regional Business Class product of Singapore Airlines is one that is often talked about - the 1-2-1 cabin configuration offers direct aisle-access for every single seat and the lie-flat seats are definitely comfortable enough for a medium-haul flight. Even though I have experienced this previously on the delivery flight from Charleston to Singapore, I have not actually flown it for leisure. On my latest trip to Bali, I decided to book flight SQ942 which is operated by the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
Singapore Airlines has just announced Adelaide as the launch destination for their new Airbus A350-900 medium-haul aircraft. The aircraft will be fitted with 303 seats across two cabin class - 40 seats in Business Class and 263 seats in Economy Class - and it will be equipped with the recently launched regional Business Class and Economy Class cabin products. The new A350-900 will operate as SQ279 from Singapore to Adelaide and SQ278 from Adelaide back to Singapore from 17 December 2018 (subject to regulatory approval).
Emirates is my carrier of choice in 2018 and that is mainly due to the fact that their Business Class fares are a lot more affordable than say, Singapore Airlines and also because the product itself is quite good. I have only quite recently obtained MVP Gold status (which gives me 100% bonus miles on eligible flights) on the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan program by crediting all my business class flights on Emirates (and then some) towards it. This is the final segment for my flight from New York back to Singapore (via Dubai) and it may be long overdue but I thought it might be interesting to people who are curious about the 777-300ER product on Emirates.
Singapore Airlines is the first airline in Asia-Pacific to offer the added flexibility of saving mobile boarding passes on Google Pay - the digital wallet platform and online payment system developed by Google. Customers (with an Android mobile device) traveling on Singapore Airlines will be able to check-in on their computer or mobile device from 48 hours to 1.5 hours before their flight departs and they will be able to download the boarding pass to their mobile devices if they are departing from selected cities.
Customers departing on eligible Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights will soon be able to pre-order duty-free merchandise up to 60 minutes prior to the scheduled time of flight departure out of Singapore. Effective from 05 September 2018, customers departing Singapore on select SilkAir flights on weekdays between 10:00AM and 4:00PM will be amongst the first to enjoy such an offering.
Traveling on Japan Airlines over the new couple of months? Passengers traveling in Economy and Premium Economy will get to enjoy the famous AIR Yoshinoya Authentic Beef Bowl on long-haul international flights between 01 September 2018 and 30 November 2018. Additionally, with effect from 01 September 2018, a new menu will be rolled out as four new chefs from RED U-35 are introduced.
Getting from the Park Hyatt Siem Reap to Siem Reap International Airport (REP) took only 20 minutes on a car. However the Business Class check-in area for SilkAir is the same for passengers who have already completed internet check-in as well as KrisFlyer (and Star Alliance) Elite Gold. Therefore, you might be queueing in this 'premium line' for a bit. Anyhow, once you manage to get your bags checked-in, clearing immigration is a breeze. Read more about my Business Class experience on SilkAir!
Launching on 11 October 2018, the world's longest flight will be operated by Singapore Airlines between Singapore and New York (Newark) - the flight time is 18 hours and 45 minutes. Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch, the world’s premiere integrative wellness brand, have forged a partnership to re-invent ultra-long-haul travel with a focus on wellness cuisines, rest and relaxation, and general well-being on the world’s longest flights.