Author: Shane

Singapore Airlines and Silkair increases frequency in October, November

At least five cities: Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Sydney and London get daily services from November. Singapore Airlines and Silkair has published their schedules up to November, with a published schedule to a total of 34 cities across 23 countries/territories. This is the furthest horizon the airline has published its post-coronavirus schedules, as it has previously updated its reduced schedules only about four weeks in advance. There is only one new route – Surabaya – published up to November, with Singapore Airlines and Silkair serving a total of 34 destinations. Overall, the two airlines are flying at about 11% of its pre-Covid-19 capacity. Between Singapore Airlines and Silkair, the two carriers will operate about 1,000 flights in November. Key changes Some of the key changes include: Southeast Asia Jakarta services will maintain daily services in October, but will increase from 7 times to 10 times weekly in November. SIA will mount a twice-weekly service to Surabaya, using the B777-300 aircraft and later A330-300. Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi remains one way services …

Citi Prestige Staycation offers

With international travel almost impossible right now, hotels and banks are coming together to put together enticing staycation deals for you to have a semblance of a vacation without your passport. Citi Prestige has updated its staycation offers for cardmembers, offering a complimentary second night stay at three hotels. Two of the hotels, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel and The Fullerton Hotel, were already on offer earlier in July, while the latest deal included St Regis. Details of the offers below: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, S$350 net Deluxe Room for 2 nights Daily breakfast for up to two adults and 2 children (below 12 years old) or three adults Complimentary S$100 net dining credit per room per stay Early check-in at 11am and late check-out till 2pm (subject to availability) Complimentary parking Marriott has imposed a blackout date of 25 to 31 December, so the rate will not apply during that period. To book this offer, you will have to call the hotel (6831 4555) or drop them an email. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, …

REVIEW: Mandarin Orchard, Club Deluxe King Room

It’s been almost half a year since anyone in Singapore had a staycation, so when STB announced that staycations were allowed once again in Phase 2, many people made a beeline to make a booking at their favourite hotel, to make up for the lack of a overseas holiday. I was no exception. I made my searches, and the Mandarin Orchard deal caught my eye: A club room, breakfast and late check-out for under S$250 nett? Let’s check it out. In this post:• Introduction• The reservation• Check-in• The room• Top of the M• Afternoon tea• Evening cocktails• Breakfast• The facilities• Final thoughts Let’s face it: pre Covid-19, with the option of going overseas for a short getaway, plus the allure of many hotels in Singapore, the chances of choosing Mandarin Orchard for a staycation was hardly in order. During the times when tourists are flocking to Singapore, Mandarin Orchard typically commands a premium for its excellent location, despite its dated features. With over 1,200 rooms, this hotel was popular with Indonesian visitors, given it’s prime …

Hilton Singapore approved for staycations

The hotel joins a list of 200 over hotels that are allowed to accept leisure guests in Phase 2. Hilton Singapore has joined the list of hotels approved for staycation bookings in Singapore yesterday. The Orchard Road top-end hotel joins the green list of hotels allowed to take in leisure guests, which now covers more than half of all hotels in the city. Rates from $168++ available At the time of writing, the earliest bookable date for Hilton Singapore is 15 Sep, although all weekend dates in September are unavailable for some reason. If you look further into Oct 2020, you will be able to find rates starting from S$168++. Some services are unavailable For those who are interested in exploring a stay at this old-time favourite, note that some key services are modified. For those looking at a Club room, note that the Executive Lounge is closed until further notice. What this means for guests with Club benefits, including Hilton Diamond members, are that the following services are modified, according to our conversation with …

Singapore Airlines to start operating Boeing 737s from 2021

But the lie-flat business class seats will have to wait for now Singapore Airlines will begin operating Silkair’s Boeing 737-800 fleet from early 2021. The commencement is ‘slated to happen between January and March 2021’, Singapore Airlines reportedly told Executive Traveller in a report. On top of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft, Singapore Airlines will also add 737-NG aircraft type to its fleet, providing the company with more flexibility to navigate through the recovery period. Lie-flat business class seats on hold for now According to Executive Traveller, the flag carrier is however not rolling out the lie-flat business class seats as yet. The airline was planning to upgrade the recliner seats on Silkair’s Boeing 737-800 to the lie-flat Vantage model made by Thompson Aero. This will bring the premium cabin experience in line with the wide-body fleet, providing a more consistent offering across the airline. The Vantage seat will be laid out in with either one or two seats on each side of the aisle, with the number of seats alternating between each row. Singapore Airlines …