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Jetstar Asia expands network in October

Jetstar will serve eight cities across Southeast Asia in October, operating over 100 flights in the month.

While the number of destinations has not increased over September, Jetstar Asia will operate more flights this month, with increases in frequency to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.

The eight cities it will serve in October are:

  • Cambodia: Phnom Penh
  • Indonesia: Jakarta
  • Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang
  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • The Philippines: Clark, Manila
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City

The full schedule

SectorFlight no.Days of opsDepArrFlight timeAircraft
Singapore – Bangkok^3K513Mon, Fri191020402h 30mA320
Bangkok – Singapore3K514Mon, Fri21200050(+1)2h 30mA320
Singapore – Clark*3K775Wed092013003h 40mA320
Clark – Singapore*3K776Wed140017403h 40mA320
Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore@3K556Sat085511552hA320
Singapore – Jakarta3K201Mon, Thu, Sat075509002h 5mA320
3K205#Sun200020551h 55mA320
Jakarta – Singapore3K202Mon, Thu, Sat094012402hA320
3K206#Sun21350025(+1)1h 50mA320
Singapore – Kuala Lumpur3K663Wed, Sun093510401h 5mA320
3K685Thu, Sat125013551h 5mA320
Kuala Lumpur – Singapore3K664Wed, Sun112012301h 10mA320
3K686Thu, Sat144015451h 5mA320
Singapore – Manila*3K761Tue061509503h 35mA320
3K765Sat172521003h 35mA320
Manila – Singapore*3K762Tue, Fri103014103h 40mA320
3K766Sat, Sun21400120(+1)3h 40mA320
Singapore – Penang3K675Sun151016501h 40mA320
Penang – Singapore3K676Sun171518401h 25mA320
Singapore – Phnom Penh3K593Fri132514402h 15mA320
Phnom Penh – Singapore3K594Fri152518252hA320

Notes:
*Passengers on flights to and from The Philippines will be required to wear face shields
^Flights to Bangkok will commence from 26 Oct 2020
@Flights from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City are cargo-only flights
#Commencing 18 Oct 2020

Jetstar Fly Flexible policy

Jetstar Asia has introduced a one-time free date change for even its most basic booking. This applies for flights bought through its website between 7 Mar and 31 Oct 2020, for travel before 31 Dec 2020. However, any fare difference will need to be covered. Note that changes should be made before check-in opens.

Having said that, you should only be travelling if you are returning to your home country, or if you have pre-approval to fly. Jetstar Asia is currently not approved for transit in Singapore, so customers who wish to travel via Singapore with Jetstar will need to look for alternative arrangements.

Final thoughts

Jetstar Asia is still fairly conservative in its planning, but without feeder traffic from key long-haul partners, they will be hard pressed to fill the flights. Jetstar Asia is already looking at a much smaller footprint even after Covid-19, given that it has reduced its fleet to just 13 aircraft, down from 18.

As such, we expect Jetstar’s services to continue to remain low for the coming months, and expansion will be modest until and unless leisure travel starts resuming.

Earn 8mpd on OCBC Titanium Rewards

Get 8 mpd with your OCBC Titanium Rewards card on up to S$500 spend at six merchants between now and 30th November

OCBC is currently running a new promotion for the upcoming 10.10 shopping festival, offering Titanium Rewards cardholders to earn 20X OCBC$ (or 8 KrisFlyer miles) for every dollar spent.

This bonus earn rate is capped at an additional 5,000 OCBC$ (or 2,000 miles). The bonus miles only apply if you spend with six local merchants until the end of November 2020, but you’ll have to act quick since it’s capped at the first 5,000 to register.

Register here

Details of the offer

First, you must register for the promotion here. You will need your credit card number as well as the registered mobile phone number.

Once successfully registered, you will 8 miles per dollar spent at the following six merchants from now until 30 Nov 2020:

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Lazada
  • Qoo10
  • Shopee
  • Taobao

The fine terms

Note that if you hold both the blue and the pink versions of the card, you will only be entitled to a maximum of 5,000 bonus OCBC$ combined, even if you register both cards.

Also, given that OCBC has moved to a $5 earning block since June 2020, the bonus miles awarded will be based on what you earned on the base transaction.

For instance, if you spend $8 on Shopee, this is how many OCBC$ you will earn:

  • Base earn rate (1X): 5 OCBC$
  • Bonus earn rate (additional 9X): 45 OCBC$
  • 10.10 promotional earn rate (additional 10X): 50 OCBC$
  • Total: 100 OCBC$ (or 40 miles)

The bonus miles will be credited by 31 Dec 2020. For the full terms and conditions, click here.

Now on sale: SIA@Home meals

Probably the most expensive home delivery meals you will ever buy, if you do decide to splurge

The last couple of weeks were rather exciting, with so much buzz and talk about SIA’s latest “Discover Your Singapore Airlines” experiences.

Over the next eight weeks, those who miss travelling will get some semblance of that experience – or at least, part of it – with possibly a chance to have a meal on SIA’s A380, perhaps order some really expensive airline premium meals home, or visit SIA Training Centre.

The first to go on sale is the SIA@Home which went live at midnight today (5 Oct 2020).

SIA@Home home delivery meals (Photo credit: Singapore Airlines)

What is SIA@Home?

This is the SIA marketing spiel for SIA@Home:

Enjoy a taste of Singapore Airlines, delivered to your home. Order a home-dining experience for 2 created by our world-renowned International Culinary Panel chefs, paired with your choice of wine or champagne. For a perfect re-creation of our First Class or Business Class experience at home, purchase the all-inclusive package, which comes with the exquisite tableware and luxurious amenities available exclusively on board our flights.

Singapore Airlines

Part of the buzz came about with the leak of the prices, revealing sky-high prices for the meals you might typically savour 30,000 feet above ground.

SIA quickly plugged that gap through a reveal-all of the prices of all experiences.

A total of 10 menu packages will be available: 5 each from first and business class. According to SIA’s official prices, most of the packages will start from S$480/308 nett for first and business class menus respectively, and the base package will include a bottle of champagne or wine, as well as a pair of amenity kits.

Singapore Airlines has put out a few different packages, all of which will include a meal for two, a bottle of wine or champagne and two amenity kits as a baseline. First class orders will receive the Lalique amenities kits, while business class orders will receive the new Penhaligon’s amenities kits.

The rest of the packages are as follow:

PackageInclusions
Wine and Dine– First Class or Business Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– Wine options: One bottle of Burgundy red or white wine (for first class), One bottle of French wine or brut champagne (for business class)
– Two amenity kits
Champagne and Dine– First Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– One bottle of 2008 Dom Perignon champagne
– Two Lalique amenity kits
Wine, Dine and Tableware– First Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– One bottle of Burgundy red or white wine
– Two Lalique amenity kits
– One 22-piece tableware set (Wedgwood dining ware and Lalique crystal ware)
All-Inclusive First Class Experience– First Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– One bottle of Burgundy red or white wine
– One bottle of 2008 Dom Perignon champagne
– Three Lalique amenity kits (one male, one female, one unisex)
– Two sleeper suits
– One 22-piece tableware set (Wedgwood dining ware and Lalique crystal ware)
All-Inclusive Business Class Experience– Business Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– One bottle of French wine or brut champagne
– One 22-piece tableware set (Narumi dining ware)
– Two Penhaligon’s amenity kits
First Class Signatures– Two servings of signature First Class Oscietra caviar
– Two servings of satay
– One bottle of 2008 Dom Perignon champagne
– Two Lalique amenity kits

Menu & Prices

So here you go, all the package prices and 10 menus:

PackagePrice including GST / Mileage required
Business Class menus
Business Class Wine and DineS$276.06 / 34,507 miles (New Delhi veg menu)
S$340.26 / 42,532 miles (for Tokyo menu)
S$308.16 / 38,520 miles (all other menus)
Business Class All-Inclusive ExperienceS$383.06 / 47,882 miles (New Delhi veg menu)
S$418.16 / 51,895 miles (all other menus)
First Class menus
First Class Wine and DineS$425.86 / 53,232 miles (New Delhi veg menu)
S$532.86 / 66,607 miles (Tokyo menu)
S$479.36 / 59,920 miles (all other menus)
First Class Champagne and DineS$554.26 / 69,282 miles (New Delhi veg menu)
S$607.76 / 75,970 miles (Tokyo menu)
S$661.26 / 82,657 miles (all other menus)
First Class Wine, Dine and TablewareS$682.66 / 85,332 miles (New Delhi veg menu)
S$789.66 / 98,707 miles (Tokyo menu)
S$736.16 / 92,020 miles (all other menus)
First Class All-Inclusive ExperienceS$896.66 / 112,082 miles (New Delhi veg menu)
S$950.16 / 118,770 miles (all other menus)
First Class SignaturesS$250.96 / 31,370 miles
First Class Signatures (Photo credit: KrisShop.com)

Business Class menus:

Choice of wines for business class menus are one of the following:

  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée Brut, Champagne, France
  • 2015 Château Magnan la Gaffelière, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
  • 2017 Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis, Burgundy, France

First Class menus:

Choice of wines for first class menus are one of the following:

  • 2014 Albert Bichot, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru “Les Sorbets”, Burgundy, France
  • 2017 Bouchard Père & Fils Meursault 1er Cru “Genevrières”, Burgundy, France
New Delhi first class menu (Photo credit: Singapore Airlines)

How much does each component cost then?

Based on these prices, the approximate add-on value for each component of the meal works out to the following:

ItemPrice (before GST)
Business Class
SIA Business Class Narumi 14 piece porcelain dinnerware plus
SIA business class dinnerware and glassware
$100
First Class
Dom Perignon 2008 Champagne supplement (upgrade from wine)$120
SIA First Class Wedgwood 12 piece bone china dinnerware
SIA First Class Lalique 6 piece crystalware
SIA First Class dinnerware
$240

Should you use your miles?

In short: Yes you can, but no you should not.

While you can pay with your KrisFlyer miles on KrisShop, they are horrible value as they can only be used at 0.8 (Singapore) cents per mile. In comparison, even when you use your miles when you purchase air tickets on Singaporeair.com, you get better value at about 1 cent per mile.

What card should you use on KrisShop?

Krisflyer members will earn 1.5 miles when making purchases on KrisShop (remember to log in when you check out!).

If you want to earn miles on your credit card, KrisShop is processed as an online duty free merchant (MCC 5309), so these are the cards you can use:

CardNotes
4mpd
DBS Women’s World MastercardCap at S$2,000 per calendar month
Citi Rewards MastercardCap at S$1,000 per statement month
UOB Preferred Platinum VisaCap at S$1,000 per calendar month
HSBC Revolution VisaCap at S$1,000 per calendar month
3mpd
UOB KrisFlyer MastercardNo cap
2mpd
American Express Krisflyer AscendNo cap
American Express Krisflyer Credit CardNo cap

Final thoughts

SIA@Home is certainly not a cheap endeavour and therefore, not for the faint hearted. Like we said before, don’t expect the highest quality in terms of food, but take it more as an experience. If you have incredibly high standards for food, you will be better off spending that money at some of Singapore’s finest Michelin starred restaurants.

However, if you really want to own a piece of SIA and don’t mind shelling out top dollar for the meal and the add-ons, by all means, splurge for the experience of a lifetime.

If you want to camp for the other two experiences, note that ticket sales for the Restaurant A380 @Changi and Inside Singapore Airlines will go live on 12 Oct 2020 and 1 Nov 2020 respectively, at midnight sharp. We expect those two experiences to sell pretty quickly, so good luck.

Book here.

Confirmed: Prices for ‘Discover your Singapore Airlines’ experiences, starting from S$50

After a leak of the prices just a day after the announcement, Singapore Airlines has unveiled all of its pricing for the three initiatives

Singapore Airlines has officially announced the pricing for its upcoming on-ground experiences, including lunch on board one of its Airbus A380s at Changi Airport, visits to its training facility and home food delivery packages.

The announcement, originally made on Tuesday, were without prices, but the national carrier subsequently updated the event pages with prices, and sent out a bunch of media backgrounders with the prices two days later.

The official prices

This is what SIA has announced for the three experiences respectively:

Restaurant A380 @Changi (24, 25 October)

CabinPrice per pax (S$) excludes GST
Economy$50 or 6,250 miles
Premium Economy$90 or 11,250 miles
Business$300 or 37,500 miles
First$600 or 75,000 miles

Those who are able to secure a spot can sign up for an exclusive tour of the A380 aircraft (limited slots only!), where they will go on a 15-minute tour of the aircraft, including rare behind-the-scenes look at private access areas.

Apart from the tour, customers can also enjoy activities in the holding room, including a heritage uniform showcase, photo opportunities and more. All diners will also receive KrisShop discounts and a limited edition goodie bag.

Suites and Business Class diners will be treated to four-course meals including favourites such as the Lobster Thermidor and beef fillet, while Premium Economy and Economy Class diners will get a full three-course meal. Main course options include sumptuous Peranakan, Japanese and Western selections.

Singapore Airlines First Class Lobster Thermidor

All passengers will have access to KrisWorld while they dine, with more than 1,000 entertainment options.

Inside Singapore Airlines (21, 22, 28 & 29 November 2020)

The open house will take place in November, right in time for families as schools are closed for the year-end holidays.

Highlights include:

  • A visit to the heritage gallery
  • A look into the training area for cabin crew and pilots
  • Sustainability showcase
  • Craft activities such as balloon sculpting and batik rose-making

There are also optional add-on experiences that visitors can take with a fee.

The pricing for admission, along with the optional add ons, are as follows:

Ticket TypePrice (S$) excludes GST
Adult admission$30
Child admission$15
Optional add-ons:
30-minute flight simulator experience
(For up to three pax)
$500
Junior cabin crew experience
(includes a SIA sarong kebaya uniform)
$88
Grooming workshop
(includs a Lancome makeup palette)
$88
Wine appreciation session$38

The price of admission includes a meal for both adults and children, so you will get to sample in-flight meals as part of your day at SIA Training Centre.

Most of the prices are within expectation of what we have predicted, although the simulator experience stood out to be really expensive, for good reasons. These are certified flight simulators that pilots use for training and to maintain their currency, and are extremely expensive to procure and have a high running costs as well.

Reservations begin from 1 November on KrisShop.com.

SIA@Home (from 5 October 2020)

For those who want to stay home (still), Singapore Airlines will offer a selection of 10 menus featuring the airline’s exclusive First Class and Business Class in-flight meals, to be delivered to your home.

According to the PR:

Diners will be treated to a home-dining experience for two, created by our world renowned International Culinary Panel chefs and paired with a choice of wine or champagne that has been selected by our Wine Panel experts.

The experience is made complete by the inclusion of our exclusive First Class or Business Class amenity kits, welcome videos featuring our cabin crew, as well as a specially curated playlist to recreate the SIA onboard experience at home.

Singapore Airlines

This are the starting prices for the dine-at-home experience:

PackageInclusionsPrice (S$) excluding GST
Business Class Wine & Dine– Business Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– One bottle of French wine or brut champagne
– Two Penhaligons amenity kits
From $288
First Class Wine & Dine– First Class meal for two based on your choice of menu
– One bottle of Burgundy red or white wine
– Two Lalique amenity kits
From $448

While the prices for only the Wine & Dine packages are available at this juncture, SIA has said that customers will be able to add optional items, including upgrades for First Class menus to a Dom Perignon champagne, tableware, sleeper suits and more.

Wedgwood dinnerware (Photo credit: Singapore Airlines)

These prices are insane. We have discussed in our earlier post that in-flight meals are typically expensive compared to other forms of catering, but these are still jaw-dropping prices considering the opportunity costs. For instance, you could spend the same amount for lunch for two people at Michelin three-starred restaurant Les Amis as you would for a First Class menu for two, sent to your house. Mind you, you will have to plate the food on your own dining ware, heat up the food and serve it to your own dining table.

For a full First Class All-Inclusive bundle which includes a first class meal for two, champagne, wine, amenity kits, tableware and sleeper suits for two, we can only imagine that the total price of the bundle will go up to a princely four-figure sum.

If you are still interested to burn through this amount of money, reservations begin 5 October 2020.

Final thoughts

The turn of events this week was simply mind boggling and fast moving, by any means.

On Tuesday, Singapore Airlines announced that it was scrapping its plans for flights to nowhere, but instead offer three different experiences. The initiatives were originally announced without prices, leading to a lot of speculation given the amount of media publicity around it.

The next day on Wednesday, very resourceful netizens found the private listings of these experiences on KrisShop.com, of which the SIA@Home bundles were selling at S$288 for a business class meal for two, and between S$448 and S$498 for a first class meal for two. These seemingly sky-high prices led to an outcry and almost seemed like forcing SIA’s hand in revealing the prices on Thursday.

If anything, SIA is either really swift in nipping speculations in the bud, or really thin-skinned to allow such rumours to fester and take a life of its own.

The prices are not exactly out of this world, given that you will only need to spend $50 to step on a plane (yes, sadly it’s not taking off), and have an economy class meal with two alcoholic drinks. The Restaurant A380 @Changi endeavour, will almost certainly be the first to sell out.

In any case, these events are likely going to be once-in-a-lifetime, so mark your calendars, and be prepared to spend some money!

SIA@Home prices leaked, prices start from S$288

As soon as Singapore Airlines launched its Discover your Singapore Airlines initiatives yesterday, the travel community went abuzz trying to figure out how much these experiences will cost.

Within 48 hours, the prices were leaked. According to the Hardwarezone forum, the listings were already made on KrisShop.com, except that they were kept ‘private’ before the live date.

Wine & Dine packages price leaked

According to HWZ, there were a handful of packages leaked, one from business class, and five from first class.

Let’s take a at two specific packages – a first class Japanese bundle and a Business class Indian bundle – on how they are priced, and what they include.

Business Wine and Dine to New Delhi Ruchi Thali Menu

Business Wine and Dine to New Delhi, a bundle for 2 people, was priced at S$288, far higher than our first prediction of under $200. If you wish to use your miles, that would be 36,000 miles.

For a meal for two, with one bottle of wine and two amenity kits, this sky-high price is indeed shocking.

To put things in context, 36,000 miles can fly you to Hong Kong or Taipei with some spare change, although it’s only for one person. That would have included the business class meal, the seat, the air passage to your destination, and all the booze you can drink. Having said that, you won’t get the amenity kit, though.

Here’s the menu:

As for the other inclusions:

In case you can’t read the above, you get two SIA business class Penhaligon’s amenity kits, as well as a choice of the following:

  • Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne
  • 2015 Chateau Magnan la Gaffeliere, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
  • 2017 Joseph Drouhin Vaudon Chablis

Apart from the Champagne, both wines retail under S$100 in Singapore, so that puts the value of the rest of the bundle in perspective.

First Class Singapore to Tokyo Kyo-Kaiseki Menu

The Wine and Dine Japanese menu in first class is an astounding S$498, good for two people. If using miles, that will be a cool 62,250 miles, good enough for a first class ticket to Beijing or Shanghai.

At that price, it includes food for two people, a bottle of Burgundy wine (red or white) and one Lalique amenity kit. Now this is the strange one, because the PR said amenity kits for two, but the listing only mentioned one kit, so there could be some adjustments here.

In case you are wondering what kind of delicacy they are serving for the price of a sale fare ticket to Perth, here you go:

On top of that, you also get two 180ml bottles of the Takara Sho Chiku Bai Junmai Daginjo sake, as well as your choice of wine from the following:

  • 2017 Bouchard Pere & Fils Meursault 1er Cru “Genevrieres”
  • 2014 Albert Bichot, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru “Les Sorbets”

Unfortunately, the famed Dom Perignon is not available in this bundle, but will be available in the Champagne and Dine bundle or the All-inclusive packages.

Final thoughts

With these prices leaked, we will shudder to think how much SIA will be charging for the other experiences. For now, we are predicting that the Restaurant A380 @Changi will be about S$380 for the First Class experience (for one), but who knows, it might go up to an auspicious S$888 given that there’s only 12 slots over two days.

For all its worth, the SIA@Home prices that are leaked are objectively not cheap. For S$498, I will be able to dine at Odette, arguably one of Singapore’s most expensive restaurants.

Who knows? Maybe SIA has got enough crazy fans to keep it going.