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Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes August 2019 list is unveiled

Singapore Airlines have released their August 2019 Spontaneous Escapes offer earlier this week, offering 30% off the usual redemption rates for travel in August 2019 to select destinations. Offering this month is a little skimpy, with a total of 22 Singapore Airlines destinations and 15 SilkAir destinations available. Notable mentions Almost all of Japan are available for redemption this month in both Business and Economy, with the exception of Sapporo and Hiroshima For Europe, only Singapore-Frankfurt is on offer in Business class. You will have to figure a way to get back to Singapore. Premium Economy seats between Singapore and Los Angeles are available for redemption this month Unfortunately, there are no offers available to Australia or New Zealand. Full list of offers are below: Singapore Airlines Miles required each way Sector Economy Class Premium Economy Business Class Eligible flights / Blackout dates Southeast Asia         Singapore – Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur – Singapore 5,250 – 13,300 SQ107, SQ116, SQ117 Singapore – JakartaJakarta – Singapore 5,250 – 13,300 SQ950, SQ951 Singapore – BruneiBrunei …

FLIGHT REVIEW: Cathay Pacific A330 Business Class, Singapore – Bangkok

Many people associate Cathay Pacific with its home base of Hong Kong, which isn’t surprising given that there are over 50 flights a week from Singapore to Hong Kong. While Cathay Pacific is one of the preferred choice when travelling to Hong Kong, what some people may not know is that Cathay Pacific also offers a daily service to Bangkok from Singapore. The Cathay Pacific Singapore-Bangkok daily service is one of Cathay’s unique fifth freedom flights around the world, and the only one operating between the two Southeast Asian cities. I decided to take a slight detour to Bangkok today while on my way to Hong Kong, to check out if this option is indeed a much better choice than other full service carriers. The schedule Cathay Pacific runs a return flight between Singapore and Bangkok daily, in addition to its eight daily services to Hong Kong. At the time of writing, the daily schedule is as follow: Flight Route DepartureTime ArrivalTime Day Aircraft* CX712 SIN-BKK 1320 1500 Daily A330-300 / A350-900 CX717 BKK-SIN 1155 …

Singapore Airlines to upgrade all of its Changi Airport Terminal 3 lounges by 2021

Singapore Airlines announced earlier this week that it will finally be refreshing all of its lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3. The suite of lounges – including the Private Room, the SilverKris lounge, and the Krisflyer Gold lounge – will progressively undergo refurbishment from August 2019 and will be completed by mid-2021. The new lounges, to be designed by international hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates, is touted by SIA to “inject a fresh look and feel to each lounge that is modern yet homely, while inspiring a sense of timeless elegance”. SilverKris Business Class Lounge The Changi Airport Terminal 3 SilverKris Lounge will be the first to be renovated, commencing August 2019. The lounge will be expanded finally, making way for more customers and easing off the late evening crowds. The new Business Lounge will be styled into four zones: A relaxed cafe zone for short transits A dining hall featuring a full selection of Asian and international cuisine A full service bar (which is previously only available in the first class section), …

Singapore Airlines to pursue deeper ties with Malaysia Airlines

Closer ties will see both airlines expand codeshare arrangements, enhancements on frequent flyer programmes as well as maintenance, repairs and overhaul (MRO) services. Singapore Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Malaysia Airlines earlier this week (27 June 2019) to ‘significantly step up cooperative ties’. While the media release did not specify anything concrete (as with most MOUs), it broadly mentioned three areas of collaboration: Expanding codeshare arrangements beyond the current Singapore-Malaysia services; Enhancing both airlines’ frequent flyer programmes Cargo MRO services All of the above are subject to government and regulatory approvals, and more details will be announced down the road when a proper agreement is signed. Coming full circle? If you are somewhat an avid fan of Singapore Airlines, you will know that the carrier has its roots in Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, or MSA. The joint airline was formed in 1966 as a collaboration between both Singapore and Malaysia governments after the independence of Singapore. Regretfully (or perhaps fortunately to some), the partnership didn’t last very long before they went separate ways in 1972 …

Qantas Frequent Flyer changes: 4 things you need to know

Qantas Frequent Flyer made a major announcement yesterday, unveiling some of the key changes in its programmes. Here are some of the things we thought you might want to know: 1. Redemption rates for premium classes are going up by up to 15% From 18 September 2019, Qantas will be increasing the number of points required for award tickets and upgrades on premium economy, business and first class seats, while reducing the fees required for these seats internationally. On average, the number of points required are going up between 12.9% and 15%, depending on class and the distance traveled. The tables below are only for redemptions on Qantas, Emirates, American Airlines, Fiji and Airnorth services: Zone One-way distance Premium Economy Old (‘000 pts) New (‘000 pts) Increase % 1 0 – 600 12 13.8 1.8 15.0 2 601 – 1,200 18 20.6 2.6 14.4 3 1,201 – 2,400 27 31.0 4.0 14.8 4 2,401 – 3,600 37 42.2 5.2 14.1 5 3,601 – 4,800 45 51.3 6.3 14.0 6 4,801 – 5,800 54 61.5 7.5 …