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Singapore Airlines to take over Silkair’s Singapore-Busan services

The daily A330-300 service will see an increase of 76% in seat capacity between the two cities. Singapore Airlines will operate an A330-300 service between Singapore and Busan, taking over the existing SilkAir service from 28 October 2019. The transfer will enable Singapore Airlines to increase seat capacity on the route by 76% to meet the growing travel demand. SIA will operate flights to Busan four times per week, maintaining SilkAir’s current flight frequency. The revised schedule will be as follow: Route Flight Departure Arrival Flight time Days Aircraft SIN-PUS SQ616 2310 0635(+1) 6h 45m Mon, Fri, Sat Airbus A330-300 2310 0630(+1) 6h 40m Wed Airbus A330-300 PUS-SIN SQ615 0800 1325 6h 25m Tue, Thu, Sat Airbus A330-300 0810 1325 6h 15m Sun Airbus A330-300 The route will be served with the A330-300 aircraft with 285 seats, consisting 30 Business Class and 255 Economy Class seats. The A330s can accommodate up to 123 more passengers per flight than SilkAir’s 162-seat Boeing 737-800s which currently serve the Singapore-Busan route. If you are familiar with SIA’s A330, you …

PSA: 10 days to use your Qantas Points before the new chart kicks in

Back in June 2019, Qantas made a big announcement on how the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme was going to be ‘enhanced’, unlocking ‘more benefits’ for members. It was a particularly interesting announcement insofar as the award charts are concerned: while the premium cabins (premium economy, business and first) redemption requirements are going up between 12.9% and 15% from 18 September 2019, those for economy have actually been reduced immediately since the announcement by up to 10%. Of course, the increase comes with a slight decrease in the charges and fees you have to pay on top of the points, although it’s nowhere as low as what Krisflyer charges in terms of fees. I want to fly business or first class. Is it worth redeeming now or later? If you have plans to travel within the next year, it’s definitely better to redeem them now, even though the fees associated are higher now. For Singapore to any Australian destinations on the east (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney) on Qantas or Emirates, you will need to fork out 8,400 …

OCBC launches new miles card: OCBC 90°N Card

Earn up to 8mpd for hotel bookings and 4mpd for flight bookings OCBC is the latest to jump on the miles card launches, unveiling yet another miles earning card for the Singapore market. An entry level card that has a A glance at the headline earning figures will sound pretty attractive: up to 8mpd for hotel bookings, and 4mpd for flight bookings. So what are the key perks of the card? An overview of the card: Income requirement: S$30,000 p.a. for Singapore citizens and PRs, S$45,000 for foreigners Annual fee: S$192.60 for principal cardmembers, waived for the first year; S$96.30 for supplementary cards, waived for the first year Annual fee gift: 10,000 miles (in the form of 10,000 Travel$) Earn rates: 1.2 mile per dollar spent (mpd) locally; 2.1 mpd overseas; see promotions below for special launch promotion earn rates Foreign currency transaction fee: 3.0% Most importantly, miles don’t expire. The base earn rates are pretty average: BOC Elite Miles give you 1.5mpd for local spend, and 3mpd for overseas spend. Plus, there are an assortment of other cards that …

Singapore Airlines September destinations for Spontaneous Escapes is out

Singapore Airlines have unveiled its offerings for the September edition of Spontaneous Escapes. Surprisingly for a school holiday month, there seems to be a bumper crop of destinations on offer, although there are also plenty of restrictions. As again, the promotional mileage is 30% off the usual redemption rates applicable. Bookings must be made by 31 August 2019, for travel between 1 to 30 September 2019, barring blackout dates. Key offers Some of the more prominent call outs include: All of Japan is available in Business class, including Hiroshima on SilkAir. Not the best aircraft, but better than nothing. After a busy school holiday season, Australia is back on the list, with Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane available for redemption. European and US destinations are scarce this month, except in Premium Economy to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Los Angeles. Full list of offers are below: Singapore Airlines Southeast Asia Sector Miles required – Economy class Flight no. Blackout period Miles required – Business class Flight no. Blackout period Singapore to Brunei 5,250 SQ182 – 13,300 SQ182 – Brunei …

Delta withdraws Singapore service from 22 September 2019 after decades of operations

Delta will be terminating its Singapore-Tokyo Narita service from 22 September 2019 onwards, as it rejigs its Asia Pacific network. This is after several decades of operations by Delta, as well as its predecessor, Northwest Airlines. In a media release issued by Delta on the enhancements the airline was making to its Tokyo-Haneda operations, it said: As part of its long-term Asia-Pacific network strategy, Delta will also adjust its network of flights beyond Narita. Effective March 2020, the carrier will suspend its NRT-MNL service and launch new daily ICN-MNL service operated by Delta. Serving Manila through Seoul will offer our customers superior connectivity via our industry-leading trans-Pacific hub in Seoul with our JV partner Korean Air. While Delta will suspend Narita-Singapore service beginning Sept. 22, 2019, Delta customers can continue to reach Singapore – and more than 80 other destinations throughout Asia – through Seoul-Incheon via the airline’s partnership with Korean Air. Delta Airlines, 9 August 2019 What led to this? Delta and its predecessor Northwest Airlines has long used Tokyo-Narita as its Asia Pacific base, as …