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Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer loyalty programme is currently running a potentially interesting promotion, offering 50% off the number of miles required for certain redemptions.
You need to book by 8th March 2021 and can travel until 31st October 2021.
The routes available are as follows (note that the prices shown are for return flights):
I could only find the promotional rates when searching for a return, so I don’t think you can get the discount on one-way flights.
“To redeem, please complete the following:
Log in to your KrisFlyer account with your KrisFlyer membership number and password at the top right corner of this page.
Select ‘Book a Flight’ on your dashboard
Click ‘Redeem flights’ and select your travel details
Discounted redemption offer will be reflected in the ‘Promo from’ column and in the booking summary panel after you have selected the flights. Seats are limited, and redemption availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.”
As you can see below, the search tool is quite annoying, as it doesn’t show whether the discounted rate is actually available on a particular date until you click on it:
I couldn’t see any discounted availability (to Bangkok in Business Class at least) in October, but there was quite a bit earlier in the year:
Yes, and no.
If the international travel outlook was more certain, the Bangkok and Phuket options would be genuinely superb offers. 92,000 miles + £258 for return Business Class flights to Thailand from London with any airline is a very good deal. With Singapore Airlines, it’s a steal.
However, given the current uncertainty regarding international travel, there’s a line in the terms and conditions that is very concerning:
“No changes are permitted for Redemption Transactions made under this Promotion. No cancellations are permitted for partially used or totally unused tickets.”
I would hope that Singapore Airlines shows a little more flexibility in reality, but you can’t bank on it.
It is also worth mentioning that at the moment, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards Points to KrisFlyer at a 1:1 rate, but the rate is changing soon:
In normal times, I would almost certainly take advantage of this offer – particularly with the Amex transfer rate devaluing soon. But, I’m personally not willing to risk it at the moment, without a guarantee of more flexibility.
There will be lots of tempting offers in the months ahead, but always check the small print to make sure you are comfortable with any restrictions.
If you are happy to commit, and perhaps have ~100,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points burning a hole in your pocket, it may be something to consider.