Business Class to Asia for $5: New Singapore KrisFlyer “Spontaneous Escapes” Discount Awards (January 2020)

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Every month, Singapore Airlines publishes a promotion called “Spontaneous Escapes” and it can be a great deal if 1) you’re spontaneous and 2) you’re looking to redeem some miles on the fantastic Singapore Airlines.


Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program (the loyalty program of Singapore Airlines) publishes a list of “discounted” award flights every month.

With 30-50% off the normal flight redemption rates to destinations in the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network, there is a great opportunity to see dozens of new places…for less!


Some destinations are restricted to specific flight numbers, and others are restricted to specific dates, but “Spontaneous Escapes” are called spontaneous for a reason. Here are the major conditions that you should be familiar with:

  1. SEARCH Spontaneous Escapes
  2. REDEEM a flight using your miles on between now and 31 January 2020
  3. TRAVEL between 1 February – 29 February 2020 (inclusive)


Typically, these flights are discounted because the plane isn’t full and the airline does not anticipate selling a bunch of seats before departure. So they offer the seats and a discount in hopes of filling the plane.

This is list pretty amazing! Let’s take a look at the deals:

Business Class (USA):

  • San Francisco to/from Hong Kong: 43,610 miles (one-way)
  • San Francisco to/from Singapore: 46,550 miles (one-way)

…or how about….

There is a non-stop flight between Singapore and San Francisco but I thought this was a unique option that was offered…Singapore to San Francisco (via Hong Kong) for the same reduced rate. Additionally, take a look at the layover time.

Important Note: The Singapore Airlines website doesn’t make it obvious that the discounted miles rate is being applied. Don’t worry, once you select the actual flight the discounted rate will then be shown in the upper left hand corner (provided your flight is applicable for the discount). For example, in the photo above, the “normal” rate was 95,000 miles but when I selected the flight, you can see it’s now 46, 550 miles.

Business Class (Cities Around the World):

  • Singapore to/from Dubai: 24,010 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Johannesburg: 24,010 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Adelaide: 30,380 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Brisbane: 30,380 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Barcelona: 45,080 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Dusseldorf: 45,080 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Frankfurt: 45,080 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Milan: 45,080 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Paris: 45,080 miles (one-way)
  • Singapore to/from Rome: 45,080 miles (one-way)

Premium Economy

  • Newark to/from Singapore: 35,770 miles (one-way)
  • Houston to/from Manchester: 23,030 miles (one-way)
  • Los Angeles to/from Singapore: 33,320 miles (one-way)

The New York to Singapore flight (above) is the longest flight in the world and they do not have any “regular” economy seats on the plane. Every seat is either premium economy or business. This is a great deal!


  • Newark to/from Frankfurt: 11,025 miles (one-way)
  • Houston to/from Frankfurt: 11,025 miles (one-way)
  • San Francisco to/from Singapore: 18,620 miles (one-way)


Sometimes, Singapore only offers the sale routes in a single direction. However, this time many of the routes are on sale in both directions ultimately making it easier to take advantage of booking a roundtrip at a steal.


If you find yourself short on KrisFlyer miles, don’t worry. Singapore is a transfer partner with Amex Membership RewardsCapital OneChase Ultimate Rewards, Marriott, and Citi ThankYou, so it’s pretty easy to earn points that can be redeemed for these flights.

Right now, you can now earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards (UR) points after opening a Chase Sapphire Preferred and spending $4,000 in 3 months. When it’s all said and done, those points would be more than enough for you to get to Singapore or Bali or Hong Kong or Johannesburg, etc.


Related Article: Obtaining Chase points and Making Them Work For You


The ideal situation is to already have the miles available but if you don’t go ahead and sign up for that card so next time you don’t have to wait.

Singapore is a phenomenal airline! One thing to remember, specifically, about Singapore Airlines is they open a lot of premium cabin award space to members of their own KrisFlyer program and restrict award space for partners using their miles (on Singapore Airlines planes). In other words, it is very unlikely that you will find an award seat using a partners miles.

In respect to the Spontaneous Escapes, you’ll want to take a look at the list for all of the details before booking as this can represent excellent value if your plans are flexible.

Are you going to book a Spontaneous Escape? If so, which one looks exciting?

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