Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program is offering 50% off award redemptions on SilkAir to select destinations. This promotion is valid for travel booked by September 15, 2014, and for travel between August 22 and November 14, 2014.
The following SilkAir destinations are eligible:
- Chiang Mai
- Kota Kinabalu
The basic terms are as follows:
- The promotion is only valid for roundtrip travel
- Travel must be booked through Singapore’s website to qualify — bookings made over the phone don’t qualify for the discount
- Only valid for travel originating in Singapore, so you must be going to one of the eligible destinations and not from them
- The following blackout dates apply: September 4-13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 10, 17, 24. and November 7
Keep in mind that while SilkAir is a wholly owned Singapore Airlines subsidiary, they’re not part of Star Alliance, meaning you can’t redeem Star Alliance miles for travel on them. Since Singapore Airlines doesn’t fly to any of these destinations, the promotion is potentially even more valuable, since these are partly destinations that are tough to get to on miles.
Factoring in the discount, the roundtrip award redemption rates are as follows:
As you can see, the mileage redemption rates are quite reasonable, though the fuel surcharges are somewhat hefty for such short flights. That’s why you’ll generally get the most value out of this promotion by redeeming for business class.
Last year I flew SilkAir business class from Singapore to Koh Samui, and enjoyed my flight on them. The business class seats were comfortable (like domestic first class in the US), crew friendly, and food quite good. It really felt like a “junior” Singapore Airlines experience.
SilkAir business class
This isn’t a life altering promotion, but if you’re planning on traveling on one of these routes anyway, there are some great values to be had here.
(Tip of the hat to LoyaltyLobby)