Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program is offering 30% off select economy awards. This promotion is available for bookings made February 3 through February 14, 2016, and for travel February 15 through May 26, 2016.
The promotion is only valid for bookings made through Singapore Airlines’ website. It’s worth noting that with Singapore you usually get a 15% discount for booking online, which doesn’t stack with this promotion. In other words, you’re getting a 30% discount in place of the 15% online booking discount.
You’ll want to see the promotion page for the full listing of eligible cities, though there are many, including in Europe, Asia, Australia, and more. There aren’t blackout dates for this promotion, so as long as there’s saver level space available you can get the discount. Singapore’s economy award availability is generally quite good.
While economy awards might not sound that aspirational, if I had to fly international economy it would probably be on Singapore Airlines. Their 777s feature just nine seats per row in economy, which is becoming a rarity nowadays, as most airlines are squeezing in 10 seats per row.
In terms of the values to be had, let’s take a look at flights from Singapore to San Francisco (via Hong Kong). Ordinarily a one-way economy booking (factoring in the 15% online booking discount) would cost 29,750 KrisFlyer miles plus 396.80SGD in taxes.
Meanwhile through this promotion you’d pay just 24,500 KrisFlyer miles (and the taxes go down a bit as well, which is odd).
So Singapore Airlines does have fuel surcharges on awards, but these can still represent a great value, especially if you’re traveling one-way. It can also be a very good value for intra-Asia travel, where tickets can be disproportionately expensive at times.
Keep in mind that Singapore KrisFlyer is transfer partners with all four major transferrable points currencies, including Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Citi ThankYou, and Starwood Preferred Guest, so there are many ways to rack up Singapore miles.
While not for everyone, these are some very nice savings off of Singapore’s already usually decent economy award pricing. You should always compare the cost of an award ticket to a revenue ticket, especially when fuel surcharges are involved. Airfare is down a bit compared to the past couple of years, so in some cases you may be best off paying cash.
But there are definitely some great values to be had here, if you’re looking to travel on Singapore Airlines in economy.