I have written on the guide on the stopover hack. It is located here. As one would expect, many people like it – but yes, they were skeptical. Also, since we’re here in Singapore, there are plenty of short-haul flights that make it really easy to use this
travel hack open secret!
Scenario – Pool Villa Addict
The scenario. Let’s assume that you are a pool villa addict like me who frequently fly back-and-forth between Bangkok and Bali.
Flights : DPS (Bali) > SIN > BKK (Bangkok) > SIN > DPS > SIN > BKK > …
Presenting Exhibit A below. I have a portion of the updated SAVER redemption chart. Let’s take some Business Class flights.
A normal person would book a return flight when travelling from Singapore to Bali :
- SIN > DPS (19,000 miles)
- DPS > SIN (19,000 miles)
A normal person would book a return flight when travelling from Singapore to Bangkok:
- SIN > BKK (19,000 miles)
- BKK> SIN (19,000 miles)
Me i.e. Abnormal Miles-Collecting Person
Well, I’m not a normal person. This means that I book one-way flights with stopovers in Singapore. In case you’re wondering, a simple way to think of a stopover is a connection between flights that is more than 24 hours. We can even leave the airport!
Just a quick note – an KrisFlyer ADVANTAGE (as opposed to SAVER) redemption requires twice as many miles, but have certain perks to it, one of which 1 x free stopover. SAVER flights come with no stopovers, but we can pay US$100 to insert one. Yeahhh!
An abnormal person like me would therefore book flights in this manner :
- DPS > SIN (21,500 miles) ; stopover (click for my previous flight)
- SIN > BKK (US$100)
And like this too :
- BKK > SIN (21,500 miles) ; stopover
- SIN > DPS (US$100)
OK. The not-so-good things first. As you might have realized by now, it would require a little bit of flexibility in terms of travel planning. Oh, and US$100. I’m not going to write the same thing again, but if this is new to you then you can check out my older post.
The good thing is obvious – we use much less miles and if you’re lucky, snag some peak-period flights! Guess who is spending the New Year and Labour Day overseas?
In my flight details below, you can see the breakdown of charges – the price is per pax. Taxes are still required to be paid. The S$138 fare is the equivalent of US$100.
Proof Of Miles
I write about stuff I’m doing. I share when it works. I keep a monthly update here. I hope you will give it a try too.
Here’s what I have after using 43,000 KrisFlyer miles to redeem the total of 4 flights for my wife and I. If you’re crunching the numbers in your head, let me help!
- 4 Business Class Flights = S$448.40 + 43,000 miles, or
- 1 Business Class Flight = S$112.10 + 10,750 miles (plus some time and effort) 🙂
Yes, I know, not that much of any substantial proof but the very fact that I bother to do this had to mean something, right? 😛
Citi Miles :
(1 Citi Mile : 1 mile)
UOB UNI$ :
(1 UNI$ : 2 mile)
DBS Points :
(1 DBS Point : 2 mile)
(1 OCBC$ : 0.4 mile)
Business Flight Chain That Goes On And On ..
This is a series of blog posts that started from the city of Taipei.
- Taipei > Singapore
- Singapore > Bali
- Bali > Singapore
- Singapore > Bangkok (redeemed, not flown yet)
- Bangkok > Singapore (redeemed, not flown yet)
- Singapore > Bali (redeemed, not flown yet)
- Bali > To be determined (not redeemed)