After spending the weeked in Singapore at the Grand Prix, it was time for Zoe (my daughter) and I to head back to Sydney.
We were originally booked on a 12.45am departure from Singapore on their A380 in Business Class, but I was keeping an eye on KrisFlyer award availability to see if a day flight came up which would be an easier flight with her in tow.
Sure enough, the day before our flight some availability came up on SQ211, on a 777-300 with their old medium-haul configuration. I grabbed the change – and the best part is that Singapore Airline don’t charge any change fees on awards for a simple date change, which is a great customer-friendly policy.
I knew that I was moving us onto a far worse ‘product’ in terms of seat and aircraft, but I didn’t care. Flying during daylight hours without a 1am departure was worth it’s weight in gold, and for only 8 hours of flight time, their old angled-flat seat would do just fine. Continue reading…
I had booked us into the Sheraton Towers around 6 months before the Grand Prix when room rates were getting borderline outrageous – at least $450 (AUD) per night.
The Sheraton Towers still had Starpoint availability, and at 12,000 points per night, per room, this was a great value use of Starpoints.
The Sheraton Towers also proved to be a great location for the Grand Prix, with the MTR a short walk away, and then just a few stops to the action. After the race, amazingly we were back at the hotel in just 25m. Continue reading…
Just a couple of weeks ago now I picked up a relatively last minute award booking on Singapore Airlines to head up to the Singapore Grand Prix with my 4 year old daughter, Zoe, tagging along to see family.
Using KrisFlyer miles on this route for their excellent A380 Business Class cabin was a deal at 46,750 KrisFlyer miles per person plus ~$290 in taxes and fees.
This was done by transferring over Velocity points to KrisFlyer which credit immediately – so 63,115 Velocity points used for this transfer. Given I had the Velocity points in my account, and didn’t want to wait for credit card points to transfer, this was a great use of my Velocity balance.