Aside from all the obvious in-the-air reasons, award-winning comfort and service; delicious food and drink; speedy journey times; top-notch pilots and cabin crew – Singapore Airlines has a host of generous on-the-ground benefits for its passengers, especially if you’re stopping off in Singapore. Thanks to free city tours, hotel stays at fantastically low prices, discounts in shops, restaurants, spas and bars, it pays to fly Singapore Airlines. Here are our five favourite perks…
1) A hotel stay in Singapore from just £23 for one night…
What can £23 buy you? A jumper, perhaps? A couple of books? One night in Singapore? Yes, really! Book a Singapore Stopover Holiday with Singapore Airlines and you could spend your first stopover night in a three-star hotel in the Lion City – from as little as £23*. Participating hotels include Hotel Royal on Newton Road and Hotel Boss at Jalan Sultan. Such a great-value hotel stay means more money to spend in Singapore’s abundant shops and restaurants. Hotel Royal is minutes away from Orchard Road, home to some of the city’s best malls and boutiques; it’s also only four kilometres away from Singapore’s peaceful Botanic Gardens. If you want an economical stay with added style, opt for one of the four- or five-star hotels in the Singapore Stopover Holiday scheme.
The Singapore Stopover Holiday (SSH) is brought to you by Singapore Airlines, the Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport. The package provides a major discount on your first stopover night in Singapore – accommodation and free rides on the SIA Hop-On Bus can be yours from as little as £23. Pick from a wide range of hotels, rated in different categories (A–K, with K pertaining to five-star properties) to suit all different budgets. In fact, there is so much to see in Singapore, why not extend your time on the outbound journey to a two or three night break? You can still enjoy a wallet-friendly stay, especially if you opt for a B–C-category hotel. The SSH includes a host of other extras, including Boarding Pass Privileges, an Attraction Pass and free unlimited use of the Sia Hop-On Bus.
*Price is per person for the first night, based on 2 adults sharing a twin room each paying the twin-sharing price.
2) Generous discounts at fabulous restaurants, shops and spas…
If someone suggested having dinner at Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Raffles Singapore or TungLok Heen in Singapore, you might predict a hefty bill, given that they are all acclaimed restaurants. However, you can enjoy 20 per cent off meals at all three – and at a wealth of other restaurants, bars, cafés and shops – just by showing your Singapore Airlines boarding pass. (Some outlets will give you freebies and extras – an on-the-house amuse-bouche or cocktail, for example – instead of a discount.) Sample Portuguese fusion food served in a characterful three-storey shophouse at BOCA, which has an adega (wine cellar) on its top floor; enjoy Chinese fine dining at Forest, whose charms include a ‘theatre kitchen’ and elaborate 8 or 10-course tasting menus; dine in the dark, with added drama, at NOX. Enjoy exclusive benefits at all of these places and more when you present your Singapore Airlines boarding pass within a month of your arrival date. Prefer shopping to feasting? Your boarding pass unlocks retail perks too, such as 10 per cent off purchases at Metro Singapore, a six-floor emporium with something for every taste. Maybe you are after something fragrant and revitalising to combat jet lag? Head to Neal’s Yard Remedies: if you buy two items from the Frankincense Intense range, your boarding pass will earn you a free Frankincense Facial Wash (worth S$48).
Singapore Airlines’ Boarding Pass Privileges give passengers a whopping 98 discounts and offers on attractions, restaurants and shopping in Singapore. You will also have access to travel savings and flash deals.
3) Free tourist-bus service around Singapore…
New cities can be a little bit daunting, but exploring is stress-free when you have a free bus service at your disposal. In Singapore, you can hop from Marina Bay to Chinatown to Orchard Road, and to Kampong Glam, the Bras Basah Area, Gardens by the Bay and Little India, all without having to pay for a single fare – thanks to the open-top SIA Hop-on Bus. Pick from lofty top-floor seats with bird’s-eye views or escape the heat of the day by staking out the comfort of the air-conditioned lower deck. You can also enjoy free bus rides to Dempsey Hill from the Botanic Gardens.
The free SIA Hop-on Bus is included in the Singapore Stopover Holiday package and as part of the Singapore Explorer Pass. Even if you have not opted for a SSH or Explorer Pass, you can still enjoy the use of the Hop-on bus and get a generous discount when you present your boarding pass. Thanks to the Singapore Airlines’ Boarding Pass Privileges programme, adults can ride on the SIA Hop-on Bus for S$19.50 instead of S$39; children can hop–on for S$14.50 instead of S$29. Daily services from Suntec City start at 8.30am, last bus departs at 6pm / unlimited bus rides with purchase of a Hop-on one-day pass / valid for 24hours.
4) A gift voucher to redeem at Changi Airport, plus free city tours…
It isn’t often that someone gives you S$20, just as a ‘welcome to Singapore’ gesture. Singapore Airlines will do exactly that – with one condition: you will need to spend it in multi award-winning Changi Airport (that’s easy). The Changi Transit Programme can be used in shops, food and service outlets; put it towards a new holiday fragrance, or dumplings for two perhaps? It can also be used for one-time access to the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Terminal 2 or 3 for up to two hours. The Ambassador Transit Lounge has showers, refreshments, reading materials, WiFi and very comfortable chairs! Each subsequent hour in the lounge will only cost you S$12 with the voucher; you can also enjoy 10 per cent savings on alcohol and massages. If you are transiting through Singapore for five hours or more, you may like to join a free city tour run by Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport. Pick from the Colonial or City Sights itinerary and get a whistle-stop tour of the city before your next flight.
The Changi Transit Programme is on a mission to treat you in two different ways: firstly, with the Changi Transit Programme voucher worth S$20, to spend in Changi Airport. Secondly, you can take advantage of free city tours run by Singapore Airlines, available to passengers transiting through Singapore for more than five or six hours. An added perk is that you won’t have to go through the checking-in process again, once you return to the airport after your tour. #queuejump
5) Access to the city’s best-loved attractions
We’re going to make a wild guess. While visiting Singapore, you are probably going to want to tick off Chinatown, the Singapore Cable Car, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa, Singapore Zoo, the Singapore Flyer, the National Gallery Singapore, the National Orchid Garden and the Singapore River Cruise – you know, the usual kind of thing. Here’s a tip: don’t pay per attraction – the cost will add up. Instead, enjoy access to more than 20 of Singapore’s best-loved lures for a lot less with a Singapore Airlines Explorer Pass.
The SIA Explorer Pass gives pass-holders access to more than 20 top city attractions. The pass costs just £28 for an adult and £21 for a child for a 24-hour pass – which is a lot cheaper than exploring the city on a pay-per-attraction basis. You can also enjoy discounts on two- or three-day passes.
To enjoy all the offers of the Singapore Stopover Holiday programme, passengers are required to stopover in Singapore and travel to another destination into and out of Singapore on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir.