We posted last night about a possible fare mistake involving Singapore Airlines operated flights booked through Virgin Australia. The codeshare tickets are currently pricing incredibly low for the February – April 2017 period.
At this point in time, flights from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur appear to be pricing the lowest at around A$356 return, flying Singapore Airlines (but booked under a Virgin Australia flight number).
The above screenshot is from Expedia, as they seem to be the only site offering the prices currently. Whilst Virgin Australia had the fares available on their website last night, all the Singapore Airlines codeshare fares seem to have been pulled, with no SQ availability whatsoever.
There are incredible fares still available across most of the Singapore Airlines network that is covered under the Virgin Australia partnership. As the fares have been pulled from the Virgin Australia site, they are most likely major mistakes, and it is unclear whether or not they will be honoured. Fare mistakes occur every once in a while, and in the end it is up to the airline to decide whether or not to honour the fares. They do have the right to cancel and refund the ticket, so keep fingers crossed everything remains whole!
This is a good opportunity for Velocity members to rack up some extra miles or status credits, as this fare is eligible for accrual. You’d earn 50% of the miles flown, which is a total earning of about 3,912 for Sydney – Singapore return. You will also accrue 60 status credits for this same trip, 24% of the credits needed to reach Velocity Silver. This is similar to earning about 6,000 KrisFlyer Elite Miles. You are still effectively paying 9.7 cents per mile, so doing this just for the miles is probably not worth it.
For Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer members the story is a little different. This particular ticket sits in a “T” booking class with Virgin Australia, which aligns to “K” when on a Singapore Airlines operated flight. This earns just 10% KrisFlyer and Elite Miles, meaning Sydney – Singapore return would earn only 782 miles, which is next to nothing. Hence, using this for a mileage run is very poor value, seeing as you would effective be paying 48.6 cents per mile, well above the redeemable value (which ranges between 1 and 9 cents per mile). If you really want KrisFlyer miles, it’d be better to earn with Velocity (3,912 miles) and then transfer this across to KrisFlyer, leaving you with about 2,895 KrisFlyer miles (but no Elite miles).
Nonetheless, these fares are incredible, and perfect for anyone just wanting to travel for a cheap price. Mileage runs are perhaps not the best value for KrisFlyer members, but could prove beneficial to Velocity members.