Travellers with Singapore Airlines making a stopover at Singapore’s Changi Airport can now enjoy free lounge access – even if they're in economy.
It's a clever tweak of a promotion which sees eligible passengers handed SGD$40 in 'Changi Airport Dollars' to spend at the airport.
Of course if you're flying in business or first class or are carrying the appropriate colour of frequent flyer card – including SQ's own KrisFlyer or any other Star Alliance member airline – you'll already have lounge access, in which case you can drop that $40 on some duty-free shopping.
Step 1: grab your vouchers
Those vouchers are available to passengers transiting Singapore between flights with either Singapore Airlines or SilkAir, on airline tickets issued in Australia or New Zealand with a 618 or 629 ticket number.
Passengers flying only to Singapore and back aren’t eligible for deal, nor are those who break their journey in the Lion City for a day or more rather than flying onwards to their final destination.
When you land in Singapore, follow the ‘GST Refund’ signs in Terminals 2 & 3 until you spot ‘iShop Online Booth’ or ‘iShop Changi Collection Centre’ near the GST refund counter.
In either terminal, present your Singapore Airlines or SilkAir eTicket and arrival boarding pass to receive SGD$40 in Changi Airport Dollars to spend at the airport:
Step 2: head for the lounge
Make your way to the Ambassador Transit Lounge in Terminal 2. If your flight landed over in Terminal 3, you can duck between terminals on the quick, easy and free Skytrain.
You’ll find the lounge next to the Sunflower Garden. Access for up to five hours would normally set you back S$35.31, but the lounge also accepts the vouchers you just picked up at iShop – making your visit completely free.
The lounge has showers and free wireless Internet access plus snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to tide you over in between flights:
Alcoholic beverages are available at an extra charge, as is the in-lounge gym, hairdresser and the ‘nap suites’.
You can also use your vouchers to access the Ambassador Transit Lounge in Terminal 3...
... but the entry fee jumps to S$58.85, so you'll have to cough up S$18.85 (A$16.13) to get through the door.
Your payment gets you one alcoholic welcome drink plus a 15-minute head and shoulder massage on top of the normal lounge inclusions, so for longer stays the slight premium could easily be worth it.
Showers for Gold and Platinum frequent flyers
In Singapore, most Gold and Platinum frequent flyers booked in economy with Singapore Airlines are sent to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounges – which unfortunately come without showers, or even toilets.
That includes Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum members, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold guests and other Star Alliance Gold flyers such as Aegean Miles&Bonus Gold and Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Gold and Platinum cardholders.
Despite already having lounge access, elite frequent flyers could still collect their vouchers and trade one in for a shower at the Ambassador Transit Lounges.
In both Ambassador lounges, the shower-only price is under S$20 – giving you a further S$20 to spend at the airport before heading back to your KrisFlyer Gold abode.
(You won’t receive change back on your vouchers as they can only be used once.)
And, if you’re flying in business or first class with access to the nicer – and shower-bearing – SilverKris lounges, why not collect the vouchers and enjoy a S$40 discount on your duty free shopping?
You’ll have until March 31 2015 to take advantage of the deal, so if you’re flying through Singapore for work or over the busy Christmas break, don’t forget to stop at iShop!
Singapore Airlines flies to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in Australia from its Changi Airport hub, while regional offshoot SilkAir flies between Darwin and Singapore.
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