Tuesday, 17 May 2022

A go-to guide for travelling through Changi Airport in 2022

As travel picks up with the opening of borders, find out what to keep in mind when booking your next flight, how to prepare for your trip and the necessary things to note when you depart from or arrive at Changi Airport.

Things to keep in mind when booking your flight

1. Check entry requirements for different countries – Visit Singapore Airlines’ Travel Advisories page to know the necessary documents or testing required and the Visa and Immigration Requirements page for visa and passport validity requirements for the destination(s) you are headed to. For travellers arriving in Singapore, details of what is required can be found here. 

2. Select the Auto Check-In (ACI) option. With ACI, you can automatically check-in with ease 48 hours before your flight departs. If you missed this option when booking your flight online, you can still do it through Manage Booking. For travellers who did not select ACI, you will receive an email check-in reminder 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure, and have the option to check-in via singaporeair.com or the SingaporeAir Mobile App.

Check-in online before heading to the airport

Before you arrive at Changi Airport for your flight

1. Check-in online before heading to the airport.

a) Ensure your travel document information is updated accurately when you check in

b) Upload health certificate(s)* and generate your boarding pass

c) Declare the number of bags to be checked in

d) Print your baggage tags when you arrive at Changi Airport’s self-service kiosk. Please note that this service is only available for travel out of Singapore.

Travellers who check in via the SingaporeAir Mobile App, may simply scan their Mobile Boarding Pass (MBP)** QR code at self-service kiosk when they arrive at Changi Airport.

* Please check the Online or Mobile Check-In page for eligible routes
** Bag tag generation will only be available for eligible passengers travelling on selected routes

2. In line with Singapore’s regulations, all travellers (6 years and above) must wear a mask when travelling to Changi Airport on any form of public transportation and throughout their journey at the airport and on board Singapore Airlines.

3. Download the SingaporeAir Mobile App to have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Simply add your trip by entering your booking reference number and receive updates on your flight such as check-in reminders, boarding alerts, gate and baggage belt information.

Check-in kiosk at Changi’s Terminal 3

Departing from Changi Airport

1. For a relaxing journey, head to the airport at least 3 hours before your flight time. Take note of the terminal number that is displayed on your boarding pass or booking confirmation.

2. At the airport, proceed to the check-in row noted alongside your flight number (Please note that certain destinations will not allow you to go to self service check-in kiosks due to requirements to view documentation prior to check-in)

3. If you did not check-in online prior to arriving at Changi Airport, check-in for your flight at the self-service check-in kiosk. Make sure to have a digitally verifiable health certificate ready (must include QR code), as required by your destination country. After checking in and getting your boarding pass and bag tags printed, proceed to drop off your bags after tagging.

Arriving at Changi Airport

All passengers arriving in Singapore must submit the SG Arrival Card and the accompanying electronic Health Declaration within three days before the flight. Please note that the SG Arrival Card is not a visa. You may refer to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (Singapore)’s site for more information.

We hope that this guide makes travelling through Changi Airport a breeze before you embark on your next adventure. Got a bit of extra time? Explore all of the things there are to see and eat at Jewel Changi Airport, the airport’s nature-themed retail complex. Remember to check what’s open before you arrive!

Take a leap on this giant net at Jewel Changi Airport’s Manulife Sky Nets

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Wednesday, 11 May 2022

The best city beaches in Europe

1. Paris Plages, Paris

Every summer, about 5,000 tonnes of sand shipped from Normandy, 550 deckchairs, 450 beach umbrellas and 50 palm trees are deposited along the banks of the River Seine in Paris to form temporary urban beaches. They’re located between Pont de Solférino and Pont Alexandre III on the left bank, and between Pont de Sully and Pont Neuf on the right bank. Along the Parc Rives de Seine on the right bank, things like tai chi sessions, dance workshops and a pop-up library have been spotted.

Unfortunately, swimming in the Seine is forbidden; however, if you’re craving a dip, head to the artificial lake of Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement, where you’ll find three specially erected swimming pools.
Free entry

Paris Plages
Paris Plages

2. Amager Strandpark, Copenhagen

Copenhageners have been flocking to this beach park since 1934, which was extended in 2005 with a 2km-long artificial island. Its serene northern end features sand dunes and winding paths, as well as the Helgoland baths, which comprise three saltwater pools (two single-sex and one unisex). Don’t be alarmed if you spot a bare derrière – swimwear is only mandatory in the mixed pool.

In contrast, the southern end, with its marina and broad promenade, is ideal for activities like rollerblading, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing. Kids will love splashing about in the shallow lagoons too.
Free entry

Amager Strandpark
Amager Strandpark

3. Blijburg aan Zee, Amsterdam

“Blij” is the Dutch word for “happy” (Blijburg aan Zee can be translated as “happy castle by the sea”), and indeed, it’s hard to be anything but merry when kicking back on this beach. Located on Amsterdam’s  IJburg, a collection of artificial islands east of the city centre, it is known for a distinctively bohemian vibe.

Days can be spent swimming, lounging on the sandy stretch or enjoying the delicious fare at the beach restaurant – they whip up dishes using organic ingredients and locally sourced vegetables. Come nightfall, the place transforms into party central, with DJ sets and campfires galore.
Free entry

Blijburg aan Zee (Photo: Raymond van Mil)
Blijburg aan Zee (Photo: Raymond van Mil)

4. Barceloneta, Barcelona

A mere 20-minute walk from the city centre, this is Barcelona’s most popular beach. Once the mercury hits 20ºC, you’ll find locals out here in full force – sunbathing, swimming, surfing, playing beach volleyball and enjoying tapas at the beachside restaurants.

Stroll along the beach and admire a variety of intriguing architectural structures. Frank Gehry’s gilded fish sculpture, which towers at a height of 35m and spans 56m in length, is a sight to behold with its stainless steel scales shimmering in the sun.
Free entry

Barceloneta (Photo: Turisme de Barcelona)
Barceloneta (Photo: Turisme de Barcelona)

5. The Fulham Beach Club, London

Much like Peter’s Pan’s Neverland, London’s urban beach club is all about celebrating your inner child. The Fullham Beach Club opens in May 2022 on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham. The place is decked out like a pastel-coloured dream with fairy lights, cabanas and beach huts. There’s a full line-up of events too, including beach yoga, glitter art and sand-sculpting events, table tennis, croquet and even fancy-dress parties. Feeling peckish? Head to pop-up restaurant Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club, or book a spot at their bottomless bubbly brunch on Sundays.
Fees apply; until 31 August


6. Isar River, Munich

When locals yearn to escape the summer heat, they often flock to the banks of the Isar. The river, which is fed by water from the Alps, flows through the centre of Munich and offers miles of idyllic shoreline. Here, you’ll find several open grassy spaces, islets and sandy inlets where you can sunbathe, swim or picnic. Barbecues are also allowed at certain locations.

One of the most popular stretches of the Isar is the Eisbach, a small channel with an unlikely feature – a manmade wave that swells and spans the length of the brook. Here, surfers can hone their skills all year round. Surfing competitions are occasionally held too.
Free entry

Isar River (Photo: Sigi Mueller)
Isar River (Photo: Sigi Mueller)

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

The information is accurate as of press time. For the latest travel advisory updates, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

To learn more about Singapore Airlines flights, visit singaporeair.com. To join us in protecting the environment by offsetting your carbon emissions on your future flights, visit the following websites to learn more: carbonoffset.singaporeair.com.sg and carbonoffset.flyscoot.com

Updated version of post from August 2018

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Thursday, 5 May 2022

6 ways award-winning KrisFlyer rewards your everyday life

The Freddie Awards 2022, the most prestigious award-giving body in the global travel loyalty industry, crowned KrisFlyer, Singapore Airlines Group’s lifestyle rewards programme, Program of the Year for the Middle East, Asia and Oceania region. Held in New Orleans, Louisiana, KrisFlyer also trounced competitors in the five other categories it was nominated for – including Best Elite Airline Program, Best Redemption Ability and Best Customer Service.

KrisFlyer’s clean sweep at the Freddie Awards 2022 is a testament to the benefits and experiences that its members are currently enjoying. Not yet a KrisFlyer member? Here’s how you can benefit from the rewards programme that millions of travellers have recognised and voted for as the best.

1. Earn miles from flights, hotel stays and car rentals – plus enjoy perks

Flying on Singapore Airlines and Scoot will earn you miles, but don’t stop there. Further boost your miles balance by booking hotel stays or car rentals with KrisFlyer partners, and see your KrisFlyer account add up in no time. You can redeem those miles for future flights and everyday rewards.

As a KrisFlyer member, you can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi on board your future Singapore Airlines flights, even if you travel in Economy Class. The more you travel, the more Elite miles you will earn.

With 25,000 Elite miles (accumulated within 12 consecutive months), you’ll be upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Silver, where you’ll earn 25% more miles, and enjoy free Standard seat selection amongst other benefits.

With 50,000 Elite miles (accumulated within 12 consecutive months), you’ll move up to the Elite Gold membership, where priority boarding, additional checked baggage allowance, lounge access and free Forward Zone seat selection await.

Starting from just 1,000 Elite miles, you’ll also be able to enjoy Milestone Rewards, ranging from bonus KrisFlyer miles to Premium Economy Class advance upgrade on Singapore Airlines.

2. Shop duty-free from home and collect inflight

KrisShop isn’t just an onboard duty-free shopping service. With KrisShop.com open 24/7, you can shop anywhere or anytime, and  enjoy duty-free prices when you opt for inflight collection on your upcoming Singapore Airlines or Scoot flight. You can also have items delivered to your doorstep, even when you’re not flying.

With KrisShop’s newly launched loyalty programme, KrisShopper, earn up to 4 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 spent, as well as member-only deals and first dibs on new arrivals. Simply link your KrisFlyer account to KrisShopper to get started. You can also redeem your miles to offset your shopping expenses at KrisShop.

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KrisShop isn’t just an onboard duty-free shopping service, you can also shop from home

3. Earn miles with Kris+ when you dine, get a massage or make a reservation

If you’re based in Singapore, you may have heard of SIA’s lifestyle rewards app Kris+. Whether you’re looking to satisfy hunger pangs or inspiration for me-time, log on to the Kris+ app for a plethora of discounts and deals. On top of value-for-money deals, earn up to 9 KrisFlyer miles per S$1 spent when transacting with contactless payment on the app. With Makan+, you can even accumulate miles with restaurant reservations, making it really easy to earn miles, which you can convert to your KrisFlyer account within seven days.

Asian women eating
Log on to the Kris+ app for a plethora of discounts and deals at restaurants, bars and retail shops

4. Gain access to special events

After working hard to clock up those miles, it’s time to enjoy sweet rewards. In partnership with Mastercard, KrisFlyer Experiences offers a curated list of experiences ranging from themed F&B evenings to workshops and more. Visit KrisFlyerExperiences.com for more details.

5. Book curated experiences on Pelago

Looking to book tours and activities for your next getaway? Head to SIA-owned travel experiences platform Pelago.co and be inspired by curated experiences in Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Europe. From hidden gems to gastronomic adventures, Pelago offers unique ways to experience a new (and familiar) destination. What’s more, you can earn 1 KrisFlyer mile per S$1 spent when you book on Pelago.co. You can also redeem your miles for Pelago bookings.

6. Accumulate points, benefits and privileges with co-branded cards

Apply for a co-brand card and enjoy even more KrisFlyer benefits and privileges. Co-brand cards are available in Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. The American Express Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer card issued in Singapore was also named the Best Loyalty Credit Card in the 2022 Freddie Awards.

Asian woman holding credit card in front of laptop
Apply for a co-brand card and enjoy even more KrisFlyer benefits and privileges

With just one membership, you’d be able to live and breathe all the things you love, from travel, shopping, dining to exploring new experiences, and enjoy a journey that’s miles better with KrisFlyer. Convinced to join the region’s best programme? Sign up at singaporeair.com/KFsignup with the code KF800 and receive complimentary 800 miles to start your KrisFlyer journey. Welcome!

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