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Singapore Airlines provides a standard 15% discount for award bookings completed through their website. This discount applies to flights operated by them as well as their regional subsidiary SilkAir. Through August 4, 2016, the discount for SilkAir awards booked through the Singapore website has been increased to 50%!

SilkAir 50% Off PromotionTo be able to take advantage of this promotion travel must be completed by October 31, 2016. The discount is applicable for economy class and business class travel.

Keep in mind that Singapore imposes fuel surcharges on some awards, including flights operated by SilkAir. However, those fuel surcharges are relatively small and, with the 50% discount, they are worth it in most instances.

With this promotion, you could fly between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Surabaya, among other destinations, for only 3,750 miles each way in economy class and 8,750 miles in business class. If you want to travel between Singapore and Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Mandalay, Yangon, Danang, and Phuket, among other destinations, only 6,250 miles are required each way for economy-class travel and only 10,000 miles are required for business class travel.

Even though these aren't long-haul flights, the low rates and a minor incremental difference between economy class and business class make booking business class awards with this promotion an absolute bargain. Keep in mind that by doing so you also secure business class lounge access and expedited check-in, security lines and boarding among other benefits.

If you do not have enough Singapore Airlines miles available to take advantage of this promotion, don't worry; Singapore Airlines is a transfer partner for all four major flexible rewards currencies: Citi ThankYou Points, Chase Ultimate Rewards points, American Express Membership Rewards points, and Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints.

If you have already booked an award on SilkAir that is now eligible for the promotional rates, give Singapore a call to see if they will credit you the corresponding miles-difference. If they decline the request, you can cancel and re-book your award — you would only have to pay $30 per passenger. Depending on your savings, it could be the right path to take. However, please remember that although likely, if you cancel an award it is never guaranteed that those seats will become available again.

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