Singapore Airlines and Singapore Changi Airport have been running a joint promotion for years, which includes earning a 40 Singapore Dollars voucher per passenger for travelling on Singapore Airlines/SilkAir and transiting Singapore Changi Airport. On the #redcarpettrip, I was transiting Changi and I was able to make use of this promotion. Before I am able to tell you how I used the promotion, lets tell you how to get the vouchers.
Eligibility: You receive Singapore Changi Money (2 x S$20) as vouchers from an iShopChangi counter on presenting a copy of your ticket. The ticket needs to be on Singapore Airlines stock, and your point of origin should be in Europe, Africa, China (Mainland), India, Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand. Additionally, you need to be from the following countries, i.e., a passport from the following countries: Australia, China (Mainland), Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.
You need to be transiting Singapore, which means a Chennai – Singapore – Tokyo ticket issued on Singapore Airlines or SilkAir stock (tickets starting with 618, 629 or 086). If you are on a Chennai – Singapore – Chennai ticket, you are not eligible for the voucher. You can have these vouchers on one-way or round-trip tickets, but only one time on a ticket per passenger. Also, you need to be in transit, which means you need to be in Singapore for less than 24 hours to qualify, even if you are on connecting tickets.
Validity: Like I mentioned above, you get 2 vouchers of $20 each. The first of the S$20 vouchers is valid for retail, food and service outlets at the transit and public areas, including Ambassador Lounge at Terminal 2 and 3 for two hours. The second of the vouchers is only usable on the duty-free for purchase of duty-free stuff only. You cannot use these vouchers at the 7-11 and other convenience stores or at the Hermes store and Pressto Dry-Cleaning.
The Vouchers are usually valid for one year from the date of issuance, so you can save them for later if you are a frequent traveller through Singapore Airport.
The current promotion runs through March 2016, but I have seen this promotion for the past 3 years or so, so I do hope it will be around for the times ahead as well.
Using the Vouchers: Between Shipra and myself, we presented our passports and boarding passes (for the ticket numbers) to the staff and were handed S$80 worth of vouchers. The Terms & Conditions state you can use more than one voucher on the same purchase. On reading through the vouchers, I realized we could use all the vouchers for a retail purchase as well. Since we did not have immediate plans to go back to Changi, we thought of spending our vouchers on this trip itself. So we headed to the Duty free store, and picked up a nice bottle of perfume worth Singapore $100. Once all the vouchers were applied, I was told to pay S$20 which I charged to my credit card.
Bottomline: For those of you transiting Changi and flying Singapore Airlines, even on Mileage tickets, this is free money on the table and you should definitely avail it. For more details, you can refer to the Singapore Airlines website.
Do let me know your experience earning and redeeming free Changi money. If you have any questions, ask in the comments section below.