Thanks to the Singapore Airlines promotions (again), we were able to get our tickets to South Korea for about S$662 (yeah, lesser than last year!). As mentioned previously, the booking process on the Singapore Airlines website for a return trip is a breeze. You can choose your preferred seat when booking online as well. Navigation around the website was fairly simple enough and the payment process was a smooth, with the simple input of the credit card number and a click of a button. When payment was confirmed, the itinerary and receipt will be sent to your email (for future reference).
Checking-in can be done online and only at least 48 hours before the flight takes off. As I had input my mobile number, a SMS reminder was sent to inform when I could check-in online. The process was easy, and after checking-in I was able to print out my boarding pass and (any) necessary documents. Being able to select your preferred seat, checking-in online and printing out the boarding pass really saves a lot of time!
Unlike the previous flight to Seoul which was in the morning, this was a flight that was set to depart in the early afternoon, arriving at Incheon Airport at night (around1030pm); not an ideal timing but the promotion price was the deal breaker.
Anyways, the day arrived and we made our way to Changi Airport Terminal 3 on a Saturday afternoon. Once the luggage was checked in, it was time to head to the departure hall for take-off. And as usual, the security screening conducted at the boarding gates was relatively simple, efficient and uncomplicated.
Boarding time for Singapore Airlines is very orderly; passengers are called section by section: First Class, Business Class, PPS, followed by Economy Class passengers with families, then Economy Class passengers.
As with all Singapore Airlines flights, entertainment-wise there is the KrisWorld entertainment system presented on a 10.6-inch personal screen with entertainment options such as watching movies or television shows, listening to music, playing games, and applications such as Flight Path – an application that gives you an amazing view of your flight in and provides the aircraft’s position, flight path, as well as other associated information. There are also ports for charging electronics or power up that laptop.
|KrisWorld entertainment system|
Seating-wise, there was enough leg room and the seat was comfortable (enough), with the headrest able to be adjusted as desired for greater support. A small pillow and blanket were provided.
Dinner was served and there were two options: Korean or Western. Both of us chose Korean, which consisted of beef bulgogi and rice, shrimp with vermicelli cold salad , along with bread, butter and cheese on the side. What really stood out about this flight (again) was the attentiveness and friendliness of the crew (thumbs up to the crew!).
|Korean Set: Other than the sauce being a little too salty for my liking, everything else was platable|
On route, I entertained myself with “The Four” (Chinese movie), all 3 of them. ^^ After being in the air for about 6 hours, we finally arrived at Incheon Airport! Once we landed, we made our way to the shuttle, through immigration and collected the luggage. The process was relatively fast and took less than 30 minutes. Just in time to catch the last train to our Hongdae accommodation.
Note: Do remember to fill up that arrival card fully with address and all.
Once out of immigration, we collected out luggage made our way to the AREX station. I still have mine from the last trip and DramaQueen so kindly loaned M hers, but I forgot to bring it! Thank goodness I had the complimentary one that came with the SIM card purchase at Changi Airport. The T-Money (Seoul’s version of the EZlink card for transport and small purchases at places like convenience stores) can be bought at the GS25 convenience store located at Incheon Airport Arrival Area. Unlike the last time, where we had to collect the SIM card at Incheon Airport, this time we actually bought the SIM card at Singapore Changi Airport prior to our arrival.
|The 'empty' T-Money which came with the SIM card|
By the time we cleared immigration, we were still in time (very much in time) to catch the AREX to our Hongdae accommodation. The journey took us about 45 minutes and it was past midnight by the time we arrived at our Hongdae accommodation.