There's only a couple more days left to take advantage of the DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card Online Sign-up Promotion! All you have to do is sign up for the credit card online and spend S$800 from the date of approval (or 31 October 2015 - whichever is earlier) to earn up to 14,400 Miles! Here's why you should definitely sign up for the DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card over the next couple of days:
1. Earn up to 18 Miles per S$1 (for the first S$800) - Ended on 30 September 2015
Earning 14,400 miles on S$800 spend will net you 18 miles per S$1 - essentially one of the highest earning rates in Singapore. This is obviously just a one-off promotion but it is something that you can definitely take advantage of. Also, do note that the bonus miles (in DBS Points) will be credited into the cardholder's account within 90 days after the Card has been approved.
2. 3 Miles per S$1 on all online Flight and Hotel transactions
If you book flights and hotels online a lot, the DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card will give you 3 miles per S$1 for the first S$10,000 spent each month. This also applies to Online Travel Agents like Zuji and Agoda.
3. Two Complimentary Priority Pass Visits per Year
It has recently been clarified by DBS that the Priority Passes can be utilised for the cardholder and an accompanying guest. Lounge access in the airport can be useful before the start of a nice vacation to grab a quick bite or a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) for free. Do note that an accompanying guest will count towards the number of free entries each year (i.e. entering an airport lounge with a guest will count as two visits).
4. It may be better than the Citi PremierMiles Visa (or AmEx) Card
The DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card gives the same base earning rate as the competition - Citi PremierMiles Visa (or AmEx) Card - 2 miles for foreign currency and 1.2 miles for local currency spend per S$1. Additionally, both cards give two complimentary Priority Pass visits per year (if you do hold both cards, you will end up with four). The DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card stands out if you spend quite a bit online on travel and hotels (3 miles per S$1) and it also offers a pretty amazing 12,000 bonus miles signing bonus for a mere S$800 spend.
5. It's Free Anyway!
Well, for the first year at least, you will get a free fee waiver but on subsequent years, an annual fee of S$192.60 for Principal Card will apply. Paying the annual fee will however give you 10,000 miles (or 5,000 DBS Points) which may not necessarily be a bad deal for mile chasers. If your annual spend exceeds S$25,000, the annual fee will be waived.
If you have held the Citibank PremierMiles Visa Credit Card for the last 6 months of longer, chances are that you would have received a targeted offer to earn (well, purchase) 31,200 miles for S$238 once S$9,000 (in local or equivalent foreign currency) has been charged to the card between 01 July 2017 and 31 August 2017. Registration is absolutely essential for this promotion.
The wait is finally over - Mileslife is now officially launched in Singapore to offer the opportunity to earn more miles on dining, lifestyle and travel spend. To celebrate this momentous occasion, it is offering 4X more miles (up to 20 miles per S$1) on all eligible transactions made on Mileslife. Remember these miles are accorded on top of whatever you earn from your credit cards so there is definitely a huge potential to rake up those miles for free flights on First Class and Business Class!
Uber has changed the way we get around on a day to day basis. While the train is the primary mode of transport for most Singaporeans, there are instances and occasions where a car ride makes a lot more sense because you are rushing for time or simply want a more comfortable journey. If you do use Uber on a very regular basis like me, there are a few things that you can do to save money on these rides - many of which do not require you to do much and simply take an additional second or two to save you money in the long run!
Using the right credit card that will earn you a lot of miles which you can then redeem for free flights is infinitely satisfying. While the HSBC Advance Platinum Visa Credit Card no longer offers 4 miles per dollar (it now offers up to 3.5% cashback) on local dining spend, there are various ways you can still earn a decent amount of miles when you use the right card and double-dip (or even triple-dip) with a number of other promotions! One easy way to do so in Singapore is to combine the use of Chope, Mileslife and the right credit card.
While we all know that the ANZ Travel Card has died a horrible death and that your accrued Travel$ will be converted into DBS Points, it has come to my attention recently that DBS has in fact provided a really good website detailing the upcoming changes and more importantly, what will happen to your existing points and credit card products.
As we mourned the death of various credit cards in the industry lately, I was surprised to find that the OCBC VOYAGE Card (which I covered in-depth HERE) has just been unveiled improved and enhanced travel and lifestyle benefits for cardholders. While I have previously mentioned that cardholders are already able to access a personal concierge service with the credit card, OCBC has just introduced a brand new medical triage service, enhanced travel perks, greater insurance coverage and new merchant partnerships that cardholders can take advantage of immediately.
As we bid farewell to Singapore's best credit card for miles earlier this month, the brand new HSBC Advance Credit Card while nowhere near as impressive as its predecessor, offers up to 3.5% cashback on all eligible purchases. With the proliferation of unlimited cashback cards in the market, this could be a strong contender in the cashback card market if you typically charge a fairly consistent range of expenses to your credit card each month.
The HSBC Advance Visa Platinum Credit Card is dead (for mile-chasers anyway) and it will become a cashback card soon - the 4 miles per dollar promotion will end officially on 31 May 2017 and you will only earn 1X (0.4 miles per dollar) Rewards point with eligible dollar spent in the month of June 2017. You will have to redeem all your Reward points by 31 August 2017 or they will be converted into cashback on 01 September 2017 at a 100 Reward points to $0.25 rate.
The new UOB Rewards portal is beautiful and it is a huge step-up from the older UOB Rewards Plus portal. While trying to redeem some KrisFlyer Miles however, I realised that the new portal only allows you to redeem up to a maximum of 9 units - obviously with a per-transaction fee of S$25, I would want to maximise the number of miles that I am redeeming for to suit my travel requirements.
In order to help everyone keep track of the discontinuation and extension of credit card promotions in Singapore, I will be posting a series of summaries every couple of months. These summaries will basically tell you which mile-related promotions have been extended and which credit cards to ditch - no I will not be tracking dining or shopping promotions.