As my birthday is around the corner, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts have once again sent me a birthday offer. While I have gotten the opportunity to earn triple Golden Circle points last year for dining in any participating restaurant during the stipulated period, I have been targeted with a 5X Golden Circle points offer this year. If you have read about The Table by Golden Circle, you will know that every member (free to sign-up!) will earn 10% back in equivalent points if you choose to redeem them for dining credit. Since I am a Jade member, I will receive 12.5% back in equivalent points. I do believe that the 5X bonus is on base points only and therefore this offer will actually let me earn back 52.5% in points.
This is essentially what the email to me contained - pretty straightforward but I guess it conveys a clear message:
Dear Mr Chua,
We would like to wish you nothing but the best on this joyful occasion. Celebrate with your closest loved ones at any of our participating restaurants* and earn 5 times more GC Awards Points to make the day even more special. This offer is exclusive to you before 31 December 2016.
Upon clicking on the terms and conditions of this offer (you should always read them just in case!), I learnt that the bonus Golden Circle points will only be awarded for the first qualifying spend transaction at any one of the participating restaurants during the offer period. Evidently, I will not be using it at The Line since American Express Platinum Credit Card members get up to 50% off there with the Love Dining program but I have been meaning to return to The Waterfall and this may very well be a good reason to do so.
Enjoy up to 35% off at all participating Hilton properties across Southeast Asia and Australasia for stays that are booked between 13 March 2018 and 19 March 2018 - these promotional rates are valid for stays completed between 18 March 2018 and 31 December 2018.
In case you do not already know, there is going to be a long weekend from 30 March to 01 April coming up - we do not get too many of these this year in Singapore so make sure you treasure them! Have no plans yet? Consider staying at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport over this weekend and save up to 30% off - all reservations have to be made by 10 March 2018 and they are non-refundable rates.
I absolutely love Alaska Airlines - more specifically, I love Mileage Plan miles (since I have never actually flown on AS-metal before). I have written about this promotion a number of times now since Alaska Airlines runs this promotion fairly often but this is a great way to travel in Business Class for very little money. From now until 9 April 2018, purchase Mileage Plan miles and get up to 40% more miles (USD 21.12 per 1,000 block of miles after discount).
If you love the meatballs from IKEA (I do!) and would like to earn a lot of miles pigging out (you do have to buy the frozen ones and heat them up at home though!), you can now earn 30X OCBC$ (12 miles per dollar!) on your OCBC Titanium Rewards Card for all eligible spend made at IKEA Tampines and IKEA Alexandra stores - physical ones only - from 1-11 March 2018.
Now it has been almost six months since I have last written about Mileslife and in case you have forgotten what it is (or you are new to this platform), it is basically a way for you to make payment to a selection of merchants which in-turn earns you more miles - there are no fees involved in using this so it is a win-win situation for both parties! If you do not already have an account, you will have to download the app on your mobile phone (using my referral link gets you 1,000 bonus miles extra!). From 24-28 February 2018, enjoy double miles on all dining transactions made on Mileslife!
IHG Rewards Club has been running a number of Book Direct offers for the last couple of years to offer bonus IHG Rewards Club points for members who book directly - this is to minimise commission paid to OTAs like Expedia. This year, IHG Rewards Club members will once again have the chance to earn up to 70,000 bonus points for simply completing three eligible stays before the end of 31 December 2018 - you get 1,000 bonus points for simply signing-up!
There is finally a worthy promotion for the World of Hyatt program - all eligible members will be able to earn up to 1,000 bonus World of Hyatt points per night for eligible night between 15 February 2018 to 15 May 2018 (you will have to checkout before the end of this promotional period.
Purchase at least 5,000 Starpoints from now until 16 March 2018 to benefit from a 35% discount. As you may remember, all Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member may purchase up to 30,000 Starpoints each calendar year and the account must be opened for at least 14 days before you are able to purchase or receive Starpoints
Using Chope for restaurant reservations is one of the easiest and smartest ways of doing so - you will also be able to earn Chope-Dollars (C$) with each fulfilled reservation and redeem them for dining vouchers as well as KrisFlyer miles! If you do not already have a Chope account, you should definitely sign-up for one as there are no costs involved in signing-up or using the platform. If like me, you have C$ to redeem, Chope is currently running a promotion (I do not believe it is targeted) to offer everyone a 200 C$ promo code (to be utilised on the next visit) when they redeem their C$ by 12 March 2018.
American Express is currently offering the opportunity to earn S$150 statement credit when you spend at least S$500 at any of the participating properties across the Hilton Portfolio in Asia-Pacific with your American Express Singapore Airlines Credit Card. Cardholders can only benefit from the S$150 statement credit once per property but there are over 70 properties that are participating in this promotion!