If you are already thinking about getting tickets for the upcoming 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix which will run from 16 to 18 September 2016 this year, good on you! It is always a good idea to make travel plans early (especially in events like these) in order to take full advantage of "Early Bird" discounts. Here are some track-side hotels for the 2016 F1 Singapore Grand Prix this year - prices (based on stay period of actual event days) are accurate at the time of writing:
1. Pan Pacific Singapore - from S$680++ per Night
EARLY BIRD OFFER - 2016 Singapore Grand Prix Early Bird Offer
Booking Period: Before 31 May 2016
Stay Period: 13-20 September 2016
Minimum Nights: 2 Nights
Enjoy S$100 F&B Credit per stay that can be used at all hotel-operated restaurants and bar. All guests will also have access to complimentary high speed wireless internet.
2. Marina Mandarin Singapore - from S$920++ per Night
(Guaranteed Track-view from S$1,120++ per Night)
F1 Trackview Package
Stay Period: 16-18 September 2016
Minimum Nights: N/A
Daily buffet breakfast and free in-room WiFi is provided throughout the stay. Late checkout til 4PM is also applicable (upon availability).
3. Swissôtel The Stamford - from S$800++ per Night
Minimum Nights: N/A
No Formula 1 specific room package at this moment but Advance Saver rates are still available. Hotel is located just on top of the City Hall MRT Train Station for ease of access.
4. Marina Bay Sands - from S$789++ per Night
Book Direct and Save S$20
Minimum Nights: N/A
The Marina Bay Sands claims to be S$20 cheaper per night than all other OTAs out there. You will also receive 40% off RISE Buffet during Lunch and Dinner (for stay period till 31 March 2016) - at this moment the website does not show whether this will be extended to the F1 period. Guests will also receive 10% off body massages and selected spa retail products at Banyan Tree Spa on level 55
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore - No Availability
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore - No Availability
With a spectrum of Visa credit cards on offer in Singapore, one of the most elusive one at the highest end is the Visa Infinite. Commonly associated with a minimum annual income requirement of S$120,000 or higher (even though there is apparently an unbranded one that you can get in Singapore for just S$80,000), the Visa Infinite credit card is the most exclusive one you can get amongst the trio of Visa Infinite, Visa Platinum and Visa Signature credit cards.
While Singaporeans have been able to use an eligible Mastercard for train and bus rides since 20 March 2017, UOB has just announced that customers using the PRVI Mastercard can now earn 1.4 miles per S$1 on all eligible rides in the Account-Based Ticketing (ABT) pilot with Land Transport Authority (LTA) and TransitLink. Even though the UOB PRVI Mastercard gives out 3.5 UNI$ per S$5, transactions in the ABT are processed and charged after a total of S$15 is spent on transit fares or after the charges have been accumulated for up to 5 days - whichever is earlier.
Following the rather controversial launch of the KrisFlyer UOB Savings Account back in April 2017, UOB has announced a brand new UOB Stash Account (essentially a savings account) which offers the opportunity to earn up to 1% p.a. interest. Account holders will essentially earn 0.05% p.a. interest on the whole account balance with the opportunity to earn a bonus interest (of up to 0.95% p.a.) if the Monthly Average Balance (MAB) is equal to or higher than the previous month.
The OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is one of the best credit cards to hold in Singapore - especially if you shop for electronics, clothing or simply use mobile payments (like Apple Pay) a lot. I have previously covered the card in detail where I have also compared it to the Citi Rewards Card which is a credit card for similar purposes. There is currently a targeted opportunity to earn up to 6 miles (15 OCBC$) per SGD on the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card. The word through the grapevine is that OCBC will be extending the 10X OCBC$ on Mobile Payments (supposed to end on 30 September 2017) and they have actually included a Lounge Key Benefit in recent months.
Everyone knows that the DBS Woman's World MasterCard is a credit card to get in Singapore and it does not matter whether you are male or female. While reconciling my DBS Points from last statement's spending on the DBS Woman's World MasterCard, I noticed that I did not get 10X points on some of my transactions - you can request for a breakdown of DBS Points from DBS by sending a message via the secured mailbox.
The OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is one of the best credit cards in Singapore for earning miles and if you wish to understand the dynamics of this credit card, make sure you check out my previous article on everything you need to know about the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card. It appears that OCBC has introduced the opportunity to earn up to 6 miles and 2 miles per dollar on all eligible transactions made on Electronics and Gadgets as well as Dining respectively for selected cardholders. At the moment of writing, only targeted cardholders who have received either an electronic direct mail (EDM) or SMS from OCBC Bank will be able to take advantage of this promotion.
I have been to Hong Kong on multiple occasions and one of the things that I struggle with most (apart from the language) is where to go for food and coffee. I am generally unfamiliar with where everything is in Hong Kong and therefore I have really been to popular restaurants that are always recommended and visited by Singaporeans. During my latest trip to Hong Kong where I stayed at the Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, I checked out a number of restaurants and cafes (some of them are especially memorable) along the way so hopefully this quick guide would help anyone seeking for recommendations.
There is a top spot within the OCBC Premier Banking space and that's the Premier Private Client (PPC) - one can 'easily' join this elite group by depositing or investing S$1 million (in fresh funds) and qualifying as an Accredited Investor. What caught my eyes last evening however was the introduction of a dedicated OCBC VOYAGE Card (which I have covered previously) for the PPCs and one of the additional benefits include unlimited airport limousine transfers.
Citibank discontinued the 20X Rewards promotion with Amazon (which equates to 8 miles per S$1) last month and have just introduced Zalora as the newest partner for the 20X Rewards promotion - this will run until 31 October 2017. While this is definitely great for people who shop on Zalora (though I am not sure who in this day and age), it is certainly not as impressive as the Amazon promotion that was running prior to this.
While most banks in Singapore allow you to convert your points (or equivalent currency) earned from credit card spend into Airline or Hotel points, Citibank has one of the most comprehensive list of points transfer partners - I have previously counted the total number of partners to be at 12 but they have apparently removed Delta Skymiles from the list. There are currently 11 airline points transfer partners for Citibank if you hold an eligible credit card in Singapore.