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
As you may know already, you may now purchase Hyatt Gold Passport Points with up to a 40% bonus as long as you purchase between now and 25 October 2016. These points may be used for free nights at Hyatt Hotels and Hyatt Residence Club stays around the world or you may even utilise them for things like nightly Regency Club and Suite upgrades (or convert them into miles!). Find out some of the sweet spots in redeeming your Hyatt Gold Passport Points here.
Here's how you get 12 Miles or 18 Hilton HHonors Points per dollar each time you book a hotel on Kaligo. Every traveller and staycation lover has got to read this!
Five days ago, I wrote about the new arrangement between Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts - the interesting bit is finally out! This brand new partnership will see opportunities in status matching, points and miles conversions as well as double-dipping in both programs every time you make an eligible stay at any participating Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property around the world. Here's a summary of five things you need to know about this partnership!
Before anyone gets too excited, there are no naked photos of anyone in this post at all. Naked in the Sky is an extension to Naked for Satan. Before I even tell you about Naked in the Sky, I had to find out why exactly is Naked for Satan named as such. With a curious mind, I went forth to find the answer to my question and this is what I found out: A guy named Satanovich (hereby known as Satan) used to distill moonshine in his underpants during the sweltering summer months. Since the moonshine was illegal, patrons used to use the code phrase "Let's get Naked for Satan" to gain access to this well-guarded but highly-regarded liquor.
Before anyone asks the question, I am going to say this and hopefully only once - you can redeem Virgin America (VX) Elevate Points on Singapore Airlines (SQ) flights (you are however subjected to a smaller inventory and getting Suites on VX Points is actually impossible). With that being said, you may be saving a lot of your precious miles if you use VX points (and money too!) to redeem for short-haul flights. To put things into perspective, consider the differences in points (and miles!) required to get from Singapore to Denpasar (Bali) on Singapore Airlines via the VX Elevate and SQ KrisFlyer programmes.
We all know that the whole Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio has been acquired by Marriott International but we haven't had much visibility about how it is going to impact us until today. With the expansion and takeover of brands, current Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) members will be able to benefit from the integration of both programs. Here are the top four things you need to know!
When I got an email today notifying me that I am now able to enjoy 'complimentary rides with Citi points', I was interested - I knew it was going to be bad but I clicked on it anyway to find out how bad exactly could it be. If you have been reading all those articles I have written about earning miles, then you should know that it is not difficult to get S$50-100 worth of value from 1,000 Miles. This limited time promotion (until 07 November 2016) allows you to offset your Grab ride with a fixed redemption rate by utilising some of your precious miles and points.
Some people may argue that there is nothing more worrying than being unable to Book the Cook (BTC) on your Singapore Airlines flights (yes I can hear you chanting Lobster Thermidor from where I am at). If you have the following error message that is stopping you from selecting a BTC meal, fret not because here's how you can quickly resolve it!
When I wrote about the possibility to fly on the highly-acclaimed Suites class on Singapore Airlines to Hong Kong for free last week, I received a number questions via emails on what is the best routes to redeem Suites class on. While there is no "best route" per se, here are the cheapest Suite Class redemptions (in ascending order of required miles) that you can do on Singapore Airlines from Singapore at the moment.
During my latest trip to Melbourne, Australia, I have gotten not one, not two but THREE speeding tickets from the State Government of Victoria. Unlike most traffic fines in Singapore, getting out of a ticket in Victoria (or Australia in general) is not that easy and even more importantly, the fines are not at all cheap so think twice before speeding! If you have provided your residential address correctly while you were renting a vehicle, the speeding tickets should get to you in Singapore in about 4-6 weeks. Find out when and how you can appeal for an internal review to get your fines waived.