While there are currently three Design Hotels in Singapore, two of them have officially jumped on the list of Design Hotels™ (from 16 March 2016) that participate in the Starwood Preferred Guest programme. Both of them are currently Category 4 properties and will require 10,000 Starpoints for a free night.
1. Wanderlust, Singapore, a Member of Design Hotels™
2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494 (SPG Category 4)
Wanderlust is located in Little India and it offers different themed rooms for guests with a sense of adventure. This is also Unlisted Collection's third property in Singapore.
2. New Majestic Hotel, Singapore, a Member of Design Hotels™
31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845 (SPG Category 4)
The New Majestic Hotel is one of Singapore's most hipster and possibly most Instagram-ed hotel. The property is housed in a traditional conservation shop house located in the heart of Chinatown and it focuses on strong design, local culture and the Arts.
From what I can see the Wanderlust Hotel has the cheapest room rate (starts from S$149++) and it could a great way for SPG members to earn and retain status. According to the website, Design Hotels and SPG currently have limited participation and this is what SPG Members can expect from the stay:
- 2 Starpoints per eligible US dollar spent (with a 50% bonus for SPG Gold and Platinum members, and 100% bonus for Platinum members with a minimum of 75 Eligible Nights)
- Night and stay credit toward elite status
- On-property benefits of internet access and bottled water in room
- Gold Preferred and Platinum Preferred members will automatically receive a Starpoints bonus as their Welcome Gift.
You know the drill - KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes is back for members planning to travel in the month of August 2018. To celebrate its first birthday, KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes is extending a special 40% redemption discount (instead of the usual 30%) on Economy Saver to Bangkok, Yangon and Phnom Penh next month! If you have alternative travel plans, you will still be able to enjoy 30% miles redemption discount to selected destinations from now until 31 July 2018, for travel between 1-31 August 2018 inclusive.
Now that Citibank's 8 miles per dollar promotion is coming to an end, it may be a good time to consider another bank's promotion. Standard Chartered is giving all eligible cardholders the opportunity to earn up to S$30 cashback between 16 July 2018 and 15 October 2018 when they use their credit cards via a contactless transaction (Apple Pay rewards you the quickest!) - registration is required and this is only limited to the first 25,000 cardholders during the promotion period.
ShopBack is one of the best ways for a smart consumer (using the right credit cards) to get even smarter - it rewards you by sharing a proportion of incentive that they get through affiliate marketing. Airbnb is finally on the ShopBack platform and you will be rewarded with S$5 credit when you make an eligible booking on Airbnb via ShopBack. It is definitely worth remembering that you do not make the transaction on ShopBack as it simply redirects you to the actual site (Airbnb in this case) where you will make and complete the actual reservation.
I stayed at the new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay a couple of months ago and checked out the Club Riverview Studio King. When the hotel first opened towards the end of 2017, the room rates here are consistently higher than the InterContinental Singapore in Bugis (which is still my preferred IC property in Singapore). However, while I was 'window-shopping' for a weekend staycation, I realised that you can now get a breakfast-inclusive rate at the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay for as little as S$175++.
Mileslife is offering 4X more miles for dining transactions made at participating Crystal Jade restaurants across Singapore from 01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018 - this means that you will be able to earn up to 8 miles per dollar at participating restaurants. Additionally, they are also giving out an additional 500 bonus miles (promo code below!) for a transaction made this month that is above the value of SGD 49.
If you are a World of Hyatt member who is struggling to meet the requirements for elite status, you will be pleased to know that all eligible nights at participating Andaz properties around the world will count as two nights instead of one from 01 July 2018 to 31 August 2018 - this is awarded based on your checkout date.
You can easily save up to 10% off eligible hotel bookings made on Expedia with the right promo codes - these are available all year round and you can stack them with ShopBack to earn a lot of cashback (especially if you are planning to spend a bit on hotel stays). If you are currently holding a Mastercard, you will be eligible for a bonus 12% discount code for hotel stays when you book on Expedia. All bookings have to be made by 30 June 2018 and the stay must be consumed by 30 September 2018 (even though it seems to work for dates beyond that unofficially). ShopBack is also currently offering 9% cashback on hotel bookings made on Expedia so this is a great time to stack those two promotions up.
It is no secret that the OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is one of the best credit cards in Singapore to hold - it gives you 4 miles per dollar on all eligible purchases made with the credit card and you can easily get it on contactless transactions as well (Citibank is offering 8 miles per dollar on Apple Pay transactions until 31 July 2018). Cardholders can now earn an additional 2% rebate on top of 10X OCBC$ for all eligible BEST Denki purchases.
KrisFlyer members are able to earn 400 bonus Chope-Dollars on top of base earnings per reservation (for the next two reservations) when they reserve and dine between 01 June 2018 and 31 August 2018. Chope is also giving out a unique promo code for all diners if they register for it online - this promo code will give you 400 bonus Chope-Dollars for the next seven reservations (total of 2,800 bonus Chope-Dollars!).
In conjunction with Chope's seventh birthday, diners are able to register and generate a unique promo code that will give you 400 additional Chope-Dollars over the next seven reservations (2,800 additional Chope-Dollars in total!). If you do not have a Chope account, you may choose to sign-up one for free using my referral link to earn 300 Chope-Dollars on your first reservation!