Did you know that Sixt SE (more commonly known as Sixt), a European multi-national car rental company that operates over 100 different countries has a loyalty program that you should take advantage of - even if it is the first time you are renting! Since I will be traveling out of Singapore soon, I was curious to see what I could get with my hotel statuses and it turns out that Sixt is matching Hilton HHonors Diamond (amongst various other top-tier hotel loyalty program status) to the Platinum Sixt Card.
The Platinum Sixt Card offers the following tangible benefits (there are other benefits that do not appeal to me as immediately as these below):
- Up to 15%* discount on Sixt rent a car and Sixt rent a truck.
- Up to 20%* discount on Sixt limousine service in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. Up to 10%* in all other countries.
- Free upgrade to the next car group and a double upgrade in U.S. locations.**
Requesting for a Status Match
There are various ways to request for a status match to the Platinum Sixt Card. You may even provide them with a screenshot of your account and your account number during registration but I have had some issues with that. What I did in the end was to sign-up for an account and then email them separately with the same details for a status match that took less than 24 hours to process!
I will be traveling to Melbourne soon and I will be using them for a car rental - will report back when I return for my trip to see if the benefits (such as upgrades) were honoured.
Everyone knows about the major loyalty programs and the general saving tips in the market. Miles are amazing since they allow you to experience premium cabin products without having to actually pay for it. With that being said, wouldn't it be better to get both miles and cash back though? Here are 5 lesser known ways that I have discovered over the years to help you save more money and earn more miles in 2017.
Mile accrual and redemption is extremely lucrative - it allows you to travel in a premium cabin (e.g. Business and First Class) for free (well, you still have to pay for taxes) - check out my experience on-board the Suites Class in Singapore Airlines. One of the best ways to start raking up these miles is to make small changes to your spending habits each day and if you enjoy eating out, traveling or simply enjoying the finer things in life, Mileslife can help get you on-board a First Class seat a lot faster.
While checking out room rates this evening on the Hilton HHonors app, I noticed something a little different - the first result is the Hilton Garden Inn Serangoon which is apparently coming soon (first Hong Kong, now us?!). I did not actually know (assuming this is right) that there is a Hilton Garden Inn opening in Singapore (this could be great news for us Hilton HHonors members) and with a little digging, I found a little more proof to back this speculation.
Last month, I shared how easy it is to basically earn money for each fulfilled dining reservation that you make via Chope. If you are the kind that enjoys making dinner reservations for yourself (or even for your family and friends), you should check out Chope since it is essentially a free service that rewards you with 100 Chope-Dollars (equivalent to S$3 in dining credit) each time you make an eligible booking. In fact, for a limited time only, earn up to 300 Chope-Dollars (equivalent to S$9) when you sign-up and use Chope for the first time.
The Citi Rewards Card is one of the best Singapore credit card (in my opinion) to have in 2017. When you charge the right type of transaction to this credit card, you can earn up to 10X Citi Dollars (equivalent to 4 miles per S$1). While there are ways to verify whether or not a transaction will earn you 10X points thanks for crowd-sourcing, I recently realised that you can check on the number of points awarded per transaction (after it has been posted) which really helps to verify and mitigate some risk in those large purchases.
There are no lack of elite credit cards in the Singapore market but let's face it - the regular one for the masses are the ones with the best benefits in terms of mile accrual. Of course there are some exceptions (i.e. using a Centurion Card on EXTRA Partners) but most of the best cards for mile accrual in Singapore are credit cards that most working Singaporean adult can qualify for. With that being said, there may be instances where people cannot qualify for the credit card they want and there may be many different reasons like bad credit score or insufficient annual income. One way around this is to apply for a secured credit card instead as this will provide you access to a card you really want (even if you do not meet the general criteria for it!).
While I am still trying to grasp all the amazing features on ExpertFlyer, I wanted to feature a small piece on searching for award and upgrade redemptions using this pretty impressive tool. I have to mention from the start that ExpertFlyer requires a paid subscription for more robust and advanced queries - there is however a free account where you can sign-up for seat alerts but you will require a Basic or Premium account to search for award redemptions (there is a free trial that you can sign-up for though!).
Hakone is a popular spot for a day-trip if you are visiting Tokyo - in fact, I would recommended staying the night if you do not wish to rush through the whole thing. During my latest visit to Tokyo, I stayed at the Hilton Tokyo for the first half of the trip and getting from the hotel to Hakone was relatively easy. With that being said, there were things that I wish I knew before heading to Hakone from Tokyo so I hope this guide will benefit someone out there who is looking for a Hakone itinerary (or simply a quick guide).
I love dining out but I generally like going to places with a reservation - there is nothing more upsetting than finding a fully-booked restaurant when you have already made up your mind on what to eat. Chope solves that problem for me since I can always make a reservation easily (some restaurants do not take same-day reservations unfortunately so you will still have to call them) and more importantly, it allows me to accrue Chope-Dollars which I can then use to purchase discounted dining vouchers on the Chope shop. Here are some reasons why you should use Chope every time you go out for a meal!
While there are many VPN providers out there in the market, it is not common to see one that offers over 500 servers in 141 countries. While I do travel out of Singapore from time to time, I am usually logged on to a WiFi connection somewhere and one of the things that I am most concerned about when transacting over an unsecured network is privacy. While public WiFi signals are great for getting work done (be it in a cafe or in a hotel), security can be a real issue if you do not take necessary precautions.