Let's face it, The South Beach has not been performing as well as investors and operators had hoped it to be. Sure, there was a lot of excitement when the hotel first opened but now that it is six months in, there are finally talks to appoint Marriott International (who seems to have deep pockets following the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide) to manage The South Beach which in time will be rebranded as the JW Marriott Singapore if the deal goes through.
With 654 rooms and suites, The South Beach is part of South Beach - a mixed-use development that will consist of offices, residences, retail spaces and The South Beach (hotel). The development is a joint venture between City Developments Limited (CDL) and IOI Properties Group Berhad.
The long wait is finally over - you can now add all your eligible Citibank credit cards to your Apple devices and you will earn up to 20X Rewards (that's 8 miles per dollar!) on all Apple Pay purchases made between 26 April 2018 and 31 July 2018. According to the terms and conditions posted on the site, there is no mention on the maximum number of bonus points that you can earn through this limited-time promotion so it is definitely a good idea to add it to your wallet and start raking up those miles!
From now until 23 May 2018, purchase at least 10,000 World of Hyatt Points and get 40% more! Eligible World of Hyatt members are allowed to purchase up to 55,000 points per calendar year and you should only consider buying if you have a specific use for them in mind (e.g. redeeming them at expensive properties).
Staying in a traditional Japanese inn (otherwise known as ryokan) is something that everyone should at least experience once. I have fond memories of a particular ryokan that I stayed in with my family when I was a lot younger and therefore, I decided to stay at KAI Nikko which is operated by one of the most well-known luxury ryokan brands in Japan, Hoshino Resorts. On this very same trip, I also checked out the luxurious modern ryokan which is right smack in Tokyo's Otemachi financial district - the HOSHINOYA Tokyo.
One of the most common mistakes that people who are new to flying make is crediting their flights into the wrong Frequent Flyer Program (FFP). As many of you would already know, crediting your flights into the right FFP can make a huge difference and I just wanted to highlight this point on a number of flights that I have taken recently. If you have been following me on Instagram, you would have noticed that I travelled to the USA recently on Emirates Business Class - this is a return Business Saver ticket from Singapore (SIN) to New York (JFK) via Dubai (DXB).
Citibank PremierMiles cardholders can now earn up to 9 miles per dollar on all eligible spend made on Agoda from now until the end of 15 May 2018 - this is valid for stays up to 31 July 2018. Eligible cardholders will be able to earn an additional seven Citi Miles per SGD on top of the base spend - you can get up to 2 Citi Miles per SGD for foreign transactions.
The Emirates Lounge in Terminal 1 of Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) undergone refurbishment last year for five months and the new First and Business Class lounge was unveiled in 2017. The last time that I visited this lounge was back in 2014 when I still held Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status and the lounge was looking a lot more dated then. Since I was traveling to Dubai from Singapore in Business Class, I had access to The Emirates Lounge - this is also accessible to passengers traveling in First Class as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members travelling in Economy Class.
I recently travelled to Florida for a work trip and I travelled on Delta Air Lines' First Class (Domestic) for the first time between New York and Tampa. Check out my review of flight DL2593 on Delta Air Lines’ First Class (Domestic) from JFK to TPA.
With the upcoming Grab-Uber merger on the horizon, there is no better time than now to revisit the best credit cards and platforms to use for Grab rides (especially with the recent introduction of new membership programs). This article aims to highlight a combination of promotions and offers that you can use to get most value out of your Grab rides in Singapore (even though some of them apply to rides taken overseas as well) and while it may not be exhaustive, it will definitely help you save more money on your Grab rides on the whole.
I wrote about the best credit cards to use on Uber and Grab previously and my credit card of choice was the Standard Chartered Visa Infinite Credit Card which gives 20% rebate (capped at S$50 cashback per month) on all Uber rides when a minimum of S$900 in retail transactions were made in each calendar month. With the upcoming Grab-Uber merger on the horizon, Standard Chartered has now ported over this benefit to the Grab platform - eligible cardholders of eligible credit cards issued by Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited can now earn 20% cashback on the Grab App from 01 April 2018 to 30 April 2018 with a minimum spend of S$900 in total retail transaction.
The OCBC Titanium Rewards Card is on my list of credit cards to hold in 2018 and there is currently the opportunity to earn up to 6 miles per dollar by using this credit card on the Mileslife app from now until 30 June 2018. If you are not familiar with the Mileslife app, it basically rewards you with additional miles (on top of what you would typically earn on your credit card) for making payment via the app - this means to say that you can earn up to 11 miles per dollar on specific spends on the app.