Collecting miles in the form of credit card points is an obsession - you've seen the articles I have written and if you know me personally, I barely use cash at all (unless the merchant doesn't accept credit cards - in which case I will probably walk away). Despite all the ridiculously bad service that I have gotten from UOB recently, I still use their cards religiously because it allows me to earn up to 10UNI$ per S$5 - this is equivalent to 20 miles per S$5.
Redeeming your UOB UNI$ for KrisFlyer (or Asia) Miles is pretty fuss-free so long you have pre-completed the enrolment form (you only need to do this once). Do note that there is a S$25 surcharge each time you convert your UOB UNI$ to one of these mile options - you can only convert in blocks of UNI$5,000 (equivalent to 10,000 miles). If you are lucky (read: wealthy) enough to be a Privilege Banking or Reserve account member, this S$25 charge will be waived. What's interesting with the redemptions however are the options above the miles and before I go any further here's a quick summary of it: don't even bother.
If I had to pick the worst redemption in the table above, it would undoubtedly have to be the 'Jetstar S$50 eVoucher' for UNI$4,000. Firstly, redeeming an eVoucher on Jetstar means you have to make the complete the rest of the purchase (assuming there is a balance) online - this implies that you will have to pay the ridiculous administrative charges for opting for a credit card payment. More importantly, UNI$4,000 is equivalent to 8,000 miles. For the sake of an example, compare the following two situations where you redeem for either:
- S$250 Jetstar eVoucher for UNI$20,000
- 40,000 KrisFlyer Miles for UNI$20,000 + S$25 Administrative Fee
The first option seems to be pretty lucrative but did you know that you can easily offset any purchase on Singapore Air with KrisFlyer Miles at a rate of 1,000 Miles = S$10? 40,000 KrisFlyer Miles would therefore be worth S$400 on purchases made on Singapore Air - you will continue to earn elite qualifying miles on these flights. More importantly, 40,000 KrisFlyer miles is more than sufficient for a one-way flight from Singapore to Tokyo on Business Class. Assuming you do the redemption online, you will only require 34,000 KrisFlyer Miles and S$34 (at the time of writing) - this flight would have costed you S$3,364 otherwise.
Would you rather spend 20,000 UNI$ on S$250 eVoucher on Jetstar or would you rather pay S$59 (S$34+S$25) to get a complimentary business class flight from Singapore to Tokyo with 6,000 KrisFlyer miles to spare?
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 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.
If you follow The Shutterwhale on Facebook, you should have seen my rant this morning on the changes to the ANZ Travel Visa Signature Credit Card's unlimited Airport Lounge benefit that came into effect this morning. One of the last few benefits of this card used to be the unlimited access to Veloce lounges all over the world but now that has been taken away and been replaced with a conditional DragonPass access instead.